How to Fry Dough Using Frozen Bread Dough

A bowl of dough.
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Fried bread dough is the basis for a variety of recipes and confections, including Navajo tacos and some fritters. The frying process makes the dough crispy and brown on the outside while retaining a soft center. While you can use your own bread recipe to make fried bread, using frozen bread dough can expedite the process. Once you allow the dough to thaw, it's ready to use in the same way you'd use fresh dough.


Step 1

Take the frozen rolls out of the freezer. Frozen rolls are easiest to use since they are already pre-portioned. Place the rolls 3 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet. If you're using one large ball of frozen dough, spray a bowl with nonstick spray and place the ball in the bowl.

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Step 2

Allow the frozen dough to sit uncovered on your kitchen counter. The dough is ready to use once it has thawed completely, is room temperature and doubles in size.

Step 3

Pour 2 inches of oil in a large frying pan and heat to 350 degrees F. Check the oil's temperature with a food thermometer, or place the end of a wooden spoon in the oil. When the oil bubbles around the spoon, it's ready for frying.

Step 4

Flatten a roll or a portion of bread dough into the size and shape you want. The thicker the dough is, the longer it will take to cook and the softer it will be. For crispier fried bread, shape into thinner patties.


Step 5

Place the dough carefully into the oil with tongs to avoid splattering. Cook for three to four minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

Step 6

Remove the bread dough with the tongs and set it on a paper towel-covered plate to drain. Top with taco toppings, honey butter or jam.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking pan

  • Frozen roll dough

  • Oil

  • Frying pan

  • Tongs

  • Plate

  • Paper towel

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