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Homestyle Jamaican Fried Dumpling

Dumpling, Dumpling Dumpling! Fried, boiled, or even boiled then fried, dumplings are a tried and trued Jamaican staple. Homestyle Jamaican Fried Dumplings are a regular feature in a good ole country breakfast, a hearty meal designed to fuel a hard day’s work!

Fried dumplings are a light affair that is great as a breakfast or brunch side while their boiled counterparts are denser and usually forms part of the afternoon meal. Sometimes boiled dumplings will make an appearance at breakfast, but can make for a much heavier start to the day.

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1 ¼ lb Flour

1 Tsp Baking Powder

½ Tsp Salt

1 oz Unsalted Butter

½ cup cold Water

3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil for frying


  • In a bowl sift salt, baking powder and flour together
  • Add butter and combine with flour mix
Sift flour with salt and baking powder and mix in butter
How to make Jamaican Fried Dumplings – combine Dry Ingredients and Butter
  • Add water a little at a time and knead until fully combined to form a ball
    Cover with damp paper towel or wrap in plastic then set aside in refrigerator for at least ½ hour
  • Break apart ball and form into 6 small rounds then flatten between palms, don’t worry they will raise back up when heated.
combine Flour Mix with water and form dough
How to make Jamaican Fried Dumplings – combine Flour Mix with water and form dough
  • Heat non-stick frying pan on medium heat  and add oil; heat for 2 minutes and add each dumpling careful not to splash oil.
  • Cover frying pan with lid and lower heat, fry for 10 minutes on each side until lightly browned.
Picture of a bowl of Jamaican Fried Dumpling
Light and Fluffy Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Makes 6

Preparation Time – 45 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

This Jamaican fried dumpling recipe is our version of the breakfast variety. A light and fluffy affair, that if left refrigerated overnight makes for an even more flaky texture.

You can pair with your favorite main for the perfect accompaniment. From vegetables like Callaloo, to iron rich meat like Jamaican style braised liver, to the ready favourite ackee and saltfish. Don’t forget to leave your email address for more recipes.

All done, please eat, post a pic tagging @IrieThyme and Enjoy!

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