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Jamaican Fried Dumplings

These crispy and perfectly soft Jamaican Fried Dumplings are the perfect comfort food for every Jamaicans. It is also called “Johnny Cakes”.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings are a popular food that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every household prepares this food. In fact, there is someone right now preparing some in their kitchen for their family to eat. Better yet, not just in homes, but at the roadside restaurants and even the famous Hotels on the Island of Jamaica. Overall, it is a favorite of every Jamaican.

In other Caribbean countries, such as Trinidad, Saint Lucia and Guyana, it is referred to as Bakes. In fact, every country in the Caribbean has their own way of making this fried dough. The same ingredients is used but the shape or the texture changes. But remains the same, some flour dough fried.

Let’s just say that these Jamaican Fried Dumplings will remind you of some soft donuts, with no hole in the middle and sugar coating on the outside.

What are Jamaican Fried Dumplings?

This special type of comfort food can go with just about any thing you are eating. Fried Dumplings is a dough mixture of flour, salt, baking powder, butter, and water. The dough is divided into small pieces and then formed into small balls, which is then fried in some vegetable oil. Let’s just say that these are small golden balls of pure goodness.

These comfort food are quite similar to my Jamaican Festivals and Saltfish Fritters. You can also give them a try too.

An opened Jamaican Fried Dumplings to show the soft texture inside.

How to make Jamaican Fried Dumplings?

These beautiful golden comfort food are the best side dish that you will love, even if you are a not a Jamaican. Once you gather your ingredients, you will have some Jamaican Fried Dumplings to eat for whatever meal you choose.

Firstly, combine all of the dry ingredients together and whisk.

Secondly, add the room temperature butter and incorporate it into the dry ingredients evenly.

Thirdly, slowly add the water little by little to the mixture and use your hands to form a dough. Once the dough is formed, cover it and allow to rest for about an hour.

Lastly, cut the dough into six pieces and formed each pieces into a ball. Add the balls to the heated oil and let then fry. Drain them on a paper towel and enjoy while it is warm.

Step by Step Pictures

Ingredients to make some Jamaican Fried Dumplings.
The process of making the dough to make some Jamaican Fried Dumplings.
After the dough was formed, it was covered and allow to rest for about an hour.
Cut the dough into six pieces to make Jamaican Fried Dumplings.
Two ways of rolling a dumpling before frying it.
The 6 finished Jamaican Fried Dumplings.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Approximately 1/3 cup water

Directions

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add the granulated sugar and whisk it all together.
  2. Add the room temperature butter to the dry ingredients and use your hands to spread it evenly.
  3. Pour the water little by little and mix it all together, by using your hand to form a dough. Don’t over work the dough. It will be soft, but this is what will make the dumplings soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  4. Leave the dough in the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Leave it covered for about an hour or let it stay overnight (which is even better).
  5. Dust your surface with a small amount of flour and knead the dough. Divide into six pieces and use both hands (the palm of your hand) by doing a circular motion to form each pieces into a ball. Set each ball aside.
  6. Pour about 2 cups of oil in a deep medium pot. Allow the oil to be heated at about 300 F degrees.
  7. Add each ball to the heated oil and let them fry for about 8 to 10 minutes by rotating each side as it fries. I used a deep fryer to fry this recipe.
  8. Put them on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil and cool. Enjoy them while they are warm, whether by itself or with some flavorful & delicious Jamaican Curry Chicken.

Notes

  1. You may not need all the 1/3 of a cup water to knead the dough.
  2. After kneading the dough, it will be soft, but do not worry. That’s the texture you want it to be. This will make the dumplings soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  3. Do not over work the dough when kneading it. As soon as all the ingredients is mixed, stop kneading the dough.
Some beautiful Jamaican Fried Dumplings.

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Golden Brown Jamaican Fried Dumplings.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These crispy and perfectly soft Jamaican Fried Dumplings are the perfect comfort food for every Jamaicans. It is also called "Johnny Cakes".

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Approximately 1/3 cup water

Instructions

    1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add the granulated sugar and whisk it all together.
    2. Add the room temperature butter to the dry ingredients and use your hands to spread it evenly.
    3. Pour the water little by little and mix it all together, by using your hand to form a dough. Don't over work the dough. It will be soft, but this is what will make the dumplings soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
    4. Leave the dough in the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Leave it covered for about an hour or let it stay overnight (which is even better).
    5. Dust your surface with a small amount of flour and knead the dough. Divide into six pieces and use both hands (the palm of your hand) by doing a circular motion to form each pieces into a ball. Set each ball aside.
    6. Pour about 2 cups of oil in a deep medium pot. Allow the oil to be heated at about 300 F degrees.
    7. Add each ball to the heated oil and let them fry for about 8 to 10 minutes by rotating each side as it fries. I used a deep fryer to fry this recipe.
    8. Put them on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil and cool. Enjoy them while they are warm, whether by itself or with some flavorful & delicious Jamaican Curry Chicken.

Notes

  1. You may not need all the 1/3 of a cup water to knead the dough.
  2. After kneading the dough, it will be soft, but do not worry. That's the texture you want it to be. This will make the dumplings soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  3. Do not over work the dough when kneading it. As soon as all the ingredients is mixed, stop kneading the dough.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 211mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information that is provided, is computer generated and therefore it is an estimate. Please do your own research with the ingredients that are listed here, if you have any concern about any specific diet or your health.

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