You can make BUTTERMILK BISCUITS IN THE AIR FRYER from scratch in under 20 minutes. These homemade biscuits will quickly become a go to breakfast!
I’ve tried all sorts of biscuit recipes, from classics to recipes featuring 7 Up soda and other surprising ingredients.
Some of those ‘secret ingredient’ recipes are really fabulous and some of them are…well…not so great at producing light, fluffy biscuits that are begging to be slathered in butter and jam and eaten by the fistful.
This recipe has no secret ingredient. No surprises. It’s just a classic, traditional biscuit that you’ll want to make again and again.
We do use the air fryer instead of the oven though. Why heat up the whole oven for a batch of biscuits? There’s no need! You can get biscuits on the table quickly thanks to the air fryer.
We know how much y’all loved our air fryer donuts, so we figured you might like some biscuits too!
How to make homemade biscuits in the air fryer:
Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl and give it a stir.
Now you need to add the butter by mashing it into the flour mixture with a fork. We do this in batches – a little butter at a time. Keep mixing and mashing it together until the dough is flaky and crumbly and you’ve added all the butter.
Add in the buttermilk and stir the dough until it is moist and feels like a sticky dough.
Prepare a surface with sprinkled flour and remove your dough from the bowl onto this surface. Begin kneading the dough on the floured surface. This will make the dough less sticky and it will smooth out a bit. Don’t overwork the dough or you’ll end up with tough biscuits. Just knead it enough to bring it all together.
Once the dough is smooth, roll it out until it is about 3/4″ thick. Then use a round cutter, or a drinking glass if you don’t have a round cutter, to cut circles into your dough.
Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper. There is a special parchment paper that has small holes in it designed for an air fryer. We recommend you use this parchment paper as it has holes to allow air flow.
Spread out the biscuits in your air fryer basket in a single layer without letting the biscuits touch. You may need to work in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
Brush melted butter on the tops of each biscuit and cook in your air fryer for 8 minutes at 350 degrees F. Check them and they are done if the tops are golden brown. If not, cook for one to two more minutes and check again.
Remove and they are ready to serve however you wish!
Classic biscuit combinations:
- Buttermilk biscuits, the best type of biscuits, are fantastic with just a little butter and honey on them. You get the full flavor of the biscuit that way. If you aren’t a fan of honey, substitute for a little bit of jelly or jam. Any fruit flavor is great!
- These biscuits are also great topped with sausage gravy. Nothing like biscuits and gravy for breakfast – or dinner!
- Chipped beef and gravy served over biscuits is a dinner I grew up on. You make a flour gravy and instead of adding sausage, you add chipped beef. Serve this over the biscuits.
Using your air fryer for this biscuit recipe:
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We use a six-quart air fryer for most of our air frying needs. We have a couple of smaller air fryers, but find the six-quart model is best for our family of four. The Cosori is also dishwasher safe which is a bonus for me!
These round cutters are stainless steel and work great for this recipe. They are a cheap option and stack nicely to stay out of the way in your kitchen when you don’t need them. And boy are they nice to have when you want them for these biscuits or a good cookie recipe!
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Easy Buttermilk Biscuits in the Air Fryer
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter softened, cubed, plus more for brushing on top
- 1 cup buttermilk
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
- Using a pastry cutter, or large fork, add in pieces of butter and mash together until the dough forms into a flaky crumble.
- Add in the buttermilk, and stir until the dough is moist. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place on a floured surface to knead gently. The dough will be a little sticky, but as you knead it will become smooth. Don't over mix – just knead until the dough comes together.
- Once the dough is smooth, roll it out to about ¾ inches thick.
- Cut the dough with a round cutter, or use a drinking glass, to make circles in the dough.
- Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper cut with holes. (See note)
- Working in batches if necessary, place the biscuits in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Be sure the biscuits don’t touch or overlap.
- Brush melted butter on the tops of each biscuit and then cook at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, watching for the biscuits to turn golden brown.
- Remove from air fryer and serve.