30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Hello, my name is Jessica and I am a butter fanatic. One of my favorite things to slather butter on it a hot, soft roll. If they happen to be 30-minute dinner rolls, then I am in true heaven.

butter basting on 30 minute dinner rolls recipe


 

While there are plenty of days that I have several hours to bake artisan breads, there are many more nights that I crave freshly baked bread to serve with dinner, but have limited time and this roll recipe solves the problem.

Why You’ll Love These Quick Dinner Rolls

Light, fluffy rolls are are easy to make and homemade- what’s not to love!

  • Quick and easy – From start to finish, only 30 minutes for light and fluffy yeast rolls. It is a misconception that anything using yeast will require hours of rising time.
  • Light and fluffy – The texture of these dinner rolls are perfectly light, fluffy and soft- exactly what you want in a roll.
  • Serve with anything – Is there a dinner that doesn’t pair well with rolls? Not in my book. You can pair these rolls with anything you desire. If you need some inspiration, check out my complete list of dinner ideas!
quick rolls with melted butter on a white bread plate

Ingredients for This Easy Roll Recipe

Beyond maybe yeast, these are all pantry staples.

  • Warm water – The key word here is warm. Warm water is what allows the yeast to bloom properly. If it is too hot, it can kill the yeast, too cold and it won’t activate.
  • Rapid Rise Active Dry Yeast – You’ll want to make sure it is rapid rise. Rapid rise (aka quick rise or fast rising yeast) has smaller grains. This helps the instant yeast activate quicker than traditional yeast and will only require one rise.
  • Sugar – While sugar isn’t necessary, it is helpful when allowing yeast to bloom. Plus it adds a touch of sweetness to our quick rolls.
  • Vegetable oil– Some sort of fat helps them stay moist and soft, while also adding flavor. Other neutral oils can be used.
  • Egg – When baking, it is always good practice to use a room temperature egg. It blends better with the other ingredients. Egg will also provides hearty flavor and loft.
  • Salt – Salt helps to bring out the natural flavors of baked goods. I like to use sea salt for this recipe.
  • Flour – All purpose flour is perfect for making these easy dinner rolls. No special flour needed.
  • Butter – You will want cold butter to grease the pan and also melted butter to brush onto the tops of the baked rolls.
overhead of 30 minute rolls in a blue dish with melted butter

How to Make 30 Minute Rolls

You won’t believe how easy it is to make homemade dinner rolls!

  1. Let yeast bloom. In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the sugar and yeast, giving a quick stir to combine. Add the warm water and allow to bloom. The mixture should be frothy and fragrant. If it is not, then the yeast is no good and you need to start again.

Learning Moment:

The concept of “proofing yeast” is to make sure that the yeast is good before you continue. Old yeast or yeast exposed with hot water can die and not rise. This step allows you to make a new batch if your yeast is no good.

  1. Prepare oven and baking pan. Preheat the oven and grease a 9×13 baking dish with a cold stick of butter.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Add the oil, egg and salt to yeast mixture, stir to combine. Add flour, half cup at a time, mixing between each addition. Do not over mix or it will over activate the gluten, making your rolls dense and chewy.
  3. Knead. Knead dinner roll dough until bread comes together and slaps against the side of the bowl.
  4. Divide dough. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into equally sized dough balls and place into baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place. This aids in the yeast blooming.
  5. Bake until tops are golden brown. When you remove rolls from oven, baste the tops with melted butter. Serve warm.
overhead close up of easy yeast rolls in a blue baking dish

Tips for Working with Yeast

Making homemade bread with yeast can sometimes be intimidating. Follow these easy tips to ensure you get the perfect bread every time.

  • Check the expiration date. Make sure your yeast isn’t expired and it’s been kept in good storage conditions- not too hot or humid. Some folks like to keep their yeast in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Water temperature can’t be too hot or cold. The optimal temperature is 100°F and is just fairly hot tap water. No need to microwave or heat in a kettle.
  • Store in the fridge. Store yeast in the refrigerator for best results.
  • Sugar isn’t needed, but helpful. Yeast doesn’t have to have sugar, but it can be helpful. It sees it as food and can activate faster… don’t we all when we are hungry?
hand reaching for quick dinner rolls with butter

Variations for Easy Yeast Rolls

There are plenty of ways you can make these buttery dinner rolls your own. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Small batch – You can half the recipe and just make 6 dinner rolls. Use a heaping teaspoon of yeast instead of the whole packet.
  • Fresh herbs and flavor – For added flavor, throw in fresh herbs, garlic or sun dried tomatoes.
  • Butters – Instead of traditional butter, try a fun compound butter. Some of my favorites are Texas Roadhouse Butter, Chile Lime Butter and Orange Sage Butter.
  • Garlic knots – Turn them into garlic rolls by brushing the tops of the dinner rolls dough with garlic butter or even black truffle butter.
angle close up of easy roll recipe with buttered topping

Storage & Freezing

How to Store Leftover Dinner Rolls

Store any leftover rolls in an airtight container. Bake them whenever you have time and eat them at room temperature or warm slightly before serving. Just like the ones from the store. They are best within 1-2 days of baking since they do not have any additives or preservatives.

Can I Freeze Dinner Rolls?

Homemade dinner rolls are freezer friendly. Allow to thaw at room temperature. Do not defrost in the microwave, this makes bread rubbery.

Dinners to Serve with Rolls

Is there a dinner that doesn’t pair well with rolls? Not in my book. But here are some of our favorites.

vegetarian stuffed mushrooms

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

5 from 5 votes
Does you partake in meatless Monday? These EASY Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms are so tasty and filling that you won't miss the meat at all! The BEST appetizer!
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A plate of salmon with rice

Ranch Salmon

4.35 from 29 votes
Looking for an simple weeknight meal with minimal ingredients? This easy Ranch Salmon is it!
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plate of crispy baked chicken thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs in Oven

4.56 from 67 votes
Flavorful and crispy baked chicken thighs basted with a garlic lemon butter sauce. An easy chicken dinner in the oven.
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buttered dinner rolls in a blue baking dish

30-Minute Dinner Rolls

4.33 from 71 votes
Soft, easy dinner rolls are easier to make than you think! Check out my speedy yeast rolls that you can make ahead and freeze.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the bread hook, combine the sugar and yeast, giving a quick stir to combine. Add the warm water and allow to bloom for 10 minutes. The mixture should be frothy and fragrant.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a 9×13 baking dish with a cold stick of butter.
  • Stir in the the oil, egg and salt to the yeast mixture. Add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing between each addition until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Knead until the bread dough comes together and slaps against the side of the bowl.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured cutting board or work surface. Divide the dough into 12 equally sized balls and place them into a 9×13 baking dish. They might not touch now, but will come close when they rise. Cover and allow to rise for 10 minutes.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. When you remove the rolls from oven, baste the tops with the melted butter. Serve warm.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.

Notes

For added flavor, throw in fresh herbs, garlic or sun dried tomatoes.
You can half the recipe by using a heaping teaspoon of yeast instead of the whole packet. 
Dinner rolls also freeze well. 

Nutrition

Calories: 223 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 6 g, Cholesterol: 18 mg, Sodium: 119 mg, Potassium: 44 mg, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 80 IU, Calcium: 8 mg, Iron: 1.8 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 223
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade dinner rolls, yeast rolls
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Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I am hearing a lot about this butter lately and can’t wait to try!
    Great recipe and can almost smell your dinner rolls from here!

  2. Oh man, I was avoiding rolls at the grocery and these delicious looking rolls are not helping haha. I love bread and these look so good!

  3. Those rolls look amazing! I’m going to try and give them a shot. Rolls can be intimidating to make, but this doesn’t look to bad.

  4. 5 stars
    I have never made my own dinner rolls! Even though my boys will eat them all in a matter of minutes! I need to get on it!

  5. Fresh homemade bread is the best! I had no idea that there was such a big difference in butters before this!

  6. Classic dinner rolls are a must for any of our family dinners! Your rolls look so tasty, and we love to have ours with butter too!