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Fried Shredded Wheat

Intent on giving her family a hearty breakfast during the depression, my mother-in-law came up with this simple recipe. With it's great flavor, this unique breakfast survived the generations and is now a favorite meal for my family.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 large shredded wheat biscuits
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Oil for frying
  • Maple syrup


  • Soak cereal in milk for 5 minutes on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain slightly. Fry in a large skillet until brown on both sides, pressing down while frying. Serve with syrup.

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  • John
    Dec 30, 2016

    My mom did this for me too -- she's started doing it for my 1/2 sister in Toronto, Canada during the Depression. Only differences, she wet the shredded wheat under the tap until it was wet but still holding it's shape, fried it in butter - both sides, then into the bowl with milk and brown sugar -- I still make it for me!

  • LegalSec
    Dec 11, 2013

    My mother-in-law still makes it and did back in the day for my husband and his siblings. She would soak in milk, slightly drain, fry in butter, salt and pepper but serves it with two sunny side up eggs and my husband breaks the yokes over the shredded wheat and eats it very fast because he says he doesn't want it to get cold. He loves it to this day. Will have to try to serve it to him with the maple syrup instead. I never heard of it before marrying my husband. He is 60 years old.

  • sailordetroit
    Mar 24, 2013

    My mom made this for me in the 1950's. But we ran some hot water over the biscut and then fried it in butter. Then served it with milk and sugar. I still make it as a sunday morning treat. Must be a 1930's thing.

  • Eubie
    Mar 17, 2013

    This was such a treat growing up. Sprinkle with sugar before cooking or add sugar to milk.Definitely use butter. no syrup needed.

  • familysimpson
    Dec 6, 2011

    It didn't work for us. Granted, my pans are a little old, but I sprayed them and then added the oil. The biscuits stuck terribly and fell apart. Also, soaking them that long, I had to be careful how I transported them to the pan because they were wanting to crumble. Maybe I'm just a bad cook! The children were unimpressed with my results.

  • glenheron
    May 12, 2011

    I have told people about this for years. It was a comfort food of my childhood! I don't soak it quite as long - I like it a bit crunchy. Sometimes, I slice strawberries and mash them. Sometimes, I like salt and pepper - sometimes, syrup. No one else has every heard of it.

  • Satahjl
    Oct 23, 2010

    I was eating cream of wheat with maple syrup in it the other day & remembered that my dad used to make fried shredded wheat for us when we were little. This is exactly the way he made it. I ran out to buy shredded wheat last night & can't wait to make it for breakfast this morning. Nice reminder of my childhood - great comfort food. Best with real maple syrup!

  • blugrassgospel__PA
    Jan 5, 2009

    In all my years, I've never come across anyone else who had ever heard of Fried shredded wheat!  My mom used to make it for us when we were kids.  It's something her mom had made for her.  But your recipe is different from what I use.  I soak the biscuts in milk and then drain of the milk.  Fry them in butter and and sprinkle with salt.  I love it.  I will have to try it with maple syrup sometime.