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Jamaican Fried Dumplings Recipe

The Jamaican fried dumplings is a simple and easy savory Jamaican food or snack that is fried but can also be baked or boiled, it is popular comfort food in many households in Jamaica. This fried dumpling recipe is traditionally served with some common Jamaican breakfast recipes like Ackee and saltfish (in this case the dumplings are usually boiled instead of being fried), Mackerel Run Down, and Canned Corned Beef. Other breakfast entrees that go well with fried dumplings include Callaloo and Saltfish, Cook up Saltfish, or Stew Chicken  Livers.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Keyword Dumplings, Fried dumplings, Jamaican Fried Dumplings, Johnnycakes
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 471kcal
Author Bongdap Nansel Nanzip


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk You can add more if your dough is still crumbly or dry; add a tablespoon at a time and mix until you have the required texture which is non-stick and soft
  • 2 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp butter The butter should be at room temperature.
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 cups olive oil You can also use sunflower oil or any other healthy vegetable oil of choice.


  • Start by adding the sifted flour to the mixing bowl. Also, add the baking powder, salt, and white granulated sugar. Mix everything together with a hand whisk and then add 2 tbsp of butter.
    Add butter to sifted flour
  • Use your clean hands to mix the butter with the flour until you have a crumbly texture.
    Mix until the flour is crumbly
  • Add half a cup of milk into the flour mixture and mix to combine. Do not pour the whole milk at once, add a little milk at a time and mix to get the perfect dough texture you need. Adding too much milk makes your dough sticky and watery. If the milk is not enough, the dough appears too dry, all you need to do is add the milk (or water) using a tablespoon at a time and then mix until you have the desired texture of dough which should be soft but nonsticky.
    Add milk to the flour and butter mixture
  • Mix until you have a non-sticky and soft dough for your dumplings. Cover the dough with a cling film and allow to rest for at least 1 hour or overnight. The longer it stays the better the taste of your dumpling.
    Mix the flour and milk until your have a dough for the dumpling
  • After an hour of resting your dumpling dough, it should be soft and stretchy. Transfer to a dusted surface and also sprinkle the surface with some flour to prevent it from sticking to your hands while working on it.
    After 1 hour the dough is soft
  • Flatten the dough a little bit with your hand and divide it into small equal sizes. For this Jamaican fried dumpling recipe, I am dividing it into 8 equal sizes using a pizza cutter. You can use a knife or simply cut with your hands.
    Flatten the dough and cut into small chunks
  • Use your hand to roll each dough into a rounded ball and then keep it aside on a plate. They can also be made into rounded shapes like patties or flat biscuits.
    Mold each small chunk into a small tennis ball size


  • Place the pan on heat and add enough olive oil for frying the dumplings. You can pan-fry, use an air fryer, or deep fry your dumplings. I am using a pan for mine. Allow the oil to heat up but not too hot. You can test if the oil is okay by dropping a thumb-size dough into the oil. It is expected that the small dough should not quickly pop to the surface of the oil (if this happens, it means the oil is too hot). When the oil is too hot the dumplings are fried only on the surface but the heat may not get inside. Though they will take longer to fry when the heat is low, it is the best way to fry them without getting the outside burnt while the inside is not even cooked yet.
    Place a pan on heat and add oil for frying the dumplings
  • Add the molded dumplings into the oil
    Add the round molded dumplings into the oil and fry until golden brown in color
  • Fry the dumplings until they turn golden brown in color. You can use a skewer to continuously stir and toss over to ensure the whole part of each dumpling gets fried.
    Fry the dumplings until they are golden brown in color
  • Once the dumplings are fried and golden brown, remove them from the oil using a frying spoon.
    Once you have the fried dumplings nicely brown remove from the oil
  • Drain them on a paper towel to get rid of excess oil.
    Drain the fried dumplings on paper towel
  • Your easy homemade Jamaican fried dumpling is ready!
    Your easy homemade Jamaican fried dumplings are ready



  • You can use water instead of milk in making this dumpling recipe.
  • Coconut oil can be substituted for butter and water can be substituted for milk when making the vegan fried dumpling.
  • If you don't want the fried dumplings to be hard, then make sure you allow them to rest for at least an hour. The longer it stays the better; you can even allow it to rest overnight. Adding all the ingredients to form a dough and frying immediately makes the fried dumplings really hard.