Garlic Toast

Here’s the very best garlic toast you’ll find! Ultra garlicky, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside: and it takes only 10 minutes to make.

Garlic toast

Looking for a quick snack or a side dish for pasta? Here’s (what we hope) is the very best garlic toast you’ll find! The other day Alex and I were looking for an easier version of our garlic bread and came up with this method. Think of it a short-cut garlic bread! It’s pairs fresh garlic, dried garlic and olive oil for a huge burst of garlicky flavor on a crunchy toasted baguette. It’s also a vegan garlic bread that’s full of flavor: great for if you eat plant-based or simply don’t have cheese in your fridge. And the flavor is so good, you’ll never miss it. Here’s how to make it!

Want cheesy toast? Try our Ultimate Cheese Toast.

The bread to use

This garlic toast recipe is more of an idea than a strict recipe. You can use this idea and then run with it! For the bread, we used a French-style baguette, but you could use any type of artisan loaf or bread you have on hand. (Please just not Wonder Bread!) The quality of your garlic toast will depend on the type of bread you use, so remember: the better the bread, the better the toast.

Garlic toast

How to make garlic toast

Here are the basic steps for how to make garlic toast. Again, since it’s so simple we’d recommend committing these steps to memory! Once you do it once, you can approximate on the quantities. Or, bookmark this recipe to jog your memory for the quantities and oven temp. Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This is also the toasting temperature we use for crostini, as well as nuts like pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, etc.
  • Combine olive oil, minced garlic & salt. Add it to a medium bowl.
  • Brush the bread with the mixture. Use a brush to liberally brush both sides of the bread. You’ll need to pick up some of the minced garlic with the brush, as it tends to sink to the bottom.
  • Add a pinch of garlic powder. The secret to the nuance of the flavor in this recipe is using both fresh and dried garlic. This really sets it over the top.
  • Bake 5 minutes! Bake until the crust is crispy but the interior is still soft. That’s how we like our garlic toast, at least! If you’d like them fully crispy like crackers, you can bake 10 minutes.
How to make garlic toast

Scale the garlic oil as necessary.

The size of the bread you use will dictate how much of the garlic oil mixture you’ll need. The mixture we used was perfect for 12 small slices of a French baguette. If you need to add another splash of olive oil into the bowl for your bread, you can use it to stretch the garlic (you’ll likely have some left over).

Or, you can scale up the quantity to 1.5 or 2 times depending on how large your bread slices are. It’s not an exact science, so feel free to adjust accordingly so that this recipe fits the bread you’d like to use.

Garnish with parsley!

If you’re at home trying to whip up garlic toast without going to the store, don’t even think about garnishing with parsley. But we love adding it for the green color and because it has that traditional garlic bread vibe. Make sure to look for Italian flat leaf parsley at the store; curly parsley is typically used for decoration only.

Garlic toast recipe

Ways to serve garlic toast

This garlic toast pairs with so many different recipes! When we want a stunning garlic bread to serve for guests or just are craving that classic loaf, we use our Easy Garlic Bread. But when we want down and dirty garlic bread, we make this toast instead. It’s also nice that it’s a vegan garlic bread, so it works with vegan pasta recipes too. Aside from eating it as a late night snack, here are some ideas for serving as a side dish or appetizer:

Baguette recipe
Try it with our homemade baguette…if you’re into baking!

Love baking? Make your own baguette.

The loaf that we used for this garlic toast recipe was actually a homemade loaf! Most of you probably are just looking for a quick garlic bread fix. But if you’re into baking, our baguette recipe is next level. The flavor of this homemade baguette is incredible: like an authentic French-style loaf. Intrigued? Head to our Baguette Recipe.

This garlic toast recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Garlic toast

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 toasts 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s the very best garlic toast you’ll find! Ultra garlicky, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside: and it takes only 10 minutes to make.


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Ingredients

  • 12 small round slices of a large baguette or Italian bread (homemade or store bought)*
  • 2 cloves garlic (2 teaspoons finely minced)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Garlic powder, for sprinkling
  • Finely chopped Italian parsley, for the garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Thinly slice the bread.
  3. Mince the garlic. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic with the olive oil, dried oregano, and salt. Use a brush to brush the mixture on both sides of each slice of bread and place them onto a baking sheet. Try to pick up some of the minced garlic with the brush, as it tends to sink to the bottom. (If the oil runs out, depending on your size of bread, just add a splash more to the bowl with the garlic.)
  4. Add a pinch of garlic powder to the top of each toast.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes until the crust is crisp but the inside is still soft. If desired, sprinkle with finely chopped Italian parsley. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

*Our bread slices were about 4″ by 3″. It’s not a precise method, so you can use any size of bread. If you use larger slices of bread, you may need to add a splash more oil. Or just make up a 1.5 or 2 times batch of the garlic and olive oil mixture when using more bread than specified.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Garlic toast

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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