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

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
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 293kcal


  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • Add enough oil to a deep fryer or large, deep heavy pot so that it is a couple of inches deep.
  • Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Place 2 to 3 biscuits in the oil and allow them to lightly brown on one side, 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.
  • Turn the biscuits over to brown on the other side.
  • When the donuts are golden brown on both sides, transfer them to a wire rack or paper towels to drain for 15 seconds.
  • Pour sugar into a small bowl.
  • Dredge the warm donuts 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

About Stephanie Manley

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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