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two slices of fried bologna on a paper towel
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How to Fry Bologna

Hot, Crispy, Perfectly Flavorful, fried bologna is a wonderful (and sometimes preferred) meat that can be used as a breakfast side, sandwich meat, delightful snack or even as the main course at dinner. Let me show you how to fry bologna perfectly, every single time!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried bologna
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • knife
  • Frying Pan
  • Stove
  • spatula


  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1 slice Bologna thick preferred
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a 9” frying pan (prefer cast iron, but any heavy bottom frying pan will do), melt butter over medium heat.
  • Peel the red ring from the outside of the bologna.
  • Cut a ½-1” slice into the edge of the Bologna at the 12’oclock, 3’oclock, 6o’clock and 9 o’clock position and a small 1/4 -½ inch cut in the center of the bologna.
  • Lay the bologna into the frying pan when the butter begins to brown. Cook on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and repeat.
  • Remove from frying pan and serve hot. Add salt and pepper to taste



  • The main tip and trick is to make the right cuts so that your bologna doesn’t curl and the one in the center so that you don’t get a big bubble. That’s it.
  • You’ll also want to have your pan HOT when you put the bologna in. I cook mine in butter and when the butter starts to brown is the right time to put the bologna in.
  • Getting that splash of color is important to adding some flavor to the bologna.
  • Finally, buy a good bologna. I’ve found that the cheap versions have zero flavor at all. So, go for a name brand.
  • At our house, the thick sliced bologna reigns. Personally, I like buying it in the chub and then slicing off the thickness that I want. But you know, be the king or queen of your own kitchen.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg