Delicious Gabubu Bread Recipe

Eating the same type of bread daily must be boring, right? If you are bored of the same old rolls and sliced bread, try this Gabubu bread recipe. I can guarantee this bread will be unlike any other bread you may have tried to date! 

Easy Gabubu Bread Recipe

Before we begin with the recipe for this bread, many of you are probably wondering what Gabubu bread is. (I did, too!) Well, it is very similar to a Native American fry bread, with a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior. However, unlike fry bread, Gabubu bread uses less fat for cooking. 

Instead of deep frying, Gabubu bread is made by shallow frying it in a skillet, using less oil. Where is this delicious delicacy from, though? Although popular now, Gabubu bread may be difficult to find outside South Dakota. 

This bread is so prevalent in this region that people often term it the official bread of South Dakota! Fry bread was famous amongst the families in West River and South Dakota. However, in a quest to look for a cheaper option, they came up with this fantastic recipe! 

Before making this recipe, I wondered what else made it unique besides its texture. Well, simple ingredients, the ease of making the bread, and the recipe’s versatility make this recipe a star. 

Equipments Required

  • Measuring Cups: To get the perfect Gabubu bread with a crispy exterior and a soft interior, it is essential to be precise with the ingredients, and hence, you should use measuring cups. Ensure that your measuring cup is leveled every time you measure an ingredient. 
  • Measuring Spoons: To get the correct measurements, measuring spoons can be used to measure ingredients needed in smaller quantities for this recipe. 
  • Bowl: You will need a large bowl to mix all your ingredients and prepare the bread dough. 
  • Rolling Pin: This will help evenly roll out the bread before it is cooked. 
  • Spatula: To flip the bread while cooking. 
  • Cast Iron Skillet: A cast iron skillet is the best option for making bread, as it ensures even heat distribution. However, if you don’t have one, you can also use a regular skillet or a frying pan. 
Gabubu Bread Ingredients

Preparation And Cooking Time

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
20 Minutes30 Minutes50 Minutes

How To Make Gabubu Bread At Home

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Easy Gabubu Bread Recipe
  • For this recipe, avoid using oil with a lower smoking point, like safflower or flaxseed oil, especially for frying the bread. 
  • Mix the dough as gently as you can to prevent unnecessary gluten formation. 
  • To ensure even cooking, cook only one Gabubu bread at a time, even if it is small. 
  • Ensure your heat is low or medium to prevent the oil from burning or reaching its smoke point too quickly, leaving it with a rancid flavor. 
  • Serve the Gabubu bread immediately, as it is one of those types of bread that is best enjoyed when it is piping hot. 
  • For a crispier dough, preheat your skillet before adding it.

FAQs About Gabubu Bread

Nutritional Information Per Serving

However, Gabubu bread is a decently healthy option to enjoy in moderation and occasionally. Although it has few calories or fat, it is also cooked in a lot of oil, so it is best to have it just sometimes. 

To verify whether or not Gabubu bread is healthy and the amount of macro and micronutrients present in the same, you can have a look at the table with all the nutritional values for this bread.

Calories181.3 kcal
Carbohydrates33.2 g
Protein2.1 g
Fat2.9 g
Cholesterol3 mg
Sodium664 mg
Fiber0 g

Gabubu bread is moderately healthy and can be enjoyed by people on various diets. It is great for a vegan, vegetarian, or lactose-free diet. However, it may not be the best option for those on a gluten-free or keto diet or for people trying to lose weight. 

Gabubu Bread Recipe

Recipe Variations For Different Diets

  1. Gluten-Free Diet: Those on a gluten-free diet must substitute gluten-free flour for the one used in this recipe. The result may differ from Gabubu bread made with all-purpose flour; however, it will still taste amazing. 
  2. Keto-Diet: Unfortunately, those on a keto diet may have to try a completely different recipe for Gabubu bread, which is made with eggs rather than flour. Sadly, there is no way to eliminate carbohydrates from this particular recipe. 
  3. Low-Calorie Diet: Although this bread does not have a high-calorie count, the all-purpose flour and too much oil may be troublesome for those trying to lose weight. To make it healthier, switch the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and use less fat while shallowly frying the bread. 

Storing And Reheating This Recipe

Storing This Bread: 

  1. On The Counter: If you made your bread a few hours before you would like to eat it, you can just leave it on the counter. I recommend wrapping the bread in aluminum foil to preserve heat and natural flavor. 
  2. In The Refrigerator: To enjoy the pre-made bread another day, it is best to refrigerate it. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container. Keep the airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. 
  3. In The Freezer: Ideally, gabubu bread should not be frozen. However, if you must, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. After that, put it in the freezer, and remember to thaw it before reheating. 

Reheating This Bread: 

  1. In The Microwave: A quick way to get your Gabubu bread all hot and steaming is to heat it in the microwave. Set the microwave at the highest heat setting, and heat the bread on a microwave-safe plate for 30-second intervals until piping hot. Depending on your microwave’s size and heat setting, your bread should be ready in 1-2 minutes.  
  2. On A Pan: This method of heating Gabubu bread is much more efficient, as it retains the outer crispy texture. Heat your cast iron pan with oil, and place the Gabubu bread in it. Let it heat on each side for a few minutes, then serve hot and enjoy. 
  3. In The Oven: You can reheat your Gabubu bread in the oven. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and place the bread in it. Let it heat up for 5-8 minutes until steaming hot, and then you are done! 

What To Serve With This Recipe

Gabubu bread, like Native American fry bread, is delicious enough to be enjoyed on its own. However, the options are endless if you would rather have it with something on the side! Since this bread has a neutral flavor, it will go well with sweet and savory sides. 

For those with a giant sweet tooth, this gabubu bread can be like a pancake, topped with maple syrup or chocolate sauce. A delicious blueberry compote and whipped cream will also flavor this dish. 

As far as sweetness goes, my favorite combination with this recipe will always be to sprinkle some cinnamon, brown sugar, and a little cream cheese frosting on top. Now, coming to the savory side, the options are endless! 

To make this bread the ultimate breakfast treat, you can serve it with mashed avocados or scrambled eggs and bacon. Besides, this bread will go well with a delicious beef stew, or even a well-made chicken curry will do it justice! 

Printable Version

Delicious Gabubu Bread Recipe

Author : Ashwini Rakhe
Serving : 4 Portions
Calories : 181.3 kcal
Total time : 50 minutes
Gabubu bread is a type of American bread often eaten for breakfast. Making gabubu bread at home can be a fun and rewarding project, and the results will taste much better than anything you can buy at a store. This recipe will show you how to make utterly delicious gabubu bread!
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  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1.5 cups Milk
  • Canola Oil or Lard for frying


  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Spatula
  • Cast-Iron Skillet


  • Add sifted flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder to a bowl, ensuring it is not too old and has not expired.
    Gabubu Bread step 1.1
  • Follow that by adding the canola oil and milk to the dry ingredients.
    Gabubu Bread step-2.1
  • Start mixing and kneading the ingredients gently.
    Gabubu Bread step-3.1
  • Mix the ingredients well until it forms a smooth dough, and transfer the same to a floured surface.
    Gabubu Bread step-4.1
  • Now, cut out four equal portions of the dough.
    Gabubu Bread step-5.1
  • Roll out each portion of the dough into a flatbread with uniform thickness.
    Gabubu Bread step-6.1
  • Transfer the rolled Gabubu bread dough to a hot cast iron skillet with canola oil or lard. Cook for 8-10 minutes on a low to medium heat until the bread browns.
    Gabubu Bread step-7.1
  • Flip the bread and cook the other side, adding a little bit of oil. Once done on both sides, which should take about 20-30 minutes, transfer the bread to a plate lined with paper towels to drain off the excess oil.
    Gabubu Bread step-8.1
  • Your Gabubu Bread is ready.
    Easy Gabubu Bread Recipe
Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time : 30 minutes
Total Time : 50 minutes
Cuisine : American
Course : Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch


Serving : 1Portion  |  Calories : 181.3kcal  |  Carbohydrates : 33.2g  |  Protein : 2.1g  |  Fat : 2.9g  |  Cholesterol : 3mg  |  Sodium : 664mg

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Gabubu bread is a South Dakota delicacy that needs much more recognition than it currently receives. 

The bread is so easy to make, which is surely a plus. But other than that, of course, it is super delicious! This is one of those recipes that makes you go in awe just by seeing how a bunch of simple ingredients can make something so delicious. 

It goes perfectly well with sweet and savory sides, making it the ultimate bread choice for any meal. However, one thing that I recommend here is to eat the bread in moderation, as it does have a lot of carbohydrates, and fat. 

So now, don’t wait to try this fantastic recipe! When you try this recipe out, let me know in the comments how it turned out for you, regardless of whether you tried the original recipe or one of its variations. Now, I will take your leave and wish you happy bread-making! 

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