You are in for a special treat. My homemade Maori fry bread recipe is so easy to make and literally everyone loves them.

Imagine coming home to the smell of crispy brown pillows of goodness. That is what I call my scrumptious homemade Maori fry bread that makes everyone in my family happy.

And when my kids bring their friends home, they can’t believe their luck when I say that I’ve made fried bread. Yippee!

Today is the day you will learn how to make this delicious side dish. You will only need ingredients that most likely will be already in your pantry or fridge; flour, milk, yeast, salt, oil for deep frying, and a tiny bit of sugar.

Other recipes you might like: Pulled Pork In The Slow Cooker or my Feijoa Crumble Cake Recipe.

I learned the recipe when I visited a Marae (a Maori meeting house) in my now homeland New Zealand.

Maori fry bread is being served always when there are occasions at Maraes, whether it is a wedding, a funeral, a meeting, or other events.

You can eat these delicious little treats with jam, golden syrup, and honey or with savory toppings like ham, pulled, pork, or seafood.

Homemade Maori fry bread tastes great with everything.

I make my fry bread with yeast dough, which takes a bit longer to prepare. Others make their fry bread with baking powder. That means you don’t need to wait for the dough to proof.

But in my opinion, nothing beats fry bread made with yeast. It is worth your wait for sure.

Extra tip: even though we are frying the bread in oil, you don’t need a deep-fryer. We are using a large frying pan instead.

Homemade Maori Fry Bread

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The Best Homemade Maori Fry Bread Recipe

Enjoy this delicious fry bread with either sweet toppings like jam, honey, or golden syrup, or savory toppings. Have it at any time of the day. Pure Happiness!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Proofing Time For The Dough 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine New Zealand/Maori
Servings 30 portions



Fry Bread Dough

  • 1.5 cups warm milk
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups oil for deep-frying


How To Make The Dough

  • Pour warm milk and water into a large measuring cup.
    1.5 cups warm milk, 1.5 cups warm water
  • Stir in the yeast and sugar.
    1 tsp yeast, 1 tsp sugar
  • Wait around 10 minutes until froth forms on the surface.
  • Put the flour and the salt into a large bowl and add the yeast mixture.
    6 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp salt
  • Mix well with your hands; if the dough is too sticky add a bit more flour.
  • The dough should be slightly sticky; there is no need to knead it.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it proof in a warm place for 1.5 hours until doubled in size.

Before You Deep Fry It

  • Once the dough is ready, slightly dust the table with flour.
  • Spread out the dough to a large rectangle shape.
  • Once it is spread out the dough should be around 0.5 inches thick.
  • Cut the dough into small rectangles (check out the video). They should look like little parcels.
  • Heat the oil; test that the oil is hot enough by putting a wooden stick into the oil – once little bubbles appear around the stick the oil is ready.
    4 cups oil for deep-frying
  • Now you can add the dough by carefully putting them into the oil.
  • Make sure they have enough space in the saucepan because the bread will puff up.
  • With tongs turn the bread over so it can fry on the other side as well.
  • Once the bread is golden brown on both sides, take them out and let them drain on paper towels.
  • Serve while still warm with your favorite toppings.
  • Tino Reka! Very tasty!


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  1. Red Rosella says:

    Coiluld you tell us how much ch Baking Powder to use instead of yeast?

    1. Hi Rosella, thanks for your question. I never made fry bread with baking powder but I would say that 1 tsp of baking powder per cup of flour should be alright. Let me know how it goes.

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