Navajo Fry bread

February 9, 2015

Author Notes: A classic native american treat! This version is the Navajo Version, but fry bread itself varies by tribe and even varies within the tribe. Mine is just a standard and simple take. myknifeswork

Serves: 4


  • 2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups oil for frying
In This Recipe


  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl or mixer. Mix all together until it is all evenly distributed throughout.
  2. Slowly add the warm water a little at a time while kneading by hand or using an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment. * With hand: Knead the dough 30-40 times gently turning to mix. Knead until the water is fully incorporated and dough in slightly smooth and sticky. * With Mixer: Mix the dough with an electric mixer on low speed while slowly adding the water. Mix on low for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once it is all mixed, cover with saran wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the frying oil in a frying pan to about 350 degrees F.
  4. Divide dough into recipes yield (4 or 8). Roll or shape dough out into a round form about a ¼ inch in thickness. (*think mini pizza)
  5. Gently place dough into oil and cook until golden brown on the edge and flip to cook on the other side.

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Reviews (3) Questions (0)

3 Reviews

LYNDA October 29, 2017
I live in No. Utah. I was taught one Fry Bread recipe in 1993 by a young married Navajo girl ready to have her first child. About all I can remember is the recipe contained 2 of each ingredient whether it was cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, etc. She also placed bricks on either side of the gas burner upon her stove, placed a small square grate atop the bricks and frid them over the open flame. She spoke fluent Navajo and had an infant flat board carrier she said her baby would spend his first year in. She was exceptionally traditional. It was so very interesting to me. Well, more to the point, I'll try this recipe hoping I get it right. I have bricks and a gas stove. I believe traditionally the First Nation people did not fry in oil and I feel it's still healthier today. TFS.
matt June 21, 2017
Love this recipe, was amazed how delicious something so simple could be, once I got the kneading right! Found a great topping for it too:<br />
Author Comment
myknifeswork February 9, 2015
just a little note. We do everything as a family even at a young age. pictured is my baby girl at 6 months playing with dough and my nieces when they were young making fry bread for my mom to fry. When I was little I did the same thing by shaping the dough. Food is important and so is eating at a dinner table.