Visual learner? Watch me make these Butter Swim Biscuits from start to finish!

My husband and I text each other nonstop throughout the day. You’d think we both didn’t work from home. There are just so many cool, funny & useful things that I can’t let him miss. Like baby Axel getting his diaper changed, the grandma fart prank video, and every single thing on Pinterest that I want him to make for me

His texts are usually funny memes and gifs responses like this one that took me out or food pics. Last week he sent me a picture of Butter Swim Biscuits and nothing more but “Oh. My. God.”  

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Sweet surrogate mother of all things holy! I seriously just had to stare at my phone for a few seconds before sending a 600 Pound Life quote “I bet that taste like grease and freedom”.  Anything swimming in butter has got to be unhealthy and something I don’t need for sure. 

Nope. Get behind me dark spirits of temptation. Ha! Just playing, GIVE IT TO ME!!!! Give me all the BUTTERSSSS!!!!

Let’s Make Some Biscuits!

Thankfully Lilly over at Instrapix has an excellent tutorial for making butter swim biscuits that was easy to follow.

You may recognize these biscuits as butter-dip biscuits or skillet pan biscuits. I think they have several names actually, but Butter Swim biscuits get my vote! 

It didn’t take long before I was in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of these hot fluffy biscuits and adding a few tweaks to tickle my fancy.

The results are piping hot biscuits that are super fluffy, full of tart buttermilk flavor, and yes, so so buttery! 

My kids call these “feel-better-biscuits (yep we’re Big City Greens fans) or fast-food biscuits.  That’s a compliment right? I do love a good Bojangles or Chick fil la biscuit! They definitely have that thick yet fluffy texture of a fast-food biscuit.

If the thought of biscuits swimming in a pool of butter turns you off then, relax, they won’t actually be dripping with butter. The amount of butter is actually the same amount used in regular biscuit recipes. It’s all in that “pouring the melted butter in the pan first”  business.

The same way you do with cobblers and cornbread that result in a moist and heavenly texture.

You will, however, see a lot of butter sizzling on the sides of the pan when you take it out of the oven. Its a beautiful sight. Within minutes, it will have absorbed into the biscuits giving them a golden buttery taste.

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How to Make the BEST Butter Swim Biscuits 

  1. Be careful with the buttermilk. I’ve made this recipe 3 times, and each time I use a tad bit more or a tad bit less buttermilk (never any less than 1 1/2 cups but never any more than 1 3/4 cups. You may need more or less mmmkay.) You want to use JUST enough buttermilk so that the dough is slightly wet but not soupy. 
  2. Add shortening. Adding a little bit of shortening really does give these butter swim biscuits a beautiful texture.
  3. Keep it cold. Biscuits like to go into a really hot oven as cold as possible, so make sure all of your ingredients are cold beforehand.
  4. Handle carefully. Once you start mixing in the buttermilk, make each stir count. You want to stir it up just until a wet dough forms. Too much stirring will undoubtedly result in a dense, gummy butter swim biscuit.

I love how quick these Butter Swim Biscuits make it to the table! Eat them plain, spread them with apple butterstrawberry butter or smother them in Southern sausage gravy

Honey, you can do no wrong!  

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Get the Recipe: Butter Swim Biscuits

3.97 from 177 ratings
Fluffy, butter swim biscuits! Easy pan biscuits made with simple ingredients for true old-fashioned flavor!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, Use White Lily flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
  • 1½-1¾ cup buttermilk, cold
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided


  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Cut in the shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  • Slowly add in buttermilk, a little at a time, JUST until a wet dough forms. (may need to use slightly more or less buttermilk as stated) Set aside.
  • Melt 7 tablespoons of butter and pour it into a 8x8 glass baking dish.
  • Spoon the biscuit dough on top of the butter and gently spread it out.
  • Precut the dough into 9 squares. (this will allow the butter to get to all corners of each biscuit)
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden. (If the tops are still pale when almost done, flip the oven to broil to add some golden color to the tops but watch it carefully!)
  • Remove from oven and allow the butter to absorb into the biscuits.
  • Brush the tops of the biscuits with remaining tablespoon of butter.
  • Serve!


Cuisine: American, southern
Course: bread, Side Dish
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