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.

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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


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 makes 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, some zesty Cajun seasoning, or even Old Bay 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


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  • 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,  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.
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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 normally do not cook with salt and it was a real surprise how important it is to the recipe. Biscuit mixes have a lot of salt so if you use that recipe, you can ignore my suggestions.
    1. Use SALTED butter
    2. Use garlic salt in the butter or garlic powder AND salt
    3. Sprinkle garlic salt on the buttered biscuits before serving.

    1. True!!!!!! Almost none of the copycat “Cheddar Bay Biscuits” recipes have Old Bay seasoning. That’s the bay in the recipe title!

  2. these were so good! Next time I’ll add 1/4 t of Italian seasoning, if any at all. I’ll add more salt and sugar also. Great texture.

  3. Once again, Holly, you nailed it! Start to very yummy finish about 35 mins. I used buttermilk instead of milk because I just bought some today and increased the cheese to 1 cup. Also increased salt just slightly. I always read the comments before beginning and a few suggested more cheese and salt. Fantastic recipe! Whenever I’m doing a search for a recipe and see your site, I know I’m trying it first. It’s always as far as I have to go! Thanks to you and your team! p.s. I’m going to make the Butter Chicken you sent us this a.m. It looks Yummy!5 stars

    1. Thank you for the kind words Susan, I’m so glad you’ve loved the recipes! I hope yu enjoy the Butter Chicken, it’s one of our favorites.

  4. These are wonderful. First time I made them hubby at least 4 with supper. (Usually he’d have 1, maybe 2 lol) we liked that they weren’t as salty as the original or even the box mix. This recipe is way better than either of those! Making them again tonight for the third time to go with a beef stew bc they are so quick and easy! Thank you!

  5. Hi, can this recipe be doubled or tripled, or should I make separate batches? Also, I noticed several people added more salt. How much would you recommend, if using unsalted butter? Thanks

    1. Hi Marsha, this recipe uses unsalted butter, if wanting additional salt you could try adding ¼ teaspoon and adjust from there. It should be okay to make a double batch or triple, by biggest concern would be cutting in the butter. That might be easier if you just make multiple batches. I would love to hear what you do and how it turns out for you!

  6. I added 1 tsp. Rosemary
    1 tsp. Basil and
    1/2 tsp. Thyme
    I followed the rest of the recipe exactly & they were to die for, even using a gluten free flour mix!5 stars

  7. These look great & I will try them. However, I’ll skip the Italian seasoning & sprinkle on Old Bay instead. After all, that’s why they’re called “Cheddar Bay Biscuits!”

  8. These were amazing and better than the ones at RL. I cut the recipe in half and it made 4 nice sized biscuits—perfect for two people. I’ll definitely be making these again!5 stars

  9. Made these last night and served them with my homemade jambalaya. Two adult children and a 15 year old granddaughter were actually fighting over them and making sure nobody got more than their share. LOL! I’ve used the “box” before but never got the response I did last night. Thank you for a quick, easy AND great tasting recipe.5 stars

  10. This is almost perfect. Love the texture of these biscuits. Next time I will use a teaspoon of salt and maybe closer to one cup of cheese. The topping needs a good two finger pinch of salt as well. I suspect the recipe was originally made with salted butter.

    Nonetheless, this is an excellent recipe!5 stars

  11. These are amazing. I added a pinch more salt and garlic. I have missed Red Lobster biscuits but not anymore5 stars