How to make Homemade Fry Bread

Flip it!

Traditional Indian Fry bread is a flat dough bread, fried, that magically puffs like little pillows of happiness! Made with simple ingredients, this delicious authentic fry bread can be eaten alone or with various toppings like butter & honey, jam, or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Fry Bread is a beloved tradition in the United States. Serve it up savory as Navajo Tacos or go the sweet side and serve it up with a little honey butter and powdered sugar.

This recipe comes from an Aunt who lived among a local Native American tribe for many, many years. There are so many fond memories of visiting as a child and enjoying the culture. She learned to make Fry Bread from friends in the tribe and passed the recipe down several years ago. Fry bread goes by many names around these parts, including Indian Fry Bread, Navajo Fry Bread, Navajo Tacos, and Scones. Yes, we realize that the word “scone” means something completely different everywhere else in the world, but around here, scones are fry bread. There’s even a whole chain restaurant devoted to it called Sconecutter.


3 Cups Flour All Purpose
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cup Hot water
Oil for frying


In a bowl add flour, baking powder and salt and stir to mix evenly
Add hot water and stir with a spoon. You can also mix with your hands. Dough will be sticky.
Form into a ball and allow to sit covered for 45 mins
Separate dough into 12-16 balls
Using the palms of your hands and fingertips, press each dough into a circle and work with your fingertips to a thin round circle about 4-5 inches in diameter
Heat oil in Fry Pan on stove over medium/high heat OR Instant Pot on Saute until it reads “hot”
Add one piece of bread at a time in hot oil and allow to cook until golden brown and then flip. About a minute on each side *variable for how hot oil is heated.
Remove from oil and allow to drain on paper towels.


Indian Fry Bread is also known as Scones. Add Powdered Sugar, Honey, Fruit, Whipped Cream, Ice Cream, and more for your sweet dessert.
Make Navajo Tacos with Indian Fry Bread. Add Taco Meat, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese, and sour cream.
Store cooled Fry Bread in a sealed container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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