So incredibly easy to make and wonderfully delicious, these 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are the perfect addition to any meal!

dinner roll on plate with butter

There is truly no smell as amazing as fresh warm bread or rolls coming out of the oven! I remember coming home from school to the smell of freshly baked buns or bread, ready and waiting as the perfect after school snack! To this day when I smell fresh baking, I am immediately transported to that happy time and place of my childhood.

Fast forward to today with busy work schedules, running to kids activities and trying to simply keep up with life, it is difficult to put together a meal – let alone add on the extras!

This 30-Minute Dinner Roll recipe is wonderful because it is truly so easy to prepare, the buns take a short time to rise and the result is such a delicious treat that it is worth the extra effort! What a great side to enjoy with a hot and tasty bowl of soup or chili!


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I love the convenience of buying dinner rolls from the store and the quality is very nice. In most cases however, store bought items have additives or preservatives in order to keep a longer shelf life. Making these homemade dinner rolls from scratch ensures that nothing is added except wholesome goodness! And these tasty little buns never last long enough to have to worry about shelf life!

If you are lucky enough to have any left over the next day, they do stay fresh and are so wonderful served with butter and jam in the morning! I love to enjoy this special treat with my morning coffee – it is comfort food at it’s best!

Our sense of smell is one of the most highly acute of all our senses and tends to influence our mood. It is no small wonder that when we smell freshly baked dinner rolls, it makes us feel happy and excited in anticipation of these tender, tasty treats!

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30 Minute Dinner Rolls

There is truly no smell as amazing as fresh warm bread or rolls coming out of the oven! These 30 minute dinner rolls are the perfect addition to any meal!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 rolls


  • 1 cup warm tap water
  • cup oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour I used closer to 3
  • cup milk room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 400*F.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup water, oil, sugar, and yeast. Let sit until yeast is bubbly (about 8 minutes). Stir in beaten egg, softened butter, and salt.
  • With a stand mixer or by hand, add flour, one cup at a time until you have a soft dough that isn’t sticky. Knead by hand 10 minutes or 5 minutes with a stand mixer.
  • Divide dough into 18 even pieces, and form into balls. Place in a greased pan and cover with parchment paper and a kitchen towel.
  • Let rise 10 minutes in a warm place. (You can allow them to rise up to an additional 30 minutes if time allows).
  • Lightly brush with milk and bake on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes or just until browned.



If baking in a 9x13 pan, I make 15 rolls.
If baking in a 10x15 pan, I make 18 rolls.
4.87 from 1138 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 134 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Whether it’s a special occasion or you simply want a delicious addition to your weeknight meal, 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are perfect! Absolutely delicate, delicious and simple to make, you will want to bake them often. And your family will ask for them even more!

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  1. My rolls looked beautiful! However, they were somewhat dry, lacking flavor, and stuck to the pan. I only used 3 cups flour and followed the other ingredients measurements precisely. I will try them again and increase the butter and a bit more salt. Thank you for a quick and easy recipe.3 stars

  2. The best!! Reminiscent of the rolls my grandma would make for holiday dinners. One day I’ll get rolls that are all the same exact size but my family doesn’t seem to care! I make these at least twice a week, and have to do double batches on soup nights! Thanks so much!!5 stars

    1. I am an unfortunate perfectionist and the way I achieve rolls that are all the same size is to use a scale…I transferred the dough from my mixer to a bowl on the scale, hit “tare” to bring the weight to 0, then the dough weighed 993 grams. I divided that by 15 and each roll was approximately 66 grams so I just kept deducting the weight from 993 as I pulled dough from the bowl and it worked perfectly. Very good rolls and I think this will be my go to recipe from now on!

  3. I love this recipe so much! I make challah every Friday for Shabbat and this is my go to recipe when I run out of time or forget it’s Friday and need to get the bread in the oven before sundown! Thank you for this recipe! It has truly been a life saver for me!5 stars

  4. This recipe is fantastic. It is very quick, easy, and the results are delicious. This week, I used mostly whole wheat flour and some all purpose, and loved the results.5 stars

  5. Best recipe buns I ever made. Put 3 cups of all purpose bread flour and let rise for about 30 min wow they were amazing. This is my go to recipe now5 stars

  6. Looks way to easy! Have to give it a try as I been using an old recipe from grandma and it’s just to much work. Hoping these are come out nicely. Will let you all know.5 stars

  7. I was amazed that rolls with such a short resting time could provide this kind of texture and flavor! Very easy to pull together.5 stars

  8. Excited to try this! Question: can I use instant yeast in place of regular yeast? Would it require anything different in the instructions?

    1. Hi Taber, we use active dry yeast for this recipe. You should be able to use instant yeast in this recipe but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

    1. Hi Sandy, we have never tried preparing this dough ahead of time. But if you were to try this, I would suggest making the dough, then refrigerating, and bringing it out of the refrigerator to rise the next day before baking. Let us know how it turns out!

  9. they were great. the only issue I used a glass 9×13 dish and mine stuck to the bottom. had to coax it a bit to get them off. but we loved them and will make again. tks4 stars

    1. The cooked buns freeze and reheat well, but I have not tried freezing them before cooking Diana. If freezing as dough balls, I would let them defrost them rise before baking but can’t say for sure how long that would take. But other readers have had success, let us know if you try it!

  10. I have made these multiple times and they are my favorite roll recipe. I sub oat milk and dairy free butter, works great. Will be making for Thanksgiving! Thank you so much!5 stars

    1. Hi Marion, we use active dry yeast for this recipe. You should be able to use instant yeast in this recipe but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

    2. yes! I did just today in a pinch. Did everything the same except I just dumped and mixed together in my bowl. Let rise about 20 minutes after rolling into balls and they were perfect.4 stars

  11. I have made these rolls a few times and the recipe is perfect. It makes dinner extra special when rolls are made from scratch. The recipe is easy, fast, and the rolls are delicious! Thank you!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed these rolls DM! We have never tried this recipe as loaf but other readers have with great results. There only tip was to really let it rise in the pan before baking. We also have this easy white bread recipe you might enjoy making as well!