This recipe for Easy, Fluffy Canned Air Fryer Biscuits makes perfectly cooked, fluffy biscuits in under 10 minutes. No need to turn on your oven - these fluffy biscuits are easy for weeknights or quick weekend breakfasts.
Oh, the wonderful air fryer - is there anything it can't do? I'll admit, it took me a while to hop on the air fryer train. We have a small kitchen and the last thing I wanted to do was to add yet another cooking appliance. BUt this little gem has made certain recipes so easy, and I find more and more uses for it every day. Enter these delicious air fryer biscuits.
Sure, it's not hard to make canned biscuits in the oven. But I love that using the air fryer I don't even need to turn my oven on. And, I don't even need to preheat the air fryer, making this cooking process take about half the time. I've also found that the results are as good, if not better than my oven when using the air fryer method with these canned biscuits - the smaller space and circulating air helps to produce super fluffy biscuits with a perfectly crisp golden brown crust. Have I sold you on these yet? 🙂
Why This Recipe Works
This air fryer biscuit recipe is a standout for several reasons.
- Few ingredients. I'm all for making homemade biscuits sometimes (and I may even try homemade air fryer biscuits at some point), but there are times when you need quick and easy, and premade biscuit dough from a can does the job fairly well. I used refrigerated buttermilk biscuits for this recipe (Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, to be exact) and they were the perfect vehicle to shovel pats of melted butter and globs of fruit preserves into my hungry stomach.
- Perfect texture. The air fryer's hot air ensures that the biscuits cook evenly, giving them a delightful golden brown outside while keeping the insides soft and fluffy.
- Quick and easy. This is an easy recipe that takes almost no prep and a short cooking time. Cooking these simple biscuits in the air fryer takes less time compared to traditional ovens, making this a quick option for busy days.
- The perfect addition to any meal. In our house, biscuits are always a good idea. They're a great base for biscuits and gravy, perfect to use as the bun for a breakfast sandwich, and are a great side dish to creamy scrambled eggs and bacon.
Just a couple of ingredients are needed to make these air fryer buttermilk biscuits:
- Refrigerated canned biscuits. For this recipe, using pre-made dough like Buttermilk Pillsbury Biscuits not only saves time but also ensures fluffy and flaky biscuits every single time. You can find rolls of canned biscuits in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store. (Usually close to the butter or cream cheese.) Feel free to use your favorite brand - I'd expect results to be pretty much the same.
- Cooking spray. A light coating of cooking spray is essential to prevent the biscuits from sticking to the air fryer basket.
How To Make Air Fryer Biscuits
These easy biscuits take just a few simple steps. In just 10 minutes you'll have perfectly fluffy, golden brown biscuits.
- Prep. Start by lightly spraying the inside of the air fryer basket with cooking spray. This helps prevent the biscuits from sticking to the basket. You could also use a sheet of parchment paper if you want to make the cleanup even easier - just cut the paper to the size of your air fryer and poke a few holes in it to ensure the air can still flow easily.
- Arrange the biscuits. Place the biscuits in a single layer on the bottom of the basket. For best results ensure they are not stacked or touching the sides of the basket for even cooking. Leave as much space between the biscuits as your air fryer allows, although if the sides of the biscuits are touching each other, it's not a huge deal since you'll be rotating them during the baking process.
- Cook the biscuits. Cook the biscuits at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes. Then, flip and rotate them, and continue cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the outside of the biscuits are a golden brown color. Different air fryers may require slight adjustments in cooking time, so keep an eye on them.
- Serve. Serve the baked biscuits, preferably with a pat of butter and delicious fruit preserves (this Instant Pot Orange and Lemon Marmalade is one of my faves.)
Variations And Substitutions
There are lots of fun ways to customize these buttery biscuits, or turn them into something totally different!
- Homemade buttermilk biscuits. If you have more time, you can make homemade biscuits using simple ingredients like flour, cold butter, and buttermilk. Use a pastry cutter to blend the butter into the dry ingredients for that perfect flaky texture. (Will be trying this soon!)
- Air fryer biscuit donuts. For a sweet twist, turn these biscuits into air fryer donuts by cutting a hole in the center and air frying them. Coat with cinnamon sugar or glaze after cooking. Yum!
- Air fryer biscuit bombs. The basic idea for these is to stuff the inside of the biscuit with something delicious, like cheese, bacon, jelly - whatever sounds good to you.
- Gluten-free. If you need these to be gluten-free, look for gluten-free options of canned biscuit dough at the grocery store.
How To Use These Air-Fried Biscuits
- Biscuits and gravy. My brother-in-law made this delicious treat when we were visiting at Christmas time and there is truly nothing more delightful than waking up to this heavenly combination.
- Ham and cheese biscuits. Slice the baked biscuits in half, add a slice of ham and cheese, and heat for one minute longer in the air fryer. Delicious.
- Breakfast sandwiches. Add an egg round, a couple of slices of bacon, and a slice of cheddar for an easy air fryer breakfast sandwich.
- With butter and fresh fruit preserves. It's a classic for a reason, and always takes warm biscuits to the next level. This is a perfect pairing and my favorite way to enjoy freshly baked biscuits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can cook frozen biscuits in an air fryer. The cooking time will be slightly longer, typically around 12 minutes, flipping them halfway through the coming time.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. You can also freeze them in a freezer bag for longer storage, then reheat them quickly when you're ready to serve.
Yes, using parchment paper in the air fryer makes clean-up even easier! Just be sure to cut the parchment paper to the size of your air fryer basket, and cut a few holes within the parchment paper to allow the air to flow evenly. You should also wait to add the parchment paper to the basket until you add your ingredients to help prevent the paper from burning.
To reheat, place the biscuits in the air fryer basket and cook at 350 degrees F for about 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly warmed. Reheating in the air fryer ensures they'll return to all their crispy glory.
Yes, cooking times can vary slightly between different air fryer models and even the size of your air fryer. Always start with a lower time and adjust as needed.
Making biscuits in the air fryer is a huge time saver for your weeknights or busy weekends. If you try these Easy Canned Air Fryer Biscuits, let me know what you think in the comments below. And don't forget to tag me on Instagram @frontrangefed with a pic so I can see your masterpiece!
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- Crispy Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
- Quick And Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes
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Easy Perfect And Fluffy Canned Air Fryer Biscuits
- 1 package refrigerated canned biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grands - Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits)
- light cooking spray
- Lightly spray the inside of the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
- Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with the biscuits - don’t stack!
- Set the air fryer to 350 degrees F and air fry the biscuits for 6 minutes. Flip and rotate the biscuits, and cook for 3-4 minutes more, or until the biscutis are cooked through on the inside and golden brown on the outside. Serve immediately.
- For best results, don't stack the biscuits in the air fryer.
- Be sure to flip AND rotate the biscuits at the 6-minute mark to ensure they cook on all sides.
- Biscuits will store for 2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or for up to 3 months in the freezer.