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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 now 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 at 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 or compote! 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 Tablespoon unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tablespoon shortening cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoon 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.
  • I prefer a combo of shortening and butter in my biscuits but you can use all butter if you aren’t a fan of shortening.

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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LINDA LEDESMA

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Tanya! My biscuits tasted great...BUT were no where near what yours look like. The bottoms, of course, were not brown, the tops were...TOO brown. Air fryer @400/9mins. My dough actually was not sticky. My flour is up to date, butter & milk cold...they didn't really rise!! YES, will attempt again, so easy, no heating up my kitchen...I cut one really "big", tall...just to see if I was cutting them too small & that was the only one that came out "tall". They didn't look flaky like your either!!! They tasted great....thanks for all the great recipes...linda

Sally

Friday 15th of April 2022

Wonderful recipe and instructions. Would this work if I just used butter flavored Crisco instead of the butter/shortening combo?

Tanya

Monday 18th of April 2022

Hi Sally, thank you. Yes, the flavored Crisco should work fine.

Deb

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Turned out VERY good, just like the picture!

Tanya

Thursday 24th of March 2022

Thanks so much Deb! So glad you liked them :)

Cherie

Sunday 13th of March 2022

FYI do not use parchment paper in your air fryer! Mine caught on fire!!

Tanya

Monday 14th of March 2022

Hi Cherie, you have to make sure the food is placed on the parchment liner and it does not touch the heating elements on the top. Also, parchment paper and foil paper are fine in the air fryer. I would not use wax paper. My rule of thumb is if it's oven safe, it's fine for the air fryer.

Lynette

Saturday 12th of March 2022

My oven is waiting for parts. These are excellent biscuits and prove that the air fryer is a useful kitchen too.