How to Make Garlic Bread

Cyd Converse

Wondering how to make garlic bread? You’ve come to the right place!

Don’t you just love garlic bread? It’s buttery, savory and hits all the comfort-food buttons.

When you’re in the mood for this carb lover’s dream, you have a few options to make garlic bread at home. It all depends on how much time you have.

You can make the most delicious garlic bread from scratch, if you have time to let the dough rise.

Garlic Bread Photo

If you don’t have quite as much time, but still want a homemade component, you can start with a regular loaf of bread and make a garlic spread.

And if you ain’t got time for any of that, you can simply heat up garlic bread purchased from the grocery store’s freezer aisle.

We’ll go over each of these, plus share some variations. Are you ready?

Garlic Bread Picture

How to Make Garlic Bread from Scratch

Make your dough. You can use a recipe for French bread.

After the dough is risen and shaped, bake it according to the recipe instructions, but just until the bread is lightly golden. Make a garlic butter spread by blending softened butter, chopped garlic (you can also roast it), salt, pepper and parsley in a food processor.

When the bread is cooled, use a serrated knife to cut diagonal slices into the bread – without cutting all the way through the crust. Spread the garlic butter between the slices, loosely wrap the loaf in foil and bake at 425°F for about 10 minutes.

Garlic Bread Image

How to Make Garlic Bread with Regular Bread

Start with a loaf of Italian bread. You can slice it up, spread on garlic butter, then bake the slices on a sheet pan at 400°F for 10 minutes. Or, you can split the loaf in half by horizontally cutting through the bread, then add your garlic butter topping to the cut sides before baking at 425°F for 10 minutes.

How to Make Garlic Bread from the Store

Always follow the directions on the package of garlic bread.

In general, you can bake the garlic bread right in the foil bag that may come with it. Heat the oven to 350°F and bake the frozen garlic bread on the middle rack of your oven for 10-15 minutes, until warm.

Or, you can remove the foil bag, place the garlic bread halves on a sheet pan with the garlic sides up and broil the bread until it’s warmed through.

Garlic Bread Pic

Garlic Bread Variations

Storing Garlic Bread

If there is no cheese in the garlic bread, you can wrap the bread in foil and store it at room temperature for up to two days. If you made cheesy garlic bread, store the leftovers in the refrigerator for four days.


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Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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