These garlic butter swim biscuits are SOO delicious and are sure to become a favorite! They’re soft and fluffy on the inside with an amazingly crispy crust. Plus, they’re quick and easy to make too!
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I first came across Butter Swim Biscuits several years ago, probably on Pinterest.
The unique name, of course, caught my attention. And when I realized that the biscuits were baked “swimming” in butter, I was so intrigued and knew that I had to make them!
Of course, the whole family approved of the recipe and thought they were amazing. No surprise there!
Then I got the idea to add some garlic to the butter for a sort of garlic bread biscuit. And goodness, we loved it even more than just the plain version!
Why I Love This Biscuit Recipe
- Easy to Make. No need to roll the dough like traditional biscuits!
- Made with Pantry Staples. Uses basic ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand.
- Quick Biscuit Recipe. Take just minutes to mix up and are ready in around 30 minutes. Perfect for busy days!
- Family Favorite. My kids fight over these, so be prepared!
- Pairs Well with Most Meals. We especially love these with soup and salads, but they are great with eggs too!
- So Buttery and Delicious. These biscuits are practically oozing with butter. And that crispy edge? It’s the best!
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Fluffy Garlic Butter Swim Biscuit Ingredients
- Butter. I prefer to use salted butter. If you use unsalted you’ll want to add a little extra salt to the recipe.
- Garlic powder. Or you can substitute with 1 tsp. garlic granules.
- Dried parsley.
- Flour. You’ll want to use all-purpose flour.
- Sugar. Helps to give the biscuits their tender texture.
- Baking powder. Contributes to the biscuit’s rise and makes them nice and fluffy.
- Buttermilk. Storebought buttermilk gives the best results, but you can also make your own by stirring 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into 1 3/4 cup of regular milk.
How to Make Butter Dip Biscuits
STEP 1: Combine 1 teaspoon of dried parsley into the melted butter and garlic powder. Pour into an ungreased square baking dish.
STEP 2: In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and remaining parsley.
STEP 3: Pour in the buttermilk and stir until the batter thickens.
STEP 4: Pour the biscuit batter into the dish on top of the butter and spread in an even layer.
STEP 5: Cut the dough into 9 squares using a sharp knife.
STEP 6: Bake for 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees or until the top is lightly brown.
STEP 7: Allow the biscuits to cool slightly before serving. This will allow them to fully soak up all the butter and be perfectly delicious!
FAQ & Expert Tips
- Cast Iron. Instead of a glass baking dish, you can use a small cast iron skillet.
- Best Enjoyed Warm. These are best when they are freshly made, straight from the oven.
- Reheating. If you have leftovers, you can reheat them in the oven or microwave until they are warm.
- Storing. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
- Freezing. Can be frozen for up to a month. Wrap completely cooled biscuits in plastic wrap or foil before placing them in a freezer-safe bag. Allow biscuits to thaw completely before eating.
Why are they called butter swim biscuits?
Because they are literally swimming in butter as they bake. This type of biscuit is also sometimes called Butter Dip Biscuits or Butter Float Biscuits.
Can I substitute the buttermilk?
Real buttermilk will give you the best results. But I have often made these biscuits using homemade buttermilk and they turn out delicious as well. To make the homemade buttermilk, just add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to 1 3/4 cups of regular milk.
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Garlic Butter Swim Biscuits
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (see Notes below)
- 2 tsp. dried parsley divided
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 3/4 c. buttermilk (see Notes below)
- Mix garlic powder and 1 tsp. dried parsley into the melted butter. Pour into an ungreased 8×8 or 9×9 glass baking dish.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and 1 tsp. dried parsley.
- Add buttermilk and stir until a thick batter is formed.
- Pour batter into baking dish, on top of the butter. Spread evenly. It’s okay if some of the butter gets on top of the batter.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 9 squares.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. When finished, the top of the bread should be lightly browned.
- Allow to cool slightly before eating.