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5 from 9 votes

Southern Fried Buttermilk Biscuits

Oven Fried Buttermilk Biscuits are a southern favorite, with a slightly tangy flavor, a golden crispy crust and a light and fluffy center.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits, southern
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Robin


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 6 tbsp shortening
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Place 2 tablespoons of shortening in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Place the pan in the very bottom of the oven for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of self-rising flour and 4 tablespoons of shortening. Using a pastry cutter and working as fast as possible, cut the fat into the flour until mixture looks like crumbs.
  • Make a well in the center and add the cold buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together, over working the dough will cause the biscuits to become tough.
  • While the dough is still in the bowl, lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with flour. Dip a 2-inch biscuit cutter in flour and using the sides of the bowl cut out the biscuit. Place in hot cast iron pan.
  • Place pan directly on the bottom of the oven, bake for 10 minutes. Move pan to the center rack of the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the tops become golden brown.


▪ For a more buttery flavored biscuit, cut 4 tablespoons of  butter into your flour instead of shortening. 
▪ For a bacon flavored biscuit, cut 4 tablespoon of bacon grease into the flour instead of shortening. 
▪ For non-buttermilk biscuits, replace the buttermilk with milk. Milk is considerably thinner than buttermilk so you won’t need to use as much.