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This recipe for Cheddar Bay Biscuits is my delicious take on the biscuits available at Red Lobster. I like to call these BETTER cheddar bay biscuits because they are.

A vertical closeup of Better Cheddar Bay Biscuits along with a red and white checked napkin, and fresh parsley on top.

I originally shared this recipe in 2013. I’ve recently updated this post with new photos and additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making these Red Lobster copycat biscuits is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


A vertical two image collage of Better Cheddar Bay Biscuits along with a process shot and a title text overlay graphic.

The ingredient list:

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How this recipe came to be:

I don’t know anyone who visits Red Lobster and doesn’t love their Cheddar Biscuits. I do too.

It is because of my love of that biscuit that I wanted to recreate my own version.

Today’s recipe is my deliciously improved copycat take on the RL cheddar cheese drop biscuit.

What makes this a BETTER Cheddar Bay Biscuit?

I’ve packed in as much flavor as I could with some of my favorite dry spices and seasonings. You’ll notice it after your very first bite.

It’s the Old Bay seafood seasoning, smoked paprika, along with a pinch of cayenne pepper helps to make these biscuits a complete stand-out!

These new and improved Red Lobster cheddar biscuits will be a drop biscuit your family will request time and time again.

A vertical closeup of a basket of Better Cheddar Bay Biscuits topped with parsley.

Is the Old Bay seafood seasoning mandatory in this recipe?

No. Not really, but it does aid in the flavor that brings these biscuits back around to being a seafood restaurant-inspired side dish (at least in my mind).

Can another type of seafood seasoning be used instead of Old Bay?


I tend to gravitate toward Old Bay seafood seasoning for all my seafood seasoning needs so I always have it in the pantry.

If you have another brand that you love and have on hand, by all means, use it.

Can the sharp cheddar cheese be swapped out with another type of shredded cheese?

Of course. Use what you love, or what you have on hand in the fridge.

You can even combine a few different shredded kinds of cheese if that’s how you feel.

I particularly like Swiss cheese and think that it would be a tasty combo with the cheddar so you can bet I’ll be doing that next time I make these delicious copycat biscuits!

How many drop biscuits does this recipe make?

As written, this recipe will make 24 medium-size biscuits when a medium cookie scoop (approximately 2 tablespoons) is used.


You can also use two tablespoons (one to scoop, and one to push the dough off) to drop approximately 2 tablespoons of the batter onto prepared baking sheets.

The cookie scoop method will definitely help the biscuits be more uniform and regular in shape, but please know that a cookie scoop is certainly not necessary for taste.

Parchment paper, foil, or uncoated baking sheet?

Typically I like to use parchment paper.

However, in the photos you’ll see here I used aluminum foil wrapped baking sheets that I sprayed with olive oil baking spray.

I do those two applications to keep cleanup to a minimum.

That said, neither of those baking sheet hacks is 100% necessary. You can bake directly on the baking sheets if that is your preference.

Just remember to spray the baking sheets with non-stick spray before dropping the batter onto the sheets because it will prevent the biscuits from sticking.

The step-by-step photos for making copycat Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits:

  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  • Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl, measure out the buttermilk or (buttermilk alternative).
  • Add the softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese to the dry ingredients, and blend the ingredients together with a pastry blender to form coarse crumbs.
  • Add the buttermilk into the flour mixture and stir together to form a sticky dough.
  • Drop the dough onto a parchment-lined or foil-lined baking sheet (in approximately 2½ tablespoon increments).
  • Bake the biscuits in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • When baked brush the biscuits with melted butter and top with fresh parsley.
An overhead photo of a basket filled with Better Cheddar Bay Biscuits topped with fresh parsley and on a red and white checked napkin.

Recipes to serve alongside Cheddar Bay Biscuits:

*Homemade Fried Tilapia (shown below and featured in the video)

Hungry for a Friday night fish fry but don’t want to pay restaurant prices? My homemade fried tilapia recipe is crispy, crunchy, and utterly delicious.

A plate of Homemade Fried Tilapia with a golden batter along with lemon wedges and parsley in the background.

*Pineapple Pork Tenderloin (not shown)

Whether you make pineapple pork tenderloin on the outdoor grill, or inside in the oven…just make it. The pineapple gives the pork a wonderful flavor that you’re going to flip over!

*Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad (shown below)

Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!! Dig in! You’re going to love this colorful salad!

A round white bowl filled with sunflower crunch kale and cabbage salad

*Slow-Roasted Baby Back Ribs (not shown)

Cooking these slow-roasted baby back ribs in the oven, or on the outdoor BBQ, you can achieve maximum flavor with minimum ingredients that will ensure great meaty flavor, and quality tenderness.

*French Onion Pork Chops (shown below)

All the flavors you love in a traditional French onion soup are captured in this recipe for French Onion Pork Chops. Make them ASAP and I promise you won’t be sorry!

Two cheesy French onion pork chops on a blue scalloped plate

*Layered Zucchini Parmesan (not shown)

Layered Zucchini Parmesan has all the flavors you love about pizza or lasagna but without all those annoying carbs to weigh you down.

*Better Cheddar Bay Biscuits (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A closeup image of a cheesy Cheddar Bay Biscuits along with chopped parsley and also a title text overlay image.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s homemade buttermilk drop biscuits.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

A white basket with a red and white checked napkin filled with Cheddar Bay Biscuits.


Renee – Kudos Kitchen
This recipe for Cheddar Bay Biscuits is my delicious take on the biscuits available at Red Lobster. I like to call these BETTER cheddar bay biscuits because they are.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course batter bread, BBQ Side dish, breads & biscuits
Servings 24 servings
Calories 95 kcal


For the biscuits:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seafood seasoning or other seafood seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese about 1 1/4 cups
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • -Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • -In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and paprika.
  • -To the flour mixture, stir in the shredded cheddar and cream cheese.
  • -Stir in the buttermilk until just combined and forms a sticky dough.
  • -Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons (1½ tablespoon) onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • -Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.
  • -Meanwhile, combine the topping mixture of melted butter, garlic powder, and parsley.
  • -Brush the tops of the baked biscuits with the melted butter mixture and serve!


Serving: 1servingCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 218mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 229IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg
Keyword better cheddar bay biscuits, buttermilk drop biscuits, cheddar bay biscuits, copycat Red Lobster biscuits
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Each bite crumbles into rich flavor in the mouth. It has to be the spice and cheese. One biscuit is never enough!


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

These biscuits were delicious and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!