Air Fryer Garlic Bread

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Air Fryer Garlic Bread is a simple combination of fluffy French bread, butter, and garlic that turns out to be perfectly crispy and unexpectedly heavenly.

Garlic bread

We all know that crispy garlic bread makes a perfect snack or side dish for dinner. We often make it in the oven, but I have to say that the air fryer actually does an even better job of getting the outside nice and crisp while keeping the inside of the bread super soft.

You can make it in a small loaf or as individual slices, as we’ve done in this recipe. It takes under 5 minutes to toast the slices to perfection.

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Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for garlic bread
  • Butter – I always use salted butter to give the bread even more flavor. Be sure to set it out in advance so that it can soften.
  • Garlic – Always use fresh garlic that hasn’t been kept in the refrigerator for too long. This has the best flavor and no bitterness that comes from older garlic.
  • Parmesan cheese – Be sure to use a good quality Parmesan for this dish. I like to shred my own from a block of cheese, but you can use a pre-shredded version.
  • Basil and parsley – These herbs combined with the butter and garlic add great flavor to the bread. You can use fresh or dried – whatever you have available.
  • Baguette – Fresh soft and crunchy bread will yield the best result. This recipe makes about half of a baguette, in 1/4″ slices. To make the whole baguette, double the spread ingredients.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
Garlic bread

Helpful Tips

  • If you didn’t take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften, you can quickly microwave to soften it, making it easier to spread on the bread.
  • Don’t add too many slices of baguette to the air fryer; you need it to be evenly toasted. Put in only as many slices as you can fit in the basket in one layer. It’s quick to make, so you can always make it in batches.
  • You can be creative by customizing the garlic bread to your preference. Add more cheese or garlic or anything that works for you.
  • This recipe assumes you are not preheating your air fryer. However, if you’re making two or more batches, the air fryer will naturally be preheated for the 2nd batch, so you might find that you need a minute or two less cooking time for all batches after the first one.

Oven Directions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

Follow the directions below until you get to the point of adding it to the air fryer. Stack the bread, wrap it in tinfoil and place it on a baking sheet. Place it in a preheated oven at 375°F(190°C) for 10 minutes or until the bread is warm and the butter is melted.

Open the tinfoil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until it is golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

Garlic bread

Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Air Fryer Garlic Bread is a simple combination of fluffy French bread, butter, and garlic that turns out to be perfectly crispy and unexpectedly heavenly.
5 from 62 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 210 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup (57 g) salted butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon (1 g) dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon (0.1 g) dried parsley
  • 1/2 long baguette sliced

Instructions
 

  • Slice the baguette into slices 1/2 in thick.
  • Mix together the butter, garlic, Parmesan, basil, and parsley. Spread it onto each piece of baguette, top and bottom.
  • Place the bread in the air fryer in a single layer.
  • Air fry at 350° F for 4-5 minutes, until your desired crispiness.
  • Remove from the air fryer and serve warm.

Notes

  • If you didn’t take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften, you can quickly microwave to soften it, making it easier to spread on the bread.
  • Don’t add too many slices of baguette to the air fryer; you need it to be evenly toasted. Put in only as many slices as you can fit in the basket in one layer. It’s quick to make, so you can always make it in batches.
  • You can be creative by customizing the garlic bread to your preference. Add more cheese or garlic or anything that works for you.
  • This recipe assumes you are not preheating your air fryer. However, if you’re making two or more batches, the air fryer will naturally be preheated for the 2nd batch, so you might find that you need a minute or two less cooking time for all batches after the first one.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 385mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 406IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bread, Butter, garlic
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What Type of Bread to Use

The best bread to use for air fryer garlic bread is a firm crusty bread such as Italian or French baguette or sourdough baguette. This recipe will make half of a long baguette. To make the whole baguette, just double the butter mixture.

baguette

Why use a baguette? Since the air fryer basket is pretty small, it’s best to use a baguette that can be sliced into many small slices. You can then toast up to 8 or 10 slices at once.

You can use a full loaf of French or Italian bread, if you want. If you slice it, the slices will be bigger and it’s hard to fit more than 2-3 slices at once in the air fryer. If you want to toast it in a chunk, that’s fine too.

Substitutions

  • Mozzarella cheese could be used to top the bread instead of parmesan cheese. Don’t add it to the butter mixture, just put it on top of the bread after you’ve arranged the slices in the air fryer.
  • Dried oregano, thyme, or tarragon could serve as a substitute for dried basil or parsley.
  • If you want to make full-sized French bread, you can. You just don’t want to overlap the bread in the air fryer if you can avoid it. You can also cut a chunk of bread that will fit in the air fryer, slicing only partway through each slice, butter each slice, and air fryer the whole chunk at once, rather than in slices.

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