If you love a quick and easy side for a weeknight dinner, this air fryer biscuit recipe is for you. Learn how to make premade refrigerated biscuits faster than a conventional oven by using an air fryer to get hot and fresh biscuits in under 10 minutes!
Can you make biscuits in an air fryer?
There seems to be a long list of things you can make in an air fryer, and I recently found out that you can even air fry biscuits! For the majority of this recipe, I tested the most popular brand of refrigerated biscuits that many people grew up with and are widely available at grocery stores in the US, Pillsbury biscuits.
Pillsbury biscuits come in different sizes and varieties. They generally come in two sizes: regular (about 2 ¼ inches wide) and Grands! (about 3 inches wide). For this recipe, I tested three different varieties of Pillsbury biscuits and two other brands:
- Grands! Southern Homestyle Original
- Grands! Flaky Layers Buttermilk Biscuits
- Pillsbury Flaky Layers Buttermilk Biscuits
- Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits
- Immaculate Organic Flaky Biscuits
How long to cook biscuits in an air fryer
After testing different sizes and brands of refrigerated biscuits, I found that the regular and Grands! (or 3 inch wide) sized biscuits differ in cooking time. The regular-sized biscuits (flaky or southern style) were cooked best at 330 °F for six to seven minutes and turned halfway for optimum crispiness.
Since the Grands! biscuits were larger, they to cook at the same temperature and for a slightly longer period of eight to nine minutes to cook with turning halfway through. Turning the biscuits will give you golden brown biscuits and an extra-crisp crust that keeps its texture longer.
Tips for cooking air fryer biscuits
Here are some of my tips for cooking biscuits in an air fryer:
- Figure out which size of biscuits you are cooking. Pillsbury biscuits come in two different sizes: Grands! and regular-sized biscuits. Depending on the size, you need to adjust the cooking time by two to three minutes.
- Only cook in a single layer, no stacking in the air fryer basket. This helps the biscuits cook evenly.
- Use cooking spray. Spray the bottom of the air fryer and top of the biscuits to prevent them from sticking. I don’t like using parchment paper because it makes the bottom soggy.
- Turn the biscuits over after the first cooking time to help crisp the bottoms. Otherwise, you’ll end up with softer bottoms that aren’t as golden in color.
Pillsbury Grands! Biscuit results
Since Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are larger than the regular-sized biscuits, I recommend raising the temperature to 350 °F to get a nice golden brown coloring on top and an extra crispy texture.
I previously tried to air fry these biscuits with a lower temperature (330 °F) and longer timing, but I preferred the crispiness of the higher temperature better. I also noticed that it stayed crispier for longer periods of time, whereas air frying them at 330 °F made biscuits that softened faster.
Other biscuit brand results
Along with the Pillsbury biscuits, I also tested other brands of refrigerated biscuits. We also tested biscuits from Trader Joe’s and Immaculate Baking Organic Flaky biscuits. These were the same size as the larger Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits and cooked at 330 °F for eight to nine minutes with turning halfway through the cooking process.
I love serving Pillsbury Grands biscuits with a side of butter, jam, and some fresh berries. If you have leftover biscuits, make sure they’ve cooled down to room temperature and store them in an airtight container and place them in the fridge for up to three to four days.
Air Fryer Biscuits (Canned, Refrigerated Biscuits)
- avocado oil spray or other neutral flavor oil spray
- 1 can refrigerated biscuits
- air fryer
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer with oil.
- Place the biscuits in the basket making sure there is about 1 inch of space between each biscuit. Spacing them out prevents sticking and allows for more air to flow through and crisp more surface area.
- Spray the top of the biscuits for crispy and golden skin.
- Large-sized biscuits (Grands! or 3-inch wide canned biscuits)Cook at 330 °F for four minutes and then turn the biscuits over. Cook for an additional four minutes or until they are golden brown with a crispy surface. Add an additional one to two minutes if you want more browning.
- Regular-sized biscuits (2 ¼ inch wide canned biscuits)Cook at 330 °F for three minutes and then turn the biscuits over. Cook for an additional three to four minutes or until they are crisp and golden brown. You can have the option of cooking for one to two more minutes to get more browning.
- Serve immediately.