This air fryer garlic bread is the best because it's so simple. All you need is a fresh loaf of bread (French, Italian, or even sourdough or ciabatta) to create the most perfect buttery garlic bread of your dreams - crispy edges and all. You only need 5 minutes to get this delicious side dish on the table.
Why you'll love it
Easy side dish - this air fryer garlic bread is so simple to make! Just pop it in your air fryer for 5 minutes, and you have a perfect buttery, crispy garlic bread to pair with your favorite pasta or just to dip in some marinara sauce.
Pantry recipe - made with ingredients you may already have on hand like herbs and butter.
Versatile - you may want to use a fresh loaf of French baguette, or some leftover stale bread you may already have on hand. You can use fresh herbs or dried, the choice is yours.
Family friendly - kids and adults love homemade garlic bread and it doesn't just taste great with pasta dishes. Try it with my Tomato Basil Soup, Baked Spaghetti Casserole, or my Greek Pasta Salad- or just a bowl of olive oil for dipping.
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Bread - you can use a loaf of sourdough, French bread, Italian bread, ciabatta bread, or even Texas toast to make this recipe. Choose whichever is your favorite!
Butter - this recipe calls for ½ cup (one stick) of butter softened at room temperature. You can choose either salted or unsalted butter.
Garlic - fresh garlic cloves are the best way to go for delicious garlic bread. But the jarred stuff works too!
Parmesan - you will need half of a cup of grated parmesan cheese for this recipe. I used grated parmesan cheese from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. I like this cheese for the best flavor, but the canned version work as well.
Fresh flat leaf (Italian) parsley - I love the color and mild taste of fresh parsley, but dried parsley can be substituted. Reduce amount to about 2 tablespoons.
Add a teaspoon of dried oregano, basil or some Italian seasoning blend if you like.
Step One: Slice the baguette evenly into 1-inch slices. I can usually get about 12 slices from a whole loaf of Italian bread.
Step Two: To make the homemade garlic butter: in a small bowl add the softened butter, fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, chopped parsley (and optional ingredients if using) together in a bowl. Mix until the ingredients are well combined.
Step Three: Spread the butter mixture over the sliced bread slices. Place the slices in the air fryer basket in an even layer.
Step Four: Air fry at 350 F for 5 minutes or until it reaches the desired crispness.
5 minutes is a guide. Be sure to adjust time according to your liking and air fryer model.
You can leave the parsley out of the butter and just sprinkle it over the finished toasts.
Add crushed red pepper flakes to taste if desired.
Use paprika to sprinkle over the top before baking, for color, if you like.
There's no need to preheat your air fryer. Just start cooking!
Be sure to place the bread slices in a single layer for best results. It's ok if the edges of the bread touch.
Cook in batches, or just heat as much as you need.
Add 4 ounces of softened cream cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, or some provolone for a creamy texture and extra cheesy garlic bread.
Air Fryer Garlic Bread tastes delicious on its own or as a side dish with any of your favorite meals like a pasta dish made with this Slow Cooker Meat Sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, or Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad.
Use your garlic toasts as a base for bruschetta. Just mix diced tomatoes with chopped fresh basil then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
Best served and eaten hot, right after cooking. However, you can keep them at room temperature for a day or two.
You can also store any leftover slices of garlic bread in your fridge wrapped with aluminum foil or an airtight container up to 2 days.
If you have any leftover garlic butter, you can store it covered tightly in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freeze your leftover air fryer garlic bread by wrapping it tightly with aluminum foil or a freezer safe ziptop bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Since the bread is already browned, there's a chance it will over crisp while reheating. Be sure to watch it closely and only warm until heated through. About 1 minutes should do it.
To reheat from refrigerated: wrap your leftover refrigerated garlic bread in foil and place it on a baking sheet or in the air fryer. Bake or air fry at 350 degrees F until warm about 3 minutes. Remove from foil and cook a minute longer if they need additional crisping.
Follow the same reheating instructions from frozen allowing more time.
Yes, you can! It's best to wrap the toasts in foil to keep them from over browning. Then heat them at 350 degrees F until warm, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Garlic bread originated in Italy (as bruschetta) and can trace its roots to the 15th century. But the garlic bread we have come to know and love, loaded with butter and cheese, is uniquely American.
Skip the butter and cheese and simply rub a cut garlic clove over a slice of rustic bread. Grill or lightly toast.
Read about the health benefits of garlic in this article from the Cleveland Clinic.
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- Whole Chicken
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- Bang Bang Cauliflower
- Turkey Meatballs
- Frozen Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Garlic Bread (Quick and Easy)
- 1 baguette or loaf of bread sourdough, French, Italian, ciabatta
- ½ cup butter, one stick unsalted, salted, softened
- 4 tablespoons fresh garlic minced fine
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese canned or fresh
- ¼ cup parsley; flat leaf, chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano optional
- Crushed red pepper flakes to taste, optional
- Slice baguette into slices, to your desired thickness. I like mine about one inch thick.
- Add softened butter, fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, chopped parsley (and optional ingredients if using) together in a bowl. Mix until ingredients are well combined.
- Spread butter mixture over sliced bread slices.
- Place slices in air fryer basket in an even layer.
- Air fry at 350 F for 5 minutes, or until desired crispness.
- No need to preheat
- Place in single layer for best results.
- Cook in batches.
- Store leftover garlic butter in refrigerator covered tightly for up to 2 weeks.
- Add 4 ounces softened cream cheese for creamy texture.