Simple Fry Bake Recipe with Yeast

In the Caribbean, fry bake or fried bake is a deep fried dough that puffs up when frying, making it perfect for sandwiches, especially for breakfast or at the beach. The dough is often circular but can be cut into triangles as well. Buljol, fried shark, fried kingfish, shrimp and lots of veggies and sauces are great fillings for the bake.

In this recipe, I use 2 raising agents to achieve that puffiness – yeast and baking powder. These make the fry bakes lighter and fluffier but, if you prefer, you can use one instead of both.

fried bakes stacked on napkins

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Ingredients for fry bake

Dry ingredients: all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, yeast and sugar. Both the baking powder and yeast act as rising agents and cause the bake to puff up nicely when frying.

Other ingredients: butter, warm water and oil. The butter adds wonderful softness to the bake.

How to make fry bake

Knead the dough

Step 1: Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

dry ingredients for fry bake

Step 2: Crumble butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse mixture. You can use a food processor for this but it is not necessary since you don’t need to keep the dough at a cold temperature.

rub butter intro dry ingredients for fry bake

Step 3: Make a well in the center and add the warm water. It should be warm to activate the yeast.

Step 4: Knead as you would for roti – pressing and squeezing – without folding the dough over onto itself as you would for bread. You should end up with a soft, smooth dough.

fry bake dough

Divide the dough

Step 5: Divide the dough into 2-inch dough balls.

fry bake dough balls

Leave to rest

Step 6: Cover and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. This should give the yeast some time to activate so small air pockets can form when frying.

Roll out and fry

Step 7: Place a large pot on medium heat. Add at least 2 inches of oil for deep frying. Allow to heat up for about five to ten minutes. Check to see if the oil is ready with a bamboo skewer (bubbles should form when you place it in the hot oil).

Step 8: Lightly flour your working surface. Roll out each dough ball into a four-inch or five-inch round bake. Dust off excess flour from the bake. You don’t want flour in the hot oil, it’ll burn.

rolling out trini fry bake

Step 9: Gently add the bake to the hot oil. It should puff up within seconds. Both the yeast and the baking powder are responsible for this action.

frying bake

Step 10: Flip the bake over once it has fully puffed up and allow the other side to brown.

Step 11: Remove from the oil once the bakes have a golden color on both sides.

Step 12: Place the finished fried bake in an airtight container. Cover completely to trap the heat and steam. This will soften the bake. This same tip works for making soft roti too. Serve hot with any filling of your choice like saltfish buljol, fried shark, fried kingfish, pineapple chow, chadon beni sauce, garlic sauce, tamarind sauce, and more.

finished trini fry bake

Trinidad fry bake recipe

fried bakes stacked on napkins
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5 from 2 votes

Trini fry bake (with yeast and baking powder)

Fry bake is a fried dough that puffs up in the hot oil, making a perfect pocket for any tasty filling. This fry bake recipe is easy to make and you’re done within the hour.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: fry bake
Servings: 7
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Ros Singh


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • tsp yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter (approx. 50 grams)
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • oil for frying


  • Add flour, baking powder, yeast, salt and sugar to a large bowl.
  • Mix to incorporate.
  • Rub the butter into the dry ingredients to form a coarse mixture.
  • Add warm water.
  • Knead to form a smooth dough.
  • Divide into 2-inch dough balls.
  • Place on a baking tray and cover.
  • Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Place a large pot on medium heat. Add oil and leave to heat up.
  • Remove one dough ball and lightly flour it and your working surface.
  • Roll out the dough to form a 4-inch or 5-inch circular bake.
  • Dust off excess flour.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the bake to the pot.
  • Leave the bake to raise and puff up.
  • Flip over and allow both sides to develop a golden color.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Place in airtight container to trap the heat and steam.
  • Cut along its length to open its pocket.
  • Fill with your preferred filling.
  • Serve hot.


  1. 5 stars
    The recipe is easy to follow and detailed especially with the step by step pictures. The bake came out great soft and fluffy on the inside.

  2. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe to practice making bake and it came out so good. You would swear I bought it from Maracas. 10/10 dear.

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