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Jamaican Fried Dumpling Recipe

So you love Jamaican fried dumpling and want to learn how to make it? You will be surprised how simple and easy fried dumpling is to make. Just three ingredients!

Jamaican fried dumpling recipe
Fried Dumpling

Fried Dumplings

Everyone loves a good fried dumpling. The golden crust on the outside and the soft bread like texture on the inside, mmhh.

Fried dumpling make a great snack you can have for breakfast, apart of your lunch or dinner. I love dumpling so I have to share this recipe.

What You Need

Yes, just three simple ingredients! Can you believe that? All you need is plain flour, salt and baking powder.

Sometimes I switch things up a bit and add a few more ingredients. Whenever I am making fried dumplings to have with eggs or making it for my niece and nephew, I would add a little sugar or cornmeal. And instead of making the dumpling round, I make them flat.

How To Make Jamaican Fried Dumpling

fried dumpling direction

Making Jamaican fried dumpling from scratch is very simple. After mixing the dry ingredients together, add water and knead to make the soft dumpling dough. Roll the dough in the palm of your hands to form a ball, then fry. It is that simple!

What To Eat It With?

The great thing about fried dumpling is that it goes with just about anything and at anytime of the day.

The most popular dishes to serve fried dumpling with are callaloo, ackee or cabbage. I personally love fried dumpling with scrambled egg or just eating it on its own.

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Jamaican fried dumpling recipes

Make Jamaican fried dumpling with a few ingredients that's already in your cupboard.
4.57 from 44 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: jamaican fried dumpling
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 Dumplings
Calories: 177kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 358 g (2.86 cups) Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 170 ml Water
  • 30 g (1.06 oz) Butter
  • Vegetable oil Just enough that haft the dumpling dough is covered with the oil in the pot


  • Combine the flour, salt and baking power in a mixing bowl.
  • Crumble the butter in the dry flour mixture
  • Gradually add water to it the dry ingredients, knead until you make a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into equal small pieces, about 7 to 8 pieces.
  • Roll each pieces between the palms of your hands in a circular motion to from a round ball.
  • In a frying pan, pour the cooking oil and put it to heat on medium fire.
  • Place the round dough into the heated oil. Turn the the heat down to medium low and let to dough fry on all sides.
  • Fry until the flour is cooked and the dumplings are golden.


  • The amount of water you use may depend on the brand of flour used. You may need a little more or a little less. Slowly stir in the water into the flour until you make a soft dough. The dough should not be sticky. 


Nutrition Facts
Jamaican fried dumpling recipes
Serving Size
69 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s been 10 years since I tried making dumplings and I followed this recipe and they came out perfectly!! Thank you!

    I had to half each ball in the end and ended up with 4 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I have never made these before, but eaten lots and they turned out perfect, thanks for the recipe.

  3. Jamaican Foods and Recipes

    You are welcome Tracy, that’s very good to hear.

  4. Barrington

    5 stars
    I use milk instead of water

  5. 5 stars
    The fluffiest, soft dumplings I have ever made, I added a tablespoon of margarine to the mix. Thank you for a great recipe!

  6. Can u use bumpling min out of a packet

  7. Hi,

    Can you explain why my dumplings are hard once removed from the pan

  8. Fiona Morgan

    How long does the dough take ? Is it just bound together with a couple of mixes or am I really working it?

  9. 5 stars
    Turned out awesome!

  10. 5 stars
    Really good recipe ❤️

  11. Hi why are my dumpling oily on the inside please? Like you can see the oil a little

  12. 5 stars
    Yum, yum, yum! Festival & dumplings turned out lovely! Thank you.

  13. 5 stars
    my first time cooking these and they came out great thanks to your recipe! can’t wait to cook them again❤️

  14. Wisdom Stanley

    5 stars
    Thank you for this for these receipts I have just found your page I am cooking fried dumplings to go with jerk pork rice and peas for the first time wish me luck have a great day my name is Wisdom by the way

  15. Wisdom Stanley

    5 stars
    Great recipe and so easy to follow

  16. How many grams of flour equals to a cup?

  17. 5 stars
    So easy and simple, thanks for the efforts of also putting how much more of the ingredients are required if wanting to increase the amount made perfect for mums who need to just get on with

  18. Can I put in deep fat fryer and what temp should I put it on tried a few times in pan and always end up with the middle not cooked

  19. 5 stars
    My colleague made these I tried it for the first time yesterday and just had to make my own they turned out great thankyou so much !!

  20. Shawna Peters-Francis

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious. I made this with my 5 year old Son. We added 1/4 cup cornmeal and 1 tsp of sugar to the recipe. Just perfect!!

  21. 5 stars
    Amazing dumpling,crispy on outside but nice and fluffy on the inside,delicious 😘

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