Italian Fry Bread {Secret Recipe Club}

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 31, 2016

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Teenagers were coming over for dinner, and upon the request of my son, I threw 3-Ingredient Chicken Cacciatore in the slow cooker.

But three teenage boys need lots and lots of food, so I was searching for something else I could make that might be special. Garlic Bread is always welcome to sop up the sauce with this main dish, but that’s old hat.

I needed a new idea, and I found it in the form of Indian Fry Bread. It’s a simple, flat, biscuit-like dough quickly fried in a skillet. A typical fry bread has flour, baking powder, salt and water, and it is fried in oil, shortening or lard.

But what if I added Italian seasonings and herbs to that simple dough, and fried it quickly in olive oil?

Italian Fry Bread Recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comSuccess! Thumbs up!

Measure ingredients for Italian Fry Bread on ShockinglyDelicious.comCut the dough with a drinking glass for Italian Fry Bread on ShockinglyDelicious.comFry the dough disc in olive oil and then flip it for Italian Fry Bread on ShockinglyDelicious.comIt’s a very easy dough to make.

Try it and see if you like it as a change from old-school garlic bread.

Italian Fry Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10 breads

Classic fry bread gets reinvented as Italian Fry Bread with the addition of some Italian herbs and seasonings.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend (I used Penzey's Frozen Pizza Blend)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Olive oil, for frying


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, herb blend, onion and garlic powders, and salt. Add warm water slowly, and mix dough until soft but not super sticky. (I did this in my KitchenAid mixer on low, and it took 20 seconds or so, but you can do it by hand.) Sometimes a touch more flour or water will be needed to get the right consistency.
  2. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut with a large round cookie cutter. I used a large-mouth glass because I was too lazy to find my cookie cutters! I then rolled out each cut bread just a bit more, because I found I had the best success with a 4-inch diameter biscuit. My dough made 10 breads.
  3. Add oil to a heavy skillet just enough to cover the bottom. Heat oil until it shimmers. Add a few bread rounds to hot oil (oil will only come part way up the sides of the dough disc) until bubbles appear on top of dough. Turn over and fry other side until golden. The frying process will take between 1-3 minutes per bread.
  4. Makes about 10 (4-inch) breads.


Italian Fry Bread recipe on the blog ShockinglyDelicious.comOut of the oven and ready for action!

I found inspiration for this recipe over at the food blog Hun What’s For Dinner, written by Cindy Jamieson. She loves to cook and bakes to relax. She learned from her mom (so did I!), from Food TV, and has won a handful of awards for her recipes. I saw she won an award in 2014 from Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show for her Broccoli Cheddar Scones, so I bookmarked that recipe.

I had been browsing her site for inspiration, and found a bunch of other intriguing ideas: I have always wanted to try a fried pickle. And I know we’re done with Christmas, but her Grinch Salad, outside the month of December, is called a Watergate Salad, and it is one of my retro faves. And her Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing will be perfect for all the salads I love to create. Maybe I’ll make her Bread Machine Garlic Bread to go with my salad.

Thanks for all the ideas this month, Cindy! Your fry bread rocks!

Italian Fry Bread in dappled sun on the blog ShockinglyDelicious.comSecret Recipe Club button on Shockingly DeliciousI was assigned her blog as part of Secret Recipe Club, a sort of secret-Santa project for food bloggers. We are to quietly explore and cook for a month from this secret blog, and today is our reveal day of the recipe we have chosen to present.

If you’d like to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month, browse the photo array below.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara February 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm

Oh wow, now that is amazing looking bread, nicely done!!


Sarah February 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

You had me at “fried”. This looks so good! Welcome to Group A!!!


Dorothy Reinhold February 2, 2016 at 10:54 am

Thank you! SRC rocks!


Diane February 1, 2016 at 5:45 pm

This is a very fun recipe with lots of flavor from where I’m sitting! I have never tried to make fry bread. I love your Italian take on this recipe!


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm

I hadn’t either, before this! It was fun!


Platter Talk February 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm

What a delicious and original looking treat this fry bread is; thanks so much for sharing!


Linda (Meal Planning Maven) February 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm

What a great idea to make an Italian version of Indian fry bread! Looks like the Secret Recipe Club is lots of fun!


Lori Hart February 1, 2016 at 4:50 pm

This is awesome! I can’t wait to try it. Loved your choice this month


Joy @ Joy Love Food February 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm

What a great idea to make an Italian version of Indian fry bread, it sounds amazing, I bet my kids would love it too!


Nicole February 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm

These fry breads sound delicious! What a great idea 🙂


Vicky and Ruth February 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

What a great recipe idea, you improved on bread wow!! It is definitely the perfect dish to feed always hungry teenagers.


Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet February 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

I had a friend who was navajo and made fry bread! It was THE best! Yours looks amazing!


LydiaF February 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Great idea to flavor the dough with the Italian seasoning. It would have been a hit at our house, I’m sure. 🙂


Laura @MotherWouldKnow February 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Dorothy, What a creative and ethnicity-bending way to change up your Secret Recipe Club selection for this month! Hope your son and his friends appreciated your creativity as much as I’m sure they appreciated your fry bread.


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Thank YOU! Not sure about teen boys and appreciation. If the plates are clean, I know they liked it.


Molly Kumar February 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

Omg, deep fried Italian bread – I’m sooooo loving it. We make something similar but never with Italian seasoning. Will definitely make soon.


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

I actually ate some for breakfast! Not sure it is for everyone in the morning, but I liked it!


Jenn February 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

These looks wonderful! So soft and fluffy and delicious!


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

I really like them! They have a bit of a chew (at least mine did), which I like.


Sid February 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

I love fry bread, and what a great twist, hmmm. Those do look yummy. Welcome to Group A, btw.


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Thank you! I do so enjoy SRC!


Anna February 1, 2016 at 6:33 am

I love fry bread, but I never thought to make it Italian. These look so good!


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm

They surprised me with how good they were! I guess I haven’t had fry bread very often.


SallyBR February 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

There you are! What a great recipe for your first job with Group A!

I had Indian fry bread in a little place in Oklahoma, but it’s been years! Never thought of making at home and this Italian version indeed rocks!

Happy Reveal Day!


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 6:24 am

I’m here, I’m here! Any SRC Monday is guaranteed to be a good day!


Trisha February 1, 2016 at 12:37 am

I can only imagine how good these were. They sound amazing. I had a great time going through your blog this month. I tried out your recipe for the Dutch Baby Oven Pancakes and really enjoyed it.


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 6:25 am

Thank you, thank you, for highlighting my blog so well! So glad you liked the Dutch Baby Pancakes…one of my favorites!


susan / the wimpy vegetarian January 31, 2016 at 9:28 pm

This looks just fabulous! I love how easy it looks, and I’ve been looking for griddle breads lately – so this is perfect timing for me!! A big huge welcome to Group A!!!


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2016 at 6:26 am

SRC is such a fun group! Thanks for the kind words.


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