How to make Frozen Garlic Bread

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Discover the joy of homemade frozen garlic bread with this simple recipe that takes store bought bakery bread to new heights by infusing it with the irresistible flavors of garlic, butter, and Parmesan cheese, allowing you to enjoy the convenience of freezer ready garlic bread whenever those carb cravings strike.

Homemade Garlic Bread

Get ready to take your bread game to the next level with this amazing recipe for the best frozen garlic bread. Using a grocery store loaf of Italian bread or French bread as the base, you can create a freezer-friendly treat that will taste much better than store-bought garlic bread.  Whether you prefer to freeze the bread before baking or prefer to freeze it after baking, this recipe gives you the flexibility to have delicious garlic bread at your fingertips whenever you need it. Perfect for busy weeknights, and an easy side dish for all your pasta dishes. These frozen garlic bread slices will become a beloved staple in your freezer. 

The best garlic bread has a crispy exterior and a soft, garlicky interior that will transport you straight to a New York bakery. Pair it with your favorite pasta dish, serve it as a side to a hearty soup, or enjoy it as a standalone snack. With this easy reheating method, you can enjoy the irresistible goodness of homemade frozen garlic bread anytime, with minimal effort.

 As the homemade garlic bread bakes, an alluring fragrance fills the air, teasing your senses with the enticing blend of garlic, butter, and Parmesan cheese. The delightful aroma will make your mouth water and have you eagerly anticipating the moment you can sink your teeth into a warm, flavorful slice. If that sentence doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • EASY – Make your own garlic bread with a few simple steps.
  • KID FAVORITE -These slices of garlic bread please even the pickiest eaters!
  • BUDGET SAVER – You’ll save money by making your own and skipping the garlic toast in the store.

Ingredients you’ll need:


  • Salted butter
  • Granulated garlic powder (you can use fresh garlic also)
  • Dried parsley
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Loaf of sliced Italian bread 

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Slice the bread loaf in half, lengthwise; set aside.

Step 2: In a bowl combine the softened butter, garlic powder, parsley, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Mix well.

Step 3: Spread mixture evenly on each slice of the Italian Bread. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

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Frequently Asked Questions for this Homemade Garlic Bread recipe:

  1. Can I use a different type of bread? Yes, you can use different bread varieties such as a loaf of French bread,  sandwich bread or even hamburger buns.
  2. Can I adjust the amount of garlic? Certainly! If you prefer a stronger or milder garlic flavor, feel free to adjust the amount of garlic used in the recipe. You can add more or less based on your personal taste preferences.
  3. Can I add other herbs or spices to the garlic butter? Absolutely! The recipe provides a basic garlic butter mixture, but you can customize it by adding your favorite herbs and spices. A good idea would be to add some basil, oregano, or even a dash of red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  4. Can I make garlic bread without an oven? While the traditional method involves baking in an oven, you can still enjoy garlic bread without one. You can use a toaster oven or an air fryer to toast the bread with the garlic butter mixture.
    1. If you’d like to make air fryer garlic bread, place the bread slices in a single layer inside the air fryer basket. Adjust the cooking time accordingly and monitor closely to achieve the desired level of crispness.
  5. Can I make garlic bread using pre-sliced bread? Yes, you can use pre-sliced loaf of bread from the grocery store. Simply spread the garlic butter mixture on each slice and proceed with the baking instructions.
  6. How do I get softer bread? If you prefer softer garlic bread, cover the cookie sheet with foil. After spreading the garlic butter mixture on the bread, you can cover it loosely with aluminum foil before baking. The foil will trap moisture and create a steamy environment, resulting in softer bread. You can also do a shorter baking time. Reduce the baking time slightly. I would bake for 5-7 minutes. Keep a close eye on the bread while it’s in the oven. This will prevent the bread from becoming too crispy and maintain a softer texture.
  7. How to store any leftovers: Store in airtight containers or Ziplock freezer bags.

Freezing and Reheating Garlic Bread:

Freezing Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Garlic Bread: Follow the recipe instructions up until baking. This means you’ll have prepared the butter and cheese mixture and spread it evenly on the Italian bread slices.
  2. Wrap for Freezing: Wrap each prepared bread slice individually in plastic wrap. This helps prevent freezer burn and preserves the flavors.
  3. Place in Freezer Bag: Place the wrapped bread slices in a resealable freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Make sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing.
  4. Label and Date: Clearly label the bag with the date of freezing and a description of the contents. This will help you keep track of storage times.

Freezing Tips:

  • If you have a vacuum sealer, it’s an excellent way to remove air from the packaging, ensuring the bread stays fresh during freezing.
  • Freeze the bread as soon as possible after preparing to maintain the best quality.

Reheating Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven: When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen garlic cheese bread, preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Unwrap Bread: Remove the desired number of bread slices from the freezer. Unwrap them from the plastic wrap.
  3. Reheat in Oven: Place the unwrapped bread slices on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Check and Serve: Keep an eye on the bread slices as they reheat. You’re looking for them to be heated through and the cheese to be melted and bubbly. Once they’re golden brown and delicious, they’re ready to be served.

Reheating Tips:

  • Reheating time may vary slightly depending on the thickness of the bread slices and your oven’s performance.
  • For a slightly softer texture, you can wrap the bread slices in aluminum foil before reheating. Just be aware that this might reduce the crispiness of the exterior.


  1. French Bread or Baguette: Instead of using a loaf of Italian bread, you can use a French bread or baguette. Slice it lengthwise or into individual portions for garlic bread.
  2. Sourdough Bread: If you enjoy the tangy flavor of sourdough, you can use a sourdough loaf to make garlic bread. The sourdough’s unique taste will add an interesting and unique flavor.
  3. Ciabatta: Ciabatta bread is known for its soft and airy texture. It’s a great option for garlic bread, as it can hold the garlic butter mixture well and develop a crispy crust when toasted.
  4. Gluten-Free Bread: If you need to make this a gluten free garlic bread, simply use a loaf of gluten free bread, or use different brands of gluten free sliced bread.


  1. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: For a touch of heat, sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes over the cheese for a spicy kick.
  2. Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Chop up some sun-dried tomatoes and scatter them over the cheese before baking. They add a savory and slightly tangy element to the garlic bread.
  3. Caramelized Onions: Sauté some thinly sliced onions until golden and caramelized. Spread them over the garlic butter before adding the cheese for an added depth of flavor.
  4. Fresh Garlic: If you’re a garlic lover, you can finely mince some fresh garlic and sprinkle it over the cheese before baking. It will enhance the garlic flavor and provide a pleasant texture.
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Side Dish Recipes that go well with this garlic bread:

Garlic bread loaf and slices on a brown platter

How to make Frozen Garlic Bread

Using a grocery store loaf of Italian bread or French bread as the base, you can create a freezer-friendly treat that will taste much better than store-bought garlic bread.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Breads
Servings 20 slices
Calories 67 kcal


  • 8 Tbsp Salt butter softened
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Granulated garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread 14 ounce


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Slice the bread loaf in half, lengthwise.
  • In a bowl, combine the softened butter, garlic powder, parsley, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Mx well.
  • Spread mixture evenly on each slice of the Italian bread. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and cheese is melted.


Calories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 0.001gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 199IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 0.04mg
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  1. Thanks for the recipe. I will try it. I’m sure it is delicious. But I see instructions for preparing it, baking it, and freezing leftovers if desired. However, I don’t see how to re-heat my bread if I have chosen to freeze it for future use, which was the point of the recipe. Are there separate instructions for re-heating the frozen bread? Should I prepare the bread and freeze it, then bake when I take it out of the freezer? Please add that information. Thanks.

  2. This recipe is perfect for when we cook warm meals in the winter time. I am excited to try it! Thank you!

  3. We eat LOTS of garlic bread in our house. Making up a bunch ahead of time and freezing it is a GREAT tip! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow this looks mouth watering. Cant wait to make this with some spaghetti and meatballs! Yeah!

  5. 5 stars
    There are just two of us, so we waste so much money either buying frozen garlic bread or making our own and having so much left over that we don’t eat. Thanks for this easy solution.

  6. 5 stars
    Such a simple and delicious recipe. There is not much better than a freshly baked loaf of garlic bread to serve with dinner!

  7. Can’t wait to try this! I’ve been wondering how the stores and restaurants make such good bread….excited to make it for my family 🙂

  8. I always make garlic bread out of plain sandwich bread, but this recipe looks incredible and I’m going to start making mine this way. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I hope you like this recipe! I’ve made garlic bread out of sandwich bread plenty of times! Use up what you’ve got on hand!!

  9. Garlic bread is the best! My family loves it and it’s a must when we have spaghetti or chicken parmesan for dinner. I love the idea of making it ahead of time and tucking it into the freezer. I will have to do this so we always have some garlic bread to enjoy.

  10. This is such a great idea and your pictures are mouthwatering! My family is gluten-free and I am excited to try your recipe with gluten-free bread!

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