cheddar bay biscuits on a baking pan

Ok, let’s face it!  A visit to Red Lobster wouldn’t be complete without those biscuits!  Buttery, flaky, cheesy and garlicky… all of my favorite things in one little bundle.  Yummy!

It’s really easy to recreate these biscuits at home!  Who knew it was so simple?  I’ve made two separate versions of this recipe…  one uses biscuit mix (such as Bisquick) and the other is from scratch.  While both are delicious, the homemade from scratch is my favorite way to make fluffy garlicky biscuits!


Did you know it’s quite easy to make your own homemade Bisquick as well?!  It’s easy, inexpensive and any extras can be stored in the cupboard! Or, try ham & cheese drop biscuits or cheddar cheese scones for a fun twist!

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Things you’ll need for this recipe

parchment paper * baking pan * mixing bowl * bisquick *

cheddar bay biscuits on a baking pan
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Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Tender flaky biscuits loaded with buttery garlic flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 Biscuits



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk more if needed
  • cup cold butter
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Garlic Butter

  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add butter and mix with a pastry cutter or fork until crumbly and the butter pieces are about the size of peas.
  • Stir in milk and cheddar cheese
  • Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto a parchment lined pan
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • While biscuits are baking, combine melted butter, parsley, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning if using.
  • Remove from oven and let cool 3 minutes.
  • Brush warm biscuits with butter mixture and serve warm.


To make with biscuit mix, combine the following:
  • 2 cups biscuit mix or Bisquick
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2/3 cup cold milk
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 195 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 124mg | 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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  1. I made these following the instructions exactly (no Bisquick). The cooking time recommended was far too short. I cooked an additional ten minutes (covered with foil) in the oven and they were okay, but certainly nothing to write home about.1 star

    1. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy them as much as we do Rae. Did you add the garlic butter mixture on top?

      1. I’ve only made the recipe as written Simran so can’t say for sure how it’d change the biscuits. My experience is that substituting one-quarter whole wheat for all purpose flour will work well. More may also work for some recipes, but I haven’t tried it. Let us know how they turn out if you try it with whole wheat flour!

    1. We haven’t tried this recipe with buttermilk. Sounds delicious though Linda. Let us know if you try it!

  2. Followed the bisquick recipe tonight and they were dense, doughy and not like red lobster cheddar bay biscuits at all.1 star

  3. The recipe was delicious, however I put my own spin on it by adding fresh garlic, extra sharp cheddar cheese and an additional tablespoon of “Redman” real salt. Thank you so much .

    1. We have not tried subbing in buttermilk Shar, but would love to hear how it turns out for you!

    2. Hi. Before I try this I would like to double check on whether to add the 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the dough and the glaze? I noticed it was in ingredients but not listed in instructions.

  4. Made them tonight using bisquick mix but with your recipe for it. They were Absolutely the best! Thank you so much for recipe. I followed it exactly5 stars

  5. These biscuits came out great, but they just needed salt. I would recommend adding some salt to the dough for anyone who is planning on making these!
    Zahraa :)

  6. I added a tsp of Old Bay seasoning along with a packet of buttermilk ranch seasoning and dropped them like dumplings into my homemade chicken soup/stew. THEE absolute BEST dumplings EVER!!!

  7. I made these last night and they turned out just as good as the box mix. My guests loved them! They were tender and flavorful! I will never buy the mix again.5 stars

  8. These are very good. They have a more homemade taste to them than the Red Lobster ones. The only thing that I would recommend is making sure you spray your parchment paper. My biscuits stuck really bad to it. Also, I topped my biscuits with some more cheese and garlic salt…not a huge change but I never can get enough cheese or garlic salt. Overall, I’d make them again. Quick and tasty!4 stars

  9. Just made this recipe. It made 9 huge biscuits and they were ok. Didn’t really taste like Red Lobster’s version though. Some things I would change include increasing butter and cheese to a cup and adding much more garlic OR reduce the amount of flour.

  10. My three grandsons love these biscuits – I purchase the ‘box mix’ – looks like this may be worth a try! Terri