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Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Jamaican Fried Dumplings




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Jamaican fried dumpling also known as “Johnny Cakes” is the perfect side dish to many of our Jamaican breakfasts. From a child growing up in Jamaica we are introduced to this favorite side at a very early age as it is cooked frequently in most homes and restaurants.


I’m sure every Jamaican household has their own version of cooking these but for the picky eater or ones who haven’t made this before, a perfect fried dumpling should be crispy and flaky on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside and fried to a perfect golden brown. If done right, you won’t be able to eat just one of these as they are so good.


The dough is usually formed in a small mixing bowl using flour, water, and a few other ingredients. After starting to incorporate the mixture, it usually comes together in a ball of dough that should not be sticky anymore.


When frying, some people use a dutch pot or a non-stick skillet and turn as each side gets brown and they are cooked thoughroughly inside. They are then placed on the serving platter until served.






Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Dianne


  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour + more for kneading
  • 2 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter Cold and unsalted
  • 1/4 tsp. + a pinch Salt
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp. Water
  • 1/2 Cup Oil


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk totether.
  2. Add cold butter in small pieces. Use clean fingers and crumble butter into flour mixture.
  3. Add water to flour and stir with a spoon at first to combine. When dough comes together, start using hands to knead. Use a little more water if too dry and not coming together. Or a little more flour if too wet.
  4. Heat a medium deep pot with oil on medium heat.
  5. Roll medium size balls of dough in a circle in your hands to make a ball. Drop in oil, a few pieces at a time about 1" apart.
  6. Watch carefully as they cook and turn on each side to brown. You may lower heat if they are cooking too fast.
  7. Line a plate with paper towels and remove from pot to plate as they cook. Each one may take around 5-6 minutes to cook completely.

Recipe Notes

If using a deep fryer, turning often won't be necessary and cooking time may be faster.

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