Homemade Maori Fry Bread Recipe

Imagine coming home to the smell of crispy brown pillows of goodness. That is what I call my scrumptious 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 fry bread. Yippee!

Now today is the day you will learn how to make this delicious snack.

All you need is flour, yeast, a bit of sugar, milk, water, as well as a large saucepan with plenty of neutral-tasting oil for deep frying.

I’ve 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 scrumptious little treats with jam, golden syrup, 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.

But I think that nothing beats fry bread made with yeast. It is worth your wait.

Homemade Maori Fry Bread

fry bread with jam

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!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Proofing Time For The Dough 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine New Zealand/Maori
Servings 6


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
  • 3 cups oil for deep-frying


How To Make The Dough

  • Pour warm milk and water into a large measuring cup.
  • Stir in the yeast and 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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!


Keyword budget friendly, easy recipe, feeds a crowd

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