Homemade Garlic Bread

Let’s face it: there are some things in life that just make life better.

Homemade Garlic Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Like new love, birds singing outside your window, fresh socks, a warm evening breeze or a baby’s laugh.

Homemade Garlic Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Homemade Garlic Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Homemade Garlic Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Doesn’t the same, then, hold true for food?

Like adding bacon, ice cream or garlic bread (when applicable, of course!) to what you’re eating.  It just makes it better.  True story.

Homemade Garlic Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Is spaghetti with meat sauce really spaghetti without some tasty garlic bread?  Is Stroganoff truly enjoyable without a slice or two of crunchy garlic bread to help sop up the sauce?

Not in my book, it isn’t.

Homemade Garlic Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

You can probably imagine we eat a lot of garlic bread in our home.  ‘Cuz we eat a lot of everything in our home — and garlic bread just makes it better.

Not in my book, it isn't.

Plus, delicious, homemade garlic bread is incredibly easy to make.  Trust me, I’ve made my fair share of the stuff.   This recipe makes golden and crunchy garlic bread with a slightly chewy and delicate center.  Oh — and the combination of the garlic, parmesan, butter and parsley is so yummy.

Not in my book, it isn't.


Not in my book, it isn't.

Use this homemade garlic bread to compliment your next meal, whether it’s pasta, salad, grilled chicken or beef or even to use as the bread for a sandwich (totally a delicious trick!).  You can also cut it up and make into croutons.  So many options!

Homemade Garlic Bread
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This recipe makes golden and crunchy Homemade Garlic Bread with a slightly chewy and delicate center.
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 6-8
  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf fresh bread (ciabatta, french, baguette, sourdough), cut lengthwise
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated (plus more to sprinkle on top if desired)
  1. Preheat your oven broiler on the Low setting.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the bread to make a paste/spread (you can also use a food processor if you'd prefer). Using a flat knife or spoon, spread the butter mixture evenly over the non-crusted portion of the bread. Sprinkle with additional grated parmesan if desired.
  3. Set both sides of the bread, spread-side up, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and place in the center of the oven under the broiler until the butter is melted and the top starts to becomes golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Take care to pay attention to the bread so it does not burn -- it can cook quickly under the broiler.
  4. Once golden, remove from the broiler and set on a cutting board. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes in order to handle. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the bread into portions and serve.


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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

42 comments… add one

  1. Angelica March 30, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I’m cooking for my nephew’s birthday party and wanted to make my own garlic bread. Looks yummy, thanks.

  2. Laura March 30, 2011, 8:15 pm

    I agree food just makes life better. That bread looks divine. I can’t wait to make it for my family.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef March 30, 2011, 10:01 pm

      Laurel, I’ll bet you never go back to the frozen stuff once you try making your own garlic bread. It’s SO much better! Thanks for the invite — Just submitted it!

  3. Katherine March 30, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Oh my GADFREY! This looks divine. I totally agree it’s one of the best “sides” to any meal. Thanks!

  4. Michelle in NZ March 31, 2011, 4:13 am

    Oh my, I never thought of adding parmesan – yum! My own addition is to add a squeeze of lemon juice to the butter mixture. This may seem weird but it really works flavour-wise, just takes a wee bit more mixing.

    Michelle, downunder in New Zealand

  5. val March 31, 2011, 8:39 am

    I could live off of garlic bread. YUM

  6. Becky March 31, 2011, 9:16 am

    garlic bread is such a dangerous food…easy to make and addictive. i love the green that the parsley adds.

  7. Kankana March 31, 2011, 9:40 pm

    i love garlic bread and never knew it could be so easy to make it at home . thanks for sharing :)

  8. Dustin Baier April 1, 2011, 7:31 am

    I really love garlic bread with pretty much any pasta. Its interesting to hear about everyone’s own experiences with garlic bread.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef April 1, 2011, 3:00 pm

      Isn’t it? I love it when I share a recipe I use as a staple in our home only to find how many people appreciate the new idea that they’ve never tried. So cool.

  9. Michelle in NZ April 2, 2011, 9:08 am

    Dear Lacey – keep sharing your wonderful recipes – this way i can keep saying “YUM!”

    Sending care, love and huggles from New Zealand, Michelle/Mickle

  10. Mariam April 10, 2011, 5:29 am

    Made this today and LOVED IT!! It was everything I imagined it would be, and MORE!

  11. Andrea April 16, 2011, 7:31 pm

    I just made this tonight and it was AWESOME! Will definately be making again, thanks for the recipe!

  12. rooths April 24, 2011, 3:27 pm

    This looks delicious – I’m going to try it tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Stephanie Joseph July 29, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Hi! =]

    I made this garlic bread, with chicken and broccoli alfredo (with your alfredo recipe) it came out SO GOOD. I think my boyfriend fell in love with me all over again!

  14. Devynn August 9, 2011, 7:14 pm

    Made this tonight but made it on homemade French bread!!!! O.m.g. Divine!

  15. Heather September 23, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Made Pepperoni Macaronni for dinner for my family and for a good freind that just had a baby. Wanted to serve Garlic Bread with it and instead of picking up the box garlic bread I found this recipe… NEVER AGAIN will I serve box garlic bread!!!! This recipe is wonderful!!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!!

  16. Nicole October 7, 2011, 11:52 am

    Hi Lacey,

    I just found your site and I really love it!!! I was wondering if this garlic bread is good to prepare and freeze, then broil it?

  17. Jaime Lynn Braden November 10, 2011, 7:22 pm

    I just made your french baguette tonight and it ROCKED! So now I am going to make it again and do this with it! YAY! Thanks!

  18. suzie March 19, 2012, 11:30 pm

    you dont specify how many degrees to cook bread

  19. Vishal June 13, 2012, 3:09 pm

    Nice recipe, I’m a bit of an amateur cook so this one’s nice and easy for a beginner! Any leftover parsley-butter sauce can be drizzled onto a freshly cooked steak which complements the meat nicely

  20. Sachi A August 20, 2012, 5:47 pm

    This recipe is great! I had to eye-ball a few measurements because my measuring spoons went missing, but this turned out wonderfully! The garlic was tasty but not too strong, and the parsley added a different flavor that elevated this beyond my usual “chopped garlic and butter” bread. Thanks!

  21. Tracey September 29, 2012, 7:22 pm

    I just made this, and YUM!!! SOOO much better than the frozen ones I normally buy! Thank you for the recipe it will definitely! It is defiantly going to be one of our regular dinner time favorites!

  22. Jessica January 18, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I have been making this garlic bread for months!! This is BY FAR the best I have ever made! I make this about once a week!! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  23. Yvonne(Bread Fun) March 23, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Great Site and great looking Garlic Bread. Love your recipe. I am going to try it this week. I looks Delicious and just Scrumptious. Thanks

    1. Lacey Baier March 23, 2014, 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Yvonne. I hope you enjoy it!


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