Garlicky, buttery cheddar and herb biscuits that pair perfectly with everything from soups to pastas, and can even be used for breakfast sandwiches, these Copycat Red Lobster Biscuits (also called Cheddar Bay Biscuits) are super easy to make at home.
Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe
Hands down, the best part of going to Red Lobster growing up was eating your body weight in their Cheddar Bay biscuits! You could request basket after basket free with your meal, so I’m pretty sure I had to get my food to-go in a doggy bag almost every time because I had gorged myself on the biscuits!
Once I was old enough to have to pay my own way at restaurants, I decided to figure out how to make Red Lobster biscuits at home. My simple recipe just adapts a standard drop biscuit recipe to include shredded cheddar cheese, garlic, parsley and plenty of butter!
The result is a light, buttery, fluffy and tender biscuits that taste just like the real thing! I highly recommend doubling the batch if you want these to last for more than one meal because these biscuits disappear fast. (Don’t expect any leftovers from a single batch.)
A few years ago, Red Lobster came out with a packaged biscuit mix to make their famous Cheddar Bay biscuits at home – but honestly, since you had to still buy your own butter and cheese to incorporate into the mixture, the cost of the biscuit mix ended up being a lot higher than just making them from-scratch yourself and it really doesn’t save you much work.
Why are they called Cheddar Bay Biscuits? Originally, Red Lobster listed their biscuits on their menu as “freshly baked, hot cheese garlic bread” which doesn’t accurately describe them at all. Eventually, they renamed them to Cheddar Bay biscuits to convey the seaside atmosphere of the chain – so despite what you may assume, these red lobster biscuits contain absolutely no bay seasoning!
How to store cheddar bay biscuits: These biscuits can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days or frozen for up to 2 months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)
Cheddar Bay Biscuit Ingredients
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cold Butter, chunks
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Garlic Butter Ingredients:
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: avoid the urge to overmix the biscuit dough. This will cause the butter to melt prematurely and result in drier biscuits.
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How to Make Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder.
Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a fork or pastry cutter.
Add the oil, cheddar cheese and milk and stir until just combined.
Portion the mixture onto an ungreased pan in 1/4 cup portions.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until tops are golden.
In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic powder and dried parsley.
Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the biscuits as soon as they are removed from the oven. You may want to brush each biscuit twice, allowing the butter to be absorbed into the biscuits in between each brushing.
Grab your free printable recipe card for our cheddar bay biscuits recipe:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
For the topping:
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Parsley
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder.
- Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a fork or pastry cutter.
- Add the oil, cheddar cheese and milk and stir until just combined.
- Portion the mixture onto an ungreased pan in 1/4 cup portions.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until tops are golden.
- In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic powder and dried parsley.
- Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the biscuits as soon as they are removed from the oven. You may want to brush each biscuit twice, allowing the butter to be absorbed into the biscuits in between each brushing.
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Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese, 2 lb (Packaging May Vary)
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Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix, Makes 10 Biscuits, 11.36 oz Box
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 597mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this easy Red Lobster biscuit recipe as much as mine does!
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