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Easy Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat)

These easy cheddar biscuits are exceptionally delicious, simple to make, and ready in less than 15 minutes. Plus your kitchen will smell wonderful. Now who wouldn’t want that?

(Love everything cheesy? Check out these cheese bars – they’re the perfect sweet and salty treat).

Easy Cheddar Biscuits

Red Lobster was the first restaurant I ate at when I first arrived in Canada all those years ago so I’m weirdly sentimental about it. I rarely go now but I will never forget their cheddar biscuits which, ironically, is my favourite out of all the things in their menu.

Easy Cheddar Biscuits

The good news? I’ve learned to make them at home and not only do they taste great and are the easiest thing to make; they also fill our home with that wonderful freshly baked bread smell.

Let’s get baking!

Easy cheddar biscuits part 1

Easy Cheddar Biscuits

When we saw that they started selling the box mix, we bought one immediately. You just add cheese and water and you can have a batch of really tasty biscuits in a matter of minutes.

They tasted good and I think we paid less than $5 for a box so it’s a good deal too. We just weren’t comfortable with the amount of sodium in it. So I set out to discover how to make them myself.

Easy cheddar biscuits part 2

Easy Cheddar Biscuits

There are lots of recipes out there so there’s no reason not to make these mouth-watering biscuits yourself.

It’s just a matter of picking a recipe with the right combination of spices that you think will suit your palate and then go for it.

Then there’s no turning back. You’ll want cheddar biscuits all the time.

And these biscuits are bursting with flavour.

They’re great as a side (that chicken in the picture is Red’s interpretation of Pioneer Woman’s awesome buttermilk chicken), as a snack, even for breakfast (I slather some butter on them – drool).

That freshly baked bread smell

Easy Cheddar Biscuits

And that smell! I always say nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread filling your kitchen (and in our case, our tiny condo) and this particularly smells fantastic. The smell alone is addicting.

So go get to it. Bake some easy cheddar biscuits and relish its cheesy, mouth-watering goodness.

Easy Cheddar Biscuits

Easy Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat)

Author: Jolina
These easy cheddar biscuits are exceptionally delicious, simple to make, and ready in less than 15 minutes. Plus your kitchen will smell wonderful.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine North American
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 245 kcal


For the Biscuits:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt I use kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded (the sharper the flavour, the better)

For the Glaze:

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 450F and prep your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir the 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper until combined.
  • In another smaller bowl, whisk 1 cup buttermilk with ½ cup melted butter. Pour this into your dry ingredients and stir until sticky and evenly moist.
  • Fold 1 ½ cups of cheese.
  • Drop a heaping ¼ cup of biscuit dough into your baking sheet making sure to leave at least half an inch gap around each biscuit so they don't stick together.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While your biscuits are baking prepare your glaze by stirring 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon parsley and ½ teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl. Brush this mixture on top of the biscuits as soon as they are out of the oven.
  • You can eat and enjoy the biscuits immediately.


  1. This recipe is on the garlicky side which works because we usually eat them with honey chicken (and we like garlic). So the sweetness balances the garlic-ness. If you plan to eat this with something less sweet, I’d suggest to lessen the garlic a tad bit.
  2. I’ve found these biscuits keep well. You can leave them out on the counter in an airtight container for up to a week (if they last that long!). Just toast (or in my case because I’m lazy – microwave) to re-heat.
  3. This recipe yields 10-12 biscuits.


Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 7gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 209mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 544IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Memorial Day, Picnic, Summer, Thanksgiving
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

(This recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.)

Happy baking!

Did you make these easy cheddar biscuits? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear how it went. What’s your favourite biscuit combo? If you’re looking for a sweet biscuit, try these buttermilk scones.

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Saturday 9th of July 2016

Made these last week after reading your blog. My husband thanks you. :))


Sunday 10th of July 2016

I'm so happy to hear you guys liked it! That just made my day :) You are most welcome. Happy Sunday!


Thursday 19th of May 2016

Mine are in the oven right now....but sadly I totally forgot the cheese I hope they are still good ...thanks for the recipes


Thursday 19th of May 2016

Oh no! Maybe you can still sprinkle them on top while the biscuits are still hot so they have a chance to melt. Or sprinkle them then quickly broil them (like 15 seconds?)


Monday 16th of May 2016

Back during my early university days I was hooked on a cheese scone from a nearby coffee shop. I bought way more of those than I should have, and these really remind me of them. I'm really glad you took a DIY approach to them, since (as you mention) those packaged mixes and blends usually overdo it on the salt (etc.). I love how bubbly and rich the cheese looks, and I'm imagining that it's all nicely browned on the bottom. I love that brown, crispy/crunchy cheese. Thanks for posting this!


Monday 16th of May 2016

Hi Sean! Cheese scones sound just gave me my next baking goal haha :) And yeah, one of the best things about learning how to bake is being able to make all these treats at home and having some control over the salt content.


Saturday 14th of May 2016

I LOVE these biscuits!! They're seriously so delicious. I can't wait to try this recipe. I'm definitely going to pin it for later!


Friday 13th of May 2016

I'm pretty sure that the biscuits are the only reason anyone eats at Red Lobster... at least, that's definitely the only reason I ever go! I love that this recipe means I can make them at home, where the rest of the meal is sure to be way better than anything I'd get at my local Red Lobster.


Sunday 15th of May 2016

They're pretty great! And yeah, we love making them at home. We do fried chicken and biscuits and homemade coleslaw and it's an awesome meal. We hardly ever order that when we're out anymore! Thanks Isabelle :)