Embracing the culture, traditions and people of Belize is very easy to do when you visit the country. The people of Belize are humble, hard working and open to sharing their traditions and cuisine to those who are willing to listen and learn.

This is what this blog is all about. Sharing the recipes of Belize with you. The simple recipes that will be featured are from an incredible woman, whom we grew to love as she was our cook during one of our visits to Belize. Her name is Ms P and every dish she served was a food lovers dream come true!

Authentic Belizean Recipes – Fry Jacks

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Every morning we were treated to the tantalizing aromas of bacon, eggs, beans and fry jacks being masterfully created by Ms P.


When I asked her what her secret was to creating these delectable dishes, Ms P simply answered, “I cook with love!”



The first recipe that I will be sharing with you is Fry Jack:

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

3 level tsp baking powder

1-1/2 tbsp Shortening

1-1/2 cup water

Vegetable oil for cooking


Mix all dry ingredients together. Add shortening and cut into the dry ingredients. The dry ingredients and shortening will end up looking crumbly with small bits of shortening throughout the mixture. I used butter instead of shortening, the result was the same, Fantastic!

Add water to the dry ingredient mixture, kneed into dough. Make a ball of dough, cover and let sit for 20 minutes.

Heat 1-1/2 inches of oil in fry pan. Using a small piece of dough, drop the dough into the oil to test that dough starts to rise. If the oil is to hot, it will burn and not rise.

Roll out dough like 14 inch, thin crust pizza. Cut into 9 pieces. Add to oil. The dough will puff up and brown on one side, flip to other side till brown. Stay close during this step as the jacks can burn quickly


Serve with your favorite jam, syrup, honey or with the rest of your breakfast.


This is a very easy recipe. Within 30 minutes you and your family can enjoy this amazing treat as a snack or as part of your main breakfast.

There is just one last ingredient to add: a pinch of love. Love is the ingredient that brings family and friends together.


Enjoy this wonderful recipe. Be careful though, over consumption of this recipe can cause laughter, smiles and your waistline to increase.

18 Responses to Authentic Belizean Recipes – Fry Jacks

  • I love Belize foods.

  • Sara says:

    I’m so glad to find this recipe! My husband and I just got back from a trip to Belize (off the coast of Dangriga). The chef made these for us one morning and we absolutely loved them! Thank you!

  • Simon Pronk says:

    I used the recipe from your blog…..excellent. Just like fry jack we enjoyed in Hopkins this year and Caye Caulker last year…. I made more fry jack today….. I substituted whole flour in place of regular flour…worked out better than I had expected…. I added one more tsp of baking powder to adjust for the flour…. They were very good.

  • M Hulse says:

    I am so happy to know you all enjoying my Belizean food..I am here in the U.S.for nearly 30 yrs my wife and I are Belizeans too..if you want to know about any other recipe feel free to ask.

  • Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next write ups thanks once

  • Ben says:

    I stayed in Hopkins village for about 3 months and the fry Jacks at Siomara’s and at Tina’s restaurants were awesome! Now we are failing to reproduce them at home… :(

    • Allen Kessler says:

      If you follow the recipe it works, others have used slightly different ingredients as mentioned below that may help you out.

      If you are still struggling, send an email and we can walk you though it.

      They are amazing.

  • Louise says:

    I’ve just married a gorgeous belizean man, and your recipes have earned me lots of smiles… He lives in England England now and gets homesick… Fry jack with smiley faces work wonders… Thank you :))

  • jenny says:

    We have just returned from Belize, and of course I am immediately scouring internet for recipes. We stayed at Almond Beach near Hopkins Village and enjoyed many great meals, including Belizean stew chicken and fry jack for breakfast! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will be putting it to use very soon.

  • Shelby says:

    I was wondering do they have to be served warm or kept warm or cold?

  • Angelica says:

    Hello thankx for the recipe my husband is belizean and i would love to find out how to make the the pork beans with dumplings he would absolutely be fascinated if i cooked him that dish thank you in advance!

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  • Elswith says:

    Could you post a real authentic Belizean black cake recipe? I’ve been trying to get that real taste, and haven’t been able to master it as yet. Thanks.

  • nicolasa says:

    im from Belize raised in the USA SINCE 8, seldom stayed in the kitchen whiles moms was cooking so now I have to learn,…cause I LOVE foodY especially crab soup with coconut milk which I have accomplished, and FRIED FLOUR…yum….. my dough always came out hard or stiff,,,,, Thanks Miss P your instructions made the dough PERFECT and it is important to let the DOUGH SIT for that 20MINUTES…I ate mines with stewed steak soaked in ricardo, onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes….iiyyyeee!!!!

  • Steve says:

    Been to Belize 9 times with a class from University of New Hampshire. Fry jack is one of my favorites and I’ll cook some up for our travel group to enjoy back here in snowy NH, USA. thanks for the recipe…I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  • Rachel says:

    I’ve tried these twice and mine are coming out thick. The dough seems really tough. What am I doing wrong. One of my favorites from Belize!!!

  • Allen Kessler says:

    Not enough water and or overworking the dough . let the dough sit for at least 20 mins, comments on march 21 speak to this as well.

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