Traditional Recipes

Jamaican Johnny Cakes – Fried Dumpling Recipe

Johnny Cakes

Johnny Cakes is a favorite in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. It is a side dish with is typically served with main breakfast meals like ackee & saltfish, callaloo, liver and/or red herring.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter or margarine until the mixture forms marble-sized doughballs. Add the water 1 teaspoon at a time, just enough to bring the dough together with a firm consistency.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed frying pot over medium-low heat until hot
  3. Break off peices and Form the dough into slightly flattened biscuits, about 2 inches across. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough well, for about five minutes.
  4. Fry the Johnny Cakes, uncrowded, in the hot oil only until they become golden–(Approx abou t2- 3 minutes)
  5. Remove they Johnny cakes with and drain on a paper towels to absorb the extra vegetable oil.
  6. Johnny cakes are usually served for breakfast with Bully Beef or Ackees. (Serves 6)



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