Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits –Do you love buttery, fluffy biscuits but hate the hassle of having to bake them in the oven?

Well, your days of waiting for biscuit perfection are over! With this easy air fryer recipe, you can have buttery swim biscuits in no time.

Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits
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One of my dear friends lives in Georgia; she recently purchased an air fryer and wanted a recipe for Butter Swim Biscuits. I was talking to her on the telephone and said, what? She said I needed to adapt my mom’s recipe into an Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits Recipe.

She had to explain what a Butter Swim Biscuit was because all I could think of was the biscuit was swimming in butter. Which got a good chuckle from her, but it is not far from the truth.

It seems Butter Swim Biscuits are a Southern Dish, and they got their name because the biscuit is swimming in butter. I can not believe I have lived my entire life without these sweet treats. They are amazing.

What Are Butter Swim Biscuits?

Butter swim biscuits are a Southern classic. This easy biscuit recipe doesn’t require kneading or rolling out – mix the ingredients in one bowl, drop them by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet, and bake or air fry them until golden brown.

Do you love the taste of butter in your biscuits? If so, you’ll love butter swim biscuits!

The best part is that these light and fluffy biscuits are so simple that even novice cooks can master them quickly! Plus, they’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or snacks. So what are you waiting for? Give this butter swim biscuit recipe a try today!

Why Make Butter Swim Biscuits In The Air Fryer

Do you love the taste of buttery, fluffy biscuits? If so, you’ll love this easy air fryer recipe for butter swim biscuits. These delicious little biscuits are made with just a few simple ingredients and cook perfectly in the air fryer in just minutes. Plus, they’re light and fluffy, and downright addictive! So why not give them a try today? You won’t be disappointed!

Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits

Yesterday, I had an epiphany. I was lying in bed, thinking about what I wanted to make for dinner, when it suddenly hit me – Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits. If you’ve never had these, they are buttered and garlic swimming in a hot bath of deliciousness. And the best part is that they are really easy to make! Keep reading for the recipe…

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits

Indulge in the decadent world of Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits, where each bite is a blissful blend of flaky biscuits and rich, buttery goodness. This irresistible twist on traditional biscuits immerses them in a pool of melted butter before air frying, resulting in a tender, moist interior with a perfectly golden exterior. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, or as a sumptuous side, these biscuits are a guaranteed hit for any occasion.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • All-Purpose Flour: The foundation of the biscuits, all-purpose flour provides the structure, ensuring they rise beautifully and have a tender crumb.
  • Baking Powder: Acts as the leavening agent, giving the biscuits their light and airy texture, making them rise to perfection.
  • Sugar: A hint of sugar enhances the flavor of the biscuits, adding just the right sweetness to complement the savory butter.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor profile of the biscuits, making each bite moreish.
  • Buttermilk: Adds moisture to the dough, helping to bind the dry ingredients together for a soft, tender biscuit.
  • Butter: The show’s star, melted butter, is mixed into the dough and poured over the biscuits before air frying, creating a rich, indulgent taste and moist texture.

Optional: After air frying, I brushed on some additional melted butter

How To Make Swim Biscuits In The Air Fryer

Making Butter Swim Biscuits in the air fryer combines the classic comfort of homemade biscuits with the convenience and crunch of air frying. These biscuits are drenched in butter before cooking, resulting in a tender inside and a perfectly golden exterior. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

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Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl, then add the buttermilk. Mix until a wet dough forms.

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Pour the melted butter into a pan, then spoon the batter on top of the melted butter. Air fry at 320 for 12-16 minutes. Brush with some melted butter.

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Recipe Variations

Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits are a deliciously indulgent treat, and with a few creative tweaks, you can enjoy a variety of flavors that cater to different tastes and occasions. Here are some enticing recipe variations:

  • Garlic Parmesan Butter Swim Biscuits: Add minced garlic and grated Parmesan cheese to the melted butter mixture for a savory twist. Sprinkle additional Parmesan on top before air frying for a cheesy, golden crust.
  • Herb-Infused Butter Swim Biscuits: Mix finely chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or parsley, into the butter. This version pairs wonderfully with dinners and is a great way to add a touch of elegance.
  • Cheddar and Chive Butter Swim Biscuits: Incorporate shredded sharp cheddar cheese and chopped chives into the biscuit dough for flavor. The cheese melts during cooking, resulting in gooey pockets throughout the biscuits.
  • Honey Butter Swim Biscuits: Mix a generous drizzle of honey into the melted butter for a sweet and savory treat. The honey caramelizes slightly, offering a delightful sweetness that contrasts beautifully with the salty butter.
  • Spicy Jalapeño Butter Swim Biscuits: Add finely diced jalapeños to the dough for a spicy kick. Mix some jalapeño slices into the butter for extra heat and flavor.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Butter Swim Biscuits: After baking, brush the biscuits with melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar for a dessert-like variation. This version is perfect for breakfast or as a sweet snack.
  • Bacon and Onion Butter Swim Biscuits: Incorporate cooked, crumbled bacon and caramelized onions into the biscuit dough for a smoky, savory biscuit that’s a meal in itself.
  • Everything Bagel Butter Swim Biscuits: Sprinkle bagel seasoning over the biscuits before air frying. This adds a delightful texture and a flavor reminiscent of your favorite bagel.
  • Orange Glazed Butter Swim Biscuits: Add orange zest to the dough for a citrusy twist, and top the finished biscuits with an orange juice glaze. This sweet and zesty version is a refreshing change from the classic.
  • Sour Cream and Dill Butter Swim Biscuits: Mix sour cream into the dough to make the biscuits extra tender and incorporate fresh dill for a herby freshness. This combination is particularly good with fish dishes.

These variations on the classic Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits allow you to experiment and find your favorite flavors, making this versatile recipe a staple for any biscuit lover’s repertoire.

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Pro Tips

Creating the perfect Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits involves more than just following a recipe; it’s about understanding the nuances that lead to buttery, flaky perfection. Here are some pro tips to help you achieve the best results:

  • Use Cold Ingredients: For the flakiest biscuits, ensure your butter (mixed into the dough) is cold and cut into small pieces. This technique helps create those desirable, tender layers as the butter melts during cooking.
  • Don’t Overmix the Dough: Mix the dough until combined. Overmixing can lead to gluten development, making your biscuits tough instead of light and flaky.
  • Preheat Your Air Fryer: Starting with a preheated air fryer ensures that your biscuits begin cooking at the optimal temperature immediately, which is crucial for achieving a golden exterior and fully cooked interior.
  • Use Parchment Paper: To prevent the biscuits from sticking and to make cleanup easier, use a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the air fryer basket. Make sure it doesn’t block air circulation.
  • Butter Generously: Don’t skimp on the butter. It’s called butter swim biscuits for a reason. The melted butter flavors the biscuits and gives them their signature moist texture.
  • Space Them Out: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Air circulation is key to cooking the biscuits evenly and achieving a crispy exterior. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Brush with Butter After Cooking: For an extra rich flavor, brush the biscuits with a little more melted butter as soon as they come out of the air fryer. This step adds shine and an additional layer of buttery taste.
  • Adjust Cooking Time as Needed: Depending on your air fryer model and the size of your biscuits, cooking times may vary. Start checking for doneness a few minutes before the recipe is suggested.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to add your favorite seasonings to the dough or the butter for customized biscuits. The possibilities are endless, whether you like them savory with garlic and herbs or slightly sweet with honey.
  • Serve Immediately: Butter swim biscuits are best enjoyed fresh from the air fryer while warm and the butter melts. If you have leftovers, reheat them in the air fryer for the best texture.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making irresistibly delicious Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits that are perfect for any meal or occasion.

Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits


Can I use store-bought biscuit dough for this recipe? Yes, you can use store-bought biscuit dough as a convenient shortcut for this recipe. Just follow the butter swim technique and air fryer instructions as described for homemade dough.

How do I prevent the biscuits from sticking to the air fryer basket? To prevent sticking, you can line the air fryer basket with parchment paper designed for air fryers (with holes for air circulation) or lightly grease the basket with cooking spray.

Can I make these biscuits ahead of time? While these biscuits are best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. For pre-baked biscuits, reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes to restore their crispy exterior.

How do I know when the biscuits are done cooking? The biscuits are done when they have a golden-brown exterior and feel firm to the touch. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a biscuit should read 200°F (93°C) for fully cooked dough.

Can I add cheese or other mix-ins to the dough? Absolutely! For extra flavor, add grated cheese, herbs, or cooked bacon bits to the dough. Just fold them gently into the dough before shaping the biscuits.

Why did my biscuits come out flat? Flat biscuits can result from overmixing the dough, which develops the gluten too much and inhibits rising. Another cause could be using expired baking powder, so always check the freshness of your ingredients.

Is it necessary to use unsalted butter? Using unsalted butter lets you control the salt in the recipe more precisely. However, if you only have salted butter, you can adjust the added salt accordingly.

Can I double the recipe in the air fryer? You can double the recipe, but you may need to cook the biscuits in batches depending on the size of your air fryer to avoid overcrowding and ensure even cooking.

How should I store leftover butter swim biscuits? Store leftover biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerate for up to a week. Reheat in the air fryer or oven to recrisp before serving.

Can I freeze the baked biscuits? Yes, baked biscuits can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or reheat directly from frozen in the air fryer for best results.

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Air Fryer Butter Swim Biscuits

Air Fryer Swim Biscuits

5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


Do you love swimming as much as you love biscuits? If so, this recipe is definitely for you! These Air Fryer Swim Biscuits are delicious, fluffy and perfect for a summer picnic or party. Plus, they're really easy to make – just mix the ingredients together and air fry for 10 minutes. You'll be spoiled for choice with these tasty treats!


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose
  • 4 tablespoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Optional: After air frying, I brushed on some additional melted butter


    • In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt, then add the buttermilk.
    • Mix until a wet dough forms.
    • Pour the melted butter into a pan, and then spoon the batter on top of the melted butter.
    • Air fry at 320 degrees F for 12-16 minutes.
    • Brush with some melted butter.
    • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


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    Serving: 1ServingCalories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 1081mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 452IUCalcium: 431mgIron: 2mg

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