The Best Homemade Garlic Bread

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This garlic bread is an easy-to-make homemade recipe made with freshly grated parmesan cheese, garlic, and herbs. It’s the best garlic bread recipe that you will ever eat! 

Bread recipes are a staple at our house for every dinner! I love to use rolls too! Especially these soft, buttery rolls, these classic Texas Roadhouse rolls, or these yummy Asiago cheese rolls.

The best garlic bread

A Reader’s Review

Wow! I just made this to go with dinner and it was amazing! Best garlic bread I’ve ever had! I’ll be making this again.

Homemade Garlic Bread

My family can all agree on one thing as a side for dinner. Garlic Bread. It’s the go-to in our house, and I’m sure it is in many of your homes too! After all, who can resist that delicious garlic flavor mixed with cheese and a crispy outside edge?! Garlic bread is a delicious and easy side to make and one of the fastest things to go.

The thing that I especially love about this recipe is that it has a homemade garlic spread. So no matter what type of bread I have on hand, I can whip this up in no time. Garlic bread goes together with a LOT of meals, but I especially love it with some homemade lasagna or fettuccine! I know that there are a lot of garlic bread recipes out there but trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss out on this one!

Easy Ingredients in Garlic Bread

Homemade garlic bread is easier to make than you think! It only takes 7 ingredients and you will be all set and ready to make this. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • French Bread: You can make this from scratch or your cnan easily buy a loaf at the store!
  • Butter: I like to use salted butter (it adds a great flavor!). If you take it out early and soften it to room temperature it will be much easier to mix and spread!
  • Garlic Powder: You can’t make garlic bread without lots of garlic flavoring!
  • Garlic Cloves: If you don’t have fresh garlic cloves then you can use minced garlic. ½ teaspoon equals about 1 clove.
  • Italian Seasoning: You can buy this at the store or make this Italian seasoning at home!
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan cheese melts the best and tastes divine!
  • Parsley: You will use this as a garnish on top!

How to Make Homemade Garlic Bread

This recipe is simple and easy and ready to eat in less than 20 minutes! It’s so delicious that you are going to want to keep this recipe on hand… You will be making it all the time!

  1. Preheat oven and cut the bread: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your French bread loaf lengthwise and place on top of a baking sheet.
  2. Make spread: In a small bowl combine softened butter, garlic powder, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and shredded cheese. Then, spread it evenly on each side of the garlic bread.
  3. Bake: Bake the bread in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the butter melts. You can also broil the top for 1-2 minutes at the end to give it a more crisp top.
  4. Garnish: Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.
garlic bread spread

Do I Need to Use Foil?

This homemade garlic bread can be cooked to be crispy or soft! For softer bread that is not as crispy on the outside, you can wrap your bread in foil. Just make sure the butter is completely melted on the inside.

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How to Store Leftovers

If you make enough of this homemade garlic bread, you can have some for tomorrow’s dinner as well! Here is how you can easily store it and reheat it when you are ready!

  • At Room Temperature: Garlic bread is best stored at room temperature. If it’s stored in the fridge then it can become hard and stale. It can be kept on your counter for 1-2 days.
  • To Reheat: Wrap the garlic bread in foil and place it in your oven at 350 degrees. Then, warm it for 10-15 minutes or until it’s heated through.
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The Best Homemade Garlic Bread

4.89 from 18 votes
The Best Garlic Bread is an easy to make homemade recipe made with freshly grated parmesan cheese, garlic, and herbs. This is the best recipe that you will ever eat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 10 slices


  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your French bread loaf lengthwise and place it on top of a baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl combine softened butter, garlic powder, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and shredded cheese. Spread evenly on each side of the garlic bread.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until butter is melted and bubbly. You can also broil the top for 1-2 minutes, in the end, to give it a more crisp top.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.



Updated on February 24, 2022
Origianlly Posted on September 5, 2019


Serves: 10

Calories332kcal (17%)Carbohydrates39g (13%)Protein8g (16%)Fat17g (26%)Saturated Fat10g (50%)Cholesterol41mg (14%)Sodium478mg (20%)Potassium91mg (3%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A473IU (9%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium42mg (4%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword garlic bread
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    this recipe was a huge hit. Had company over and decided to make this up with roast beef. I didn’t have Italian seasoning but I did have individual Thyme, Oregano and basil so added those in and the flavour was amazing. This will now be my go too recipe for garlic bread.

  2. 5 stars
    I sliced it before putting it in the oven (and only buttered one side). Haven’t baked it yet but just snuck a piece before baking and omg it’s already heavenlyyyyy. (Used freshly home baked french bread)

  3. 5 stars
    We love garlic bread. Eat it for many meals. Could this butter be made ahead and froze for those days you don’t have much time?

  4. 5 stars
    My Italian family (in laws) loved this secret recipe for garlic bread!! Was a HUGE hit!! They took home the left overs!!

  5. 5 stars
    My husband went to the grocery store the other day and came home with one of their focaccia
    breads and it was awful….so I came across this recipe and I thought I’d give it a try to see if we could save the focaccia that he brought home. Well let me tell you, it was delicious!!! This recipe is now in my “favorites” folder.

  6. 5 stars
    Best garlic bread recipe I’ve ever tried! Really made a boring pasta dinner that much more delicious.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this because I love garlic, also it is an easy to make dish. ? Would definitely recommend!

  8. 5 stars
    Made this for my family after my mother left us, and my dad and brother both loved it, myself included! Thank you for helping this 19 year old bring her family together for a night of Italian. ???

  9. 4 stars
    Please send me specific baking directions. Are both sides placed on a baking sheet butter side up and baked open faced for the 12 minutes.

  10. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I didn’t have any cheese on hand and didn’t want to go to the store so I just did without–it was still wonderful! I want to go eat the last two pieces now!

  11. I am going to make this bread with a homemade lasagna but wanted to double says “spread evenly on each side of the bread”, does this mean the top of each half..or both sides of each half?

      1. I think the wording would have been better understood if you said to butter on each half of the bread. At first I too though you meant each side (top and bottom) I knew that was wrong and it should be each half or slice..

  12. 4 stars
    This garlic bread has a different flavor from the store bought kind. But different in a good way! More herby. Felt like it could use just a little more oomf’ then it’d be perfect.

  13. 5 stars
    Wow! I just made this to go with dinner and it is amazing! Best garlic bread I’ve ever had! I’ll be making this again.

  14. 5 stars
    The best garlic bread is not a great enough description for how good this bread is! I made it for a group dinner. 5 adults and 2 kids, everyone loved it! It’s just as good the next day if you reheat it in the microwave. I had made double, so I still have some left and it’s ridiculously hard not to finish it all right now!

  15. Since my son and I can’t eat a whole loaf of bread by ourselves, can I bake half and freeze the other half (without baking) for later with the spread on it? This sounds delicious!

    1. 5 stars
      I bake several loaves, half them, let them cool completely, wrap in foil, place in a plastic bag and freeze. They freeze really well! Reheat gently.

    2. If you and your son can’t eat too much bread invite me over and I’ll eat what you and your son can’t eat.

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