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Easy Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits

If you've never tried making skillet biscuits before, here's your chance! They're easy and delicious!

Easy Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits
Easy Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits
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Is there anything better than light, fluffy, buttery biscuits being served right out of the oven? The answer is "no!" Well, we think they're just a little bit better when they're served out of a cast iron skillet. That's why we've brought you this scrumptious recipe that you can use to impress your family and friends (and, of course, yourself!).

These light and fluffy biscuits make the perfect breakfast. Top them with fresh butter and a spoonful of jam, or ladle on your favorite hearty sausage gravy. Whether you're looking for a lighter meal, or a dish that's rich enough to feed a cowboy, these biscuits deserve a home on your table.

Did we mention they're also amazing with dinner? These show-stopping skillet biscuits will impress your dinner guests. They also make the perfect pair with hearty beef stew, crispy fried chicken, or honey baked ham, or just about any other Southern-inspired menu you put together. We're getting hungry just thinking about it!

We hope you're out of excuses for not making these delicious cast iron skillet bisuits. But just in case, here's even more information about this recipe to put your mind at ease.

What do I do if I don't have buttermilk?

It's easy to make skillet biscuits without buttermilk. All you need to do is whip up a batch of DIY buttermilk using milk and vinegar. Combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and voila!



Can I make these skillet biscuits while camping?

Yes! These skillet biscuits are the perfect camping recipe! You don't need a stove to make them if you have a good camp fire. Check out our guide to Campfire Cooking 101 for even more ideas.

How do you get biscuits to brown on top?

This recipe produces perfectly browned biscuits. The secret? We use a high oven temperature and add melted butter to the top of the biscuits before baking. Butter browns easily during cooking, and the extra heat helps achieve that golden-brown biscuit perfection!



Easy Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits

Yields10 biscuits

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time18 min

Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or a 50/50 blend of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (or you may substitute 2 tablespoon butter for shortening)
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees F. 

  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda with a whisk.

  3. With a pastry blender, or your hands, cut in the butter and shortening into the flour mixture until the butter/shortening is about the size of peas. 

  4. Add the buttermilk to the mixture and stir just until combined. Allow this to sit for 3 minutes.

  5. In a separate bowl, place your additional 1 cup of flour. Using an ice cream scoop, or a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop 1 scoop of biscuit mixture into the flour. Gently toss the biscuit in the flour and scoop the biscuit up from the bottom with your fingers. Lightly shake off the excess flour. Place the biscuit in a greased 10-inch cast iron skillet or cake pan. 

  6. Continue with the other biscuits until you have about 10 biscuits. Pour the additional 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the biscuits. Bake for 16-18 minutes. 

More Biscuit Recipes

Plus, check out even more yummy biscuit recipes below!

  1. 7-Up Biscuits
  2. Red Lobster's Famous Biscuits - Another fave from our test kitchen!
  3. Grandma's Southern Biscuits
  4. Bisquick Apple Drop Biscuits - Perfect for fall!
  5. Fizzle Biscuits - Honestly so fun to make!
  6. Paula's Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits
  7. Amish Buttermilk Biscuits - Classic, hearty, and easy too.

Tips for Making Extra Flaky Biscuits

Looking to make extra flaky biscuits? Then check out these tips below. Much like any other baking recipes, there's definitely a science to making biscuits the right temperature. 

Basically, making a flaky biscuits means making a lighter dough. This means giving the dough room to rise, avoiding adding too many wet ingredients, and handling the dough correctly.

1. Don't crowd the pan too much!
It can be tempting to cook as many biscuits as you can at a time. You want to make sure the biscuits have room to grow. Biscuits that are bigger, lighter, and fluffier will be flakier than those that are dense due to overcrowding.

2. Don't add too much buttermilk.
It's much easier to add more if you need it. Biscuit dough that is too wet or sloppy won't be as flaky as a perfectly portioned dough.

3. Use a sharp biscuit cutter or utensil.
If you're pushing down and compacting the dough, it will end up being a dense biscuit which will not be as flaky.

4. Use frozen dough!
Surprisingly enough, cooking with frozen dough yields a flakier and lighter biscuit.

Find more tips for making flaky biscuits from Rebecca over at FoodwithFamily.com!
 

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These are the best biscuits I have ever made. Love, love, love these biscuits!

Cooking in cast iron pans always seems to make everything better, assuming you keep them well seasoned and there is nothing better than homemade biscuits. I've tried so many times to make them and they either end up like hockey pucks or super dry and crumbly. It'll be so nice to be able to make a bunch of these to have on hand whenever I'm wanting biscuits and gravy. I'm just wondering though, why do you need to roll them in flour before baking?

These biscuits were so good. They pretty much melt in your mouth. I ate mine plain and had no complaints. Definitely going to have to make these at home for weekend brunch.

I am convinced that using a cast iron skillet is the only way to go when it comes to baking biscuits. These biscuits were amazing!

Delicious! Perfect with butter as a dinner side, or with jam and a cup of coffee for breakfast.

Loved 'em. Would definitely make again.

These biscuits were so good! They were buttery and fluffy... would recommend. )

You can never have too many biscuits! This recipe was great! Highly recommend.

I've never baked bread in a skillet before but these sound delicious and so simple!

These biscuits look yummy. It does seem simple enough in the skillet. I use my skillet for many things but have never baked in it. I am keen to try that! I think I may add in some cheese and chopped fresh rosemary for something different. I think these would be awesome eaten right out the oven with some nice cold butter spread over them.

Of course I would leave out the sugar if I added cheese and Rosemary!

I finally purchased a cast iron skillet last year and I'm always looking for things to make in it. These biscuits are getting such rave reviews that I can't wait to try them! I have a craving for biscuits and jam so this will be a top baking priority this weekend. I'll have to go back and read the comments to see how long people are baking them for since it seems they might need an additional amount of time.

These biscuits look good. I like the way they are baked in skillet. I think buttermilk will add another dimension of flavor which I am keen to try. They may also taste nice with some grated cheese over the top. I have a steak stew recipe which I make in the slow cooker and I think these biscuits would go great with that.

one simple recipe that I love making and my family loves eating. I had forgoten to make it since I amm busy working but I will make that for my family aftertomorow , when they came back from granny.Usually, I use cooking margarine since I am lactose intolerant, but i try to make it with real butter for my family and I "weep" from not being able to enjoy it while they eat the bread with honey and jam.

I thought these were great. Easy also. The only thing I did differently, was add some baking time and move the level of the oven rack up one so the bottoms would not burn. I will use this recipe again.

I made these biscuits this morning. They were great. I had to let them cook a little longer than what the recipe said, and move the oven rack up one level to keep the bottom from burning. But good choice and easy!

These tasted like the biscuits my grandmother made when Inwas a child - I'm 72. They were soft in the middle and crispy on the bottom. So good plain or with real butter and white Karo syrup.

Awesome biscuits!! I've been making homemade biscuits for 30 years and these are the best!! My husband's new favorite.... Made them last night and again tonight.

Every thing looks good. I will let you know how these recipes turn out. C.F.Reed

fantastic and so easy!

Just made these, put about 1 T bacon grease in the bottom of a cast iron skillet, got it hot on top of the stove, dropped the biscuits in, poured the 2T melted butter on top and baked. Absolutely delicious, best home made biscuits I have ever made.

The way I read the instructions:line item6 Bake for 16-18 minutes.

This is my new favorite biscuit! Light, fluffy, and moist. Ten HUGE biscuits that you don't have to roll out. What's not to love?

The description said these were cooked on the stove top. What's up?

It doesn't really cook on top of the stove, however, a lot of people would assume that because it is using a cast iron skillet. I have cooked biscuits on top of the stove when camping (using canned biscuits). Put them in a skillet with a paper plate over them. When they have browned on the bottom, flip them over and repeat the top side. Guess you could do the same with homemade biscuits.

These were so good and so easy!!!

I fixed these for breakfast, this morning. What a treat!! I used milk, soured with vinegar, as I was out of buttermilk. They had a unique flavor. Love the crunchy bottom crust, too! I hadn't thought of using bacon grease in the skillet, but will try that the next time!!

WHEN I WAS IN CAMP AS A CHILD MY CAMP COUNSELOR HAD A BUTANE GRILL AND WE MADE BISCUTS WITH THE SAME INGREDIENTS BUT WE ONLY HAD A TIN PAN AND ALUMINUN FOIL THEY WERE A LITTLE MORE BURNT BUT GOOD AND BUTTERY I REMEMBERING HOW IT WOULD OF BEEN BETTER IF WE SAVED SOME OF THE MILK. WE DIDN'T HAVE A FRIG TO KEEP IT THATS WHY WE MADE THE BISCUTS SO THE BUGS WOULDN'TTAKE OVER OUR FOOD SUPPLYS. I DO THE SAME THING NOW,EXCEPT I DON'T KEEP A LOT OF BACON GREASE BUT I WILL TRY IT THE NEXT TIME MY GRAND NEPHEW IS OVER,THE BOY LOVES BACON GREASE TOAST. MAYBE HE'LL LIKE THE BISCUIT BUNS LIKE THIS

I USE TO MAKE THIS BISCUITS WHEN I WAS OUT CAMPING IN A DUTCH OVEN, BUT INSTEAD OF BUTTER OR SHORTENING I USED BACON GREASE AND CANED MILK WITH LEMON JUICE AND I MIXED IT ALL UP WITH A FORK WHICH WORKS MIGHTY GOOD AND PUT A LITTLE BACON GREASE IN THE BOTTOM OF MY DUTCH OVEN AND PUT THE DOUGH IN AFTER I'D PINCH OFF SOME MAKE MY BISCUIT WITH THE SIDES TOUCHING, THEN BAST THE TOP WITH BACON GREASE AND PUT THE LID ON AND SET IN HOT COILS FOR 10 MINUTES AND I NEVER HAD A BISCUIT LEFT OVER.

"Yummy" I have made these several times and my family loves them. They are super easy to make plus all the ingredients minus the buttermilk are ones that I always have on hand. For the buttermilk I just take 1 1/4 cups of whole milk and add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and let it set for 15 mins. before step 4 above.

I love any type of biscuit, any type of bread (my downfall) and these look so good and easy to make. I will be making some tomorrow to slice and serve with honey or homemade jam....Yummy....

I will be baking these biscuits. Look wonderful and easy. My kind of biscuits.

These sound so good and easy, I cannot wait to try these!! Thank you for posting this receipe!!

Their in the oven now !...smell great, just couldn't wait till breakfast ! and the pork gravey is on the stove-top....biscut's were easy,...just like mom's......ummm

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