How to Make Garlic Bread Using Olive Oil & Fresh Garlic

Few things are more delicious than crusty, fresh toasted garlic bread with spaghetti. Grocery stores sell a variety of pre-made garlic breads, but why buy garlic bread that is filled with artificial preservatives when you can make your own flavorful garlic bread with fresh ingredients. Homemade garlic bread is a snap to make at home, even without using garlic powder or pre-prepared ingredients. Your garlic bread will be healthier and have a brighter, more savory garlic taste that will leave everyone coming back for seconds.

Homemade garlic bread with fresh herbs on a cutting board. Credit: HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images

Step 1

Set your oven to broil and allow it to pre-heat.

Step 2

Peel the garlic cloves, cut off the ends and mince them finely. Set aside the garlic.

Step 3

Chop fresh herbs, such as oregano or parsley, coarsely and set them aside, if you are using them.

Step 4

Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a small saucepan. When the butter is melted, add olive oil and minced garlic to the saucepan and warm for five minutes. For a healthier option, omit the butter and heat the olive oil and garlic by themselves over medium-low heat. Stir in the oregano, parsley or other herbs.

Step 5

Brush the olive oil mixture over each half of the bread.

Step 6

Broil for 30 seconds, or until the bread is golden and toasted on the top.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 loaf fresh crusty French or Italian bread, split

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter (optional)

  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, preferably first cold press

  • 3 to 6 cloves fresh garlic, to taste

  • 2 tbsp. fresh herbs (optional)

  • Cutting board

  • Chef's knife

  • Basting brush


For an extra fiber boost, choose a whole-grain bread.


Watch your bread the entire time it is under the broiler. Garlic bread takes less than a minute to broil and overcooking it will cause it to burn.

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