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Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits

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These Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits are so quick and easy to make and they come out perfect every single time! Wonderfully fluffy, these traditional biscuits are a great make ahead side.

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Traditional Southern buttermilk biscuits have just got a makeover! Baking them in an air fryer makes the whole process so quick and easy and they come out oh so delicious! Make a double batch and freeze half, I enjoy them with so many meals!

Years ago I had the opportunity to make Bonjangles Biscuits at their test kitchen. I learned so many awesome tips and tricks and know I can share my own perfect biscuit recipe with the world.

These biscuits go great with my Instant Pot Sausage Gravy for breakfast or my Air Fried Chicken for lunch or dinner.

How To Make Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits

  • Gather your ingredients. You’ll need self-rising flour, unsalted butter and shortening (cut into small pieces), and buttermilk. Make sure everything is cold.
ingredients for biscuits
  • Add flour, butter, and shortening in a large bowl and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix in butter and shortening. You could also use 2 forks. The flour mixture should still have chunks of butter and shortening that are the size of small peas.
bowl with flour mixture with pastry cutter in it
  • Make a space in the middle of the bowl and pour in the buttermilk.
Milk added to the dry ingredients
  • Use a wooden spoon and mix the flour and buttermilk until it is combined and is a soft and sticky dough.
biscuit dough in bowl
  • Flour a clean countertop (with about 2 Tbsp of flour), marble slab, or large cutting board and pour the dough onto it. Flour your hands and gently knead the dough one or two times until it’s smooth. Pat the dough out into a square that’s about 3/4 an inch thick.
  • Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter, flour it, and cut out biscuits.
The dough on a floured work surface

Remove the scraps from around the cutouts. Use remaining scraps and mold them into the biscuit cutter. Don’t bother rerolling the dough, this is much easier and allows the biscuits to avoid being overworked.

  • Place bicsuits on air fryer parchment sheet liners (or a piece of parchment paper cut to fit your air fryer) about 1 inch apart.
The uncooked biscuits in the air fryer basket
  • Air Fry om 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 – 10 minutes and golden on top. Brush with melted butter and serve.
The finished biscuits in the air fryer basket

How long do they keep?

Once the biscuits have cooled to room temperature, store them in an airtight container. They will keep at air temperature for about 2 days and up to a week in the fridge. You can also freeze the baked biscuits and thaw them at room temperature.

Can you bake them in the oven?

These biscuits come out wonderfully in the air fryer, but they can also be baked in the oven if that’s what you have. Simply bake them in an oven at 450F on a lined baking sheet for around 14 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

What do you serve with them?

These air fryer biscuits are super versatile and a great accompaniment to most meals. You can of course serve them with the traditional country white gravy, but I also love to serve them as a brunch with scrambled eggs, with a side salad or smothered with fruit preserves! They’re also great with any Southern Dinner. I always have a batch ready to go!

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • All ingredients must be cold for these biscuits to work and rise. If it’s taking you longer than expected to shape your biscuits or if they start to feel extra sticky, do the optional step and stick them in the fridge to get them cold again.
  • These are freezer friendly. Bake them in your air fryer or oven straight from the freezer for the same amount of time.
  • I like to use self rising flour to cut down on the amount of ingredients needed. If you use all purpose flour, mix in 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt to the flour.

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Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits

These homemade air fryer biscuits are so quick and easy to make and they come out perfect every single time! Wonderfully fluffy, these traditional biscuits are a great make ahead side.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer biscuits, easy biscuit recipe, homemade biscuits
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 biscuits
Calories 219kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Self-rising flour plus ¼ cup for flouring the board and biscuit cutter
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp shortening cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted for topping

Instructions

  • Add flour, cut butter, and cut shortening and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix in butter and shortening. The flour mixture should still have chunks of butter and shortening that are the size of small peas.
  • Make a space in the middle of the bowl and pour in the buttermilk. Use a wooden spoon and mix the flour and buttermilk until it is combined and is a soft and sticky dough.
  • Flour a clean countertop (about 2 Tbsp of flour), marble slab, or large cutting board and pour the dough onto it. Flour your hands and gently knead the dough one or two times until it’s smooth. Pat the dough out into a square that’s about ¾ of an inch thick.
  • Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter, flour it, and cut out biscuits. You should get about 8 biscuits.
  • Optional step: Place your biscuits in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to ensure they stay cold.
  • Place biscuits on an air fryer parchment sheet liners (or a piece of parchment paper cut to fit your air fryer) about 1 inch apart. Place in air fryer basket and air fry on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 – 10 minutes and golden on top. Brush with melted butter and serve.

Notes

You could also bake these in a traditional oven if you don’t have an air fryer. Oven directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit before you began to make your biscuits. Once biscuits are formed, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart. Bake for 14-15 minutes, until tops are golden. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
  • All ingredients must be cold for these biscuits to work and rise. If it’s taking you longer than expected to shape your biscuits or if they start to feel extra sticky, do the optional step and stick them in the fridge to get them cold again.
  • These are freezer friendly. Bake them in your air fryer or oven straight from the freezer for the same amount of time.
  • I like to use self rising flour to cut down on the amount of ingredients needed. If you use all purpose flour, mix in 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of fine salt to it.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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Candi

Sunday 7th of June 2020

My heating element broke into pieces this morning, but I was set on making biscuits. These turned out great! I think this may be my new preferred method to make biscuits!

Tanya

Monday 8th of June 2020

Thanks Candi, so glad the biscuits worked out for you. So sorry to hear about your heating element.

Kell

Sunday 17th of May 2020

I did these as a drop biscuit and they turned out fantastic as well.

Linda H

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Thanks for providing the instructions for regular flour. Self rising flour tends to be regional and not the norm for some climates. I love your recipes.

Barey

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

@Tanya, So, what is the formula for self-rising flour at home? I’ve recently started playing with an air fryer. You are a big bunch of help! TY😃

Tanya

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

No problem and thank you :) I agree, it's so easy to make self-rising flour at home too.

DeLona

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Air Fryer temp for the biscuits?

Linda

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

I really like your recipes. Thanks for being so generous and sharing them. I've looked three times and I can't find the temperature for air frying in your narrative or recipe instructions. Share please.

Tanya

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Thanks Linda. My apologies, 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I've updated the post :)