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Jamaican Fried Dumpling

Jamaican Fried Dumpling, this easy and delicious 4-ingredient bread-style dumpling recipe is crispy on the outside with a soft, buttery and fluffy inside! They are the perfect Jamaican comfort food and enjoyed during breakfast along with Ackee and Saltfish but can easily be enjoyed anytime throughout the day! Serve for breakfast, midday snack or the perfect side dish!

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Jamaican Fried Dumpling, this easy and delicious 4-ingredient bread-style dumpling recipe is crispy on the outside with a soft, buttery and fluffy inside! They are the perfect Jamaican comfort food and enjoyed during breakfast along with Ackee and Saltfish but can easily be enjoyed anytime throughout the day! Serve for breakfast, midday snack or the perfect side dish!

Jamaican Fried Dumpling

These Caribbean style dumplings, bring me such joy and comfort. This traditional Jamaican dish is usually served with Ackee and Saltfish on a Sunday morning. I recall, waking up the smell of this being prepared in our kitchen by my mom, and getting excited because I woke just in time to indulge while it was still hot! Many have come to love my mothers way of making these – and I’m glad that I’ve learned under her tutelage.

These Jamaican Recipes are more than just delicious Caribbean recipes, but a true symbol of great memories. I’m honored that my mothers legacy of cooking and allowing the kitchen to be a space of comfort, conversation and good eats lives on through me. Now let’s get into these dumplings!

What is Jamaican Fried Dumpling?

It is a deep fried dough mixture of flour, salt, baking powder, butter, and water. The dough is then divided into small pieces and formed into small balls, which is then fried in vegetable oil until golden. I would sum it up as golden dough balls of deliciousness. Some islands in the Caribbean call these Johnny Cakes or Bakes.

Jamaican Fried Dumpling Recipe Tips & Tricks

Dough – Do not overwork your dough when kneading. As soon as all the ingredients are combined, stop kneading the dough. The dough will still be soft, this is how you want it to be.

Half Cover Pot – to allow your dumplings to cook through without burning you want to half cover your pot. It is not necessary, but a technique my mama taught me.

Medium Low Heat – ensure your oil is hot, but not too hot. We want golden brown, not burnt to a crisp! Fry on medium-low heat, and ensure there are little sizzles of bubbles around each dumpling.

Slow and Steady – don’t rush the cooking process. To get golden and crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, you need to fry them slowly.

jamaican fried dumpling

Grab the Jamaican Fried Dumpling Grocery List (Screenshot The Recipe Ingredients Below)!

All Purpose Flour
Baking Powder
Butter or Margarine
Salt
Vegetable Oil

TSS Tip: Best Served With – Ackee & Saltfish, Jack Mackerel in Tomato Sauce, Steamed Callaloo & Saltfish, Bacon & Eggs. It can also be stuffed with Corned Beef!

Jamaican Fried Dumpling Technique

This recipe is more about the technique, than the ingredients as they are quite basic. The goodness of this recipe is how you combine the ingredients, how you knead the dough, how you form the dumpling. It takes practice, so do not get discouraged if your first batch isn’t perfectly shaped – it’ll still taste amazing! Here are some tips:

  • You may not need all the water to knead the dough.
  • Gradually add in the water and mix it together by using your hand to form the dough.
  • After kneading the dough, it will still be soft. This will make the dumplings soft on the inside and crispy on the outside – this is what you want.
  • How do you know your dumplings are cooked inside? When you tap the dumplings in the pan with a fork or spoon they should sound hollow.
Uncooked Jamaican Fried Dumpling

Other Must Try Jamaican Recipes

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters (Stamp & Go) & Jamaican Escovitch Fish

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Jamaican Fried Dumpling

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Jamaican // Caribbean Jamaican // Caribbean
By Taneisha Morris Serves: 12 dumplings
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Jamaican Fried Dumpling, this easy and delicious 4-ingredient bread-style dumpling recipe is crispy on the outside with a soft, buttery and fluffy inside! They are the perfect Jamaican comfort food and enjoyed during breakfast along with Ackee and Saltfish but can easily be enjoyed anytime throughout the day! Serve for breakfast, midday snack or the perfect side dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3 tbsp Butter or Margarine
  • ½ cup Cold Water, may need to add 1-2 tbsp more or less
  • ¼ tsp Salt or to taste
  • Vegetable Oil for cooking

Instructions

1

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add butter to the dry ingredients and use your hands to mix in, evenly.

2

Gradually add water, use your hands to knead and form the dough, add more water if needed. Dough should be soft but not sticky and wet. Remember not to over knead. You may not need all the water.

3

Pinch or cut off large golf ball size pieces. In the palm of your hand using a circular motion, form each piece into a ball, flatten slightly, and fold the edges of the dough into the center. Set each dumpling aside.

4

In a medium sized heavy bottom pot, heat oil over medium low heat. Add each dumpling to the heated oil and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes flipping at the halfway point - do not rush this process, be patient. Keep heat level at low to medium.

5

Once golden brown and cooked through remove from pot, place on a paper towel to drain any excess oil and allow to cool. Enjoy while warm!

Notes

Gradually add the water, while forming the dough. Once it has been formed - you don't need any additional water. If you add to much, no problem - just add more flour! // How do you know your dumplings are cooked inside? When you tap the dumplings in the pan with a fork or spoon they should sound hollow.

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