Chileans have empanadas, Indians have samosas, and Belizeans have fry jacks. Fry jacks, you say? What the heck are those? Fry jacks are a quintessential Belizean deep fried bread. They are sometimes served flat on a plate piled high with anything from veggies to lobster, but most often they are filled with beans, eggs, potatoes or chicken and folded over to make a savory half-moon pie. They are unbelievably light and airy and once you try one you’ll be hooked. Belizean fry jacks have now become one of my favorite foods on Caye Caulker.
What’s the difference between Belizean Fry Jacks and North American Indian Fry Bread?
Although very similar, Belizean fry jacks are much lighter and puffier than North American Indian fry bread. In comparing authentic recipes side-by-side, fry jacks had six times more baking powder than fry bread. Here in Caye Caulker, if fry jacks are being served stuffed, they simply cut slits in the dough before frying to keep them from puffing up too much.
Belizean Fry Jacks Can Also Be Served As Dessert
Dessert fry jacks are very similar to Mexican sopapillas. Although fry jacks in and of themselves are savory – having no sweetener added – they can be drizzled with honey or melted chocolate while still warm to make a tasty dessert that is not too rich or filling.
Where Can I Find Belizean Fry Jacks on Caye Caulker?
Many restaurants here on the island have some sort of fry jack item on their menu. But Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks specializes in this light and puffy fried bread and offers the most varied fry jack menu. It is a small, stand-alone building where you order at the window. Then you can either sit and eat on the small outdoor patio or take your fry jack with you to enjoy at a later time.
Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks
Errolyn’s is located on Middle Street and can get pretty busy during the high season. It closes at 2:00 p.m., so you’ll need to hit it for breakfast or lunch. Their prices are phenomenal – only $0.75 US for one stuffed with beans and $2.00 US for one with ham, eggs and cheese.