How to Cook Fried Bread

Fried bread is a classic comfort food that’s both simple to make and incredibly satisfying. Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast, a hearty side dish, or a versatile snack, fried bread can be a perfect choice. 


To make fried bread, you only need a few basic ingredients:

  • Bread: Stale bread works best, but fresh bread can also be used. White, whole grain, or even sourdough varieties can all be delicious when fried.
  • Fat for frying: This could be butter, oil, or even bacon grease for extra flavor. Each type of fat will lend a different taste and texture to your fried bread.
  • Optional additions: Garlic, herbs, cheese, or even a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon if you prefer a sweet version.


  • A frying pan or skillet
  • A spatula
  • Paper towels for draining

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1. Prepare the Bread

  • Slice the Bread: If your bread isn’t pre-sliced, cut it into thick slices, about ½ inch to 1 inch thick. Thicker slices will give you a more satisfying bite and hold up better during frying.
  • Dry the Bread (Optional): If using fresh bread, you might want to dry it out a bit to help it absorb the fat and crisp up nicely. You can do this by leaving it out on the counter for a few hours or popping it in a low oven (around 200°F) for 10-15 minutes.

2. Heat the Fat

  • Place your frying pan over medium heat and add enough fat to cover the bottom of the pan. You want a generous amount – think 2-3 tablespoons of butter or oil per slice of bread. If you're using bacon grease, cook a few slices of bacon first and then use the rendered fat for frying the bread.

3. Fry the Bread

  • Add the Bread: Once the fat is hot and shimmering (or the butter is melted and foamy), carefully place the bread slices in the pan. Avoid crowding the pan; work in batches if necessary.
  • Cook Until Golden: Fry the bread for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until it’s golden brown and crispy. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning, adjusting the heat as needed.

4. Drain and Serve

  • Once the bread is fried to your liking, remove it from the pan and let it drain on paper towels to remove excess grease.
  • Serve immediately while it’s still hot and crispy. Enjoy it plain, or with a topping of your choice.

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Tips for Perfect Fried Bread

  1. Use Stale Bread: Stale bread absorbs the fat better and crisps up more nicely than fresh bread.
  2. Don’t Skimp on the Fat: A generous amount of fat ensures the bread gets evenly crispy and flavorful.
  3. Experiment with Flavors: Add minced garlic, fresh herbs, or even grated cheese to the pan to infuse the bread with extra flavor.
  4. Serve Immediately: Fried bread is best served hot and fresh, straight from the pan.


  • Garlic Fried Bread: Rub a cut clove of garlic over the bread before frying, or add minced garlic to the fat in the pan.
  • Cheesy Fried Bread: Sprinkle grated cheese over the bread during the last minute of frying, allowing it to melt and become bubbly.
  • Sweet Fried Bread: After frying, sprinkle the bread with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon for a sweet treat.

Serving Suggestions

Fried bread is incredibly versatile and can be served in numerous ways:

  • Breakfast: Top with a fried or poached egg, avocado, or even a dollop of jam.
  • Side Dish: Serve alongside soups, stews, or salads for a deliciously crunchy accompaniment.
  • Snack: Enjoy plain or with a dipping sauce like marinara, hummus, or a spicy aioli.

Fried bread is a delightful dish that can be enjoyed in many different ways. With its crispy exterior and soft, flavorful interior, it's a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and even easier to love. Whether you’re making a savory version to accompany a meal or a sweet treat to satisfy your cravings, fried bread is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.

Give this simple yet delicious recipe a try, and don't be afraid to get creative with your additions and toppings. Happy frying!