Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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With their light buttery flavor, these Cheddar Bay Biscuits are delicious and taste just like the famous biscuits from Red Lobster! Serve them with a steaming bowl of soup or a seafood dish straight off the grill. Not to mention, they also make for irresistible breakfast sandwich buns!

a plate of cheddar bay biscuits on a table with a linen napkin tucked beside the plate.

I absolutely love when I discover a copycat recipe that really tastes just like the real thing!

There’s almost nothing better than mastering one of your favorite restaurant dishes and enjoying it in the comfort of your home for FAR LESS than what you’d spend at the establishment.

That said, I must share with you more of my delicious copycat hits, like this BRAVO Grilled Salmon Salad, my creamy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup, or these irresistible Chick-fil-A Nuggets! 

ingredients for cheddar bay biscuits on a table.

Key ingredients & substitutions for Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

  • Bisquick baking mix | The base of this delicious cheddar bay biscuits recipe is the tried-and-true Bisquick baking mix. If you prefer to throw together your own biscuit mix, see the FAQ section below.
  • Sugar | Enhance this recipe’s cheesy and savory notes by sprinkling in some granulated sugar. 
  • Garlic powder | Add flavorful garlic powder to the biscuit dough and the final buttery topping.
  • Butter | You will use creamy unsalted butter for two steps in this cheddar biscuit recipe. First, add cold grated butter to the dough for extra buttery bites. Then, combine melted butter with garlic powder and herbs to brush on the hot biscuits.
  • Cheddar cheese | They wouldn’t be Red Lobster cheddar biscuits without shredded sharp cheddar cheese. For the tastiest results, grate a block of quality sharp cheddar. However, you may use a bag of shredded cheddar cheese if desired. 
  • Milk | Milk moistens the biscuit dough to produce a fluffy and flaky texture when baked.
  • Parsley | You need a tiny bit of chopped Italian parsley to add to the melted butter topping.

How to make Red Lobster Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits

This simple recipe only takes about 20 minutes to throw together and is an excellent alternative to standard dinner rolls — see for yourself!

STEP 1 | Preheat and prepare the baking sheet

We will begin this biscuit recipe by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. If preferred, use a silicone baking mat instead.

STEP 2 | Combine the dry ingredients.

Next, set out a large mixing bowl. Add the Bisquick, sweet sugar, and garlic powder. Mix to thoroughly combine the dry ingredients.

combining Bisquick with butter and cheddar cheese in a bowl for cheddar bay biscuits.

STEP 3 | Stir in the butter

Then, take out a stick of butter and slice a total of 6 tablespoons from it. First, set aside two tablespoons, then grate the remaining butter directly into the bowl with the biscuit mixture.

Use a rubber spatula to gently mix in the butter. You can also easily combine the butter and biscuit mix with your fingers if preferred. 

The key is to leave several bits of butter visible. That way, the pieces melt as the biscuits bake, making a moist texture and more prominent buttery flavor—DELISH!

STEP 4 | Mix the ingredients with cheese and milk

Now, sprinkle in the cheese and pour the chilled milk into the bowl. Then, stir the mixture again, just until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Be careful not to overmix the biscuit dough!


  • Overmixing the dough may produce dense and less fluffy biscuits. So, be sure only to mix until the ingredients are well combined. Then move on to the following step.
  • Use caution when melting the butter — don’t let it burn! You’ll need every last drop to make the perfect buttery and cheesy biscuits.

pouring milk into the batter for cheddar bay biscuits; biscuits on a baking sheet ready for the oven.

STEP 5 | Bake the biscuits

Now, grab a spoon or cookie scoop. Spoonful by spoonful, drop the dough onto the lined baking sheet. Slip the biscuits into the hot oven and bake them for around 15 to 17 minutes.

You know they are finished and ready to be removed when the tops are a beautiful golden brown!

basting cheddar bay biscuits with garlic butter with a pastry brush.

STEP 6 | Apply the buttery topping and serve!

As the cheddar biscuits bake, grab the butter you set aside. Melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter by popping it into the microwave or heating it on the stovetop. Either method will work — it just depends on your preference.

Then, sprinkle the melted butter with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and freshly chopped parsley.

When they’re ready, remove the biscuits from the oven and quickly brush the golden tops with the butter mixture while they are still hot. This will be the final touch of irresistible flavor!

Now, you’re ready to serve your warm buttery Red Lobster Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits! Dig on in!

cheddar bay biscuits on a baking sheet with a pastry brush.

Don’t forget to try more of my bread and biscuit recipes to serve with dinner. If you need something fast and easy, check out my Quick 3-Ingredient Dinner Rolls or this delicious Peppery Cheese Quick Bread recipe. And if you’re in the mood for more buttery and flaky biscuits, check out my Southern Biscuits and Sweet Potato Biscuits recipes.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make cheddar bay biscuits ahead of time?

Making the copycat Red Lobster biscuits ahead of time is certainly possible. However, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. The leavening agents in the dough activate as soon as you combine the dry mix with liquid. Therefore, the longer the completed dough sits, the less effective it will be when you bake the biscuits. Instead of combining all the dough ingredients to prepare this recipe for an upcoming event or dinner, mix the different parts without letting the liquid and dry ingredients come into contact.

For example, mix the dry ingredients and store them in an airtight container in the pantry or refrigerator until you are ready to serve the biscuits. Then, add the wet ingredients to the mix and continue with the recipe as directed.

The other method for making the cheddar biscuits ahead of time is to store them away after baking them. Skip adding the garlic butter topping and place the cooled biscuits in an airtight container on the countertop for up to three days or the refrigerator for about a week. In the freezer, the biscuits will last up to three months.

To reheat the already-baked biscuits, I recommend heating them in the microwave to retain more moisture than if you baked them for the second time in the oven.

Do you need Bisquick to make cheddar biscuits?

Adding Bisquick to this simple cheddar bay biscuit recipe is the easiest route to delicious and fluffy results. If preferred, swap out the dry box mix for flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

How do you make gluten-free cheddar bay biscuits?

One of my favorite things about copycat recipes is that you can make adjustments to fit your needs and personal taste. Believe it or not, it’s not so complicated to make cheddar cheese biscuits gluten-free—Now, that’s something Red Lobster won’t offer. But just because you’re allergic to gluten doesn’t mean you can never enjoy the famous seafood restaurant’s biscuits.

All you need to do is find a GF version of a baking mix similar to Bisquick. In fact, the reliable brand of Bisquick actually sells a gluten-free baking mix! Otherwise, make your own baking mix with gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, and some salt.

a cheddar bay biscuit broken in half on a bread plate.

Serving suggestions

Serve these delicious and cheesy cheddar biscuits with a steaming bowl of homemade soup! Use the freshly baked biscuits to sop up the creamy base or broth of a soup made from scratch. 

For example, try doubling the cheddar with my Crockpot Broccoli Cheddar Soup or pair the biscuits with this flavor-packed Loaded Potato Soup! For something a little more hearty, check out this savory Sausage Tortellini Soup. Or go classic with my comforting Creamy Tomato Soup.

a plate of cheddar bay biscuits on a table with a linen napkin tucked beside the plate.

Behind the recipe: Cheddar Bay Biscuits

It’s easy to see where the popular restaurant chain came up with the “cheddar” and “biscuit” elements of the name for their crowd-pleasing and addictive biscuits — the two key ingredients are biscuit dough and shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

But why are they called cheddar BAY biscuits? Well, the answer is easily assumed. When their signature biscuits first made it on the menu, they were labeled as “freshly baked, hot cheese garlic bread.”

It was a little wordy for such a commonly ordered dish. So, it didn’t take too long for the Red Lobster masterminds to switch the name to something a little more catchy and fitting for their seafood restaurant.

The “bay” in cheddar bay biscuits ties the menu item into the restaurant’s theme. It’s that simple!

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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

With their light buttery flavor, these Cheddar Bay Biscuits are delicious and taste just like the famous biscuits from Red Lobster!
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 213 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder divided
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter divided
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian parsley chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the Bisquick, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of the garlic powder.
  • Set aside 2 tablespoons of the butter, then grate the rest directly into the bowl with the biscuit mixture. Stir in the butter gently with a rubber spatula (or your fingers), leaving bits of butter visible.
  • Next, add in the cheese and milk and stir again just until the dry ingredients are incorporated — do not over mix.
  • Drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and the parsley. When the biscuits come out of the oven, brush the tops with the butter mixture. Serve warm.


  • Overmixing the dough may produce dense and less fluffy biscuits. So, be sure only to mix until the ingredients are well combined. Then move on to the following step.
  • Use caution when melting the butter — don’t let it burn! You’ll need every last drop to make the perfect buttery and cheesy biscuits.


Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 387mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 296IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 1mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. 5 stars
    We adore these biscuits and will practically make an entire meal out of them, lol! But for reals they go with anything!

  2. 5 stars
    ok, these are amazing! I love seafood but these are actually my favorite thing about Red Lobster! Ha! I can’t wait to make them at home!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m that person that doesn’t go to Red Lobster for the lobster lol. I got for these biscuits! I made a batch this weekend when I made gumbo and I have gumbo leftover but no biscuits! So delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh yes, yes, yes! One of my faves from the restaurant, making some for dinner tonight. I know they will be amazing!

  5. 5 stars
    These are going to be a favorite at my house, they look so buttery! Planning on making them to serve with some homemade clam chowder.

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