Chinese Donuts – like a Chinese Buffet

Chinese buffet style donuts seem to be a menu item found on most Chinese buffets. It is easy to recreate these donuts at home.

Chinese Buffet Style Donuts on a plate

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Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

Chinese Buffets are known for a standard set of dishes. You are always going to see fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and even a great shrimp crab casserole. For some reason, often by the fried wontons, you are going to find these donuts. These donuts are delicious and very easy to make.


How to Make Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

To make these donuts you are going to need some canned biscuits. I don’t recommend purchasing ones that are expensive, in fact, by the least expensive that you can’t. Definitely, do not purchase the flaky ones if you want to recreate this recipe at home. You will also need oil to fry these in. I typically use plain vegetable oil, other types of oil would work, you could use corn oil, soybean oil, or even peanut oil.

You will simply open the can, cook the donuts until they are golden brown on both sides, drain the donuts on either a wire rack or some paper towels after you have dredged them in sugar. I recommend cooking the donuts at 350 degrees. You will want to use a thermometer to check this temperature.

While Chinese Buffet Style Donuts may not be the world’s healthiest treat, they are quite delicious. You may want to try these not with a meal, but you may want to try them for a weekend breakfast.

A plate of copycat Chinese Buffet style donuts.

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Chinese Buffet Style Donuts on a plate.

Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

Enjoy Chinese Buffet Style Donuts, even more, when you make them at home. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Buffet Style Donuts
Servings: 10
Calories: 293kcal


  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • oil to deep fry in


  • Use either a deep fryer or a large deep skillet. Be sure to add enough of oil to line the bottom of the pan a couple of inches deep. Make sure the oil heats up to 350 degrees before frying. Pour sugar into a small bowl. You will dredge the donuts in the sugar after they have been removed from the oil. Allow the donut to brown on one side, turn over. This should take about 90 seconds. Be sure to fry only a couple at a time, or the oil may cool too much, and the donuts will absorb too much oil. When golden brown on both sides remove from oil and drain on paper towels or a wire rack. When the donuts have cooled for about 15 seconds dredge in the sugar.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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      • Jami

        5 stars
        I made them last week and filled them with smucker’s raspberry preserves. I Used a disposable pastry bag fitted with a decorating tip. Suggest trying to fill one and cut it open t9 see how you did. The first one I filled did not have enough jelly. It took more squeeze force than I expected to get a good jelly-donut ratio. They were delicious.

  1. Anthony-Hector

    Greetings Stephanie,

    Interesting recipe but I am presently in Hong Kong for work, been here already 2-years, and have to say I’ve never encountered anything like these doughnuts! There is a dessert pastry which is deep fried and rolled in sugar but it is more like a choux paste/pastry in texture although somewhat more dense.
    Thanks for the great recipes though!

    • Stephanie

      My guess these “Chinese donuts” are a “Chinese American” dish just like General Tso’s chicken. There are many dishes that were created in the US for the American audience.

  2. John

    5 stars
    How about try to copycat white castle burgers if anyone can do this it would be you i’ve tried came close but still missing something.

  3. Linda Winchell

    Made these tonight but I used my frozen yeast pre-made rolls. Thawed and allowed them to proof. Flattened out to about 1 ” thickness, deep fried in 375 degree canola oil.Once golden brown on both sides, rolled them in white granulated sugar. So good!!!
    Next time I am going to fill all of them with jelly! Linda Winchell


      Yes you can they cook quickly. Have your eve’s on them at all times. Make sure there thoroughly cooked before you rook them in sugar. Pan frying doesn’t make a difference at all then deep frying! Have fun!

  4. xee

    I tried making them but the inside is not fully cooked yet When the outer is like almost burnt already. Am I doing something wrong?

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