Jamaican Dumplings

Have you ever tasted dumplings in Jamaican recipe? Crispy golden-brown wrapper with the whole dough made of flour inside, Jamaican dumplings (also known as Johnny Cakes) are a “must-serve” food at Jamaican Festival. Not just that, they are a staple food for breakfast, lunch and dinner when served with other foods such as eggs, fish, callaloo, ackee, or meat.

In this article, we introduce the most common recipe for Jamaican dumplings. If you are a big fan of dumplings or just get interested in getting here, keep scrolling.

Jamaican Dumplings

Recipe by Anna SmallingCourse: BreakfastCuisine: JamaicanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 4 cup all-purpose four

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying

  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Rub in butter until it is in pieces no larger than peas.
  • Add 3 teaspoons water at a time, just enough to bring the dough together with a firm consistency.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead well to form smooth dough (about five minutes).
  • Cover the dough with air tight and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Break off pieces of the dough and shape in sized balls.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When it’s hot enough to fry, put these balls and fry. Make sure to put enough dumplings to avoid being crowded.
  • Flip dumplings to fry on both sides until golden brown (about 3 minutes per side).
  • Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels before serving.


  • Aside from fried, Jamaican dumplings can also be boiled and served in soup. Choose your preferred type!

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories472
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 19.8g 31%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 41mg 14%
  • Sodium 855mg 36%
  • Total Carbohydrate 64g 22%
    • Protein 8.8g 18%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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