Garlic Bread Recipe

This Garlic Bread Recipe is our go to for making garlic bread! Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and tons of garlic and butter. We stopped buying garlic bread at the store when we realized how easy it is to make it at home!

We make this garlic bread so often, we buy garlic in bulk! You can serve garlic bread with a delicious Beef Lasagna Recipe or our favorite Grandma’s Sunday Meatballs and Sauce…and don’t forget tot try our Cheesy Garlic Bread too! It is also an amazing addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

Classic Garlic Bread is a side dish made with fresh garlic and butter

What Kind of Bread Do I Use For Homemade Garlic Bread?

There are a few different choices and they mostly come down to your preference and taste.

We used a soft (large) Italian bread for this garlic bread recipe. As you can see in the picture above that it’s a pretty normal size thickness, if not leaning towards the thicker side of a baguette.

If you like a thinner garlic bread then you can try using a ciabatta loaf or a smaller french baguette. Basically, you need to find a loaf that looks good to you, because any bread that you use it going to still turn out insanely good.

Can You Make This Garlic Bread Recipe Ahead Of Time?

So glad you asked because yes you can! Classic garlic bread is so easy to make, but if you’re planning a party or hosting a holiday it’s one less thing you have to worry about.

First of all, you can make this garlic butter ahead of time, keep it in your fridge and then just slather it on your bread and bake when you’re ready.

This Classic Garlic bread starts with a mixture of soft butter, fresh garlic and herbs

Also what you can do is take your leftover, cooled garlic bread and freeze it. Wrap it in foil first by putting the two halves back together (cheese side to cheese side) then place it into a freezer bag.

When it’s time to reheat, take the garlic bread out of the freezer to thaw completely.

Remove from the freezer bag and place the foil wrapped bread into the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. Now, we ate it just like that, but after the 20 minutes you can open the bread up and place it under the broiler for a minute or two also.

What I love about this garlic bread is that it’s not completely soaked with butter. I’m all about tons of butter, yes, but sometimes people make garlic bread and there’s just way too much butter going on.

Because as you can see in this picture there is a good layer of butter and garlic sitting on top of the bread. I’ll say just shy of halfway through the bread, maybe a third.

This Classic Garlic Bread Recipe has the perfect amount of butter and garlic

That right there is a perfect piece of garlic bread. Exactly how much the butter soaks into the bread will depend on what type of loaf you grab to make this recipe. A thinner ciabatta bread might have a little more butter to bread ratio.

Garlic Bread sliced on a baking tray with parsley

As long as you get those super crispy, toasted edges you really can’t go wrong with this garlic bread recipe! Fresh garlic, my friends, is a must. Please don’t grab that pre-chopped jarred stuff when you make this Garlic Bread, it won’t be as good!

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Classic Garlic Bread Recipe is a garlic bread recipe made with fresh garlic and butter

Garlic Bread Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

This Garlic Bread Recipe is THE perfect way to make garlic bread! Soft and chewy on the inside with a crispy, flakey crust!



  • 1 large (1 pound loaf) of Italian bread, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped fine or minced through a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the butter mixture by adding the butter, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic and parsley to a small bowl and mixing together.
  3. Split the bread open lengthwise and place each half, cut side up, on a baking sheet.
  4. Divide the butter between the halves, spreading the butter to cover the bread completely.
  5. Bake the bread in the oven for 10 minutes until the edges are brown and crispy.

Freezing the Garlic Bread:

  1. Make the recipe and let the bread cool completely. Put the halves back together then wrap in foil and put into a freezer bag.
  2. To reheat the bread from frozen, thaw the bread completely in the refrigerator. Place the bread into a 350 degrees preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until heated through. Open up the bread and serve as is or broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you like a softer, less crispy garlic bread you can butter the bread then place the halves together and wrap with foil. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the bread from the oven and place the halves open on a baking sheet. Now add the cheese and return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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2 Responses
    1. Dan

      We’ve never tried but I’m sure you can. I would double wrap the foil so that it doesn’t burn. If you try it let me know how it goes!

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