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Bannock, Fry Bread from the Yukon

Basket of Bannock

Bannock, also known as fry bread or Indian bread, is found throughout North American Native cuisine. Fry bread is often made by the Inuit and other First Nations peoples.

It’s generally prepared with white or whole wheat flour, baking powder and water, which is combined and kneaded (sometimes with dried fruits, spices, or other flavorings). It’s then fried in rendered fat, vegetable oil, or shortening, baked in an oven or sometimes cooked on a stick over an open fire.


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water
  • Shortening


  1. In a cast iron pan on med-high, heat 1 lb of shortening.
  2. Stir together 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, and pinch of salt
  3. Add water, stirring until a very soft sticky batter forms (it will be lumpy – do not over stir)
  4. Drop by tablespoonful into the hot shortening
  5. Flip once when bottom side is golden brown
  6. Brown other side and remove from pan into a warm roaster and put into warm oven.
  7. Server with soup, stew, or chowder, or use for dessert/breakfast and serve with fresh rosehip jelly.

Recipe courtesy of Sky High Wilderness Ranch, Whitehorse, Yukon. Read the account of our dog sledding adventure.

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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at

5 thoughts on “Bannock, Fry Bread from the Yukon

  1. Yukonner

    This is a good recipe, but just so you know there is no Inuit in the Yukon and we don’t call them eskimos anymore. Its like if you were saying negro for black people, its pejorative. You should change your title and description even if its a old post. But you’re right, Yukon First Nations eat and love bannock!

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