There's something undeniably comforting about the aroma of freshly baked biscuits wafting through your home. But let's be real, not all of us are morning people ready to tango with a complicated recipe in the morning. That's where our game-changing Air Fryer Biscuits come into play! With just a bit of prep, you can have these light and flaky buttermilk biscuits ready to air-fry in no time at all.
Today, we're turning our attention to something that's a staple at every Southern family gathering - yes, you guessed it, biscuits!
But these aren't just any biscuits, oh no, these are Air Fryer Biscuits!
Isn't it amazing how versatile an air fryer can be? One minute, you're making crispy chicken cutlets, and the next, you're baking fluffy biscuits.
Whether you're planning a big family breakfast or simply craving a homemade biscuit, this recipe is for you.
Follow along with this step-by-step guide, complete with my personal tips and tricks to ensure your biscuits turn out perfectly every time.
- All-Purpose Flour: This is the backbone of our biscuits, giving them structure and a soft, tender crumb. I don’t recommend using bread flour to make biscuit dough.
- Baking Powder: Make sure your baking powder is fresh for best results.
- Salt: Feel free to use table salt or kosher salt if that's what you have on hand.
- Sugar: For a natural alternative, honey or maple syrup would work just as well.
- Cold Unsalted Butter: If you're dairy-free, coconut oil or a dairy-free butter substitute like Earth Balance brand will do the trick.
- Buttermilk: Don't have any? No worries! Just add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk, and voila, homemade buttermilk!
Step by Step Instructions
For the full recipe with measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Tips and Tricks
- Cold Butter is Key: Always remember to use cold butter when making any biscuit recipe. This helps create those beautiful, flaky layers we all love. I usually cut my butter into cubes and then pop it back into the fridge to chill before using.
- Don’t Overwork the Dough: It's tempting to knead the dough until it's perfectly smooth, but resist! Overworking can lead to tough biscuits. Aim for a shaggy dough that just comes together.
- Cutting Matters: When cutting out your biscuits, remember to push straight down with your biscuit cutter or glass. Twisting can seal the edges of the dough and prevent your biscuits from rising properly.
- Air Fryer Spacing: Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket when cooking the biscuits, and always make sure they are in a single layer. They need space to expand and get that perfect golden-brown crust. You might need to cook in batches, but trust me, the results are worth it!
- Checking for Doneness: Every air fryer is a bit different, so start checking your biscuits around the 8-minute mark. They should be golden brown and sound hollow when you tap the bottom.
- Storage Tips: If you're lucky enough to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They'll stay fresh for about 2 days. To reheat, just pop them back into the air fryer for a minute or two to regain that delightful crispness.
- Get Creative: Once you've mastered the basic recipe, feel free to add your own twist. Try adding some shredded cheddar and chives for a savory version or a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat.
Can You Cook Biscuits in an Air Fryer?
Yes, you certainly can! Air fryers are a great way to make light and fluffy biscuits without having to turn on the oven. Plus, they cook up in no time at all!
Can I Make These Biscuits Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! You can prepare the dough ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Then, when you're ready to enjoy your biscuits, simply roll out the dough and cook them in the air fryer.
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More Air Fryer Recipes to Try
- If you thought our Air Fryer Biscuits were a game-changer, you will love this Air Fryer Garlic Bread! It's your favorite classic garlic bread, but with an air fryer twist, promising a crisp exterior with a soft, garlicky center.
- For all the potato lovers out there, these Air Fryer Curly Fries will be your new go-to snack. They're fun, flavorful, and have that perfect crispy texture that only an air fryer can achieve.
- Ever tried tomatoes in your air fryer? This Air Fryer Tomatoes recipe is a delightful surprise, turning juicy tomatoes into a warm, slightly charred treat that's perfect for salads, pastas, or even as a standalone side dish.
- Last but not least, these Air Fryer Onions will change the way you think about onions!
25-Minute Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits
- Air Fryer
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.
- Cut the butter into ½” cubes and add to the dry mixture.
- Cut in with a pastry cutter or with clean hands until the butter is broken down into very small pieces.
- Add the buttermilk and stir to form a dough.
- Fold the dough over in the bowl a few times, picking up any loose bits.
- Turn the dough into a lightly floured surface, and pat it to ¾” thick.
- Cut into 12 - 2 ¼” biscuits.
- Line your air fryer with an air fryer parchment paper liner, and then add the biscuits to it, cooking in batches to avoid overcrowding.
- Cook at 400° F for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.