Amazing Air Fryer Garlic Bread

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If you want the best air fryer garlic bread, this is the recipe for you. It’s made from sliced French baguette generously spread with a rich garlic butter mixture.

You can even choose to top your garlic bread with shredded cheese such as Parmesan. No matter how you like it, this garlic bread won’t last long once it’s out of the air fryer!

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Air fryer garlic bread – easy to make and dangerously garlicky!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make garlic bread in the air fryer, be sure to read through these recipe tips so you know what to expect:

  • We like cutting our baguette into thicker slices that have some crunch but also a little softness on the inside. Others like thinner slices so that the whole bread is air toasted to a crisp. Try both and see which version you like.
  • If you don’t have a baguette on hand, you can also use slices of French bread instead.
  • Don’t skimp on the garlic butter on top of the bread when you spread it – it will make a difference in taste. Also, make sure that the butter is spread all the way to the edges for even coverage.
  • Instead of Italian seasoning you can also chop up some fresh parsley or other herbs and add them in.
  • Garlic can turn brown quite quickly towards the end, so be sure to keep an eye on your bread in the air fryer. You want to avoid burning the garlic on top or else it will taste bitter. (Psst. We made air fryer roasted garlic and it’s awesome…)
  • Cheese on garlic bread is very optional. Some people love it, others enjoy just a classic crispy bread with garlic butter and nothing else. We usually sprinkle some grated parmesan on about half of the slices since there’s no difference in cooking time.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you want to see the step-by-step visuals for how to make air fryer garlic bread, you can have a lok at this section.

Otherwise, feel free to skip to the bottom of this post for the detailed recipe card!

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Mix the garlic butter.

First, peel the garlic, then mince/chop it really small. Add the soft butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning to a small bowl and mix everything together.

If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can also chop up some fresh parsley or other herbs and add them in.

slices of french baguette on wooden cutting board with loaf behind
Cut the bread.

Cut the French baguette into slices, approximately 1 inch thick. You can cut the slices diagonally for a bigger surface if you prefer.

If you don’t like baguette or don’t have any at home, feel free to use 4 slices of French bread instead.

garlic butter spread thick on slices of bread on wooden cutting board
Spread the bread with garlic butter.

Spread the butter mix onto the slices of French baguette or bread. The butter-garlic mix should be generously applied and all the way to the edges.

Sprinkle the buttered bread with salt and pepper to taste.

garlic bread on wooden cutting board some with shredded cheese on top
Add grated cheese.

You can also sprinkle the garlic bread with some grated parmesan if desired.

uncooked garlic bread in black air fryer tray
Place the bread into the hot air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

When hot, add in the slices of baguette/bread. The pieces should not be touching. If you can’t fit all of the slices into your air fryer, air fry the garlic bread in two rounds.

toasted garlic bread in black air fryer tray
Cook the garlic bread.

Cook the garlic bread for 4-5 minutes or until it has reached the desired level of crispiness (just make sure that the garlic doesn’t get too dark since this can make it bitter).

Every air fryer is slightly different, so cook time can vary. Enjoy!

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Our air fried garlic bread was honestly amazing…

Storage Tips

When you air fry garlic bread, it’s best enjoyed hot and fresh. You should really plan to only make what you will consume because once the garlic bread gets cold it will tend to get a little soggy from moisture.

It’s definitely still edible, but certainly not as good as when it’s fresh and warm!

What to Serve Air Fryer Garlic Bread With

Air fried garlic bread – as an Italian-American invention – is best served with Italian and/or tomato-based dishes.

We always love garlic bread with spaghetti and meat sauce, lasagna, ravioli, tortellini, and all different kinds of cheesy pastas.

Generally speaking, the garlic flavor and the crunch of the bread compliment softer and creamy pasta dishes very well.

Related Recipes

For more great air fryer recipes that involve delicious bread, check out these classic eats:

pieces of garlic bread sitting on grey plate

Air Fryer Garlic Bread

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

Air Fryer Garlic Bread is absolutely delicious. Perfectly golden brown and smothered in butter and garlic, this east-to-make classic is a great dinner addition - and is even better with Parmesan cheese!

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of French baguette, approximately 1 inch thick (or 4 slices of French bread)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, soft
  • 3 medium-sized garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • grated parmesan (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel the garlic, then mince/chop it really small.
  2. Add the soft butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning to a small bowl and mix everything together.
  3. Spread the butter mix onto the slices of French baguette or bread. The butter-garlic mix should be generously applied and all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the buttered bread with salt and pepper to taste. You can also sprinkle the garlic bread with some grated parmesan if desired.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. When hot, add in the slices of baguette/bread. The pieces should not be touching. If you can't fit all of the slices into your air fryer, air fry the garlic bread in two rounds.
  6. Cook the garlic bread for 4-5 minutes or until it has reached the desired level of crispiness (just make sure that the garlic doesn't get too dark since this can make it bitter). Every air fryer is slightly different, so cook time can vary. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Garlic bread has a tendency to brown very quickly towards the end. Keep a close eye on your garlic bread when making it for the first time since cook time can vary from air fryer to air fryer.
  • As mentioned, browning/burning the garlic on top can make it taste very bitter so don't overcook your garlic bread.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 599Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1258mgCarbohydrates: 95gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 20g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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