Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits {Copycat}

by Aimee Stock

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Last Updated on November 21, 2021 by Aimee Stock

Most of us are fanatics of this cult-favorite, but If you are not familiar with Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits , I thought I’d give you a few fun facts!

What are Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Mixed in-restaurant by hand using a top-secret recipe, Cheddar Bay Biscuits are made with aged cheddar cheese and brushed with a savory garlic topping. This copycat is easily made at home and tastes just like the original!

History of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

According to its website, Red Lobster initially introduced in 1992 as “freshly baked, hot cheese garlic bread.” The biscuits were coined “Cheddar Bay Biscuits” five years later to reflect the seaside atmosphere of Red Lobster restaurants.

Red Lobster would serve the biscuits on trays to guests in the lobby as they waited for their table. Because the demand for biscuits in the lobby became so high, it was decided to serve the biscuits at the tables for all of the guests to enjoy.

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits Hero

How to make Cheddar Bay Biscuits

The ingredients are simple and likely those you already have on hand. You’ll need:

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Butter
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Milk (or if you have it, even better … buttermilk)
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sugar

and for the butter topping:

  • Melted Butter
  • Parsley, chopped (or dried)
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Powder (optional)
Flour and butter mixture

Combine the dry ingredients, then cut in the butter with a pastry blender (or two knives). You can also use your fingers to work it in, but you want the butter to stay cold so work fast as the warmth of your hands will soften it. Add the cheddar and milk and stir just until combined.

Cheese and milk mixture

Spray a cookie scoop with vegetable spray every few times and place the rounded balls onto a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet.


Bake until cooked through and golden.

Baked Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Meanwhile, combine butter, parsley, Italian parsley and garlic powder and microwave on low just until it begins to melt.

Butter mixture

Brush the tops with the melted butter mixture and serve immediately.

Brushed with butter

The butter will soak in after just a few minutes.

Ready to eat

Did you make my Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought. You can also tag me with your photos on Instagram @aimee_stock I love seeing what you come up with 🙂

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Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits {Copycat}

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits {Copycat}
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 biscuits


  • Pastry Brush



  • 2 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1 c Milk OR Buttermilk
  • 1/2 c Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1/3 c Butter cold and cut into small cubes
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar


  • 4 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp Parsley chopped (or you can use dried)
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning Blend
  • Garlic Powder to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your hands (work quickly if choosing this option). It should resemble a coarse crumble.
  • Add shredded cheddar and milk (or buttermilk). Mix just until combined.
  • Bake for anywhere from 10-12 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  • Melt the butter and mix with the Italian seasoning blend, parsley and garlic powder. Brush over the tops of the baked biscuits. The butter will soak in after just a few minutes. Serve immediately.

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