Cheddar bay biscuits from Red Lobster are always the first thing to disappear!

This copycat recipe makes light and buttery biscuits with that signature cheesy garlic flavor! Enjoy them fresh and warm from the oven or for a snack the next day.

brushing butter over Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits

  • Who doesn’t love a fun copycat recipe? We love them just as much as we love Red Lobster biscuits!
  • Make them from scratch or save a few steps and use a box of Bisquick biscuit mix as a base!
  • This cheddar bay biscuit recipe is light and fluffy with that buttery garlic flavor we love so much!
  • Quick and easy to make, Cheddar Bay biscuits go with anything! Enjoy them fresh out of the oven, dunk them into soup or chili, or use them as buns for a breakfast sandwich!
flour , baking powder , baking soda , cheese , butter , milk , garlic powder and other ingredients to make Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits with labels

Ingredients

While you can purchase Red Lobster biscuit mix, they’re so easy (and less expensive) to make at home with mainly pantry ingredients.

Biscuit Dough – Like most drop biscuits, these can be made from scratch with a little flour, baking soda and powder, sugar, and as much or as little garlic powder as you like!

Shortcut Tip – If you’re looking for a shortcut, use biscuit mix (like Bisquick) and follow the directions for drop biscuits. Use the topping below for that Red Lobster biscuit flavor.

Cheese – Cheddar Bay biscuits wouldn’t be the same without heaps of sharp cheddar cheese, but experiment with a mix of cheddar and Swiss, or cheddar and bleu cheese crumbles.

Buttery Topping – This is where the magic is! Melted butter, with garlic powder and seasoning, make the perfect topping for this recipe!

Feel free to mix in other seasonings to match the meal! For chili night, make spicy biscuits using homemade taco seasoning, or some zesty cajun seasoning. Mix in some chopped black olives, green onions, bacon bits, diced ham, or even jalapenos!

How to Make Cheddar Bay Biscuits

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in cold butter (per the recipe below).
  2. Stir in milk and cheese.
  3. Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown on top.
  4. Melt butter, add seasonings & fresh parsley. Brush over the warm biscuits.
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits on a sheet pan before baking

What to Serve with Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Red Lobster cheddar biscuits are delicious on their own and pair perfectly with seafood dishes. Try them next to easy grilled salmon, asparagus salmon foil packets, easy baked tilapia (or cod), shrimp etouffee, or creamy seafood chowder.

Turn this recipe into a filling skillet chicken & biscuits recipe or use them to dunk into any soup recipe.

cooked Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits on a sheet pan

Leftover Biscuits?

Keep leftover Cheddar Bay biscuits in an airtight container or freezer bag at room temperature for up to 4 days. Enjoy them as is, or reheat them in the microwave. Freeze biscuits in zippered bags for up to 2 months.

More Quick Biscuit Recipes

Perfect for dipping, dunking and smearing with butter, here are some of our favorite biscuit recipes.

Did you make these Copycat Red Lobster Biscuits? Leave us a comment and a rating below!

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Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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

Equipment

Ingredients  

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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

To make with biscuit mix, combine the following:
  • 2 cups biscuit mix or Bisquick, 2 tablespoons softened butter,  cup cold milk, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Prepare and bake as directed above. Brush with melted Garlic Butter as above.
4.95 from 214 votes

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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Comments

  1. Great recipe, but the biscuits need more salt. would probably increase to 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon next time. And would add some salt to the topping. Minced fresh parsley in the topping works just as well as dried.4 stars

  2. I bought the Red Lobster biscuit mix, but the seasoning packet was opened and all gummed up. Needed to recreate it so I came here, and wouldn’t you know it, your recipe is missing it. It says, “Buttery Topping – This is where the magic is! Melted butter, ”

    And just goes blank and then picks up with variations.

    “Feel free…”

    Please add the recipe for the topping back in.

    1. Oh noooo Jeffrey, I’m sorry about that. I hope you were able to find the ingredients in the recipe below that.

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

  3. Love these, make them all the time, every now and then will add diced jalapeños nice little kick5 stars

  4. the best biscuits I have ever had in my entire 80 years. Service and food at Peterborough Ontario Red Lobster was outstanding….will definitely be going back often.

  5. Followed the recipe exactly. Biscuits were light and fluffy but didn’t have a lot of taste. I used unsalted butter which may have been the problem. Worth trying again.4 stars

  6. I tried these tonight and was shocked that I didn’t mess up beginner Baker, all the cheese I had on hand were taco bell 3 cheese blend witch is one of my favorites since stores discontinue it.. nevertheless they came out perfect only thing I did was put them up the broiler for a few minutes and seasoned the tops with the garlic bread marinate.. the cheese disappeared in the after math next time I will use viola cheddar cheese 4 stars

  7. I made the copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits and they did not disappoint! So delicious and if I have known better I’d thought I was sitting in a booth at Red Lobster5 stars

  8. WOW! My husband and I loved this recipe! We had them with baked salmon and oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts. They were so good and actually I doubled the Garlic Butter and after brushing a lot on the top of each cheddar cheese biscuit, we has enough left over to use as a dip for the biscuit … yummy! Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!5 stars

  9. very delicious, my husband couldn’t stop eating them ! I’ll definitely make these again. very easy and I had all the ingredients at home already.5 stars

  10. Best cheese & garlic biscuits I have ever had, including at Red Lobster! So flavourful, light and fluffy. Make them a few times a month now. Thanks!5 stars

  11. Delicious! I had a Red Lobster box mix for these biscuits but there wasn’t enough for our group so I looked up this recipe to make a second batch. I taste tested the two versions and I think these tasted better than the “original”.5 stars

  12. yeild was perfect, great recipe and easy, the four star should be 4.5 because the one issue wes not enough garlic4 stars

  13. Hi Holly! I love your recipes. I usually make regular (not drop) biscuits. Easier to split and add more butter to! I’m guessing I can use this recipe to make regular biscuits. Do you see any problems with that?

  14. The first time I made these, the dough was super, super-wet and it just stuck to my hands, so I had to use a spoon. This time, the dough was like an actual biscuit dough that I could cut and shape with my hands. I have no idea what was different, but both times, the biscuits tasted amazing, and I see that as a testament to how mind-bogglingly simple these are to make, even from scratch. How come everybody doesn’t make these?! They’re like magical little cheesy umami bombs!5 stars

  15. I made these this morning almost as is, I didn’t have parsley (just ran out of it the other day), but I had everything else. They turned out really good. I am going to try these with buttermilk next time just to see if there’s much of a difference. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  16. Absolutely perfect. I used gluten free flour because of allergies, it still came out perfectly. I’m over the moon with joy. I loooove red lobster biscuits now I can make perfectly yummy ones at home. Thank you so much for this recipe 5 stars