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Pan-fried flatbread recipe

Pan-fried flatbread is an easy and extremely fast way to use our versatile no-knead bread dough. It's quick enough to serve as a 2am snack and tasty enough to serve to guests at a more traditional hour. Our current favorite use for this recipe is as a delivery mechanism for turkey sandwiches--melted Swiss cheese, pickled peppers, a handful of spinach and a pile of turkey. Hard to beat.

Pan-fried flatbread

While you could certainly make this bread with no or very little oil, we like the flavor that pan-frying brings to the table (especially for sandwiches). It's also easier to cook because the oil makes for great heat transfer and ensures there's no sticking or burned flour.

Pan-fried flatbread -



  • Makes one flatbread
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes


  • 3 oz portion of refridgerated no-knead bread dough (a bit larger than a golfball)
  • 2 tablespoons neutral flavored oil (peanut, canola, etc)
  • Flour for dusting dough


  1. Heat oil over high heat in a heavy bottomed skillet
  2. Flour a board or your counter and the dough ball
  3. Roll the dough ball into a 6-7" circle, about 1/4" thick. You can go larger (and use more dough), just make sure the circle isn't bigger than the bottom of your pan
  4. When oil is hot--it should shimmer--place the dough in (going away from you so that any splashed oil doesn't come towards you)
  5. Fry for aproximately 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip and repeat, the second side should take about half the time. Pop any extra-large bubbles with a knife. 6) Remove flatbread from pan and place on paper towels to soak up any excess oil


  • Oil temperature isn't super critical, but it needs to be at least 300ยบ and not yet smoking. The dough should immediately sizzle when placed in the oil. If the oil is too cool your flatbread will be greasy. The chilled dough will cause an immediate drop in temperature, so err on the side of too hot.
  • These are best served warm, so if you have several to make we suggest keeping them in a slow oven
Posted on March 17th 2009 and last updated on April 24th 2009