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Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch

These copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch are a tasty addition to any dinner. An easy one-bowl recipe that beats boxed mix every time.

homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits in a basket with a blue linen

Have you ever had the delicious Cheddar Bay biscuits that are free when you dine at Red Lobster?  My visits to Red Lobster have come to a halt since high school, but I could eat the crap out of those biscuits if given the chance.

You shouldn’t have to shell out money to eat mediocre food (but excellent biscuits) by dining out.  Making them at home is healthier, cheaper, and oh so delicious.

Also, where exactly is Cheddar Bay? Cause I want to go there.

Why Doesn’t This Recipe Use Bisquick?

Well, I don’t buy Bisquick, it’s just as easy to make your own, and I like to use whole wheat flour when possible. And when you make your own baking mixes, you control the ingredients and know everything that goes in there.

Can I Make These Cheddar Bay Biscuits Gluten-Free?

Yep! Use a one to one gluten-free baking mix and eliminate the vital wheat gluten from the recipe.

What is Vital Wheat Gluten?

It is a powdered form of the gluten naturally found in wheat. When baking with whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten helps give your final product all the extra bounce and fluff that you’d find in baked goods made from white flour.

It’s a great product to keep around if you plan to do a lot of whole wheat baking. But if that isn’t your jam, you can double the baking powder and the end result will still be plenty tasty.

Pro tip: test 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of hot tap water. If it fizzes, your baking powder is fresh. If it is flat and does nothing, well then your baking powder is useless. Much like my boobs after breastfeeding two kids.

Here’s How to Make Cheddar Bay Biscuits

*Detailed & printable recipe card at the bottom of the post

Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the butter and the milk and mix until about fifty-percent mixed.

Two photos showing the process for making cheddar bay biscuits

Add the cheese and fold it in gently.

2 photos showing how to make homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits from scratch

Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake! Brush with a little melted butter and sprinkle with dried parsley if you’d like.

Homemade cheddar bay biscuits on a baking sheet

Once you pull these bad boys out of the oven, allow them to cool a bit, and serve with a sensible dinner (like Paleo Chicken Pot Pie Soup). Or…just put one in each hand, sit on the floor, and eat yourself stupid.

You pick.

No judgment from me.

Homemade cheddar bay biscuit on a plate with butter and a basket in the background

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • The bake time on these biscuits is really short, which makes them the perfect weeknight “fresh” component of your meal. I like to shred the cheese ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Mix the dry ingredients the night before or in the morning.
  • You can use pre-shredded storebought cheese, but it’s kind of creepy and costs more so spend a minute and shred it yourself.
  • You can use all-purpose flour if you’d like. Leave out the vital wheat gluten and reduce the baking powder to 1 tsp.
  • Feel free to freeze if you’d like, but plan to freeze them plain without any melted butter brushed on top. Let thaw at room temperature and reheat at 250 for 10 minutes.

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homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits in a basket with a blue linen
5 from 4 votes
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Easy homemade Red Lobster Biscuits. These Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits are made with real ingredients, including 100% whole wheat flour.
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheddar bay biscuits, red lobster biscuits, whole wheat breads
Servings: 10
Calories: 247 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees with a rack set to the middle of the oven.

  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. 

  3. Add the butter and the milk and mix until about fifty-percent mixed.

  4. Add the cheese and fold it in gently.

  5. Drop balls of dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Optional: brush tops of hot biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle additional parsley flakes on top.

Recipe Notes

You can use storebought pre-shredded cheese, or cheese you have grated yourself.


No vital wheat gluten? Double the baking powder.


Feel free to freeze if you'd like, but plan to freeze them plain without any melted butter brushed on top. Let thaw at room temperature and reheat at 250 for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 204mg9%
Potassium 346mg10%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 253mg25%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in February 2013. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

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28 comments on “Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch”

  1. Yum! These are the hand down best biscuits I have ever eaten. I substituted smoked paprika for Old Bay as I didn’t have any Old Bay on hand. I came home from work today to find a container of Old Bay on the counter as a hint to try the recipe again as it was loved. I can’t believe how light they were!

  2. Old Bay seasoning is one of the things I bulk by when I’m in Canada and smuggle back in my suitcase. I love it on popcorn (with nutritional yeast also) but damn, never thought of adding it to biscuits before. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Red Lobster, but I can definitely picture myself on the kitchen floor with a warm biscuit in each hand…

  3. These sound insanely good! I would definitely be adding smoked paprika, since I don’t think we have Old Bay seasoning on this side of the pond.

  4. Real Cheddar Bays are basted with butter containing parsley and garlic, so I’d add some garlic to the baste. Otherwise, these sound delicious!

  5. I can’t eat fibre so whole wheat flour is out. Can I sub regular flour and skip the vital wheat gluten? Or is that screwing with the recipe too much?

  6. I made these for my (very selective) fans of Red Lobsters biscuits and they were a hit! Thanks

  7. I haven’t really ever baked with whole wheat although I love it and typically will buy a fresh loaf at one of the bakeries here. Why do you have to add “vital wheat gluten”? Isn’t that already in the wheat. Sorry if I sound stupid, but I’d really like to know. Thanks.

    • Vital Wheat Gluten helps give whole wheat the same properties as store bought flour. You get a better rise and “fluffier” texture with it. Store flour has so much crap removed from it and then added back, that it’s hard to compare store flour with fresh whole wheat.

    • I think when Sarah says ‘store flour’ she means ‘white flour’. Especially since I can buy whole wheat flour at any store too!

      Whole wheat flour in the US contains 100% of the entire grain of wheat, as opposed to white or all purpose flour, which only contains the endosperm (food reserve of the seed). The endosperm contains the proteins necessary for ‘rising’ bread with yeast (along with some other things but they don’t matter here). Therefore, whole wheat flour has less gluten (protein) than white flour per cup because it has the other ‘stuff’ in it and this also makes it heavier or not as ‘fluffy’ as white flour.

      When baking bread, it is common to add gluten when using 100% whole wheat flour, although you can get a good loaf without it but it takes more time.

      For this recipe, since we aren’t using yeast to rise the dough, the gluten isn’t necessary. The baking soda, cream of tartar and baking powder are used to ‘rise’ the biscuits instead but the added gluten may provide a very slightly different texture (although I’ve only ever made them without and they still taste the same as Red Lobster to me!).

      • Thank you for clarifying that as that was the very question that I needed answered. Thank you!

  8. I haven’t really ever baked with whole wheat although I love it and typically will buy a fresh loaf at one of the bakeries here. Why do you have to add “vital wheat gluten”? Isn’t that already in the wheat. Sorry if I sound stupid, but I’d really like to know. Thanks.

  9. They sound delicious. Bet they would be perfect with tomato soup.

  10. Made these for dinner tonight. They were really good. It was a snow day today and I was thinking of finding a recipe for these and when I pulled up my reading list this was waiting for me. Thanks!

  11. Girl your photos are looking great. Do you have a new camera or just honing your skills?

    • Aww, you’re so sweet, thank you! Nope, none of the above. My big change? It’s no longer dark at 4:15 pm! ;-D

      I have 1 window in my kitchen that I use as a backdrop for my photos, and it’s nice to finally have some natural light again.

  12. So, I am kind of nuts and I just made a batch of these. I know, right after I read the post. Don’t I have better things to do? As it turns out, no I do not. These are delicious. I think I may just sit on the floor and eat two.

  13. I love those biscuits and my husband and I used to go there just for the biscuits and a salad before we had our son! I make one with biscuit mix that is similar but I brush butter over while cooking and/or at the end if I forget and they are to die for!!! Last time I made them for my parents and my mom said “Why haven’t you ever made these for me before?” Umm, sorry, I didn’t know that they were going to be that big a hit!!!

  14. LMAO….yeah…we eat at Dead Lobster for special occasions (back living in the land locked midwest with no access to real fresh seafood). Every time we are undone by those damned biscuits.

    That’s me, sitting on the floor, one in each hand. No wonder I weigh a thousand pounds. I did figure out how to make them myself though and do every now and then. But I alwaysd ALWAYS make my biscuits with buttermilk, ’cause my granny said so.

  15. I am eating a batch of my homemade whole wheat blueberry muffins as I am reading this. And while they are tasty. In no way can they compare to Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits.

    I have not eaten at Red Lobster’s since college but I swing by to buy a order of biscuits to go once in a while. I think 5 biscuits was like $2, the last time I went.