4 Easy-to-Prepare Sourdough Fry Bread Recipes

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If you believe that your sourdough starter is the key to making real and healthy food, you’re not wrong! Cooking with sourdough is probably one of the healthiest things to do. Especially when you’re making these super easy-to-prepare sourdough fry bread recipes! The results are incredibly tantalizing, you won’t be able to keep your hands off them!

4 easy to prepare sourdough fry bread recipes

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What is Fry Bread?

Fry bread is a flat pancake made with sourdough discard or a sourdough starter and sprinkled with additional ingredients for a sweet or savory flavor. Fry bread can be eaten alone, as an evening snack, or even as an appetizer.

You can top your sourdough fry bread with a variety of toppings from jams to powdered sugar and maple syrup.

How to Use a Sourdough Discard?

Using a sourdough discard in a variety of recipes is one of the most efficient ways of minimizing wastage. Your sourdough discard requires some attention every now and then, especially if it’s been resting in your fridge for over a month!

You can choose to bake a variety of delicious sourdough discard recipes or throw it away if you find no use for it.

Personally, I don’t like to see my sourdough starter discard at the bottom of a garbage bin, so I’d much rather you stuck around for today’s scrumptious recipe!

Deep-Fried Sourdough Starter

A deep-fried sourdough starter is as easy as a sourdough pancake. Simply load the batter onto a cast iron pan, cook and flip, top with flavor, and voila you’re ready to eat!


  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • ½ tsp unrefined salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • Fresh rosemary


  1. Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat, and pour ½ tablespoon of avocado oil. Caramelize the onions, whilst stirring occasionally.
  2. If you notice that the onions are browning too quickly, simply lower the heat and cook until golden. This should take around 15-20 minutes.
  3. Once the onions have caramelized, remove them from the skillet and set them aside. Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium heat, and add the remainder of the avocado oil in the skillet.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine sourdough starter, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the mixture into the skillet and cook for three minutes. While one side of the fry bread cooks, top the uncooked side with caramelized onions and fresh rosemary.
  6. Flip the fry bread dough to the other side, and cook for 3 additional minutes, until crisp and golden brown.

Tips For The Best Sourdough Fry Bread

  • Cast iron: A cast iron skillet used for frying sourdough starter or discard is certainly a game changer. The difference in texture and taste is too good to ignore. If you’re looking for a super crispy fry-bread then this is the tool you need!
  • Temperature: Cook your sourdough fry bread over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Starter consistency: Aim for a thinner sourdough batter, as this is easier to pour and cook. If you’ve ended up with a thicker batter than planned, then you may want to make it thinner by using water before frying.

4 Easy Fry Bread Recipes

Making fried sourdough starter might be the most amazingly delicious treat you’ve ever sunk your teeth into, but wait till you’ve tried these flavorful pan-fried bread recipes!

  1. Fried sourdough starter bread
  2. Fried sourdough starter scallion bread
  3. Thyme and basil fried sourdough bread
  4. Fried sourdough starter with caramelized onions
  5. Fried sourdough starter with tofu

Fried Sourdough Starter Bread

For this sourdough fry bread treat, you’re going to need ghee for frying the bread, cumin seeds, fresh cilantro leaves, and spring greens.

  1. Place the sourdough discard in a bowl, and add salt, pepper, and chili powder or chili flakes if you want a little less heat.
  2. In a skillet add a spoonful of ghee and let this melt over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds, and wait till they release an aroma. Then sprinkle chopped cilantro lease and spring greens in the center of the skillet; quickly pour the sourdough discard into the pan.
  3. Let this cook for half a minute to a minute, and then sprinkle some more cumin seeds, spring greens, and cilantro on top. Use a spatula to gently flip the sourdough discard fry bread once the edges begin to brown.

Fried Sourdough Starter Scallion Bread

This fried discarded starter is probably one of the simplest fry bread recipes you can make at home. For this recipe, you’ll need sesame seeds, scallions, and toasted sesame seed oil.

  1. Add ½ teaspoon of toasted sesame seed oil to the sourdough batter and mix well, before pouring the discard into the skillet. Sesame oil carries a very strong flavor, so be sure to not overdo it!
  2. In the previous recipe, we used cumin seeds, but here we’re going to add sesame seeds and scallions to the oil. Then pour the sourdough starter discard into the skillet. Pan-fry the bread for a minute or two, then sprinkle some more sesame seeds and scallions on top.

Thyme and Basil Fried Sourdough Bread

This fry-bread is very much Italian-inspired, with flavors like thyme, basil, oregano, and olives binding nicely with the discard to create the perfect treat.

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet, and place some fresh thyme leaves along with olives in the center of the skillet.
  2. Pour in the batter and let this cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Then top this with fresh thyme, dry oregano, basil, and chopped olives.
  4. Don’t forget to cook the other side!

Fried Sourdough Starter With Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions are my favorite ingredient. I like to add them to almost anything. And when it comes to fry-bread recipes, they make the perfect candidate. You’ll need red onions and chopped cilantro for this version.

  1. Slice half an onion, and add this to an oiled skillet, along with chopped cilantro.
  2. Once your onions are glistening, pour your sourdough discard, and cook for a few minutes, before removing and serving.
4 easy to prepare sourdough fry bread recipes

Sourdough Fry Bread

If you love sourdough frybread check out sourdough discard pancakes, or sourdough discard recipes, for more fantastic and delicious recipes!


Is Fry Bread the Same as Fried Dough?

Yes, fry bread has many names, and these include: Fry dough, fry bread, fried bread, doughboys, frying saucers and more.

Is it Okay to Eat Fried Sourdough Starter?

Yes, your sourdough starter is not only incredibly healthy when baked with, but absolutely delicious when fried.

How is Sourdough Bread Different From Regular Bread?

The difference between both types of bread is revealed through the method of baking. Where regular bread is made using a store bought yeast that reacts with gluten, thus making the dough rise, sourdough bread on the other hand requires a natural yeast called a starter.

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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