Fried dumplings

Jamaican Fried Dumplings (Festival) Recipe

A Beloved Classic: Jamaican Fried Dumplings

These Jamaican fried dumplings have earned a permanent spot on our dining table. They have become a regular staple in my household, with my children and I often taking charge of making them. Over time, my children have become experts in shaping the dough, often coming up with creative and interesting designs.

If you have little ones who are interested in cooking, I highly encourage you to involve them in the process of shaping the dough. It’s a fun and engaging activity that they will undoubtedly enjoy. 

Dumplings come in various forms, with the Chinese version being the oldest. However, the Chinese approach can be quite complex. In contrast, our delicious Jamaican fried dumplings only require five simple ingredients and straightforward steps. Once you have mixed all the ingredients together to form a soft dough, you can choose to fry them immediately or set them aside for later. For the best results, it is recommended to fry the dumplings on medium to low heat.

These fried dumplings make a fantastic accompaniment to other Jamaican dishes such as Jamaican Curry Goat, fish dishes, jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, and more. While the classic Jamaican dumpling recipe traditionally includes cornmeal, you can still enjoy them without it and they will taste just as delightful!

Now, let’s dive into the recipe and discover how to make these mouth-watering Jamaican fried dumplings.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings
fried dumplings

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

This recipe include four easy steps to make your very own crispy fried dumplings.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Author: Lucy KING


  • 300g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) cornmeal (optional)
  • 1 cup/ 250ml whole milk (optional) you can also use water. Milk create a softer and more tender texture.
  • 1 cup / 250ml vegetable oil


  • Add the self-raising flour in a mixing bowl then, add sugar, salt and cornmeal. Mix for few seconds then, add cold milk and mix to form a soft dough. Cover with cling film then set aside for 30 minutes.
    You can also add the sugar into the liquid before pouring in the flour.
  • Work the dough for 2-3 minutes then divide into pieces and mould into shape.
  • Pour 1 cup of vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the dumplings in medium heat for 7-8 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  • Place the fried dumplings on a paper towel to drain the excess oil and server.

These Jamaican fried dumplings are a true delight for the taste buds. Their crispy exterior and soft, fluffy interior make them a perfect accompaniment to any meal. Whether you choose to enjoy them with Jamaican Curry Goat, fish dishes, jerk chicken, or simply on their own, these dumplings are sure to satisfy your cravings. So gather your little ones and embark on a culinary adventure as you shape and fry these delectable treats together.

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