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Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (A La Red Lobster)

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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.

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Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (a la Red Lobster)

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15 biscuits 1x


Make these famous biscuits inspired by Red Lobster homemade!


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. 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!)
  3. 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!)
  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until biscuits begin to brown slightly around the edges.
  5. 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.
  6. Serve warm.


Adapted from Joyful Abode.

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. :)

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103 comments on “Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (A La Red Lobster)”

  1. 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!

  2. amazinggggg

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

  8. My family loved them. Thanks!

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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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?


    • Sure – here’s a recipe for homemade baking mix. Good luck!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. Thanks for the recipe, I made the biscuits tonight and we all loved them:) we will definitely make them again

  18. Hey Ali,

    I was wondering if the buttermilk biscuit mix can be replaced with something else. Im from the Netherlands and unfortunatly its not available here. I had this biscuits at the red lobster in the USA and they were delicious.

    Hope to here from you soon!!!

    • Hi Nadia! If you’re unable to find a biscuit mix, we would just recommend making a buttermilk biscuit dough (we love this recipe!) and then mixing the cheese into the dough. You can still follow the last step with the oregano and butter, etc. Let us know if you have any questions — we hope this helps, and that you enjoy these! :)

  19. I’ll upload them soon but these were amazing! I made my buttermilk biscuit dough base from scratch (wanted to try) and it turned out amazing! I will definitely be using this recipe again (probably tomorrow because we ate them all tonight ?)

  20. Just made these cheese biscuits today with Bisquick, so hungry, forgot to add the toppings… very yummy, doubled the recipe, so we’ll have for the rest of the week! Will definitely make again ?

  21. Wow, way better then the originals. My husband loves these so much more then them he doesn’t like bay o seasoning! Thank you for the memories keep them coming. I didn’t change anything I made it just like the recipe.

  22. Just made this recipe to side with pork chops and mashed potatoes with Mac n cheese. And I must say these are delicious. Will definitely be making these again soon.

  23. Great recipe! Made them this morning and they are already disappearing!

  24. I added fresh chives oh that was good

  25. Taste exactly the same as those we had at red lobster. Thanks for the recipe Love it!

    • I always come back to this recipe. It’s a family favorite. We actually add cooked breakfast sausage to the batter before baking and have it for breakfast. I’ve had so many people rave about our sausage breakfast buscuits!

    • I bought the ready to mix Biquick Cheddar Bay Bisquit Mix … but to me more dry or dense than the restaurant ones. I might add real cheddar and cold butter pieces to this in next batch. What ingredient would make them more light and fluffy inside do you think?

  26. I just love these, I make them a couple times a week! And, I love red lobster!!

  27. I used garlic salt instead of garlic powder and the biscuits were too salty.

  28. It’s an easy recipe and doesn’t take a lot of time. Good stuff.

  29. Logical recipe. Easy. Love everything about this. Also, thanks for doing the math! Great perk. So many recipe sites these days are a mess, littered with junk. I’m so glad this gets right to it. Thank you! Shelley Malec Vitale

  30. It was good but if you like garlic use more

    • Great recipe for. A quick bread to go with chili
      Even cut to half recipe for just two. Tks for sharing. Jan

  31. I just have regular Bisquick Pancake mix….and can I sub the milk with buttermilk?

  32. Yummy. I used granulated garlic and used 1 tsp in the dough and 1/2 tsp in the melted butter on top. Bought course grated cheddar. Delish!

  33. Excellent. Closest to Red Lobster taste. More flavor by adding garlic IN the biscuit along with garlic butter on top.

  34. I Love These Biscuits

  35. I made them they were great, and very fast and easy, but can’t find a nutritional breakdown. If you have one, could you please reply.