Garlic Bread

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Two classic garlic bread recipes, one toasted and crispy from the broiler, the other soft from being wrapped in aluminum foil and heated in the oven.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

What would spaghetti be without a side of buttery garlic bread?

There are several methods and twists for making garlic bread, the easiest being just rubbing a cut clove of garlic over toasted slices of Italian or French bread, and spreading the toast with olive oil or butter.

Garlic Bread

Here are a couple of methods that make wonderful garlic bread, depending on how you like it, either toasty or soft.

Garlic Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 13 minutes


  • 1 16-ounce loaf of Italian bread or French bread
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Method 1 - Toasted Garlic Bread

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut the bread in half, horizontally. 

2 Spread with garlic butter parsley mixture: Mix the butter, garlic, and parsley together in a small bowl. Spread butter mixture over the the two bread halves.

3 Heat in oven for 10 min: Place on a sturdy baking pan (one that can handle high temperatures, not a cookie sheet) and heat in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes.

4 Sprinkle with Parmesan and broil: Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over bread if you want. Return to oven on the highest rack.

Broil on high heat for 2-3 minutes until the edges of the bread begin to toast and the cheese (if you are using cheese) bubbles. Watch very carefully while broiling. The bread can easily go from un-toasted to burnt.

5 Slice: Remove from oven, let cool a minute. Remove from pan and make 1-inch thick slices. Serve immediately.

Method 2 - Soft Garlic Bread

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Make the butter, garlic, parsley mixture as above.

2 Make 1-inch thick slices into the bread, but do not go all the way through, just to the bottom crust. Put a teaspoon or two of the butter mixture between each slice, or between every other slice if you only want the garlic mixture on one side of the bread.

3 Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and heat for 15 minutes in the oven.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Briana

    Turned out awesome. I was a slacker and just used garlic powder and Italian seasoning but still so good. I can only imagine how good with fresh garlic and parsley!


  2. Kimberly

    Tried this. Turned out perfectly.



    Hello, I do it but I use garlic, lemon, olive oil, parsley, and many kinds of cheese. At first I mush the garlic and little by little I put olive oil til the mixture becomes one smooth quantity. Then little by little I add the lemon juice till the mixture becomes flabby. Adding the parsley, and if you like you can add a little bit of coriander. Putting the mixture on bread or slices of French bread baguette. Over the mixture I put Parmesan and Mozzarella. I use to do it as a pizza.

  4. K

    Maybe something was wrong with my broiler, but it burned my bread. I followed the recipe exactly, but still had terrible results

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  5. Peighton White

    The bottom of my bread didn’t cook why (btw I used a toaster oven always works with others)it tasted like wet bread

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