Cheesy, crunchy and buttery garlic bread is the best thing to serve with just about any meal! It’s super versatile, packed with mouthwatering flavor and really easy to make. Whip it up with just six ingredients in about ten minutes for the perfect, easy side.
This recipe is something the whole family will enjoy and you can totally make it any time of year. It’s great for regular weeknight meals but can also be served on special occasions, we often make it for Easter and Thanksgiving!
I especially love making garlic bread to go alongside soup (or any meal that has a lot of sauce). It’s great for dipping and soaking up extras so no goodness goes to waste.
Ingredients to make Garlic Bread
- Bread — I always look for a foot long Italian baguette or French bread that’s about seven ounces in size, generally you can look at the information on the packaging to see how large it is.
- Garlic butter — Softened butter mixed with grated fresh garlic, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and parsley. Click here for a full guide on making your own garlic butter. It’s super easy! Please, remember to use unsalted butter.
- Parmesan — Freshly grated it best and tastes significantly better than pre-grated cheese from the store. Plus, a block of parmesan cheese will last for a long time in the refrigerator when tightly cloaked in plastic wrap, so you can use it in lots of different recipes.
- Sea salt — Or another large grain option, like kosher salt! Fine table salt also works but is less forgiving, so be careful not to overdo it.
- Parsley — Fresh is preferable, dried also works.
- Red pepper flakes — Pepper flakes are great for extra flavor and a touch of heat, but if you don’t like spicy food you can leave them off.
Instructions to make Garlic Bread Recipe
Prepare and bake:
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F!
- Line a large baking sheet with foil (or parchment paper), this is optional but does make for super easy cleanup.
- Evenly slice the baguette in half, lengthwise and place both pieces on the foil lined baking sheet. Slather both halves with garlic butter mixture.
- Bake, flat/buttered side up, for 6-8 minutes. Then turn on the broiler setting for 2-3 minutes until the bread is golden and crisp on the edges.
Slice and serve:
- Remove garlic bread from the oven. Add grated parmesan, coarse sea salt, fresh parsley and red pepper flakes.
- Slice bread into pieces and enjoy this yummy homemade garlic bread!
- It’s much easier to cut a baguette evenly when using a sharp knife. Avoid dull kitchen tools for more accuracy!
- You don’t have to line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, but it makes cleanup 10 times easier and super quick.
- Baking your baguette open face will create a nice, crunchy garlic bread. You can also butter each half and put them back together when baking to create a softer loaf. Bake time will likely need to be increased slightly so adjust as necessary.
- Be very careful when broiling your bread, this will only take a few minutes and the baguette can easily burn. So, keep a very close eye on everything during this step!
- Add lots of parmesan cheese to turn it into a delicious cheesy garlic bread. You can also add mozzarella on top if you prefer.
- Add any fresh herbs you like such as oregano and rosemary.
How To Store Leftover Garlic Bread
To Store: Allow leftovers to cool and place them in an airtight container. Garlic bread will keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
To freeze: You can also freeze leftovers for 4-6 months! I recommend packaging extra garlic bread tightly in plastic wrap and then placing it in a Ziploc bag.
To reheat: reheat garlic bread in the microwave, oven, toaster oven or air fryer. I personally avoid the microwave as bread can become soggy. I prefer using the oven or air fryer, simply set to 350°F and heat bread on a baking sheet (or in the air fryer basket) until warmed through completely.
More Garlic Recipes
In my home, we all agree that you can never have enough garlic! It’s one of the tastiest ingredients to utilize in the kitchen. Be sure to check out these yummy recipes:
- Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti
- Roasted Garlic
- Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breast
- Skillet Garlic Butter Steak Recipe
Frequently Asked Questions
At 350°F, you’ll bake it for 6-8 minutes and then broil briefly for a bit of crunch on the edges.
In this particular bread, there are about 208 calories per slice. Of course, the number of calories can vary widely depending on the ingredients called for in any given recipe.
Watch the Garlic Bread Web Stories here.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil.
- Slice the baguette in half lengthwise. Then, place the halves on the prepared baking sheet, and spread garlic butter on the cut sides.
- Bake, cut-side-up, for 6-8 minutes, then broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until the bread is golden brown around the edges.
- Sprinkle with the Parmesan, sea salt, parsley, and red pepper flakes, to spice things up. Slice, and serve hot.
- Use a sharp knife to cut your baguette, this will make it easier to create even halves.
- You don’t have to line your baking sheet with foil, but it makes cleanup faster.
- For softer garlic bread, butter halves and bake them sandwiched together, rather than open face. Adjust/increase bake time if necessary.
- Be cautious when broiling garlic bread as it can easily burn.
- To Store: Allow leftovers to cool and place them in an airtight container. Refrigerate for 3-5 days.
- To freeze: Package extra bread tightly in plastic wrap and then place in a Ziploc bag. Freeze for 4-6 months.
- To reheat: you can microwave leftovers, but I prefer using the oven, toaster oven or air fryer (to avoid sogginess). Simply preheat to 350°F and bake or air fry until warmed through.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.