Air Fryer Garlic Bread {+crisp & cheesy!}

buttery garlic bread with parsley

Can you air fry garlic bread?

Yes, and let me tell you- it’s the easiest recipe. Let’s face it- homemade garlic bread is so much better than the packaged, frozen garlic bread. I often make this garlic bread and breakfast bagel bites in my air fryer.

This is my family’s favorite side dish and I serve it with everything from spaghetti to salads.

ingredients for garlic bread
garlic + olive oil + baguette + parsley + mozzarella

Recommended ingredients for garlic bread

I recommend the following ingredients for air frying garlic bread:

  • French baguette or rustic Italian bread
  • 4 cloves freshly minced garlic (or 4 tbsp. canned)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • olive oil or melted butter
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Steps for air fryer garlic bread

  1. slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices
  2. apply paste to both sides (+ optional cheese on one side)
  3. air fry
prepping garlic bread for the air fryer
use fresh or pre-minced garlic

How long to air fry garlic bread

You do not need to pre-heat your air fryer for this recipe. Just add your bread and air fry at 350°F for about 5-7 minutes, although I recommend checking after 4-5 minutes.

The cheese tends to cook fairly fast in an air fryer, so it’s best to keep check every minute or two, especially after 5 minutes.

cheese blend for garlic bread
add Italian seasoning to your cheese for extra flavor

Best cheese for homemade garlic bread

For cheesy air fryer garlic bread, I used ½ cup mozzarella and ½ cup finely shaved fresh parmesan cheese blend.

You can find a pre-shredded Italian cheese blends in the dairy section of your local grocery store.

garlic bread slices stacked on top of one another with parsley on top
fresh parsley is the best

Can I freeze this garlic bread?

To freeze: use a sharp knife cut the French bread into 1-inch thick slices (about a dozen or so total).  Spread about 1 tablespoon of garlic paste over the each.

Place the slices on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden up. Transfer each slice of the garlic bread to a gallon-sized freezer bag once it has solidified.

pieces of garlic bread lying on a plate
1/2 inch slices work best

How to air fry garlic bread from frozen

Cook frozen garlic bread beginning at 325°F for approximately 3 minutes, then 350°F for an additional 3 minutes.

close up of garlic bread with cheese and Italian seasoning blend

How to prevent garlic bread from burning

Air fryer cook times vary, depending on manufacturer, size and type. To be on the safe side, I recommend checking on your bread at the 4-5 minute mark.

You may also wrap your bread with aluminum foil to prevent burning or flip halfway through, adding more garlic-butter or cheese to the other side.

Note: do not add cheese to both sides, only the top or after flipping halfway through.

buttery toasted air fryer garlic bread

FAQ

How long will garlic bread keep?

Store in a refrigerated, air-tight container for up to 3 days after cooking. Alternatively, you may freeze for up to a month in a tightly sealed freezer bag.

Substitutions for parsley?

If you do not have fresh parsley on hand, I recommend Italian seasoning blend.

piece of garlic bread with seasonings and parsley

Serving suggestions for garlic bread:

Garlic bread pizzas– Add pepperoni slices, cheese, then air fry. Dip in pizza sauce.

Meatball sub– slice an oval into the top of your baguette, air fry, then top with your favorite meatballs.

air fryer buttery garlic bread with parsley

Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Make this easy air fryer garlic bread with a baguette, olive oil, garlic and parsley. The perfect side for any meal, especially with pasta, spaghetti or lasagna!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 280 kcal

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup olive oil or melted butter
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced or 4 tbsp pre-minced canned garlic
  • 4 tbsp parsley chopped
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese optional
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese optional
  • 2 tbsp Italian spices optional
  • ½ French baguette or rustic Italian bread loaf

Instructions
 

  • Slice baguette into ½ inch pieces. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix garlic, oil (or butter), and parsley. Spread onto bread using a kitchen brush.
  • Optional: add cheeses and Italian herbs to a bowl and mix. Add to top garlic bread.
  • Add bread slices to air fryer and cook at 350°F for 4-5 minutes, then an additional 2-3 minutes as necessary- be sure to check on bread after about 4 minutes, then every 2 minutes thereafter.

Cook from frozen

  • Cook frozen garlic bread beginning at 325°F for approximately 3 minutes, then 350°F for an additional 3 minutes. Check frequently.

Notes

Recipe notes:
Store in a refrigerated, air-tight container for up to 3 days after cooking. Alternatively, you may freeze for up to a month in a tightly sealed freezer bag.
To freeze: use a sharp knife cut the French bread into 1-inch thick slices (about a dozen or so total).  Spread about 1 tablespoon of garlic paste over the each.
Place the slices on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden up. Transfer each slice of the garlic bread to a gallon-sized freezer bag once it has solidified.
Cook frozen garlic bread beginning at 325°F for approximately 3 minutes, then 350°F for an additional 3 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 7gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 322mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 353IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 170mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, Easy, garlic bread, Italian, pasta side, side dish
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