Trade Pancakes and Waffles for Fry Jack in Belize

by Giulissa Hernandez

Say goodbye to traditional pancakes and waffles, and say hello to Belize’s beloved breakfast delight: fry jacks! These equally as soft indulgences are a well-beloved household staple in meals. It has even migrated from breakfast to lunch, dinner, and in between. Fryjacks have the heart of almost every Belizean, and steals those of new visitors as well! Join us as we dive into the delectable world of fry jacks—a crispy, golden treat that has captured the hearts (and appetites) of locals and visitors alike.

What Exactly is a Fry Jack?

Fry Jack at Pop’s Restaurant. Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

For the uninitiated, fry jacks are a beloved Belizean breakfast staple made from flour dough. Then it’s rolled out, cut into triangles, and deep-fried until golden brown and puffy. The result? A heavenly combination of crispy, flaky goodness that’s perfect for devouring on its own or pairing with a variety of delicious accompaniments. The reason why fry jacks are so ubiquitous in Belizean households is because they are so easy to make. Consisting of only flour, salt, lard, and water, anyone can make it! 

Fry Jack Fun Facts

Photo Credit: Running W Restaurant

  • Fry jacks are versatile—they can be enjoyed sweet or savory, making them the perfect canvas for culinary creativity.
  • Belizeans often enjoy fry jacks with a dollop of refried beans, eggs, cheese, and a splash of hot sauce for a hearty breakfast feast
  • Though mostly eaten for breakfast, there’s nothing that says you can’t enjoy some fry jacks as a quick bite or a satisfying treat to tide you over until your next meal.
  • In addition to savory accompaniments, fry jacks can also be drizzled with honey, syrup, or jam for those who like their breakfast on the sweeter side of things.
  • As a popular street food, fry jacks are stuffed with chicken, beans, or cheese. They’re known as stuffed jacks.  

Join the Fy Jack Fiesta

Fry Jacks for breakfast please. Photo courtesy Muy’Ono Resorts

Ready to join the fry jack fiesta? Head to any local eatery in Belize, and you’re sure to find this beloved breakfast item on the menu. Whether you’re indulging in a leisurely breakfast at a seaside café or grabbing a quick bite from a roadside stand (like Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks), fry jacks are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a rumble in your belly.

Featured Photo courtesy of Sunbreeze Belize

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