This fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich is simple, yet so delicious.
Starting with the standard PB&J sandwich, pressed to look like an uncrustable, then fried to perfection.
Topped with some powdered sugar and it’s a savory, sweet snack that is crisp on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. This is the ultimate snack food!
So grab a bag of bread from the store, or make some white bread from scratch, and lets get to it!
Equipment for a fried PB&J
Here’s a quick rundown of items you’ll definitely want in your arsenal:
- Rolling pin: You’ll need a rolling pin to roll out your bread so that it’s thin enough to fold and crimp. Something a little heavy so its doing the work for you. 👍
- Spider Strainer: This will help getting the sandwiches out of the oil without bringing too much oil with you.
- Empanada press: You’ll need an empanada press to fold and crimp your sandwich together so that the peanut butter and jelly stay inside. This tool is essential for making the sandwich into the desired shape and ensuring it doesn’t fall apart during cooking.
- Skillet or frying pan: A non-stick skillet or frying pan is ideal for frying your sandwich. You want to make sure it’s large enough to fit your sandwich comfortably.
- Deep fryer (optional): A deep fryer is not essential, but it can be used as an alternative to a skillet or frying pan. It allows you to cook the sandwich evenly and ensures that it’s crispy on the outside while still melty on the inside.
How To make a fried peanut butter and jelly
- Roll out one slice of bread with a rolling pin until it is thin.
- Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one half of the rolled-out bread and a thin layer of jelly on the other half.
- Fold the bread in half so that the peanut butter and jelly are inside.
- Use an empanada press to crimp the edges of the sandwich together, sealing the peanut butter and jelly inside.
- Heat up oil in a skillet (around 350-375 Farenheit)
- Once the oil is heated, place the sandwich in the skillet.
- Cook the sandwich for about 2-3 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and the peanut butter and jelly are warm and melty.
- Remove the sandwich from the skillet and let it cool for a minute or two before serving.
- Optional-But-Not-Really: Sprinkle powdered sugar on top for an extra sweet touch.
Or just check out my tiktok video if you need a quick rundown!
Fried Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich Tips
- Choose the right oil: Use an oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil or canola oil. This will ensure that the oil doesn’t burn and smoke during frying.
- Don’t overfill your sandwich: As mentioned earlier, be careful not to overfill your sandwich with peanut butter and jelly, as it may leak out during frying. A thin layer of each is sufficient.
- Use an empanada press: As with using butter, an empanada press makes it easy to seal your sandwich and prevent the peanut butter and jelly from leaking out during frying.
- Fry at the right temperature: Heat the oil to 350°F (180°C) before frying your sandwich. This will ensure that the bread gets crispy and golden brown without burning.
- Drain excess oil: Once your sandwich is fried, use a slotted spoon or spatula to remove it from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
- Let your sandwich cool: After frying, let your sandwich cool for a minute or two before cutting into it. This will give the peanut butter and jelly a chance to set up and prevent it from spilling out.
- Experiment with different variations: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different breads, fillings, and frying techniques. The possibilities are endless!
- Serve immediately: Fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are best served hot and fresh out of the oil, so make sure to enjoy them right away
But you may also have luck with an an actual sandwich press. Either one will for without a doubt.
A Little more about frying…
Make sure your oil temp is ready before you begin frying. I made the mistake of not checking before my first test, and the fried peanut butter and jelly, because an oil-logged peanut butter and jelly
I’d shoot for a temperature for 350-400F for your oil. cooking oil, or even something like peanut oil will do perfectly for this.
I usually have a candy thermometer on hand to manage oil temperatures, but it doesn’t pan out (#DadJoke) on shallower pans.
I highly recommend having a smalling frying thermometer on hand for shallower frying scenarios.
It does not take long to fry peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If your oil is up to temp, it’s going to take a 1-2 minutes MAX.
I didn’t use enough oil to fully coat the PB&J, so I needed to flip half way. Just frying enough to get the sandwiches brown, and the insides will be nice and gooey.
But if you have one of those counter top deep fryers – I bet you’ll be done in 60 seconds.
What’s awesome about this it it keeps the crispiness even when cold. So if there are leftovers, these are awesome for breakfast, or even a fun lunch to pack for the kids.
But manage those kids expectations. Put a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the lunch bags once, and they’ll expect them again!
Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
- 4 slices white bread
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup jelly
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 cups cooking oil
- preheat a cast iron skillet or fryer to 375 F.
- Flatten your bread with a rolling pin, spread half the slice of bread with peanut butter, the other half with your favorite jelly.
- Fold in half and crimp the edges. Optionally you can use a tool like an empanada press or an uncrustable maker.
- Fry for about 1-2 minutes until golden brown flipping halfway if not fully submerged.
- Let it cool on a wire rack for acouple minutes; sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!