How to Keep Indian Fry Bread Fresh

by Brynne Chandler

The delicate crispness and mild, nutty flavor of Indian fry bread hot out of the oil or fresh off of the grill is a treat enjoyed throughout the western and southwestern United States. Born out of poverty and deprivation, this simple bread is a testament to the resilience and creativity of the Native Americans cooks who created it. Indian fry bread is best when first cooked, but it reheats well so that you can make a slightly larger batch than you need for one meal.

Fold two or three paper towels to fit inside of a resealable plastic container.

Place a wire rack on top of the paper towels if you have one that fits inside of your container. Use 6 to 8 small crumpled aluminum foil balls if you do not have a wire rack. This is not a necessary step, but it helps keep the bottom of the fry bread from becoming mushy.

Place the fry bread inside of the container and press or snap the lid into place.

Store in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard or pantry for no more than three days to ensure that it does not develop mold.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels
  • Wire rack or crumpled aluminum foil balls (optional)
  • Plastic container with lid


  • Place Indian fry bread in an oven, preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it is heated through and starting to crisp on the outside.


  • Do not store Indian fry bread in the refrigerator because the moisture will cause it to develop an unpleasantly mealy texture.

About the Author

Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.

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