This Baguette Garlic Bread is so quick and easy to make and so full of garlicky buttery flavor. Simply slather a garlic butter mixture onto a baguette and bake until the butter is melted and infused into the bread, and it has nice crispy edges. A perfect side dish for garlic lovers.
Ingredients needed to make the homemade garlic bread recipe are below, full quantities and instructions are in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Baguette: a crusty fresh baked french baguette is optimal. The type of bread you use can really make or break the crispiness and the absorbability of the garlic mixture.
- Unsalted butter: good quality butter is always preferred. For this recipe you'll want to be using softened butter so it combines with the other ingredients more seamlesly.
- Garlic: a ton of fresh garlic cloves – I like to grate them so the flavor really infuses throughout the butter and isn’t chunky.
- Fresh parsley: chopped parsley brings a nice fresh element and is reminiscent of garlic knots. I wouldn't recommend dried parsley here, fresh herbs are preferred.
- Parmesan cheese: a good amount of parmesan to bring a little sharp nutty cheesy flavor. Always look for “parmigiano reggiano” with a PDO marker as that is true real Italian parmesan cheese.
- Salt & pepper: just a bit of salt and black pepper to round it all out.
There aren’t many ingredients needed to make this baguette garlic bread in the first place, but below are some ingredient swaps you can make if needed.
- Bread: Any thick, stable bread will be good here. For example, sourdough, french loaf, italian bread, etc. Bonus points if you use homemade bread. Try to stay away from anything too soft such as brioche. If you’re gluten-free you can substitute in the equivalent gluten free option.
- Butter: you can use salted butter just pull back on the added salt by half.
- Parmesan cheese: you can use pecorino romano cheese instead.
- Garlic: I would strongly recommend fresh garlic but if you must, use ¾ teaspoon of garlic powder
Step by step instructions
Check out the steps below to make this easy garlic bread recipe – it's made with simple ingredients, so all around great to enjoy whenever.
1. Make the garlic compound butter. In a small bowl mix together the butter, garlic, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
2. Cut the baguette. Using a sharp bread knife, cut the baguette open lengthwise and place (cut sides of bread facing up) on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or nonstick aluminum foil).
3. Add the butter. Spread the compound butter evenly across both sides of the baguette.
3. Bake! Bake the bread in a preheated oven at 375°F for 5 minutes then broil for another 5 until golden brown and crispy. Cut into smaller pieces to serve.
Tips and tricks
Some tips and tricks below to help make sure you nail this easy baguette garlic bread recipe.
- Use room temperature butter so it’s easy to mix with the ingredients.
- Make the compound butter in advance to make prep even easier.
- Double the butter mixture and save half to make garlic bread in the future!
- For a more savory flavor, try roasting a head of garlic and using that in place of the grated garlic.
- Don't skip the broiling, this is what helps make sure you get crispy garlic bread.
Storage and reheating
Leftover garlic bread can be a treat for another day. Storage and reheating instructions below.
- Storage: keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Reheating: warm in the oven at 350°F for 10ish minutes until warmed through. You could also reheat in the microwave but it won’t regain that crisp crunch.
- To store pre-made or leftover compound butter, transfer it to an airtight container and it's good in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Air fryer instructions
The instructions are largely the same, so follow them up until the baking step. Cut the baguette into smaller pieces so they fit in your air fryer accordingly . Air fry in batches in a single layer at 350°F for 5 minutes until golden.
Technically you can make it a few days in advance, but it’s really best first baked out of the oven.
Truuuuly anything garlic bread is the delicious side dish and any food’s bff. Some roasted chicken, a big Italian salad, grilled steak, any kind of pasta dishes (use the bread to scoop up the leftover sauce of course), baked clams, the list goes on and on.
You can use about one tablespoon on a piece of chicken (breast/thighs/etc.) before baking, shrimp in the last minute of sautéing, or use it to baste steak.
At room temperature in a dry, dark spot. If you have space for it, try getting a garlic keeper. They’re super cute too.
Although there are many Americanized Italian dishes, garlic bread was actually invented in Italy. It stems from the classic bruschetta.
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Baguette Garlic Bread
- 1 french baguette
- ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick - room temperature
- 1 tablespoon grated garlic about 5 cloves
- 2 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat your oven to 375℉.
- In a small bowl mix together the butter, garlic, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
- Using a sharp bread knife, cut the baguette open lengthwise and place (cut sides of bread facing up) on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or nonstick aluminum foil).
- Spread the compound butter evenly across both sides of the baguette.
- Bake the bread in a preheated oven for 5 minutes then broil for another 5 until golden brown and crispy. Cut into smaller pieces to serve.
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