Traditional Croatian recipes

Fry bread

Fry bread

By Rosana Serves: 6
Prep Time: 1:15 min Cooking Time: 45 min

Fry bread is a typical dish of the northern Croatian climate in which Međimurje, my hometown, is located. It is known that the local events will not pass without fry bread. Fry bread is a fine piece of leavened dough fried in hot oil. Because it has a neutral taste, we eat it with various toppings: cream, ajvar, cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, tartar, garlic, chocolate, or jam. My favorite toppings are chopped garlic and cream, while my husband loves using any sweet topping from melted chocolate or jam to pure sugar. I know that might sound crazy, but actually, it’s good, you should try it! We add yogurt to the Međimurje version of fry bread for a reason. After adding yogurt, fry bread does not absorb much oil during frying, so it’s not very greasy. Try the recipe for real Međimurje fry bread. Write down which topping you eat with your Fry Bread?


  • 1000 grams flour
  • 14 grams of dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 360 grams yogurt
  • 200 milliliters milk
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Water



Add 14 g of yeast to 200 ml of warm milk. Let it sit for 5 min.


In a large bowl, mix 1000 g flour, 1 tbsp sea salt, 1 egg, yeast milk and 360 g of yogurt. Add about 500 ml of water and extra flour as needed. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and pliable. Cover with a cloth and let rise for about 30 mins.


Divide the risen dough into 15 pieces. Shape into balls and let it sit for 30 minutes.


Using your hands, spread the balls on a work-coated work surface into a round shape and fry in hot oil on both sides until they turn golden yellow.(approx 1 min each side).


Drain the fry bread from excess oil on a paper towel and serve with topping as desired.

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