Native American Fry-Bread

Frybread (also spelled fry bread) is a flat dough bread, fried or deep-fried in oil, shortening, or lard. Made with simple ingredients, frybread can be eaten alone or with various toppings such as honey, jam, powdered sugar, or hot beef. Frybread can also be made into tacos, like Indian tacos.




  1. Whisk baking powder, salt and flour together. Cut in shortening.

  2. Add warm water gradually until a soft dough is made (it will still be a little sticky).

  3. Flour hands and knead about 5 minutes until smooth and no longer sticky.

  4. Divide into 8 pieces. Cover dough with plastic.

  5. Working one piece at a time, flatten each piece until about 1/2 inch thick and the size of a lunch plate.

  6. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  7. Fry dough in oil; turn with tongs to brown each side. Drain on paper towels.

  8. Keep warm in paper towels in a 200 degree oven while cooking the rest.


  1. Fry Bread can be topped with a variety of things.

  2. Strawberry Jam
  3. Powdered Suger
  4. Taco Toppings
  5. Fresh Fruit
  6. Just Please NO KETCHUP