Perfect Fried Bread
fried bread

Perfect Fried Bread

Total time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 slices
fried bread

Fried bread is the perfect accompaniment to a full English breakfast.

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What do I need?

Fried bread is really easy to make and only needs three ingredients plus a frying pan. Because English fried bread is shallow not deep fried.

Most recipes only use bread and some fat or oil to fry it in. This recipe additionally uses a small amount of milk to quickly dunk the bread in before frying which keeps the centre moist and stops the bread absorbing too much fat.

two slices of bread frying in a pan
Beautifully crispy bread shallow frying in a pan

Fried Bread or Toast?

It has become normal now to be asked in any British cafe or restaurant if you would like white or brown toast with your fried breakfast. So to have the experience of a proper traditional full English you need the perfect fried bread.

You will find when travelling around the country you are more likely to be offered it in the north of England rather than the south.

full english breakfast
The other way – with toast

What Type of Bread To Use?

Ordinary sliced white bread a couple of days old will fry best as it has lost some of its moisture content.

But if you want to keep your cholesterol levels low, then eating fried white bread on a regular basis is not the best way to go about it. But having the occasional slice and/or English breakfast as part of a balanced diet will not do you any harm and just tastes so good!

fried bread with a fried egg on top
Serving suggestion

Try a slice with a fried egg on top. The crispy golden bread with a runny yolk is a perfect match.

So use my recipe to make a quick lunchtime treat with an egg on top or for the full English breakfast experience. I guarantee it won’t disappoint!

As Part of a Full English

There is nothing like a Full English breakfast to set up you up for a days work. So when you order yours add to that a mug of hot tea, some brown sauce and of course fried bread.

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The Full English with crispy fried bread

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Perfect Fried Bread

You can’t have a full English breakfast without fried bread.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: 🇬🇧 British
Keyword: bread, British
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 slices
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Richard


  • Frying Pan


  • 2 slices thick white bread
  • 120 ml milk
  • 3 tablespoons duck fat goose fat or beef dripping


  • Heat the fat in a frying pan until it is very hot (almost smoking). Meanwhile, pour the milk into a saucer or shallow dish and take two slices of thick cut bread and ‘dunk’ them on both sides in the milk. This prevents them from absorbing too much fat and keeps the middle of the bread nice and moist.
  • Place the bread in the frying pan (stand back – it sizzles!), leave for about 30 seconds, then check the underside to see if it’s browning. Keep checking until it is golden brown (it’s easy to burn if you’re not careful) then turn the bread over and cook the other side in the same way. You will almost certainly find that you have to add more fat as you cook, since fried bread does absorb it quite a lot.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

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  1. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but it sounds delicious

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