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November 7, 2023

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

You know you love them—and now your favorite Red Lobster indulgence can be yours anytime. And if you’re new to cheddar bay biscuits, welcome to the fan club!


homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits topped with melted butter and spices (salt, onion, garlic and parsley) on a plate
Photography by Gayle McLeod

If You Want Truly Unlimited Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits, You’ve Got To Make Them Yourself.

If you’ve ever left a meal at Red Lobster and found yourself wondering things like “Why are Red Lobster biscuits so good?” or “I know that they’re unlimited, but I just feel like I need even more cheddar bay biscuits in my life.” you are not alone! We, too, adore cheddar bay biscuits. They’re flaky, savory, cheesy, herby, buttery—extremely buttery—and if you don’t adore them like we do, we don’t really know what to say other than please can we have yours if you’re not going to eat it? This copycat biscuit recipe is the answer to that feeling of sadness that descends a day or two after a meal at Red Lobster, when you realize it wouldn’t really be practical to go back yet but you really want to have another cheddar bay biscuit (or two or three). Now you can make your favorite carby treat anytime you want—no reservations required! Best of all, they’re ready fast! Start to fresh-from-the-oven finish, these biscuits only take about 25 minutes. Hope you’re hungry!

flour, butter, baking powder, baking soda, shredded cheddar cheese, whole milk and spices in bowls on the counter
flour and cold cubed butter in a food processor to make the dough for homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits
homemade dough and shredded cheddar cheese in a food process to for homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits
homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuit dough in a food processor made with flour, butter, spices, cheese and milk

No Secrets Here! We Present: A List of Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits Ingredients

You’ll mix up two things to make these biscuits come together! First, a super easy biscuit dough—you make it in the food processor and don’t have to knead it! And secondly, a seasoned herby butter to brush all over the baked cheddar bay biscuits. Here’s everything you’ll need to make both elements that’ll come together to make beautiful fresh biscuit harmony:

  • Flour

  • Butter

  • Baking powder

  • Garlic powder

  • Salt

  • Cheddar cheese

  • Whole milk

  • Dried parsley

  • Onion powder

unbaked homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
a pot with melted butter, salt, parsley, onion and garlic powders next to a pastry brush on the counter
homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits on a baking sheet being brushed with melted butter and spices
homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits topped with melted butter and spices (salt, onion, garlic and parsley) on a plate

How to Make Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Home

Easy doesn’t even begin to describe how simple this biscuit recipe is. Herbs and cheese and butter do all of the heavy lifting here to make the biscuits yummy and savory, and milk ensures that the final product is tender and moist. Here’s how to make everyone’s favorite biscuit in 3 quick steps:

  1. Make the dough. 30 pulses in the food processor later....

  2. Bake the dough! Well, split it into ten biscuits and then bake it.

  3. Brush the biscuits with melted, herby butter. Ooooh yeah. If there’s a “secret” to why cheddar bay biscuits are so good, it’s this—they’re dripping with butter, both in the dough and on top.

homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits topped with melted butter and spices (salt, onion, garlic and parsley) on a plate

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homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits topped with melted butter and spices (salt, onion, garlic and parsley) on a plate

Better Cheddar! (Bay Biscuits, We Mean)

We’re not necessarily saying that these are better than the ones you get at Red Lobster, but homemade and fresh-from-the-oven is hard to beat, and just not something you get at a restaurant, you know? So the cheddar bay biscuits that come out of your oven just might be better than the Red Lobster ones! The only way to know for sure is to try this recipe out and see for yourself! When you make them, we want to hear about it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min
  • Calories: 254


  • Non-stick cooking spray (optional)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cold whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, Silpat or coat with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a food processor, combine the flour and 6 tablespoons of the butter. Pulse until pea-sized crumbles form, about 20 times. Add the baking powder, baking soda, 1 teaspoon of the garlic powder and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Pulse until combined, about 5 more times. Add the cheese and pulse until combined, another 5 times. Add the milk and pulse just a few times until the mixture comes together, being careful not to overmix. The dough will be fairly wet.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and evenly divide it into 10 portions (about 1/4 cup each). Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the biscuits about 2 inches apart.

  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown on top.

  5. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe bowl or in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the dried parsley, onion powder, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Stir well to combine.

  6. Spoon or brush the seasoned butter onto the hot biscuits and serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories254
  • Protein6 g
  • Carbohydrates20 g
  • Total Fat16 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol46 mg
  • sodium447 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Questions & Reviews

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  • Jade

    Have to be put in a food processer ??

    No you can put the ingredients in a bowl and use a pasty cutter or cut in the butter with a fork and then finish mixing with a spatula. Basically, just get it good and mixed with whatever you have on hand. Hope you enjoy Jade!1

  • Xiomara

    Does it matter if I use white or yellow cheddar cheese ?

    We usually use yellow for this recipe.

  • Elisabeth

    I know they are easy to make (tested them out, and they are delicious!), but can I make the dough ahead of time and keep in the fridge overnight or at least a couple hours? Thanks!

    Yes, that should be fine Elisabeth, glad you loved them!

  • Emily

    Should we shred 12 oz of yellow cheddar or use 1 1/2 cup by volume?

    Use 1.5 cups by volume, Hope you enjoy Emily!

  • Christina

    These are amazing! Can’t wait to make them again.

    Thanks Christina!

  • Christina

    These were so amazing! Can’t wait to make them again.

    Thanks Christina, happy you loved them!

  • Jenn

    Dare I say, these were BETTER than the real thing! Absolutely delicious and surprisingly easy!

    Thanks Jenn!