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Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits (with buttermilk)

I was introduced to Red Lobster when I was very young. Because we were Amish and couldn’t drive ourselves to town we would hire a “driver” and then we would take my great grandmother out for her birthday to her favorite restaurant. It was there at Red Lobster where I learned to love those fresh and warm cheddar bay biscuits. For years I tried to replicate the biscuits using Bisquick mix, but was never quite satisfied with the results. After testing several methods and finally trying these biscuits from scratch using buttermilk and old bay seasoning I was amazed at how close they are to the authentic Red lobster biscuits!

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Copycat Red Lobster biscuits with buttermilk

Copycat Red Lobster biscuits

These soft and fluffy biscuits with cheddar and Old bay seasonings are almost exact replicas of the famous Red Lobster biscuits!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 biscuits


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • fresh diced parsley or dried parsley


Preheat oven to 425.

  • Place flour and butter in a medium sized mixing bowl, then cut through the flour and butter with dinner knives until only coarse crumbs remain. Gently mix in baking powder and seasonings, mixing only until well combined. .
  • Add the beaten egg and buttermilk, then mix again until combined. Gently fold in the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then drop the biscuits by tablespoon onto the lined cookie sheet, leaving an inch or two of space between each biscuit.
  • Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes until they are golden, then combine the butter and garlic powder and brush over the tops of the warm biscuits. Sprinkle fresh or dried parsley bits over top (optional) and enjoy!
Keyword Red Lobster Biscuits, copycat recipe, cheddar bay biscuits,
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Try serving these fresh biscuits with pasta or zoodles and copycat Olive Garden Triple Meat Sauce!

Ingredients needed for the cheddar bay biscuits: Flour and butter, buttermilk, beaten egg, cheese, old bay seasoning, garlic powder, salt and baking powder.

Assemble the ingredients then cut through the butter and flour to get coarse crumbs. My preference is to use my fingers so that I can get a better feel of the crumbs. Softened butter that isn’t overly soft is preferable for these biscuits.

I recommend using actual buttermilk instead of a substitute to get those biscuits nice and fluffy. It also helps to avoid over mixing the biscuit dough. Only mix the dough until the ingredients are combined after each addition, to prevent the biscuits from getting tough.

I prefer to use 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar in this recipe but if you prefer you can add more or less. You could also use Colby Jack or white cheddar in this recipe if you want to mix it up a bit!

Gently fold in the cheddar cheese with a large spoon or spatula.

I actually prefer to use two trays while baking these biscuits, simply to avoid them running into each other as they rise while baking. Of course this is optional and if you wish to get a more even bake on all of the biscuits, then you may prefer to place them all on one cookie sheet.

Butter, butter and more butter, is what makes these biscuits so yummy. If you prefer you can use less topping or omit the garlic powder from the melted butter topping. Fresh parsley is very tasty on top of these biscuits, but once again you can do without if you do not have the parsley on hand or prefer the biscuits more plain.

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  1. Cheryl Donnelly says:

    These biscuits really are JUST like red lobsters biscuits! I made a double batch of the butter mix, coated them with butter before I baked them, and after. A delightful side to go with any dish!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Thank you!

  2. These biscuits (we’d call them scones) sound yummy. Is old bay anything to do with bay leaves? I love your photography!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Thank you so much! Old bay seasoning is actually a blend of spices that originates from the U.S. you can also make your own if you do not have it available in your area I’ll drop a link to a recipe below.

      1. Thanks a lot! Looking forward to trying it.

        1. marilynpeight says:

          You are welcome! Enjoy!

      2. Aaron Snow says:

        I’m going to try your biscuit recipe, sounds delicious.

        1. marilynpeight says:

          Enjoy!! Hope they turn out splendidly for you!

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  7. 5 stars
    I made these last night, and WOW! They were good! They made a great side dish to the grilled chicken salads we had. It actually took less time than I thought, and was quite easy. We will be making these again 🙂

    1. marilynpeight says:

      That’s wonderful, glad you enjoyed them!

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