Homemade Southern Biscuits Recipe

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Making homemade biscuits couldn't be any easier with this authentic southern recipe. Using only 5 ingredients and a cast iron skillet, this simple recipe can be made for breakfast or dinner. 
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The best, authentic southern biscuits recipe that makes perfectly soft and fluffy biscuits using only 5 ingredients.

There is one thing you need when living in the south and that’s a good homemade biscuit recipe. Biscuits are a southern staple for breakfast and a welcomed compliment to southern comfort food.

Not all biscuits are the same. If your biscuit recipe has too many ingredients, forget about it. This is a southern biscuits recipe without buttermilk.

Biscuits were made to be simple.

Simple and delicious, that is the secret to good southern biscuits.

The type of flour matters

Many will argue that flour doesn’t really matter when making biscuits. If you want a really, good southern biscuit you have to use the right kind of flour.

Many southerners will swear by White Lily brand flour.

However, the brand for me doesn’t matter so much as what type of flour that you use.

For southern biscuits I only use self-rising flour.

Now, yes it is true that you can make your own self-rising flour but there is just something magical about a bag of self-rising flour.

You will notice that self-rising flour is perfectly soft and light. That is because it has already been sifted along with the addition of baking powder and salt, which saves you an extra step in the kitchen.

Quick and Easy Homemade Southern Biscuits recipe
Quick and Easy Homemade Southern Biscuits recipe

Don’t handle the dough so much

You’ll notice in the ingredient list for these fluffy southern biscuits that it calls for some cold ingredients.

If you handle the dough too much you will warm up these cold ingredients and they won’t do their job in the oven.

So try your best not to over work the dough, so that your biscuits will be light and fluffy.

Do I have to use a Cast Iron Skillet?

I think that a cast iron skillet adds to the flavor of southern biscuits but it isn’t absolutely necessary to use one.

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet you can use a cake pan, just make sure the biscuits are touching when placed in the pan.

Do I have to use Shortening?

Many will argue that shortening is not necessary in a biscuit recipe.

While you can substitute butter for shortening in a biscuit recipe, the taste and texture will be different. Shortening is what sets apart a true southern biscuit recipe from all of the other recipes out today. There is only 1/4 of a cup of shortening in this recipe but it makes a big difference in the texture of the final baked biscuit.

Traditionally, in the south we use an all vegetable shortening like Crisco but if you want a healthier alternative you can use an organic all natural shortening that is on the market today as a substitute.

Homemade Southern Biscuits Recipe without Buttermilk
Homemade Southern Biscuits Recipe without Buttermilk

What do I serve with this southern biscuits Recipe?

Biscuits can be served for either breakfast, dinner, or a midday snack.

Commonly biscuits are served in the morning for breakfast. You can serve them alongside bacon and eggs.

These biscuits are great to make homemade breakfast sandwiches. Split them in two and add your favorite cooked meat like bacon, ham, or sausage. Add egg and cheese to make your own breakfast sandwich that you can freeze and heat on busy mornings for a no-fuss breakfast.

A typical country breakfast served with biscuits contains any combination of bacon or sausage, eggs, hash browns, and grits .

You can eat biscuits plain as they are or top them with butter or jam.

Southern biscuits pair well with dinners like fried catfish and cheese grits.

Quick and Easy Southern Biscuits Recipe

Homemade Southern Biscuits Recipe

Making homemade biscuits couldn't be any easier with this authentic southern recipe. Using only 5 ingredients and a cast iron skillet, this simple recipe can be made for breakfast or dinner. 
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 cups Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cold Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups Whole Milk
  • 4 tbsp cold, salted butter
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In a stand mixer add self-rising flour, cold shortening, cold salted butter, and sugar. Mix on low with the whisk attachment until crumbly (see notes).
  • Once the butter and shortening has been incorporated into the flour, it should look crumbly. Add the milk and mix with a spoon until just mixed. 
  • Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Make sure you have enough flour on your hands so that the dough will not stick.
  • Pat the dough down with your hand, until about 1 inch thick.
  • Fold the dough in thirds by taking the right side of the dough and folding over to the center and taking the left side of the dough and folding over to the center.
  • Flatten the dough again with your hand to 1 inch thickness. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and fold the dough again in thirds. Repeat the process of flattening and folding the dough one more time. The folding of the dough is what will help create layers in your biscuits.
  • Flatten the dough one last time to about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in thickness. The overall shape of the dough does not matter, just the thickness. A rolling pin can also be used if desired.
  • With a large mouth mason jar or biscuit cutter, cut out 8 biscuits from your dough. Depending on the size of your jar / cutter will determine how many biscuits you'll be able to cut. 
  • Place cut biscuits into a large cast iron skillet with the sides of the biscuits touching each other.
  • Bake in a 450°F oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before serving. Tops of biscuits can be brushed with melted butter if desired.


  • Do not over mix. This will cause your biscuits to come out tough. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until no longer dry.
  • You can use all purpose or self-rising flour on your floured work surface.
  • If you don’t have a stand mixer or whisk attachment, you can either use your hands to break up the cold butter and shortening with the flour to make a crumb mixture or you can use a pastry cutter or a fork. 
Keyword Baking, Bread, Easy, Quick, Southern
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  1. This recipe is IT! I have tried making biscuits so many times but this one was successful. The biscuits are fluffy and soft and delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Buster the Cook Guy says:

    I absolutely adore these biscuits! About a month ago, I decided to make my own self-rising flour, and now I incorporate it into all my dishes and desserts.

  3. I am drooling over these biscuits. I would like to start every day with them!

  4. This biscuit recipe looks absolutely delicious. Plus it only needs 5 ingredients to enjoy this and that’s highly appreciated!

  5. YES! My husband is a biscuit freak! I’ll be trying these ASAP!

  6. Oh wow, those biscuits really look mouthwatering. I could eat a ton of those.

  7. These biscuits look like a perfect side, and so cute and simple to make!

  8. Just like my Grammy made. Yum. I need to make these more often.

  9. These look so amazing! I’ve never made biscuits before so I need to make these

  10. I haven’t made biscuits since I was a floor supervisor at McDonald’s. They were simple to make but like you said, the right ingredients can make or break your biscuit texture and taste.

  11. Richelle Milar says:

    Oh my! This looks absolutely delicious! My kids would definitely going to love this!

  12. Monica Simpson says:

    These biscuits look perfect. Soft, warm and so comforting!

  13. I love biscuits and this recipe is very similar to the one I use.

  14. I would eat so many of these. I just love biscuits.

  15. I’ve never had these types of biscuits before. It helps to know what to serve them with.

  16. I’m a huge fan of biscuits, these look so soft and yummy.

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