Air Fryer Garlic Bread is an easy recipe that's ready in minutes! Perfect side dish for pastas, soups, stir fry recipes, and more.
Garlic bread is on the list of Go To side dishes that our whole family loves. The crunchy crusty bread topped with buttery garlic spread is irresistible!
If you're looking for an easy way to make it, try this Air Fryer Garlic Bread recipe. It's quickly becoming our family's favorite way to make garlic bread!
🌟 Why this recipe works
If you try this recipe, I think you and your family will love it too!
- It's an easy side dish to make. Just three simple steps and you're done!
- This is a fast recipe. You can make this in less than 10 minutes.
- It calls for simple ingredients that are pantry staples.
🛒 Ingredient notes
Bread - I've found that French bread is the best bread for garlic bread. It's soft and pillowy on the inside with a nice crust.You can either buy a whole French loaf and slice it, or buy sliced bread. It also gives you nicely sized garlic bread pieces.
You can also use a French baguette, which will give you smaller slices, or an Italian bread like Ciabatta. Really, you can use almost any bread for this recipe!
Butter - For the best results, use unsalted butter that is softened at room temperature. This means taking the butter out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you are ready to make the garlic bread. It's soft enough that when you press into the butter with a finger it easily leaves an indentation. See our FAQ section below for ways to soften butter.
Herbs and aromatics - All this bread needs is some minced fresh garlic and fresh parsley to add the best flavor. You can also use Italian seasoning if you'd like.
Cheese - You can use grated parmesan cheese or your favorite dairy-free parmesan.
Optional: If you want super cheesy bread, air fry according to the directions below. Then add shredded mozzarella cheese on top and air fry time for a second time for 30 seconds to one minute. Add just enough cheese to cover the top in a thin layer -- don't overdo it or the cheese can burn.
✅ Step-by-step instructions
Full instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here's a quick visual step-by-step guide for making the best garlic bread.
If you would like, you can lightly spray some olive oil onto the air fryer basket or tray, but I have found it's usually not necessary.
If you have a whole loaf of bread, be sure to slice it into thick slices first. One loaf of French bread usually yields about 8 slices.
- In a small or medium bowl, mix together the softened butter, parmesan, chopped parsley, and minced garlic until everything is well mixed.
2. Spread the garlic butter mixture over one side of each slice of bread.
3. Place slices in a single layer in an air fryer basket or tray, then air fry at 350°F for 2-3 minutes, just until the edges are golden brown.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
French bread is best, but you can also use a baguette, Ciabatta bread, or almost any thick bread for this recipe.
This simple recipe has a base cook time of 2-3 minutes. Because every air fryer is different, some will cook faster than others. Start with 2-3 minutes, and if the bread is not done to your liking, air fry again for 2-3 more minutes. Be sure to check the bread in 30-second increments because it can go from lightly toasted to burnt fairly quickly!
This bread is best eaten right after it's air fried, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3-4 days. Be sure to let the bread cool at room temperature before storing.
Buttery garlic bread that's a day or two old makes the best croutons and breadcrumbs!
🍽 Serving ideas
This easy air fryer recipe is the perfect side dish for so many meals!
Pair it with any number of pasta dishes. For comfort food family dinner, serve it with some reader favorite recipes like Creamy Ground Beef Pasta, Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef, Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs, or Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta (Dairy-Free).
For a date night in, serve this delicious garlic bread with a luxurious seafood dish. Try our Risotto with Prawns, Lobster Pasta, Air Fryer Lobster Tails, or Seafood Paella.
Garlic bread is also great to serve alongside soup, like our Chicken Minestrone Soup, Slow Cooker Meatball Soup, Chicken Minestrone Soup, or One-Pot Lasagna Soup.
🍳 Kitchen tools and equipment
Ready to make this recipe? Here are the kitchen tools and equipment you'll need:
Knife and cutting board - use a serrated knife to slice the bread on a large sturdy cutting board.
Bowl - you'll need a small bowl or a medium bowl and a whisk or a fork to mix together the garlic butter spread.
Air fryer - You can make this garlic bread in any air fryer, but may need to work in several batches depending on the size of your air fryer. Remember that every air fryer is different; some will require more cook time than others. We make this air fryer in our Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker/Air Fryer and in our Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer. Garlic bread takes a few minutes of extra cooking time in the Dual Zone Air Fryer compared to other air fryers.
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Air Fryer Garlic Bread
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 8 slices French bread
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, parmesan, garlic cloves, and chopped fresh parsley.
- Brush each slice of garlic bread with the butter mixture.
- Air fry at 350°F for 2-3 minutes.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
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