Dutch Oven Buttermilk Biscuits

Looking into a Dutch oven filled with raw biscuits ready to be cooked.

These three-ingredient Dutch oven buttermilk biscuits are easy to make while camping. Biscuits are very practical and flexible in a camp setting. They can be used in replacement of bread, as biscuits and gravy for breakfast, to make a sandwich, or even as a snack by themselves.

The recipe asks for frozen butter but I have used really cold butter straight off the ice in a cooler and they have worked. Alternatively, the butter can be swapped out for lard. Using shredded butter helps to incorporate more air with less work on the dough.

The key to biscuits that rise, without yeast, baking soda, or baking powder is to work the dough as little as possible. You want to create layers of air pockets as the water in the butter turns to steam. This will create light, fluffy, and tall biscuits.

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Close up of buttermilk biscuits in a Dutch oven.
Extra coals on the top of the Dutch oven helps create a more even baking affect and will brown the biscuits.
A Dutch oven with its lid off leaning on the main part is filled with golden brown cooked biscuits.
Cooked in a Dutch oven perfect for camping, these buttermilk style have only three ingredients making them easy to plan for.
Looking into a Dutch oven filled with raw biscuits ready to be cooked.
Spread the biscuits out evenly in the lightly greased and preheated Dutch oven.

Dutch Oven Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Looking into a Dutch oven filled with raw biscuits ready to be cooked.
These are easy three-ingredient Dutch Oven Buttermilk Biscuits that are perfect to make while camping.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
CourseSide Dish
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  • 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup frozen grated butter or lard
  • 1 cup buttermilk or as needed


  • mixing bowl
  • 12 inch Dutch oven


  • In a bowl add in order the flour, grated butter, then buttermilk.
  • Using a butter knife gently stir to form a sticky dough, do not over mix or knead.
  • Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface and pat down to about 3/4-inch (2cm) thickness.
  • Cut into your preferred sized biscuits. This can be done with a cookie cutter, can, or cup may be used among other things.
    Tip: Push directly down when cutting out the biscuits, if the cutter is twisted they do not rise as much.
  • Place into a preheated lightly greased Dutch oven and cook at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 20 minutes.
  • When cooked eat immediately while warm.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 506IUCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

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