Authentic Navajo Fry Bread

Authentic Navajo Fry Bread
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Recipe for Authentic Navajo Fry Bread. The Navajo shape their fry bread in a circle with a center hole, much like a donut. For an authentic New Mexico experience, serve your Fry Bread with honey butter.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • oil for frying
  • honey butter for spreading, optional (recipe links below)


  1. Pinch off 12 balls of dough and flatten each with your hand into 3-4 inch circles. Roll again to make the circles as thin as possible, 7-8 inches in diameter. The thinner the dough circles are, the better they puff in the oil. Poke a hole in the center of each circle with your finger.
  2. Dust the tops of the circles lightly with flour while oil heats in a wok or deep skillet to 375° F. Slip rounds one at a time into the hot oil and brown about 1 minute on each side, turning them with tongs or a slotted spatula. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with powdered sugar, or drip honey over the top or spread with honey butter.