Garlic Bread Recipe

Garlic bread is a delicious side dish that’s a favorite at any dinner table. Its crispy exterior and buttery, garlicky center make it an irresistible accompaniment to pasta dishes, soups, or simply as a tasty snack. This recipe is easy to follow and can be customized to your taste with optional add-ins like cheese or herbs.


  • 1 loaf of French or Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced (adjust according to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Bread:
    • Slice the loaf of bread in half horizontally. If preferred, you can also cut it into individual slices for easier serving.
  3. Make the Garlic Butter:
    • In a medium bowl, combine the softened butter, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and optional red pepper flakes. Mix until smooth and well-blended.
    • If using, add the finely chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese to the mixture, stirring to combine.
  4. Spread the Butter:
    • Evenly spread the garlic butter mixture over the cut sides of the bread. Make sure to cover the entire surface for a consistent flavor.
  5. Bake the Bread:
    • Place the bread halves on a baking sheet, buttered side up.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the bread is golden and the edges are crispy.
  6. Optional Broiling:
    • For an extra crispy top, switch the oven to broil for the last 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning.
  7. Serve:
    • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for a minute.
    • Cut into slices or serve as halves. Enjoy your homemade garlic bread while it’s warm and delicious!

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