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Delicious, fresh, and flavorful homemade Garlic Bread Recipe straight from the oven! Here you get each bread piece perfectly slathered with garlic butter, with crisp edges and a soft buttery-melty center, a golden brown toasted top, with fresh garlic, parsley and black pepper.

Who doesn’t like some flavourful homemade garlic bread? It’s quick and easy to make, and tastes so amazing.

garlic bread in white plate along with a ketchup bowl

3 Classic Garlic Bread Methods:

Garlic bread toasted in the oven, parmesan garlic bread in the oven, and toasted garlic bread in a pan. It is prepared with real butter, fresh garlic, fresh parsley, and fresh black pepper. Plus, I have also used grated parmesan in half of the garlic butter to make parmesan garlic bread.

This best garlic bread recipe is super simple and easy to make. Actually, the bread tastes as good as what you get at Domino’s or Pizza Hut! And it is surely better than the store-bought garlic bread which is made with margarine.

The secret to making incredibly flavorful, fresh, and best-tasting bread is to keep things simple. A few handfuls of fresh ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, is all you need to make the best garlic bread recipe.

On this Garlic Bread recipe page, you will get the step-by-step picture recipe and video instructions on how to make garlic bread at home.

homemade garlic bread sticks in a white tray

About this Garlic Bread

For a classic flavor-packed Garlic Bread experience, I have used the basic French Baguette and Ciabatta for this garlic bread recipe. And, if you truly want to have the experience of relishing the traditional garlic bread, then this garlic bread recipe is made just for you. It has real butter, and there is no way you can swap it with anything else. 

Once you make this homemade garlic bread you would never want to buy the garlic bread from the stores again.

Garlic bread is an ideal starter to begin an Italian-style dinner. My family and I love to enjoy garlic bread with Italian meals. So every time we order a pizza or pasta, garlic breadsticks are mandatory. 

Making garlic bread at home is very easy and quick. So at home, I always prepare some fresh garlic bread to complement the Italian meals such as this Penne Arrabbiata, Pasta Aglio E Olio (Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic), Mushroom Fettuccine with Alfredo Sauce.

This Homemade Garlic Bread

✓ is super delicious and satisfying

✓ goes well as a side dish for soup, pasta, pizza, or salad

✓ is simple to make and freeze

✓ can be prepared with or without oven

✓ can be customized

✓ also goes well with evening tea or coffee

✓ is vegetarian and can also be made vegan

✓ is ready in under 15 minutes

What are the ingredients needed for garlic bread?

Ingredients for garlic bread include french bread loaf, garlic, butter, and fresh herbs.

Bread – For making garlic bread at home, you can use a French baguette, Italian Ciabatta, sourdough bread, or breadstick. For the simplest version, you can even make garlic bread with regular white or wheat bread slices.

Butter – For garlic bread, I generally use salted butter, but you can surely use unsalted butter too. When using unsalted butter, you make sure to season the butter mixture with some salt.

Garlic - For 1 cup butter I’ve used 7 garlic cloves. For me, the more garlic the better. If you want it to taste less garlicky, then feel free to reduce the amount of garlic in this garlic bread recipe.

Freshly ground black pepper – I like to season garlic butter with some freshly ground black pepper. A little bit of black pepper magically enhances the flavors of garlic butter. However, adding black pepper is completely optional here.

Fresh herbs – Adding fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro takes the taste of garlic bread to the next level. Again, adding fresh herbs is optional. If you don’t like to add fresh herbs then you can also use some dried herbs such as basil and oregano. 

Cheese - Adding cheese is optional in this recipe. Since I’ve also made parmesan garlic bread, I have added grated parmesan to half of the garlic butter. You can also use some melting cheese like mozzarella to make the cheese garlic bread recipe. 

overhead shot of homemade garlic bread in white tray and white plate

How to make garlic bread?

Ever thought about how to make garlic bread? Making garlic bread at home is just very easy. There are many ways to make garlic bread. 

On this page, I am sharing 3 garlic bread methods which are: garlic bread in oven, parmesan garlic bread in oven, and garlic bread without an oven.

Here’s how to make the best garlic bread recipe:

Make garlic butter mixture: Make Garlic Butter by mixing softened butter, minced garlic, freshly chopped parsley, and ground black pepper. Also, add parmesan if making parmesan garlic bread.

Method 1 - Garlic Bread In Oven: 

Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Cut the bread in halves, spread garlic butter, and bake in the oven. The Best Homemade Garlic Bread is ready.

Method 2 - Garlic Bread In Pan: 

For making garlic bread without an oven, slice the baguette and spread garlic butter on bread slices. Toast until they are crispy, toasted, and golden.

You will get the step-by-step instructions on ‘How to make Garlic Bread’ in the recipe box on this page.

How to make garlic bread with regular bread?

Making garlic bread recipes with regular bread is possible. You just need to swap baguette with any of your preferred white or whole bread slices.

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How to make garlic butter?

To make garlic butter, fresh garlic is essential. The key to making the most delicious garlic bread is to use a lot of freshly minced garlic. And adding parmesan is highly recommended for that classic French Garlic bread taste and cheese meltiness.

My recipe makes the best homemade garlic butter. It is made with 8 freshly minced garlic, 1 cup (227g) butter, 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper — this ratio makes the perfect garlic herb butter!

What is the best bread for garlic bread?

For garlic bread, you can use any fresh Italian or French loaves of bread. Also, both soft or dense bread work here.

How to freeze homemade garlic bread?

Freezing homemade garlic bread is very easy. You can freeze it without baking/toasting. To freeze garlic bread, smear the garlic butter and freeze bread. Once frozen, transfer them to a Ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Thaw it at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking. 

Garlic bread tastes best when eaten warm straight from the pan or oven. Leftovers don’t taste so fresh. So make sure to toast the bread as needed. You can always keep a batch of garlic butter smeared bread slices in the freezer to use later.

How to reheat Garlic Bread?

There are different ways to reheat garlic bread. The bread that is cooked in the oven is soft and crispy and toasty when cooked in a pan over the stovetop.

To reheat soft garlic bread, wrap it lightly in a foil and then bake until it is warmed. To reheat crispy toasty garlic bread, preheat the oven and broil it for about 30 seconds or until butter is melted.

How to serve garlic bread?

Garlic bread can be served with many many dishes. It is comfy enough to make your dinners cozy and satisfying. You can have it as an appetizer, or serve it with any of your favorite soups or Italian dishes. 

My favorite dishes to serve with garlic bread are: Creamy Sweet Potato Carrot Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, Vegetarian Pizza, or Makhani Pasta.

This garlic bread is also the perfect side for our Chickpea Zucchini Mushroom Pizza with Pickled Peppers — an amazing Italian pizza dinner.

overhead shot of garlic bread in a white plate along with tomato ketchup and cilantro on the side

Garlic Bread Variations:

Garlic:

Fresh garlic is the BEST. However, if you are not a super fan of pungent garlic flavors and still want to enjoy garlic bread, then use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. This way you’ll get mildly flavored garlic bread.

Herbs:

I’ve only used parsley in this recipe, but if you want you can make it extra herby by adding a mix of 1-2 other herbs such as basil, rosemary, marjoram, or thyme.

Roasted garlic:

You can also use roasted garlic cloves for making garlic butter.

Olive oil:

Butter makes the best garlic bread, but garlic also tastes great in garlic bread. So you can replace butter with extra virgin olive oil. Or you can also use a mix of oil and butter. 

Cheese:

You can also use mozzarella or cheddar instead of parmesan cheese to make cheesy garlic bread.

Chili:

For a hot flavor, freshly chopped chilies or dried chilies can be added to the garlic butter.

a hand sprinkling cheese over garlic bread kept in white ceramic plate

What are the pro tips and tricks to make the best garlic bread at home?

Tip 1. I have used only freshly chopped parsley in this recipe. You can also add dried basil and oregano.

Tip 2. Always spread the garlic butter evenly and edge to edge on the bread. It gives them an even garlicky flavor.

Tip 3. I have baked garlic bread in the oven, but you can also broil the bread on high settings for about 45 seconds to 3 minutes until golden brown. 

Tip 4. When making garlic bread without the oven, you can toast it in a non-stick or cast iron pan. A grill can also be used for making garlic bread.

Tip 5. Taste garlic butter spread, and feel free to add salt if needed.

Tip 6. If you want hot flavors, then you can also add hot sauce, chili flakes or some red pepper flakes to the garlic butter. 

Tip 7. If you are not comfortable using butter or you want to make vegan garlic bread, then substitute it with extra virgin olive oil. But don’t use margarine for making garlic bread. It doesn’t taste very good.

Tip 8. For the ultimate fresh garlicky flavors using fresh garlic is highly recommended. You can also add about 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to the garlic butter for additional flavors. 

a hand holding a garlic bread slice and garlic bread plate on the side


Garlic Bread - Homemade Garlic Bread [Recipe]

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Delicious, and flavorful homemade Garlic Bread Recipe straight from the oven! Here you get each piece perfectly slathered with garlic butter, with crisp edges.
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(Rating: 4.9 from 6 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
17 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Side Italian 8
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
241 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Garlic Bread:
  • 1 cup (227 g) butter, softened
  • 7-8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • A handful of fresh parsley or cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano), grated (optional)
  • 1 large ciabatta loaf + 1 baguette
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Garlic Bread Method:
  1. Finely chop fresh parsley, and keep it aside. Now in a medium bowl, add butter.
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  3. Then using a garlic press, mince garlic and add it to the bowl. After that, add ground black pepper, and finely chopped parsley.
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  5. Now, mix everything together until thoroughly combined. Garlic butter is ready. Set it aside.
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  7. Cut the ciabatta loaf in half, lengthwise. Then spread the garlic butter mixture liberally over the one bread halve. Make sure to coat the bread halve edge to edge with the garlic butter. Keep the other half aside, if making garlic Parmesan bread like me. Or else use the same garlic butter for other halves too.
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  9. Garlic Parmesan Bread: To make garlic Parmesan bread, add 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese to the garlic butter and stir well to incorporate all these ingredients. Garlic parmesan butter is ready.
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  11. Now, spread a generous amount of garlic parmesan butter across the second bread halve. Line a baking sheet/pan/tray with a foil and place both the bread halves on it.
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  13. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F and bake it on a middle shelf for about 9-10 minutes or until edges are toasted and golden brown. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for 1 minute on a baking tray.
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  15. Slice the garlic bread and serve with it any of your favorite pasta or any Italian meal of your choice.
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Garlic Bread Without Oven Method:
  1. Slice the baguette diagonally. You can also slice the baguette horizontally.
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  3. Now spread the butter on each slice of baguette.
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  5. Now heat a pan over medium-low heat and place the buttered baguette slices; keeping the butter smeared side facing down.
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  7. Spread butter also on the other side of baguette slices and toast for 1-2 minutes or until bread slices are toasty, flavorful, and golden.
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  9. Flip the baguette slices and toast from the other side too. Alternatively, you can toast garlic bread in a pre-heated grill for about 2 minutes. Remove toasted garlic bread from the pan.
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  11. Your delicious, crunchy, and aromatic garlic bread without oven is ready.
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NOTES:

  1. Always spread the garlic butter evenly and edge to edge on the bread. It gives them an even garlicky flavor.
  2. I have baked garlic bread in the oven, but you can also broil the bread on high settings for about 45 seconds to 3 minutes until golden brown.
  3. When making garlic bread without the oven, you can toast it in a non-stick or cast iron pan. A grill can also be used for making garlic bread.
  4. Taste garlic butter spread, and feel free to add salt if needed.

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