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No holiday meal is complete without fluffy dinner rolls! These 30 minute dinner rolls are made extra special with fresh herbs and garlic butter! Try these skillet dinner rolls today!

30 minute dinner rolls

It’s not Thanksgiving dinner without the buns, right!? In the case of my young family, the buns are an absolute necessity, especially considering they’re one of the only things the kids will happily eat. 

Now, these 30 minute dinner rolls have NOTHING on my the legend that is my Mom’s homemade buns, which take an entire day to make, BUT if you’re like me and you often find yourself in a pinch, these will save you! They’re so good right out of the oven, fresh and warm. 

Please don’t be scared off by the yeast, if you’ve never worked with it before. This recipe is pretty fool-proof! I use active dry yeast, which works very quickly.

My favorite part about these rolls is the fresh rosemary. The little bit of fresh (and dried) herbs with the sea salt is to die for. Plus, the garlic butter on top, which is optional but totally not optional.

How do you make 30 minute dinner rolls?

Start with the yeast! Although you won’t need to have a long rise time, you do still want to give everything a kick start with some warm water to activate the yeast. Mix the yeast together with the warm water, and allow it to rest and foam up, which will take about 5 minutes. If you don’t see anything starting to foam up, it might be dead. Toss the mixture and start again with fresh yeast!

Once everything is looking nice and foamy, go ahead and add in the olive oil honey, beaten egg, fresh and dried herbs, sea salt and 1 cup of the flour. Mix it for about 1 minute on low. I use my stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for this, but you could also just use a wooden spoon!

Once everything is nicely incorporated, you can add the remainder of the flour, and, if using your stand mixer, run the mixer with the dough hook on medium-high for about 5 minutes. You may have to add more flour if the dough is very sticky, 1 tablespoon at a time. You want it to be soft, but not sticky!

If you aren’t using a stand mixer, just knead the dough by hand!

Do you have to use fresh rosemary?

No, you sure don’t, especially if you don’t have any in the house and you’re in a pinch! The flavor is certainly better when you use fresh herbs, but it’s not absolutely necessary! You could substitute with 2 tsp of dried.

After you’re done kneading, separate the dough into two equal halves (use a scale, if you’d like). Then separate each half into another half, and then divide that half into 3. You want 12 rolls in total! Roll the balls of dough between your hands until they’re nice and smooth, then place them in a greased cast iron skillet or 11 x 7″ pan.

The rolls will need to rest, covered, for 10 minutes before baking!

Bake the rolls at 400 F for 12-14 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top. While they’re baking, melt together some unsalted butter with fresh garlic. Spreading this all over the fresh rolls just makes them a million times more delicious!

Once the time is up, use a pastry brush to brush the garlic butter over the buns, then serve them immediately, or keep them warm in oven until ready to serve!

How long do 30 minute dinner rolls stay fresh?

These buns are definitely best served warm and fresh from the oven, but you can keep them on the counter for 1-2 days in an airtight container, then reheat them a bit before serving and they’ll still be delicious! 

You can also freeze the fresh buns, once they’ve fully cooled and remove them the day before serving, thawing overnight in the fridge.

We use these leftover buns the next day for sandwiches, which are perfect sizes for the kids. Stuff them with a bit of turkey and cheese and you’ve got yourself another great meal!

30 minute dinner rolls

Since I’m writing to you from sunny Maui, I certainly am not feeling the Thanksgiving vibes, but also because we’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving home in Canada, over a month ago now.

If you, my lovely reader, are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and family. And be sure to eat extra dessert for me!

30 minute dinner rolls

30 minute dinner rolls

These dinner rolls are PERFECT with soup. Here’s a few suggestions from the blog!

Or try them with this golden beet soup from Crump Top Baking!

Other perfect holiday sides for your gathering:

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30 minute dinner rolls

30 Minute Dinner Rolls

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 rolls 1x


No holiday meal is complete without fluffy dinner rolls! These 30 minute dinner rolls are made extra special with fresh herbs and garlic butter! Try these skillet dinner rolls today!


  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp very warm water
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary*
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Garlic Butter

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease a large cast iron skillet or 11 x 7″ baking pan.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl, pour in the warm water and stir in yeast. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes, or until active and foamy. If the yeast does not foam up after 5 minutes, discard the mixture and try again with fresh yeast.
  3. Add in the olive oil, honey, egg, rosemary, parsley, garlic powder, sea salt and 1 cup of the flour. Mix on low until everything is combined. Switch to the dough hook (or use a large wooden spoon) and add in the remaining flour. Mix on low to combine, about 1 minute, then turn the mixer to medium-high and knead for 5 minutes. If you aren’t using a stand mixer, knead the dough by hand for 5-7 minutes, adding just enough flour to create a soft, but not sticky, dough.
  4. Seperate the dough into 2 equal halves, then separate each of those halves into another half, then into 3 equal pieces. You should have 12 pieces in total. Roll each piece of dough between your hands to form a ball, then place the ball into the greased pan, leaving a bit of space (1-2″) between them. Cover the dough with a clean dishcloth and allow the rolls to rest for 10 minutes before placing them in the oven and baking for 12-14 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly golden on top.
  5. While the rolls are baking, mix together the melted butter and minced garlic. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush tops of the rolls with the mixture, once they come out of the oven. Sprinkle with additional sea salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

The rolls can be kept at room temperature, in an airtight container, for 1-2 days, or frozen after baking, once thoroughly cooled, for up to 2 months.


*If you don’t have fresh rosemary on hand, you can substitute with 2 tsp of dried rosemary

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: side dishes
  • Method: bake
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30 Minute Dinner Rolls

About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. Homemade rolls in 30 minutes? Sign me up! I love how easy these sound and the fresh rosemary would be a must for me!

    1. I know you like your fresh rosemary too, Marcie! We make your sweet potatoes all of the time with rosemary. You’d love these rolls!

  2. Your dinner rolls look so tender and fluffy, Katherine! I can’t believe how easy and fast they are to make! So perfect for the holidays when we’re all pressed for time.