Fried Donuts (so easy!)

This attempt to make fried donuts was inspired by local Thai and Chinese restaurants. They serve these freshly fried donuts dipped in sugar or sometimes left plain and are served with a sweetened condensed milk and chopped peanuts dipping sauce. My co-worker and friend, Lynn, mentioned seeing them using what looked like biscuits in a can…so I told her I would try them! They turned out great!

Fried Donuts

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Fried Donuts Recipe


Grands Jr. Refrigerated Biscuits, buttermilk, 8 count

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, in a bowl

vegetable oil for frying


  1. Heat the oil at medium heat until it gets very hot.

  2. Open the can of biscuits and separate them out on a plate. (Optional: use a round cookie cutter to cut out center.)

  3. Fry biscuits in batches about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.

  4. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to sit on paper towels to drain for about a minute or two.

  5. Place one at a time into bowl with sugar using spoon, cover the donut with sugar.

  6. Repeat steps 3, 4 & 5 until finished.

  7. Serve immediately.


  • If you want more donuts and/or would like them not as thick, you can separate each biscuit (there are layered) in half. Some restaurants even cut them in half so they are half circles or even half moons.

  • I used a sauce pan to fry these up. I think I had about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of vegetable oil (about a 2 inch layer) and I was able to fry about 2 to 3 donuts at once.

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8 Responses to “Fried Donuts (so easy!)”

  1. 1
    Laura (GotChocolate) — December 9, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    I LOVE easy recipes, especially ones with THREE ingredients! Awesome- sauce!


  2. 2
    Lena — February 19, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    I have made these before, even without the sugar, they are delicious!


  3. 3
    sharon — February 19, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    i grew up eating these wonderful doughnuts…mom always just poked her finger in the middle…they cook more evenly with the hole….we drop them into vanilla icing and they are beautifuly glazed…..i make them for my kids and grandkids…warm fuzzies:-)


  4. 4
    Connie — February 20, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    These little donuts are quick and easy, but with so much taste. Good sweet treat.


  5. 5
    Linda — March 1, 2013 @ 2:49 am

    Love your site!


  6. 6
    Barbara — March 10, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    I would make a glaze for topping. I use powder sugar and add water. Just use your judgement. on water. I made glaze thick.


  7. 7
    Emmy — March 11, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Mom made these and shook them in paper bag of confectioners sugar. Had a biscuit cutter that took out center hole, which made the munchkin size centers. Great on cold days with cup of hot chocolate.


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