If you ask most people what their favorite food from Red Lobster is I’m willing to bet that most of them won’t even name any type of seafood. More likely than not the answer will be “Cheddar Bay Biscuits,” which are the delicious little biscuits that Red Lobster drops at each table before each meal in lieu of breadsticks or dinner rolls.
Unfortunately, unlike many chain restaurants Red Lobster doesn’t make their food available for sale in grocery stores, so unless you want to make the trek down to one of their restaurants for these delicious biscuits your only other option is to make them yourself at home.
Luckily, the recipe isn’t very hard at all to duplicate, and after testing out a few different versions of it that I’ve found online and making a few tweaks I believe I’ve come up with what is the definitive Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit recipe. In fact, all you really need to make these delicious treats are a couple simple ingredients and a few spices.
You’ll want to start out by combining 2 cups of pancake mix with a half cup of cold water and 3/4 of a cup of grated sharp Cheddar cheese. Mix those three things up until the dough is nice and firm and it looks like the second picture down below. After that you’ll want to heat your oven up to 450° and place balls of the dough onto a baking sheet. Since the dough was so sticky I used an ice cream scoop to shape my biscuits and it worked out great.
While the biscuits are baking you then need to melt a 1/4 cup of butter and add 1/8 of a tablespoon of garlic powder, 1/8 of a tablespoon of onion powder, a 1/4 teaspoon of dried parsley and a grind of pepper to it. After nine minutes in the oven remove your biscuits and brush them with the mixture of butter and spices before putting them back in the oven for two more minutes. After that they should be all done and ready to inhale… I mean eat.
You know how Olive Garden has an endless soup, salad and breadsticks option for lunch? I wish red lobster would do some sort of lunch deal like that with just their Cheddar Bay Biscuits, because I’d have no problem stopping in, paying a few dollars and just making a meal out of a basket of them. Until then though I can at least make my own at home, and now you can too!
Aunt JennyJanuary 3, 2012 at 10:46 am (11 years ago)
Doesn’t Red Lobster offer the all-you-can-eat salad, soup AND biscuits anymore? They used to have that for lunch. It’s been a very long time since we’ve gone, but they did have it at one time…
NickJanuary 3, 2012 at 10:53 am (11 years ago)
Really? I never even knew that. If they still have it I’m going for lunch!
IlanApril 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm (11 years ago)
I think that’s Olive Garden.
hawaii krissyAugust 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm (7 years ago)
I work at Red Lobster in Waikiki.. we are always slammed in the evening. it is hard enough to make $$$ on a lunch shift.. if they had endless salad, soup and biscuits.. I would quit!!! You can get all the biscuits you want.. even though we are only supposed to give 1 biscuit for each person and one extra for the “table”, we are also not supposed to serve the biscuits until the food has arrived… biscuits are NOT meant to be a a meal or an appetizer… if you like them so much order a dozen to go.
SebyApril 19, 2019 at 10:14 am (4 years ago)
If I already ordered my food what does it matter how many i eat? Desert!
LunchboxJanuary 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm (11 years ago)
Bless you for doing this.
ObbopJanuary 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm (11 years ago)
The local Red Lobster is always crowded but I wonder if our distance from the ocean and lack of local fish/sea food joints is the main reasons.
PETA demands we re-label fish as “sea kittens,”
Sorry… our finny friends are dinner, supper, lunch, whatever.
Local Golden Corral has decent affordable fish offerings, especially at lunch time. My liver quivers with delight when non-breaded oven baked fish is offered.
Rolls, however, are not the “fancy” type but the basic plain rolls are good.
Well-taken pics above with the last one drool inducing!!!!
twoeightnineJanuary 4, 2012 at 10:20 am (11 years ago)
If you don’t want to do the work and Schwan’s delivers in your area try the cheese and herb biscuits. They might be better than Red Lobster.
NickJanuary 4, 2012 at 10:38 am (11 years ago)
Oh man, when I was a kid my family used to buy tons of stuff from Schwan’s! I’ll have to see if they still deliver around here and give these a try. Thanks for the tip!
twoeightnineJanuary 6, 2012 at 12:46 am (11 years ago)
They have little flavor balls of cheese in them. FLAVOR BALLS OF CHEESE>
DaxJanuary 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm (11 years ago)
Nice work. I gave these a shot last night to make for my kids, and they all loved them. Can’t go wrong with a nice pancake batter.
JuliaJanuary 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm (11 years ago)
Hi Nick. Are you sure that’s 1/2 cup of water? Didn’t appear enough to make the dough moist and easy to mix–dough was quite crumbly.
NickJanuary 14, 2012 at 12:00 am (11 years ago)
I’m pretty sure that was how much I used, but you could always add more. My dough was super crumbly as well and I just kept mixing it and mixing it until it wasn’t anymore.
Raiders757January 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm (11 years ago)
Been making these with Bisquick for quite some time now in similar fashion.
BenMarch 22, 2012 at 11:58 am (11 years ago)
I have wanted to make these for some time now, made them last night. I used some finely diced onions since I didn’t have any onion powder and sprinkled fresh parsley on top instead of the dried. My wife laughed at me for using pancake mix for biscuits, but she was fully on board when she smelled them coming out of the oven. These were so delicious. I was ticked at having to buy a big box of pancake mix, but it will definitely get used quickly.
Joe GMay 27, 2013 at 10:40 am (10 years ago)
Doesn’t Cheddar Bay Biscuits have Old Bay Seasoning in them too or at least in the butter sauce?
NickMay 28, 2013 at 8:59 am (10 years ago)
I’ve actually heard that too. I didn’t use it and I’ve seen a ton of recipes that don’t include it, but I might have to try adding some and see how it tastes.
KatieMay 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm (10 years ago)
I’m totally going to make these tomorrow night for my potluck dinner….. Would you mind if I posted about it, linked back to you of course, on my blog?
NickMay 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm (10 years ago)
Yeah, that’s definitely fine with me. Let me know how they turn out!
KatieMay 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm (10 years ago)
Excellent, will do! Thanks!
MaryJune 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm (10 years ago)
They have boxes of Olive Garden cheese biscuit mix at Costco.I just don’t have the box with me today
NickJune 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm (10 years ago)
Yeah, I’ve seen it at Sam’s Club now too. I’ve bought a couple boxes and they’re pretty delicious.
Marisa KnappSeptember 19, 2013 at 8:38 am (10 years ago)
YES!!!!!!! And Thank you for this recipe!!! I love your blog!
Lori TraffordAugust 8, 2015 at 10:33 am (8 years ago)
My “quite” pregnant Daughter was thrilled to find Costco in Canada now sells Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits last night.
DonJanuary 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm (7 years ago)
you can order extra biscuits at Red Lobster, I know cause we have done it
TinaMay 2, 2016 at 7:32 pm (7 years ago)
Thank u for the recipe. I just made n ate one. I had no milk or baking soda. But guess what i had just a store brand of complete pancake mix. They were almost better than red lobster. Fluffy like a puffy pancake. The butter sauce on top put the biscuit over the top. Thanxs again
KaylaMay 14, 2016 at 6:59 pm (7 years ago)
Thank You so much for this recipe!!! I made them today and they were better than i thought they were gonna be.
SebyApril 19, 2019 at 10:11 am (4 years ago)
Can i use milk instead of water?