Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits Copycat Recipe

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For about the same time it would take for you to drive to Red Lobster and get seated, you can make a batch of copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. They’re loaded with Cheddar goodness and topped with buttery garlic and herbs.

Cheddar biscuit with butter, garlic, and parsley brushed on top.

That’s right. These biscuits which taste like Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, can be ready in half an hour. Not only that, they’re made with basic ingredients which you may already have in your fridge and pantry.


For these savory biscuits, you need the following ingredients:


  • 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese yellow, shredded
  • ¾ milk

Garlic Butter

  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp parsley dried

How To Make Cheddar Bay Biscuits

First things first – preheat your oven to 425° Fahrenheit.

Start by placing the self-rising flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse it a couple of times to combine them.

Next, slice the butter into 1 tablespoon chunks and place on top of the flour mixture in the food processor. Pulse until the butter becomes pea-sized. You want to be careful that you don’t over process it. Those little pieces of butter help to make the biscuits tasty.

Now, add Cheddar cheese and milk to the food processor and pulse just until the biscuit mixture is moistened. Turn the biscuit dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

Cheddar biscuit dough on a baking stone.

The dough is not going to look really pretty, but we’re not making these for their looks. Pat them just a bit and then scoop out 1/4 – 1/3 cupfuls of dough. I prefer to handle it like bread dough and pinch off a portion (see picture below). This recipe will make 8 large biscuits or 10 medium-sized.

Pinching off a portion of biscuit dough.

Baking Time

Place the biscuits on a baking sheet about 2-inches apart and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Remove the biscuits from the oven and brush with garlic butter. [To make the garlic butter, melt two tablespoons of butter and mix in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and ½ teaspoon of dried parsley.]

Brushing cheddar biscuits with butter and herbs.

Simple Substitutions

Don’t have self-rising flour? That’s alright. You can sift together 1 ¾  cups of all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

Prefer fresh herbs? Instead of ½ tsp parsley, you can use 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh parsley.

cheddar biscuits with parsley, garlic, and butter brushed on top

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits Copycat

This Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits Copycat recipe is easy to make and the biscuits are ready in about 30 minutes.
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 biscuits
Calories: 252kcal


  • Food processor
  • Baking Sheet


  • 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese yellow, shredded
  • ¾ milk

Garlic Butter

  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp parsley dried


  • Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
  • Place flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.
  • Slice butter into 1 tablespoon chunks and place on top of the flour mixture in the food processor. Place lid on food processor and pulse until the butter is pea-sized.
  • Add cheese and milk to the flour mixture and pulse just until the mixture is moistened.
  • Lightly flour a clean surface. Place dough mixture on top of surface and knead until the dough comes together, being careful not to overwork the dough.
  • Place ¼ cup portions of the dough onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or Silpat. Position biscuits 2-inches apart. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush baked biscuits with garlic butter.

Garlic Butter

  • Combine butter, garlic, and parsley


Serving: 1 | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 521IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cheddar biscuits on a baking stone.

These biscuits are delicious, naturally, served with seafood dishes. They would also be pretty tasty served at breakfast along with a simple omelet or with bacon and eggs.

Cheddar Bay Biscuit clone on a baking sheet.
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Here are some (affiliate) links for items that you might need for this recipe:

  • Pastry Brush – I prefer to use a silicone brush. (This is because my mom once had a biscuit from a well-known fast-food chain that brushed their biscuits with a regular pastry brush. We know because my mom bit into one of their biscuits and had a mouthful of bristles!)
  • Food Processor – I don’t know that the brand really matters. Ninja is known for making good products. KitchenAid and Hamilton Beach also make good food processors.
  • Baking stone – Sassafras makes an excellent baking stone. It was the brand that Pampered Chef sold YEARS ago.
  • Minced Garlic This is the brand that I love to use. Look for it in the produce aisle at your local grocery store where it will probably be half the price.

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