These Easy Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits are really quick to make and they bake up warm and fluffy in the air fryer in less time than the oven.
Biscuits are a staple side dish in the south and have become well-loved all over the country. They have a flaky, buttery texture that just melts in your mouth and pairs well with a variety of meals. The air fryer is a fast and convenient way to make biscuits and toast bread, like these corn bread muffins.
There are many ways to make biscuits, but my air fryer biscuit recipe makes the process simple. By following my biscuit recipe and tips, you will achieve some delicious drop biscuits. Enjoy them with honey, butter, a bacon egg and cheese sandwich, or as a side with delicious fried chicken.
» Don’t have the time to make homemade biscuits? Check out these Easy Air Fryer Frozen Biscuits.
Ingredients You Need
- All-purpose flour: You can opt for gluten-free all-purpose flour if you have problems digesting gluten.
- Baking powder: Try to use fresh baking powder. To test if your baking powder is still good, add a bit to boiling water. If it bubbles, then your baking powder is good to use.
- Butter: Make sure your butter is very cold when making this recipe – the colder the better! I use salted butter for all savory recipes, personally, but you can use unsalted if that’s what you have on hand.
- Milk: I prefer to use whole milk for the added richness, but you can use skim or 2%, or even unflavored almond milk.
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
- Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
How to Make Air Fryer Biscuits
Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles gravel.
To cut in the butter, I use a pastry cutter. This make it very easy to crumble the butter into the flour. You can also use a fork, if you don’t have a cutter.
Pro Tip: Freeze the butter and then use a cheese grater to grate the butter into small pieces. It will save you a ton of time.
The most important thing is for your butter to be very cold when you start out. I cut the butter into pieces then put them in the freezer for 5 minutes to make sure they’re super cold. This helps form the delicious flaky pockets of butter in the biscuits. It’s worth the extra effort.
Add the milk to the mixture and stir to form a dough. Try not to overwork the dough. Just fold in the milk until all the dry ingredients are moist and incorporated.
One of the easiest ways to make biscuits is just to make drop biscuits, rather than to knead the dough and cut them into rounds. To do this, just scoop out the dough into 10 biscuits. Form them into shape quickly with your hands.
You will likely need to cook the biscuits in 2 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. There aren’t many air fryer baskets that are large enough to fit 10 biscuits.
Place the biscuits, spaced apart, in the basket.
Air fry at 400° F for 8 minutes. Open the basket and brush on melted butter. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, until golden and crispy on top.
How to Make Canned Biscuits in the Air Fryer
If you don’t want to make your own biscuits, you can use canned biscuits, like Grands, in the air fryer too.
Just take the biscuits out of the tin and place them, spaced apart in the air fryer basket. Cook on 320° F for 11-13 minutes. When they become golden on the top, they are ready.
You may need to make them in batches, depending the size of your air fryer. I’ve also found that I sometimes have to turn the biscuits over once during cooking for the bottoms to get crispy.
Questions About the Recipe
Why do I have to cut up the butter?
You want the butter to stay cold while mixing, so cutting the butter before mixing makes it much easier to incorporate. Large piece of butter are difficult to cut into the flour mixture and it will inevitably become warmer from the extra effort. Try freezing the butter and using a cheese garter to grate the butter into the dough. It results in small pieces that mix easily.
Does this recipe work for the oven?
I like to use an air fryer, because it involves less clean up and preparation. However, you can bake them in the oven at 425° F for about 15 – 17 minutes.
How do I know if my dough is overworked?
It doesn’t take much to overwork the dough and you might not even know you’re doing it until you eat the biscuits and find they are tough. Biscuit dough tends to look a bit on the shaggy side. It doesn’t have to be smooth like a bread dough would be. Mix it only until fully incorporated and fold the dough, rather than stir it.
Tips & Advice
- Be careful not to knead the dough for too long. This will make your biscuits dry and tough.
- Both the butter and milk should be very cold before mixing it into the dough.
- Unlike bread, biscuit dough does not need to be rested. You want to keep all the butter in the dough nice and cold. If you do not use the dough immediately, then the butter will soften.
- Follow the measurements closely. Using too much of one ingredient could leave you with a biscuit that’s dry and tough.
- When cutting out the biscuits, make sure you cut them in one swoop. Twisting them out will close off the biscuit and prevent lovely layers from forming.
- Brush some melted butter on top of the biscuits after baking to add an extra layer of flavor.
- Freeze the butter and then use a cheese grater to grate the butter into small pieces. It will save you a ton of time.
- Instead of whole milk you can use: unflavored almond milk, buttermilk, skin, or 2% milk.
- There are many vegan butters out there that can work for this recipe. Just make sure the vegan butter is cold when making the biscuit dough. You can also use vegetable shortening.
- You can add in additional ingredients like cheddar cheese or jalapenos for different flavored biscuits.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
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- Learn how to make fun things in the air fryer, like potato wedges, pork belly bites, and chicken wings.
How To Store and Reheat
Transfer to an airtight container or Ziplock bag and store for 3-5 days. If you want to freeze them, wait until they have cooled completely and transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
To reheat them just add them back to the air fryer basket and cook at 350° F for 2-3 minutes.
What to Serve With Air Fryer Biscuits
These air fryer biscuits make a great side dish for a lot of different meals. We love to serve them with chili and stews in the winter and with fried chicken in the summer.
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Easy Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits
- 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons (12 g) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
- 7 tablespoons (98 g) cold butter cut into little squares
- 1 cup (237 ml) cold milk
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) melted butter to brush on the tops
- Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles gravel.
- Add the milk and stir to form a dough. Try not to overwork the dough.
- With a spoon, scoop out 10 biscuits.
- Place the biscuits, spaced apart, in the basket. You may need to cook them in 2 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Cook on 400° F for 8 minutes, then open the basket and brush on the melted butter. Continue cooking until lightly golden brown on top, about 1-2 more minutes.
- Be careful not to overwork the dough.
- The butter and milk should be super cold when adding it. Cutting the extra cold butter into small pieces will help to incorporate it quicker.
- The dough should not be rested before cooking. If you can’t cook the biscuits right away, put the dough in the refrigerator until you’re ready, so the butter doesn’t soften.
- Fresh baking powder will yield the best results.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
Laura is a passionate foodie and owner of Air Fry Anytime She is dedicated to sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips for using air fryers at home. With years of experience in the kitchen and a love for healthy, flavorful cooking, Laura has become an expert at using air fryers to create amazing meals that are both nutritious and delicious.