This quick and easy gluten-free garlic bread recipe is the perfect side dish for just about any pasta dinner. You won't miss the frozen versions when you can make this flavorful garlic bread from scratch in under 20 minutes. Freezer instructions and dairy-free options included!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Pretty much everyone loves garlic bread. It's the perfect complement to spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo, or even a cozy bowl of soup!
But when you go on a gluten-free diet due to celiac disease or other intolerance, you'll quickly find convenient options from the grocery store become very limited, that includes your access to frozen garlic bread.
The solution? Make your own from scratch! It's really simple and doesn't take much more time than opening a box and prying apart frozen slices of garlic bread!
While it is easy to make garlic bread, it's nice to have a simple recipe with the exact measurements and perfect ratios of garlic, herbs, and butter right at your fingertips.
Pair this homemade garlic bread with your favorite gluten-free lasagna or ravioli and a side salad. If you're feeling ambitious, check out this homemade gluten-free pasta!
Ingredients & Substitutions
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious gluten-free garlic bread.
- Gluten-free french bread: Use your favorite brand of gluten-free garlic bread. You could even use homemade bread. I used Against the Grain Original Baguettes here, but you could use Schar gluten-free french baguettes, Ciabatta Rolls, or Sandwich Rolls, BFree White Demi Baguettes, or Udi's Classic French Baguettes. All of these are terrific options which can be found in most grocery stores.
- Butter: Feel free to use Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks for a dairy-free option.
- Garlic: Use fresh garlic cloves for the ultimate garlicky flavor! Garlic powder can be used if necessary. See recipe card for amounts.
- Herbs: Depending on the season or availability, you can use either dried or fresh herbs. Using fresh herbs will definitely be more flavorful, but they are harder to come by especially during the winter months. Fresh parsley is great for a vibrant green garnish even if you've used dried herbs for the garlic butter.
- Parmesan Cheese: This can be omitted if needed but it does add great flavor!
- To make gluten-free garlic bread, start by slicing your gluten-free baguette crosswise into about 1-inch thick slices, as shown.
- Next, make your garlic butter spread, also known as compound butter. Place the softened butter along with the garlic, herbs, and parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
- Mix together until well combined.
- Spread the garlic butter mixture on each slice of bread.
- Place in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
Air Fryer or Toaster Oven
You can bake this bread in an air fryer or toaster oven, just keep an eye on it as the baking times may vary. For easier cleanup, place the slices on a piece of foil to catch drips.
Uses for Leftover Garlic Butter
Depending on how much garlic bread you make, you may have some garlic butter leftover. The garlic butter can be stored to make more garlic bread for later, freezer instructions below, or you can use it in other ways as well!
- Dot it on your baked potato.
- Add it to mashed potatoes.
- Add the garlic butter to warm pasta for flavorful buttered noodles.
- Let it melt over cooked veggies, like frozen corn or steamed broccoli.
- Speaking of corn... spread it on your corn on the cob!
- You could even slather it on warm cornbread!
- Use it to baste your steak when cooking in a cast-iron pan.
Cheesy Gluten-Free Garlic Bread
To turn this garlic bread into cheesy garlic bread, simply add a little mozzarella cheese or Italian cheese blend to the top of each slice before baking. You can grate your own or use pre-shredded cheese.
Exactly how much cheese? Measure that with your heart.
Dairy-Free Garlic Bread
- Use Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks in place of butter.
- Omit the parmesan cheese.
- Use gluten and dairy-free french bread, such Schar french baguettes or BFree white baguettes.
For the best results, serve the garlic bread hot and fresh from the oven. Leftover garlic bread can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 1-2 days and rewarmed if needed, either in the oven or microwave.
Leftover garlic butter can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
How To Make Ahead and Freeze
The nice thing about frozen garlic bread was always convenience! You can bring that back with a little prep! The garlic butter spread makes enough for about two full-sized loaves of bread, so you can make some for dinner tonight and freeze any remaining garlic bread for later use.
- Prepare the bread as instructed up until the point of baking.
- Freeze the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid.
- Remove the frozen slices and place them in a freezer safe container or ziploc bag.
- Keep frozen until ready to bake.
- Bake as instructed, adding a few minutes to the time, if needed.
Top Recipe Tips
- Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature! If it's too cold, it will be hard to mix in the garlic, herbs, and parmesan cheese.
- Use fresh garlic for the most flavor or roasted garlic for a lighter garlic flavor.
- Don't use garlic salt! Garlic salt will make the bread way too salty. You can use garlic powder in a pinch!
- You can slice the bread lengthwise if you prefer, but I like to cut the bread crosswise. This way you don't have to slice it again after it bakes while it's so hot and harder to handle. Plus, it's easier to freeze individual slices and pull out one or two at a time as needed.
I hope you enjoy this easy garlic bread recipe! It has perfect texture, crispy edges and soft centers, and has great garlic flavor! Serve this savory side dish with any of your favorite pasta dishes and don't forget to freeze some for even easier garlic bread later on!
Gluten-Free Garlic Bread
- 2 loaves gluten-free french baguettes, about 12 ounces, or other gluten-free bread of choice
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon freshly minced garlic, about 3 cloves, or ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, or ½ Tablespoon each chopped fresh basil and oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley, or 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- In a small bowl, stir together the softened butter, parmesan cheese, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper.
- Spread about 1 tablespoon of butter onto each slice of bread.
- Place bread slices, butter side up, onto prepared baking pan.
- Bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, or until warm and golden brown around the edges.
No, New York Bakery Texas toast contains gluten. The bread is made with wheat flour. New York Bakery does not make a gluten-free garlic bread.
No, Coles garlic bread is not gluten-free. It is made with wheat flour. Cole's does not make gluten-free garlic bread.
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