Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (A La Red Lobster)

January 10, 2010 by Ali

Once upon a time, there were two friends who moved in together as roommates just after college. One was continuing on with a master’s degree in therapy. One was beginning a new job at a church (the size of a small town) leading a vocal ministry.

Exciting times. Fun times. But often, overwhelming, frustrating, and stressssssful times.

So when the going got rough, or when it was time for a celebration (or…just when the craving hit :-)), these two friends hopped in the car and drove across town to “The Lobster” for the best of all indulgences…

Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

If you have ever tried these heavenly little delights, you understand why they always brought a smile to the two friends’ faces. And why they always asked for seconds. And why they were worth every calorie. :)

So even though these two friends now live hours apart, the memories of great times at “The Lobster” forever live on. And thankfully, the recipe for the biscuits do as well.

The end.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (a la Red Lobster)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 15 biscuits


  • 2 cups buttermilk biscuit mix (such as Bisquick or Jiffy)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together biscuit mix, cheese and garlic powder. Add in milk, and stir until well mixed. (Heads up - the dough will get very sticky!)

With a spoon or with your fingers, shape the dough into biscuit-sized clumps, and drop onto the baking sheet. (Note that the dough will pretty much hold its shape when baked, so feel free to pat down random peaks in the dough if you'd like them to look more uniform!)

Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until biscuits begin to brown slightly around the edges.

While the biscuits bake, prepare the warm butter mixture by mixing together the melted butter, oregano and garlic salt in a small bowl. As soon as the biscuits are removed from the oven, brush the biscuits (while they are still on the baking sheet) with the mixture until they are well-coated.

Serve warm.

(*This recipe usually makes about 15 biscuits for me.*)

Adapted from Joyful Abode.

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Ali’s Tip:

If you’d like to actually see more of the grated cheddar in the finished biscuits, opt for the more thickly grated cheddar (rather than the super-fine stuff!). Both of course taste exactly the same, but I love seeing the little whisps of cheddar when enjoying these guys. :)

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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91 thoughts on “Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (A La Red Lobster)

  1. They were the best bisquits I ever ate never want to lose this recipe

    - Dawn

  2. Thank you for the awesome recipe!! My son loved it :)

    - Naushin Shaikh

  3. I made these tonight and they were perfect!!! I also used Old Bay and parsley as someone else stated. Also, instead of shredding the cheese i cut it up into tiny little cubes and also added butter cut into tiny cubes. There were bursts of butter and cheese throughout the biscuit that made it even more delicious.

    - Jennifer

  4. This definitely worked and my husband loved…that says it all. The softness he was looking was right on. Thank you for making it easy for me. I was amazed that your precision was awesome just 15 balls :) Thank you again.

    - Serenity

  5. Hi!

    I would love to make these bisquits, but here in Norway we don’t have the “mix” you are using, do you have a tip on how I could make them without? Maybe with some sorts of dough?


    - Monica

  6. There aren’t enough good biscuit recipes out there. thank you. i love biscuits but i’ve never tried making them. I’m gonna give them a try and see how they turn out.


  7. It took me a moment or two to figure this out. Biscuits = scones in the UK, so here’s a recipe I found for buttermilk “biscuits” – – I guess you could use a ready-mix scone, but making your own is easy and tastes so much better! Best, Margaret

    - MacGillivray's Coffee Shop

  8. Sprinkle in a little ol bay! If you notice, It’s what red lobster does! SoOooo good

    - Hayley

  9. My family loved them. Thanks!

    - Jocelyne

  10. They look good.I’m gonna try them.

    - Linda

  11. Tried these. They are amazing. I was lucky to get one myself, they went so fast. I really need to make these again, and soon.

    - EAC

  12. oh my gosh i love red lobster garlic biscuits. and my friend who worked there told me they were as simple as this, but for some reason i haven’t tried them yet. i think you may have motivated me to try, these look amazing!

    - aimee @ like mother like daughter

  13. I use a similar recipe, but with more butter and parsely instead of oregano. I don’t think oregano quite gives it the right flavor on the topping, but to each their own!

    - Helen

  14. Biscuit mix and dried garlic powder? sounds a bit like a recipe for the kids..

    - Marty

  15. amazinggggg

    - newcook

  16. good

    - bob

  17. wow

    - bob

  18. I’m not a fan of seafood, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE RL’s biscuits. I have made these twice now and moth times they were delish! My hubby always tries to hog them too. :) Wonderful recipe! So glad I pinned this one!

    - Sarabelle

  19. These biscuits look delicious! They look like the real thing! I’d like to make the entire recipe from scratch. Do you have any advice on how to make the buttermilk biscuit mix from scratch? Thanks for the help. God bless you for posting this recipe! :D

    - Mommyg05

  20. Hi, bisquick isn’t available in my country. Please advise on how to make from scratch? I sooo want to make this! :(

    - Dira

    • Bisquick isn’t available in Germany either. I either make up a big batch of my own and store it in the freezer or I just use my grandma’s drop biscuit recipe add the cheese and garlic powder in the same amounts and brush with the butter.

      - Ava

    • I don’t know if you found a recipe for homemade biscuit mix, but there is one in Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

      - Connie

    • I’m looking for the same information. If I find the information, and the recipe works, I’ll let you know :)

      - Mommyg05

  21. i first made these at school in a senior foods class and they’ve been a hit any time i make them! soooo delicious! i add extra cheese into the batter and sprinkle some on top, they taste even better :)

    - Shannon

  22. These are fantastic! I used ice cold water instead of the milk like someone else said and made my own Bisquick. I ate way too many and will be making more today! Also, I only had shredded Mexican cheese and they were still wonderful. I’ll be using home-shredded cheese today – I’m sure they will be even better! Thank you so much!

    - Melissa F

  23. I go to Red Lobster mainly for the biscuits. Love them

    - Joanne

  24. Wow! I love these biscuits, but am not a big fan of Red Lobster. They are the only reason we occasionally go. I made these tonight and my family acted like I walked on water! They were so excited and proclaimed them BETTER than Red Lobster! YUMMM!!

    - CJfromSoCAL

  25. Thanks for the recipe! My husband loves Red Lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits and he raved over these!! :)

    - lauren

  26. I was wondering if you could freeze the dough. If you were to do that, what temperature should the oven be set to (from frozen) and for how long should they bake?

    Thank You!

    - Wendy

    • I don’t know why you would want to freeze the dough. They are so quick and easy to make. The recipe I use called for “as much butter as your conscious will allow”. LOL

      - Erma

  27. Best recipe and post ever. My husband loves the Red Lobster biscuits, so he has devoured these!

    - Mary

  28. These are great—I could eat them all…..

    - Margie Heitz

  29. Made these with fresh dill, sooo yummy! Hubby had eaten three within ten minutes. Awesome recipe

    - Erin

  30. Amazing amazing amazing!!!!!! I tried parsley on top tasted great! Thank you for sharing!!!

    - Lani

  31. Made these a while back but am just now commenting. These are absolutely DELISH! They’ve become a staple here at our house!

    - Valerie

  32. Made these biscuits today. So Delicious. Taste like Red Lobster’s.

    - Embroidery Fashions Boutique

  33. My husband and I ate these up! Love them :)

    - Samantha

  34. These are amazing! Taste exactly like Red Lobster’s!

    - Katie

  35. This recipe is super easy to make! My family loved it! Thank you for posting!

    - Stacey J.

  36. I just made 1/2 recipe of these using Pioneer Buttermilk Biscuit mix because that’s what I had on hand. They are awfully good!! I found I had to use a little more milk, as the dough wasn’t sticky enough without just a little more milk. Interesting that someone who worked at RLobster once said use ice water!!! I am not too fond of oregano and could do with much less in the butter you brush on, or maybe even omit it just for my taste. Thanks for giving this recipe.

    - WaWa

  37. These are the best!!! My family devoured them. And I even made them for breakfast by adding cooked sausage into the dough before baking. They turned out great. Thanks!!

    - Julie

  38. glad i found these

    - karen

  39. I use a small box of Jiffy Biscuit mix and substitute beer for the milk. Makes them a little fluffier.

    - Roxanne Berg

  40. AMAZING doesn’t even begin to describe this!!

    - Joanna

  41. Made these tonight for the first time and my fiance and I LOVED them! I will be making these as my go-to biscuits from now on!

    - Brittany

  42. DELICIOUS!! I made these last night to go with spaghetti and everyone gobbled them up! (pleasing everyone doesn’t happen often at our house!), they tasted just like Red Lobster! This will be a regular thing!

    - Shelley

  43. Cook and drain some loose sausage and add it in to make it more filling, too!

    - Jill

  44. This is my favorite biscuit. I was at the Red Lobster yesterday and I ate 3 of them,mmmmmgood.

    - Loette Donaldson

  45. Hello There,

    I first went to red lobster last year on my honeymoon to Hawaii. My husband and I loved the biscuits so much we went to there for two nights of our week long vacation. It was within walking distance of our hotel. Good thing because we would eat until we couldn’t eat anymore, and the walk back to the room was much needed. Thanks for putting up this recipe we are so excited to try these tonight.

    - Jessica Perry

  46. These are such a hit! I love them :)) thank you!!

    - Gianna

  47. This is bad. This is VERY bad! I LOVE these biscuits! Having the ability to make them at home is not something I’m prepared to cope with. I might eat them every day. Every. Single. Day. And that would be very very bad…..

    - Mellissa (sevimel)

  48. This is also good: use the Bisquik cheese-garlic biscuit mix, but use fat-free milk (ice cold) instead of water, and add a little more garlic powder to the mix. Drop by spoon onto greased cookie sheet, top with garlic salt and grated parmesan cheese. Bake as directed, then spray (or brush) with butter when done.

    - Deb

  49. I wouldn’t stir too much once you add the wet ingredients. I also grate my own chunk of cheddar as it makes for a more moist end product. Store bought grated comes with caking agents to keep it from turning into a single chunk again! I also skip the garlic IN the dough and just add extra butter and garlic powder on top. I use parsley instead of oregano. And I use salt instead of garlic salt. But only because I ran out of garlic salt, ha ha. I find doubling the butter part and getting it on right away out of the oven helps to moisten the bread and keep it that way no matter how many more minutes until supper is ready. I love to make these with a healthy low fat soup, so that I have NO guilt eating them!

    - Jamie

  50. Just made these tonight and they were SO super easy and delicious. I think I cooked mine a smidge too long and they dried out a tad, but no biggie. They were still great. I’m not sure we’re going to be able to make it the entire night without eating all of them!

    - Trish

  51. Oregano? I’ve seen this recipe elsewhere and it it called for parsley. I guess I need to try it with oregano but it feels like that would be a bit overwhelming.

    - Tina

  52. Ahhh….I have been looking for a recipe for these…I LOVE the Red Lobster Biscuits.
    I can’t wait to make them.

    - suburbangrandama

  53. I made these tonight and they were delish, but a bit dry. Any ideas what I should do to make them a little more moist? I’m thinking I will use your suggestion of thicker shredded cheese, and maybe add more of it. There will be a next time for sure, these were so easy to make!!

    - Dani

  54. These look divine! I am making them tonight! Thanks for sharing your recipe!


    - Christi's Chirps

  55. This recipe is great! The biscuits smelled awesome when they were baking. I found that I needed a little more of the butter glaze at the end, though.
    Thanks for sharing!

    - Yum!

  56. I love making these biscuits for my family and I! They go very quickly and they are unbelievably simple to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    - Lindsey

  57. I LOVE THESE! im so happy i found this web sight!

    - carley

  58. I couldn’t find bisquick buttermilk biscuit mix, so I got the originial bisquick pancake and baking mix. I’m guessing it’s not the same thing though? I haven’t made these yet, and I’d like to make sure I got the right thing first.

    - Anna Wat

  59. I made these to go with dinner last night and we ate the whole batch in one sitting. Delicious recipe. Really does taste just like Red Lobster!

    - Lacey

  60. I plan to make 2011 healthier by eating the right amounts of food and finding ways to enjoy exercise

    - Laura

  61. You are my new hero! All the Red Lobsters in MA are gone, and I miss this bread so much!

    - Lisa

  62. If anyone has a recipe for these that doesn’t involve Bisquick, would you please send it to me at
    skypalace42(at)yahoo(dot)com? I loove the cheddar biskits, but leaned a little too heavily on Bisquick during my early cooking days, and now can’t stand the taste. Thanks!

    - Rizzeh

  63. Some thoughts…

    I worked for Red Lobster for 8 years, the trick is not to use milk, but to use ice cold water instead.
    Also, forfeit the garlic powder in the mix and use a butter/garlic/white wine sauce on top when they come out of the oven.
    The butter garlic wine sauce we used was a pre-made mix, but basically it was liquid butter, garlic powder + salt to taste and white wine for some zing. This sauce is also the same sauce we used for scampi.

    I know people LOVE LOVE LOVE these biscuits. I don’t know that I’ve thought about them once since I quit many years ago! LOL!


    - Tanya

  64. Sure wish I knew how many biscuits this makes :(

    - Phil

  65. Ali–
    Please post a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan
    I love it and need a good recipe
    I am Monicas mom

    - kathleen smith

  66. Mmmm… I want some right now!

    - The American Homemaker

  67. I love this post! When I was in college, my best friend and I made our stress-related pilgrimages to Pizzeria Uno’s, where we would split a brownie sundae and commiserate about school/work.

    Food is basically the world’s most patient shoulder to lean on. Mmm, cheddar biscuits…

    - The Nervous Cook

  68. Love these biscuits!!!

    - Scott C