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sandwichesThe idea of frying peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might seem a bit strange, but the result is delicious. This recipe will help you create a crispy and crunchy fried PB&J that's perfect for any occasion.

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How to make fried peanut butter and jelly

Fried Peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a PB&J version of grilled cheese sandwich and shouldn’t be confused with deep fried sandwich. The buttery crispy outside and gooey filling beats the classic version in my opinion. It’s easy to make and requires just a few ingredients. Read along and learn how to make it step by step.

Grilled or Fried Peanut butter and Jelly sandwich Recipe.

Make this delicious variation of the regular PBJ sandwich and thank me later. The buttery crusty outsides of the sandwich and it’s yummy filling is worth the little extra effort added to make it.

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You can toast the bread before spreading the peanut butter and jelly on it if you prefer. However it won’t be the same as pan frying which is where it got it’s name in the first place.


  1. Bread: I used whole wheat bread, feel free to use any bread you like including low carb breads.
  2. Peanut butter: use natural peanut butter if you can because it has less sugar or no added sugar at all
  3. Jelly: Any jelly would work, grape, strawberry etc. You can also use my sugar free jelly.
  4. Butter: I prefer to use salted butter and I love It.

How to make fried PB&J sandwich.

There are 2 options when making fried pb and j sandwiches. To fill the sandwiches with the jelly and peanut butter then pan fry OR to pan fry the bread FIRST then fill.

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Whichever way you choose to make it, it will still taste amazing. Note, You don’t need any oil to pan fry. The butter does that job.

Make it on the stove top

  1. Heat up a skillet, Spread butter on one side of 3 slices, place bread buttered side down on the skillet and let it toast the bread till golden on both sides.
  2. Take out bread from skillet, spread peanut butter on one side of bread and jelly on one side of a second slice then close the two slices to form sandwich. Repeat process for other slices.
  3. Alternatively spread peanut butter on one side of a slice, jelly on one side of second slice, cover to form a sandwich. Spread butter on the outsides and pan fry on a heated skillet until both sides are toasted.

Make it in the toaster

Toast the bread slices, spread butter one side of toasted bread then peanut butter on the other. Repeat process for a second slice but instead of peanut butter, spread jelly. Next cover slices to for a sandwich. Enjoy!

Make it in the Air fryer

You can make your grilled peanut butter sandwich in the air fryer by following the steps below.

  1. Butter one side of the bread, then put bread buttered side down in the air fryer basket, gently spread peanut butter on the plain side.
  2. Next spread jelly on one side of second slice of bread, then cover the slice in the air fryer with the jelly covered bread jelly side down.
  3. Gently spread butter on the top surface. Repeat process for another set of bread depending on how big your air fryer is.
  4. Place the air fryer rack over the sandwiches to prevent them from flying around if the air movement in the air fryer is too strong. This is unlikely to happen since the bread is held together by the filling but better safe than sorry.
  5. Air fry at 400°F for 4 mins then flip over and air fryer for 2 more minutes or to your desired level of toasted. Enjoy

Deep fried Vs Fried Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich

Deep fried and pan fried PBJ sandwich are 2 different things. For the fried version, bread is smeared with butter, then pan fried till golden brown and crispy.

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On the other hand, the fried one is a filled with PBJ, coated in batter and rolled in breadcrumbs and then deep fried in oil.


  • I like to use natural peanut butter. Most natural peanut butters usually have a collection of oil on the surface. Stir it with a clean spoon to mix it evenly.
  • You can also use homemade jam/ jelly.
  • Are you on a keto or low carb journey? Swap out the bread for a good homemade or store bought low carb bread, swap out the jelly for sugar free jelly and use natural peanut butter
  • Allergic to peanut butter? Use peanut butter alternatives.

More Sandwich Recipes

  • Classic PBJ sandwich
  • Cucumber Sandwich
  • Nigerian Sandwich

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