Close view of a pile of roasted garlic bread slices in a bread basket.

Garlic bread is the perfect addition to a variety of meals, from lasagna to pizza. It makes a great appetizer, snack, or side dish, and it’s incredibly simple to make. In under 15 minutes, you can have warm, buttery, roasted garlic bread ready to be devoured!

What kind of bread should I use? 

This garlic bread recipe calls for French bread. French bread is long, soft, and versatile. The shape of the loaf is perfect for garlic bread and its softness will allow it to soak up the garlic butter and crisp up beautifully in the oven. If you don’t have French bread, any long loaf of bread, such as Italian bread or a French baguette, will work.

An uncut loaf of french bread sits on a counter beside a ramekin of homemade garlic butter. Two halves of a loaf of french bread slathered in homemade garlic butter mixture with a bread knife nearby.

What do I need to make garlic bread? 

You only need two ingredients to make roasted garlic bread—a loaf of French bread and some homemade garlic butter. That’s it!  

Tell me about this garlic butter!

Garlic bread with butter and garlic is okay, but it’s kind of boring. Adding three more ingredients (cheese and fresh herbs!) creates a delicious paste that elevates the flavor of your roasted garlic bread to the next level. Our homemade garlic butter recipe will knock your socks off. Using fresh parsley, fresh chives, and Parmesan cheese, you can make your roasted garlic bread taste better than the kind you’ll get in restaurants—and it’s incredibly easy!

Overhead of two halves of roasted garlic bread on a baking sheet.

How to make roasted garlic bread 

Learning how to make garlic bread is super simple, and it only involves a few steps.

  1. Make up your garlic butter in a small bowl. You can do this several days in advance.
  2. Preheat the oven and line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  3. Cut your bread in half lengthwise and spread on your homemade garlic butter mixture.
  4. Bake for nine to ten minutes.

Can this be made vegan? 

Yes! You can make vegan roasted garlic bread by swapping out the Parmesan cheese for vegan Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast. You will also have to swap out the softened butter in the garlic butter for vegan salted butter. 

Can I turn this roasted garlic bread into cheesy garlic bread?

Yes! To turn your roasted garlic bread into cheesy garlic bread, grate some fresh cheese as your garlic bread is cooking. A few minutes before it’s done, remove the bread from the oven and sprinkle it with cheese. Pop it back in the oven and cook for a few more minutes to melt the cheese. You can use any cheese you want, but mozzarella works really well!

Wholefully Protip

If you add cheese to your roasted garlic bread you’ll have to store it in the fridge or freezer, as cheese shouldn’t sit out overnight. 

A wooden serving tray lined with parchment paper with sliced garlic bread, fresh parsley, and small bowls of herbs and parmesan cheese on it.

Can I prep this ahead of time? 

This garlic bread recipe doesn’t require much prep work, but you can make the homemade garlic butter up to one week ahead of time. Store it in the fridge in an airtight container. 

If the butter is left on the bread for too long, it can make the bread a little soggy, so it’s better to make the garlic butter ahead of time and put it on your garlic bread right before it goes in the oven. 

What to serve with roasted garlic bread 

This homemade garlic bread recipe is so delicious, I’ve made it as a mid-day snack and eaten it by itself! It also makes a great addition to a variety of meals. Try it with:

Close view of fluffy slices of buttery garlic bread flecked with minced fresh parsley.

How can I store garlic bread after I’ve baked it? 

Believe it or not, the best way to store garlic bread after it’s been baked is on your countertop at room temperature. Butter is okay to be kept on the countertop for a few days, and storing your garlic bread this way will help it maintain its freshness. To store your garlic bread, wrap it in plastic wrap and set it on the counter.

Wholefully Protip

We don’t recommend storing your garlic bread in the fridge if it’s going to be eaten within a few days because the fridge dries out your bread. However, if you don’t think you’ll eat it right away, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge for up to a week.

Can I freeze baked garlic bread?

Yes! You can definitely freeze baked garlic bread to enjoy later. Allow your roasted garlic bread to cool completely to prevent condensation. Then, wrap it in plastic wrap and place the wrapped bread in a zip-top freezer bag or aluminum foil. Stored this way, your garlic bread will be protected from freezer burn and will stay fresh for up to three months.

Close view of a pile of roasted garlic bread slices in a bread basket.

Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Delicious and easy to make, this simple roasted garlic bread recipe is perfect for serving alongside nearly any meal.



  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 
  2. Cut the French bread in half lengthwise and spread the softened garlic butter on each side of the bread. 
  3. Place on the lined baking sheet, cut side up, and bake for 9-10 minutes, until golden brown and toasted. 
  4. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and cut the bread into slices. Serve warm.


This recipe only uses half of the garlic butter recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 359mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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