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This garlic bread recipe is crunchy on top, chewy on the inside, and bursting with garlicky, buttery flavor. It’s a total crowd pleaser!

Garlic bread

When it comes to side dishes, here’s a classic that’s almost no one will turn down: garlic bread! This garlic bread recipe is buttery, garlicky, crunchy, chewy, and absolutely irresistible. It’s tender on the inside and crunchy on top from broiling it with Parmesan cheese. Here we’ve broken down the steps with photos so it’s easy to follow. Let’s get cooking!

Best bread for garlic bread

The best bread for garlic bread is French bread, or any medium sized artisan bread loaf. It can be hard to find bread specifically labeled “French,” so just find something that looks similar to what you see here. Avoid using a baguette, which is smaller and crustier, and doesn’t make as good of garlic bread.

How to make garlic bread

This is our very favorite easy garlic bread, perfect as a side for pasta like veggie lasagna or creamy cavatappi, or as an appetizer dipped into marinara sauce. It’s got the best rich and savory flavor, and crunchy yet chewy texture. Here’s how to do it in 4 simple steps!

Easy garlic bread recipe

Step 1: Use French bread and slice it lengthwise.

Slice the bread lengthwise, as shown in the photo below. This makes for the fun strip-sized pieces you see above, versus a large round bread circle. While you’re cutting the bread, make sure you preheat the oven to 400°F.

Slice the French bread lengthwise

Step 2: Brush the cut sides with garlic butter and bake 8 minutes.

Melt the butter in the microwave , or place it in a saucepan over low heat for a minute or two. Then transfer it into a small bowl and grate in 3 garlic cloves. The easiest way to grate garlic is with a microplane (here’s the microplane we use). If you don’t have a grater, just mince the garlic as finely as possible. Mince the fresh parsley as finely as possible as well: you’ll want it to be very fine flecks.

Add the parsley to the butter, then use a brush to brush it evenly onto the cut sides of the bread. Place the halves together, cover the garlic bread loaf in foil and bake for 8 minutes until warmed through.

Step 2: Brush the cut sides with garlic butter

Step 3: Top with Parmesan and broil 2 to 3 minutes.

Here’s the fun part: remove the bread from the oven and sprinkle it evenly with grated Parmesan cheese. (Grated Parmesan is the type that looks like powder, while shredded is long shreds.). Then broil the garlic bread for 2 to 3 minutes, which gives it an irresistibly crunchy topping. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through broiling to get an even brownness.

Step 3: Top with Parmesan and broil

Step 4: Slice into pieces and serve!

Finally, slice the bread into thin slices cross-wise. This makes the perfect crunchy tender strips for serving as a side dish. Serve immediately warm out of the oven. Or, you can put the strips back into the aluminum foil, turn down the oven to 350 degrees, and keep them warm until serving. Voila: the best easy garlic bread ever!

Step 4: slice into pieces and serve!

What to serve with this easy garlic bread

What doesn’t go well with garlic bread, really? Here are some great entrees that would be made more perfect with garlic bread:

Love garlic? Try more Great Garlic Recipes like simple and impressive Garlic Butter, Garlic Confit, Garlic Noodles, and more.

This easy garlic bread recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, omit the Parmesan cheese and use vegan butter or olive oil (still complete the broiling step since it adds a nice crunch).

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Easy garlic bread

Garlic Bread


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This garlic bread recipe is crunchy on top, chewy on the inside, and bursting with garlicky, buttery flavor. It’s a total crowd pleaser!


Ingredients

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  • 1 loaf French bread (or any medium-sized artisan loaf)
  • 4 tablespoons melted salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the entire loaf of bread in half lengthwise (see the photos).
  3. Mix the butter with the finely chopped parsley and grated garlic, grating it right into the butter (or if you don’t have a microplane or grater, mince the garlic as finely as possible). Then brush the garlic butter onto the cut sides of the bread. Sprinkle the cut sides with a bit of kosher salt.
  4. Place the cut sides of the bread halves together and wrap the loaf in foil. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes until warmed through.
  5. Remove the foil and place the bread cut side up on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes until browned and crispy, rotating the pan halfway through so the color is even. Cut the bread into slices and serve immediately (or place it back in foil and keep warm in a 350 degree oven until serving).
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian American

Keywords: Easy Garlic Bread, Garlic Bread, Garlic Bread Recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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    1. Broiling is an oven function that uses radiant heat from above to cook. You should have a “Broil” button on your oven! If you don’t, simply bake with the Parmesan for another 5 to 7 minutes until it’s golden. It won’t get as crispy as with the broiler, but it will work.