Homemade Garlic Bread

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Garlic Bread is a classic side dish and perfect with everything from Baked Ziti to a juicy steak dinner or even Oven Baked Chicken Breasts! We used to buy garlic bread at the store until we realized how quick, easy and tasty it is to make it at home!

This garlic bread can be made just before serving or prepped well ahead of time and frozen.

Homemade Garlic Bread cut into slices and served in a towel lined basket.

Easy to Make (and Freeze)

Garlic bread is a favorite for everyone and I’ve bought the foil wrapped loaves at the grocery forever. Now I make my own and it tastes so much better (plus I make sure the garlic butter goes all the way to the edges)! Nearly every supermarket or corner store sells baguettes or loaves of fresh bread and they’re inexpensive.Making your own thick sliced homemade garlic bread is a snap and it makes the whole kitchen smell oh-so-good!

Feeling Cheesy? Toss on a little bit of parmesan (or cheddar) to create a cheesy garlic bread that goes with everything from Fresh Tomato Soup to a side for sopping up sauce in the bottom of your spaghetti bowl!

Craving garlic bread and don’t have a baguette handy? Making it with regular bread (or even leftover hot dog or hamburger buns) will do in a pinch, especially if you use a homemade garlic bread spread recipe!

A naked loaf of bread, whipped garlic butter, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves and parsley all set up on wooden boards, ready and waiting to make homemade garlic bread!

How to Make Garlic Bread

The best kind of bread will be a thick baguette that can hold the spread or a delicious French bread. In the end you will want it to be hot and chewy throughout and a little toasty on the edges.

  1. Combine the softened butter with… you guessed it, minced garlic & chopped parsley. (Add in some Roasted Garlic if you have some).
  2. Cut the bread in half lengthwise using a serrated knife. Secure the bread on a kitchen towel to keep it from sliding around.
  3. Generously spread each side of the cut sides of the bread with the garlic butter. Don’t skimp, it will soak in!

Feel free to sprinkle some parmesan cheese on both sides. This is optional, but adds a little crispy, cheesy goodness to it! Then bake both halves until toasty!

Two halves of bread covered in whipped garlic butter, an empty garlic butter bowl, grated parmesan cheese, and freshly chopped parsley are along the side.

Soft or Crisp Garlic Bread?

Kind of like a Baked Potato, I most often cook garlic bread without wrapping in foil as I prefer it to be toasted and lightly browned. If you prefer a softer bread, after spreading the butter, place the two halves back together and wrap the bread in foil. Bake about 15 minutes or until heated through.

As with most garlic bread recipes, this bread can also be grilled to serve alongside your favorite grilled chicken or steaks.   

The best frozen garlic bread is always one you make yourself because you can make it just how you like!

  • Add more or less garlic
  • Swap the parsley for a pinch of dried oregano or dried rosemary
  • Add your fave cheese or no cheese at all

Two halves of homemade garlic bread baked to golden perfection, and sliced ready to enjoy.

Can You Freeze Garlic Bread?

Yes, most definitely!! This delicious homemade garlic bread can be frozen successfully! Simply make it, wrap in foil and then wrap with plastic wrap. Let it thaw naturally or remove the plastic wrap and bake it in a 300°F oven until it warm and the butter is melted!

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Garlic Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Garlic Bread is a classic Italian side dish but you don't have to be Italian to enjoy this easy recipe!  It goes with so many great things!


  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese optional

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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine butter, olive oil, garlic and parsley until fluffy.
  3. Halve the bread lengthwise.
  4. Spread each side of the bread with garlic butter. Sprinkle with cheese if using.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden and toasted.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 121, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 161mg, Potassium: 20mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 205%, Vitamin C: 0.6%, Calcium: 26%, Iron: 0.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Garlic bread

Top photo shows homemade garlic bread baked and cut into slices for serving. The bottom photo shows the bread cut in half and butter applied to both sides, ready to bake

This is our favourite Garlic bread recipe. It is simple, easy and delicious! Try it with a baguette or sliced bread! #spendwithpennies #garlicbread #italian #sidedish #cheesygarlicbread
This is our favourite Garlic bread recipe. It is simple, easy and delicious! Try it with a baguette or sliced bread! #spendwithpennies #garlicbread #italian #sidedish #cheesygarlicbread

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