Savory homemade freezer garlic bread is easy to make ahead of time so you always have the perfect side dish on hand! Plus, it's made with simple pantry ingredients (that you probably already have). Making your own frozen garlic bread takes less time than running out to the store!
Why make frozen garlic bread
✔️ This easy recipe tastes better than store-bought garlic bread and is an easy way to preserve a loaf about to go stale.
✔️ You can prep batches of cheesy garlic bread and store them in the freezer until you need an easy, quick side dish. Then, just heat and serve!
✔️ There are plenty of ways to reheat frozen bread to crispy, buttery, golden brown perfection—use the air fryer, oven, grill, and more!
Please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for the exact measurements.
- parmesan cheese
- dried Italian seasoning
- French baguette
This is an overview, for detailed instructions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Slice a loaf of French bread down the center, length-wise.
- Combine the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl. Spread the garlic butter mixture on each cut side of the bread.
- Sandwich the bread together again, garlic spread facing in.
- Wrap the baguette with aluminum foil and freeze.
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Sure thing, that's a great swap! If you're not so much a fan of peeling and mincing garlic, or you're just trying to save some time, a teaspoon of garlic powder will do the trick.
Nope, no cooking is necessary! Simply assemble, wrap, and freeze the delicious garlic bread until you're ready to enjoy it. Then, at that point, you'll bake or heat it up according to the instructions below.
Yep, and that's why this is an extra easy snack! Simply pull the frozen, foil-wrapped baguette out of the freezer and pop it straight into the oven. You don't even have to thaw it if you don't want to.
Good question. By keeping the halves together while baking, you'll end up with softer garlic bread. If you don't like a soft center, unwrap and separate the halves after baking and lay them in a single layer, butter side up. Broil until they're toasted to your personal preference.
Generally, no—sorry! A toaster oven works fine, since you can place the garlic butter spread facing up. However, the garlicky, cheesy topping can fall off in a normal toaster and start to burn!
Test kitchen tips
- Choose your bread carefully. Though you can use any type of bread, try to pick a thicker baguette. The thin ones get crispier more quickly.
- Softened butter is easiest to mix and spread. If you forget to pull it out in advance, you can use the 50% power setting on your microwave.
- Minced garlic works, too. If you don't want to fuss with peeling and mincing your own garlic, feel free to use the easy stuff!
- Swap the seasoning. Run out of Italian seasoning? No worries! Use any dried herbs you have, like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and parsley.
- Cut safely! A serrated knife works best for slicing fresh bread.
- Don't skimp on the spread. This homemade garlic bread recipe is best when you make sure to spread the garlic butter from edge to edge!
- Make easy, cheesy garlic bread. After adding the garlic butter, sprinkle on more of your favorite cheese for extra cheesy bread. In addition to the parmesan cheese, we love cheddar, gouda, or mozzarella cheese.
- Like extra crispy edges? Open up the foil while the bread bakes.
- Lay the foil-wrapped bread on a baking sheet while baking it. That way, if any butter happens to leak out, it won't drip on the oven floor!
- Portion out individual garlic toasts. Cut the baguette into thick slices and spread the garlic butter on each (like shown in the photo above.) Then, from frozen, you can pull out one or two slices of garlic bread anytime you want, rather than the whole baguette.
- Ditch the oven—make air fryer garlic bread! Preheat to 350 degrees F. Place the slices in the air fryer basket and cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Grilled garlic bread is just as good. Cooking on the grill and don't want to turn on the oven? Place the foil-wrapped bread onto your grill and cook for 10-12 minutes. You can also place the unwrapped slices of bread butter-side-down on the grill and cook for about three minutes.
Refrigerate—This is the best frozen garlic bread for a reason! In fact, refrigerating bread tends to dry it out, so keep it in the freezer 'til you're ready to bake it. You can keep leftover garlic bread at room temperature in an airtight container for a day or two.
Freezer—Whether unbaked or leftover, you can keep homemade bread in the freezer for about three months. Just be sure to wrap it tightly before storage. It's always a good idea to use foil and a layer of plastic wrap to preserve its delicious buttery, garlicky flavors!
Reheat—Reheating easy garlic bread is just as simple as making it. To warm your leftover bread, use the air fryer, oven, or grill as mentioned in the recipe card or "Deb's Tips" section. However, you'll want to keep the bread wrapped in foil and cook it just until it's warmed.
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Frozen Garlic Bread Recipe
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 4-6 cloves garlic minced
- ¾ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 French baguette sliced
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- Slice the baguette in half lengthwise. Lay the two halves of the bread loaf on a large piece of aluminum foil.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.
- Spread the garlic butter in a thick layer over each cut side of the bread.
- Put the two halves back together and wrap well with foil. Store it in the freezer for later use. This is also a great time to portion the bread into servings for smaller families. Just be sure to wrap it well.
- Bake, thawed, 25 minutes at 375 °. If frozen, add 10-15 minutes to your baking time.
- Optional - Before serving, remove the foil and open the bread, laying it flat on a baking sheet. Place under the broiler for one to two minutes for the top of the bread to get crispy.