If you love garlic bread, you’ll love this easy Air Fryer Garlic Bread recipe. I recently discovered that you can make garlic bread in the air fryer, and it takes less than 5 minutes! And, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already! It’s become one of my air fryer favorites.
The air fryer gives it a crispy crust but leaves the inside soft and chewy. I mean, who doesn’t love homemade garlic bread? It can go with just about any dish, making it very versatile.
Can an air fryer toast bread?
Yes, you can toast bread in an air fryer! Air fryers are just countertop convection ovens that can do much of the same things that a regular oven can. So if you’re looking for an easy way to impress your family, try making this garlic bread. It’s super flavorful with just the right amount of garlic kick. The recipe is simple enough that anyone can make it! It will become a staple in your kitchen.
Butter: The butter should be softened in advance. If you forget, that’s okay. Melting the butter in order to spread it isn’t a big deal since it just gets melted in the air fryer anyway.
Garlic: I go with about 4-5 cloves, and I’m a garlic person. Adjust this to your taste and liking. Fresh garlic cloves are best, the recipe just isn’t as good using only garlic powder.
Fresh herbs: I used fresh rosemary because that is what I had in my garden. You could also use fresh parsley or basil. In a pinch, dried Italian seasoning would suffice.
Parmesan cheese: Cheese makes everything better. Opt for freshly grated if you can for the most flavor. I also like to sprinkle a little extra after the bread comes out of the air fryer.
French baguette: You could use any crusty, fresh bread for garlic bread. An Italian loaf is also a good choice, but the baguette is always my favorite. If you want to use Italian bread, I recommend something like ciabatta bread.
How to make Air Fryer Garlic Bread
If you can make toast, you can make air fryer garlic bread. I cut the loaf of bread into my desired-sized slices. Then put together the homemade garlic butter by combining room temperature butter, garlic, and my favorite herbs in a small bowl. Then divide the garlic butter mixture amongst the slices of bread. Preheat the air fryer oven to 375 degrees and arrange the bread in a single layer in your air fryer basket or tray. Bake for about 3-4 minutes. If you don’t want to worry about preheating, you can just go with about 5 minutes or until golden brown and toasty.
What to serve with Air Fryer Garlic Bread
Honestly, I would eat anything with cheesy garlic bread, but I would first suggest this Instant Pot Marinara Sauce – you can dunk it in the tomato sauce or you can serve on the side of classic spaghetti and meatballs. One of my favorite meatball recipes is Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs and Chicken Marsala Meatballs. If you’re vegetarian or like plant-based meals, it would also be great with White Bean Vegetarian Ravioli.
Air Fryer Garlic Bread is especially good for any meal that includes sopping up the sauce with bread. My Instant Pot Swiss Steak has a tomato gravy that is just perfect for dunking. Other great options are Lemon Chicken with Spaghetti Squash or Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings.
I know garlic bread is not the most glamorous dish in the world, but it sure is a favorite in my house. The smell of fresh garlic baking in the oven will fill your house with a wonderful aroma that tells everyone there’s something yummy coming their way.
How to store leftover garlic bread
I don’t generally have that problem, but if you have any leftovers you can keep the bread slices in an airtight container for a day or two. To bring the bread back to life, simply repeat the same air fryer temperature and time. However, you may find that the bread goes stale before a day or two depending on the freshness of your bread.
If you do end up with stale bread, you can break it into pieces and toast it again in the air fryer to make homemade croutons.
Can you make air fryer frozen garlic bread?
Absolutely! After you smear the garlic butter on each slice, you would simply wrap each slice in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil and place it in a freezer bag. Make sure to get as much air out of the bag as possible. Then you would follow the directions in the next section for heating up the garlic bread.
You can keep homemade garlic bread in the freezer for up to 6 months. If you go past that, it’s not going to make you sick, but the texture and quality will not be nearly as good. For best results, try to eat within 3 months.
How long do you air fry frozen garlic bread? [Homemade and Store-Bought]
These directions would apply to both frozen homemade garlic bread and store-bought garlic bread (aka “Texas Toast” type). Air frying frozen bread just requires a little bit longer in the air fryer. Typically it is a little more than double the amount of time, so about 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees. You don’t need to flip halfway through unless you are skipping the cheese or buying the non-cheesy type at the grocery store. You don’t want the cheese to stick to your air fryer basket, but it’s not 100% necessary to flip with either type of garlic bread.
Easy Air Fryer Garlic Bread
- 4 tablespoons softened salted butter
- 4-5 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh herbs
- ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
- 1 medium French baguette
- Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Slice the baguette into desired-sized slices.
- Combine the butter, garlic, fresh herbs, and cheese together making a compound butter. Spread the herb and garlic butter on each slice.
- Arrange slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray and bake for 3-4 minutes or until your desired level of toastiness. Serve immediately.
- Keep garlic bread in an airtight container for 1-2 days. To rewarm, simply repeat the same air fryer temperature and time as a recipe.
- If bread has gone stale, use as croutons or crush in a food processor to make breadcrumbs.
- Wrap each slice in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil and place in a freezer bag. Make sure to get as much as out of the bag as possible. You can do this with the slices of bread right after you butter them or you can do it after you toast the bread.
- You can keep homemade garlic bread in the freezer for up to 6 months, but the quality is best within 3 months.
How to make air fryer garlic bread from frozen:
- Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F and cook for 7-8 minutes.
- Optional: if your garlic bread doesn't include cheese, flip halfway through the time.
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