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Fried Bake For Bake And Shark.

Ever since Andrew Zimmerman raved about the Bake and Shark sandwiches he gobbled down on Maracas beach in Trinidad a few years back, requests for this recipe were overwhelming at times. This prompted me to post a recipe where I cheated a bit and used pizza dough I found at a local grocery store:  Rustic Fry Bake Recipe. I’m not a huge fan of kneading dough, which explains why I used pre-made dough. Today we’ll start off a three part series, where I’ll show you (with the help of my mom…and dad) how to make fried bakes from scratch, the fried shark for the sandwich filling and finally… the creamy coleslaw as the topping.

If you’re like me and intimidated by making dough.. “moms” will show us how simple it is and how easily we can be BEST at making fried bakes. BTW, these may also be known as fry roti, floats and fried dumplings.. very close to johnny cakes as well.

You’ll Need…

3 cups all-purpose flour *
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon yeast (instant)
1 cup water * (warm)
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
veg oil for frying

Notes: You can certainly use a combo of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour if you’d like… to make it a bit healthier? You may need a bit more water as the flour you’re using may be a bit different than the one I used..adjust accordingly. I ended up using 1 1/4 cups water.

In a large bowl place the flour, yeast, salt, margarine, shortening and baking powder. Use your hands to mix everything together.. break up the margarine and shortening. The flour will take on the consistency of peas. Now start adding the water and form into a smooth dough. Please make sure the water is luke warn to help the yeast activate. It will take about 5 minutes of kneading to form a smooth dough. You can always use your standing mixer or food processor if you wish.

Now cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap to make it air tight and place it in a warm corner of your kitchen. Allow it to ‘rest’ for about 45 minutes. (we dusted the top of the dough with some flour)

After 45 minutes, it’s time to work the dough into smaller dough balls.  All you have to do is break the main dough ball into 5 equal sized smaller balls (like the size of a tennis ball). Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet (after you smooth them out) and cover with a kitchen towel to ‘rest’ further. All it takes is 15 minutes this time.

It’s now time to shape them into bake-like form and fry them. Set up a sort of station… the frying pan with the vegetable oil and a draining basket lined with paper towels.

Rub a little veg oil on your kitchen counter surface (we won’t be using a rolling pin) and place one of the dough balls.. rub some veg oil on your fingers and start to stretch the dough while pressing to form a 6 inch (diameter) circle. Work from the center out.

Heat about 2 cups of vegetable oil (any oil you like) on med/high and gently add the now formed bakes into the pot. Remember to place it away from your body, when adding it to the hot oil.

As soon as it hits the oil, be prepared to flip them over (my dad used a fork), this way you’ll have evenly fried and shaped fry bales. Allow them to cook for about 3 minutes, flipping them a couple times so each side cooks evenly. You can also spoon the hot oil on the exposed surface if you like.. not really necessary though. You’re looking for a crispy surface and a golden colour.

It’s then time to fish them out of the hot oil and place on the paper towels to drain off the extra oil. Repeat the steps until they are all fried.

See how easy this was? All you have to do now is slice them open and stuff with the fried shark, saltfish buljol or any of your favourite Caribbean dishes. I also like ripping these and eating with curry dishes..especially vegetarian ones.

Stay tuned for the other 2 parts in this bake and shark 3 part series.

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29 Responses to “Fried Bake For Bake And Shark.”

  1. Sue Sim says:


  2. Sue Sim says:

    I made and they were awesome. I used 2cups flour, 1tbsp white sygar and 1/2cup water, that gave ne six bakes

  3. Sue Sim says:

    It was awesome I used 2cups flour and half cup water and added a little white sugar and I got six bakes

  4. Kate says:

    Tried this and my bakes turned out awesome!!!! Thx much!

  5. Urban says:

    Like this recipe and will try soon. What I’d like and have looked and searched around site and couldn’t find is a “Johnny Cake” dish/recipe. I remember eating lots of things often breakfast dishes like Saltfish and Johnny Cakes.

    • MaryTX says:

      My husband’s family is from the island of Saba. They make awesome johnnycake! I’ll get the recipe and post here soon.

  6. Christy says:

    the bakes were perfection, i used 3 tablespoons of butter and no shortening.

  7. Christy says:

    The bakes were perfection!!! I did 3 tablespoons butter and no shortening

  8. Coconutwoman says:

    The bakes turned out perfectly. My Irish-Canadian husband loved it. Said it was the best bake he has ever eaten. Boy, were they ever big. Think I would make six bakes next time, instead of five. Had to settle for scrambled eggs, baked ham and avocadoes instead of shark or salt fish, but it was still great.

  9. Ms. Panda. says:

    Listen, this is the best recipe for bakes or (float in my country). I used butter only, brown sugar and a little nutmeg. YUM

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Great recipe! I used my bread maker (on dough setting) to mix and kneed the dough and it turned out wonderful, without the work ;) I followed my machines instructions, liquids on the bottom (water and soft butter), followed by flour and then the rest. I did add abt 3 tbsp more water. From the machine right to the stove. No more rest needed.

  11. Browne says:

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for sharing. I tried this recipe and it was perfect. I love bakes but never had a good recipe, so thanks so much!

  12. Beverly says:

    My mom used to make this a lot. I use self rising flour (do not add salt, baking soda/powder). They turn out great.

  13. Amina W. says:

    I thank you for sharing this easy recipe. It came out perfect. I used all butter and and not as much water and added a touch of brown sugar. My kids didn't even want to eat dinner they only wanted the bake. I am going to try more recipes. Thank goodness you are using your gift to help others.


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