Cook Fried Dumplings

Cook Fried Dumplings

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Fried Dumplings are a Jamaican favourite that are easy to make and which can be served at anytime of the day. Enjoy your fried dumplings with a whole host of different accompaniments, or even as a tasty snack on their own…

I have to admit I am a lover of Jamaican dumplings and I’m not fussy which kind I get. Because, when I am eating fried dumplings, I love them the best. But, when I am eating boiled dumplings, I love them the best!

Dumplings are a simple food, basically flour, salt and water kneaded together and pinched and plopped into hot oil until golden brown. But oh how so versatile and delicious!

A staple part of the Jamaican diet and whether fried or boiled they make a filling and delicious accompaniment and side dish to many other Jamaican  dishes. Ready to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner start experimenting and cook fried dumplings!

Cook Fried Dumplings

First things first, thoroughly wash your hands and scrub underneath your nails if you can. If you have chipping nail varnish / polish, I recommend removing it all, otherwise you may you have on even less (and the dumplings will be wearing more) after kneading the dumplings – if you get what I mean!

Gather all your ingredients and cooking implements together and put them on the counter top so you have everything within reach and you will also save time and make it easier for yourself.

You Will Need:

  • a large bowl to knead the dough
  • a measuring cup and teaspoon
  • a Dutch Pot or large frying pan to fry the dumplings


  • Use Either, 3 Cups Plain (counter) flour mixed with 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • Or, 3 Cups Self-Raising Flour
  • 1/3 to 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Sugar (can be omitted if preferred)
  • 3 tsp Butter, or Margarine (can be omitted if preferred)
  • ¾ Cup Water, or enough to make a firm dough
  • ¾ Cup Cooking Oil, or around 1 inch deep

How to Cook Fried Dumplings


  • Set on your Dutch Pot on a medium heat and leave for about 2-3 minutes to warm up, then carefully add the cooking oil and leave to heat up (Keep children away from the Hob)
  • Meanwhile, add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix together evenly
  • If using butter / margarine, add this to the dry ingredients and rub the flour through your fingers until it mixes together with the butter evenly and resembles fine breadcrumbs – do not leave blobs of butter in the mixture
  • SLOWLY add the water and constantly knead the dough until it is firm and there is no dry flour in the bowl.
  • The dough should NOT stick to your fingers once finished and should form into one large ball
  • Pinch a golf ball sized piece of the dough and place in the palm of your hand, use the other hand to fold the outer edges into the middle until the dumpling has a ‘firmness’ to it
  • keep kneading in this way for about 30 seconds until firm
  • Form into dumplings: have fun! You can either roll dough into a ball, form into a sausage shape, make a knot, or roll it into a ball then press flat on two sides to form a 1½ high biscuit
  • Leave formed dumplings to one side of the bowl until the oil is ready

Method of Cooking:

  • Carefully place dumplings into the hot cooking oil and leave for a few minutes until they are fried golden brown on the underside
  • Gently turn over and brown the other side – do not overload the pot, the dumplings shouldn’t be touching one another too much
  • You can encourage the middle of the dumplings to cook by pushing a fork into the centre of the dumplings and turning it over into the oil; the hot oil will surge into the fork holes and cook the inside
  • Test the dumplings are cooked by pushing a fork in the middle of the dumplings, if it yields and the fork comes out clean, its ready to come out of the oil
  • Use a fork to remove dumplings from the oil, shake lightly to remove excess oil and place in a covered bowl with paper towelling in the bottom to drain off any remaining excess oil and keep warm
  • Fry remaining dumplings and serve – Enjoy!
  • WARNING! Please remember that the pot and any remaining oil will stay hot for a long time – Move it away from the front of the stove and leave somewhere where children cannot pull it over them until fully cooled

Recipe Notes:

Serves 4 -6 people

Takes about 10 minutes to prepare and another 20 minutes to cook

If you want to feed more people,  just increase the quantities to enjoy this delicious Jamaican food…

 Jamaican food - Fried Dumplings Ready to serve

What can I eat with Fried Dumplings?

Wondering what to eat with your Fried Dumplings?

Where would Jerked meats and Fried Escovitch Fish be without fried dumplings?

Or, the National Dish of Jamaica ‘Ackee and Salt-fish’; which is delicious stuffed inside split open fried dumplings, by the way.

Fish lovers can eat fried dumplings with Red Herrings, sardines, or tinned mackerel.

Vegans can enjoy fried dumplings with Steamed Callaloo or, Jamaican style Steamed Cabbage.

The list of suitable accompaniments is endless…. Just Cook, Nyam and Enjoy!

This recipe for fried dumplings goes fast, so make sure you make enough for everyone to eat seconds!

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  1. Nikki

    Great recipe! Was crunchy on the outside and nice and soft inside! Personally, I’d like a pinch more salt notwithstanding, I really enjoyed the outcome.

    1. Post author

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Nikki I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, I love fried dumplings too. To be honest when I cook for myself I generally share the ingredients by eye, so it was a bit tricky to list the amounts used so I could share the recipe with other people!

  2. Nia

    I have been using tgis recipe for a month and I swear by it, it’s definitely the best recipe for Jamaican dumplings out there; thank you for sharing this 🙂

    1. Post author

      Aw Thanks John! I am really glad you love the recipes, I will get back on the case and add some new ones soon. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  3. Anonymous

    I am not even Jamaican but I like dumplings so much that my boyfriend calls me dumpling . This is the first time I have made them myself i must say I cant wait to share them with him lol they turned out really nice. I like this recipe however i added a cheeky pinch of nutmeg. Thanks for sharing this recipe. God bless you.

    1. Post author

      Hey, welcome to the site!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I am glad you like the recipe, they are easy to make when you know how! I will have to try adding the Nutmeg next time, it sounds like a delicious addition. Thanks for the tip.

      Bless Up Jules

    1. Post author

      Hey Jermaine

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope you enjoy your Fried Dumplings! Let me know how you got on.

      Bless up Jules

  4. tony

    Amazing recipe for fried dumplings. Perfect with curry goat, rice and peas. Thank you ever so much for sharing your recipe.

    1. Post author

      Hey Tony
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I am really pleased you enjoyed the recipe.

      Bless Up Jules

    1. Post author

      Hey Stacey

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Best of luck with the dumplings, I am sure they will turn out delicious!

  5. Christina

    Love the dumplings!! I mixed in cornmeal and some sugar in mine….any tips on storing the leftovers so they are still nice for morning breakfast??

    1. Post author

      Hey Christina
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I will have to try your recipe, I have tried boiled dumplings with cornmeal but not fried dumplings.

      If I have any fried dumplings left over I generally store them in an air tight container when cooled, they can also be wrapped in tin foil. Don’t cover them when they are warm as the condensation will make the crunchy coating turn soggy!

      Hope this helps

      Bless up Jules

    1. Post author

      Hi Ebony

      Welcome to the site and thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope you both enjoy the recipe, they sure are tasty!

      Best of luck with the surprise… let me know how it went!

      Bless up Jules

    1. Post author

      Yes you can omit the butter / margarine without any problems. Just don’t overwork the dough too much!

      Happy eating!

  6. Patricia

    I love these dumplings, could I use less baking powder as it leaves a taste? Would they be unsuccessful. I use them with chicken soup, mother’ s penicillin

    1. Post author

      Hey Patricia!

      Welcome to the site, I appreciate you stopping by to share your love for the Fried Dumpling Recipe! Yes you can use less baking powder, or simply use baking flour instead of counter flour. I find this gives great results and it takes the guess work out of how much baking powder to use, as it’s already added by the manufacturer.

      Have you tried adding boiled dumplings and some hard food (yam, irish potato, sweet potato) to your chicken soup recipe? Now that really is a great cure all!

      Hope this helps. Bless Up Jules

  7. Lisa Smith

    Hi there I am absolutely going to make these but I’m not Jamaican, I’m English, and I don’t know what to put with it for supper? Any ideas for something British as there are no supermarkets that sell Jamaican supplies, only British supplies. X

    1. Post author

      Hi Lisa

      Welcome to the site and thanks for taking the time to comment.

      There are plenty of Jamaican recipes you can make without access to any specialised caribbean food supplies, such as steamed cabbage, brown stew fish or chicken, fried (escovitch) fish, or fried chicken. All of these dishes are suitable for dinner / supper and are authentic Jamaican foods, that are served with fried dumplings in Jamaica. Check out the rest of our recipes as we have the details for many of these options on the website already.

      Happy eating!

      Have a blessed day


    1. Post author

      Hi Jasmine

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and welcome to the site.

      To be honest I would say that fried dumplings do not generally take kindly to being reheated and usually end up being tough and extremely hard to bite and chew! They are much better if cooked and served immediately. If you do need to make dumplings ahead of time I would recommend making them as near to the time as possible. You could potentially keep them in a (patty) warmer, or just serve them cold!

      Hope this helps!

      Have a blessed day


  8. June

    I have been looking for a simple recipe, and I am so happy To of found yours
    I am having them with soup today
    Also had it with salt fish on Sunday

    1. Post author

      Hey June

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on the recipe. Super glad you enjoyed it and are finding lots of things to eat the dumplings with!

      Bless Up Jules

  9. Lion

    Give Thanks for the recipe! Nice! I try few recipe other than my own an mi like yours best, so right now im in the UK and eating them fried in coconut oil with a likkle homemade strawberry jam inside seen, taste like (much better than) donuts, but Ital (i dashway the salt), in fact, these are the REAL donuts hehe! Just inject that jam in there deep in the middles with a syringe while they still warm…. and steaming…… and FRESH… and OH JAH!!! Even your jam ago warm up!!

    Blessed Love

    1. Post author

      Yass Lion! Your recipe sounds good! Will have to try that out. Thanks for taking the time to comment again.

      Bless up Jules

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