It’s easy to make homemade gluten-free garlic bread. Start by making garlic butter, and slather it on your favorite gluten-free bread. Then, if you’d like, add cheese. Bake until brown and then it’s time to enjoy!
Gluten-Free Garlic Bread Ingredients and Substitutions.
- Butter. This is a buttery garlic bread. Use softened butter, either salted or unsalted. If you’d like to make dairy-free garlic bread, use a dairy-free buttery spread. Some dairy-free folks even use mayonnaise.
- Garlic. Minced garlic brings the flavor. For the strongest flavor, use freshly minced raw garlic.
- Parsley. Both chopped fresh parsley and dried garlic add a nice flavor to garlic bread. If you don’t have any on hand, don’t worry about it. You can skip it. Or you can use other dried herbs, like basil or a salt-free Italian seasoning blend.
- Pepper. Use black pepper or, for a stronger kick, add a sprinkle of red pepper flake.
- Cheese. Optional. Grated parmesan or grated mozzarella turns this from gluten-free garlic bread to gluten-free cheesy garlic bread.
What’s the best bread for gluten-free garlic bread?
There’s really no “wrong” bread to use. Use whatever gluten-free bread you enjoy. (Both homemade and store-bought gluten-free bread work!) I do suggest avoiding sweet bread, like cinnamon raisin or Hawaiian bread, or richer breads, like brioche and challah. The sweetened breads add a flavor usually not found in garlic bread and rich breads turn out soft, not crispy.
The biggest decision is whether to use rolls or sliced gluten-free bread. Both make fantastic garlic bread. Gluten-free rolls give you a crispy crust and soft interior. Sliced bread tends to be more crispy than soft.
Suggested Bread Types for Gluten-Free Garlic Bread.
- Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls.
- Gluten-Free Ciabatta or French Bread.
- Gluten-Free Sandwich Buns.
- Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns. You read that right. Gluten-free hot dog buns make great garlic bread. They’re larger than wheat-based hot dog buns. Simply split them and top.
- Gluten-Free Hamburger Rolls. If you like your garlic bread on the soft side, use hamburger buns. Split them in half and top with the garlic butter.
- Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread. If using homemade gluten-free sandwich bread, slice the bread into 1/2-inch slices.
How to Make Gluten-Free Garlic Bread.
- Prepare the garlic butter. This gluten-free garlic bread starts with easy-to-make garlic butter. Simply mix together softened butter with minced garlic, parsley, and a little black pepper. You can make this right before you prepare the garlic bread or make it in advance.
- Cut the bread. If you’re using gluten-free rolls or French bread, slice it half lengthwise. (Some gluten-free breads come pre-cut.) To make cutting gluten-free bread easy, use a serrated knife.
- Top with garlic butter. Spread the bread with the garlic butter. This recipe makes enough butter for about 8-ounces of bread. That’s usually one package of pre-made bread or half a loaf of sliced gluten-free bread.
- Add cheese. This step is optional. If you like cheesy garlic bread, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese or grated mozzarella.
- Bake until brown. The baking time varies depending on the type of gluten-free bread you use. Slices take about 8 minutes, while rolls take between 12 and 15 minutes. It’s best to check the garlic bread as it bakes to ensure it doesn’t burn.
- Broil until crispy. For extra crispy bread, broil the garlic bread for a few minutes. Keep your eye on it. Gluten-free garlic bread can go from toasty to burnt pretty quickly.
Making Gluten-Free Garlic Bread in Advance.
You can prep garlic bread and store it in the freezer to enjoy later. Here’s what to do.
- Prepare the bread but don’t bake. Make the garlic butter. Spread it on the bread. But skip the baking.
- Wrap tightly in foil. This keeps the bread from drying out.
- Bake from frozen. There’s no need to thaw frozen garlic bread before baking. Heat your oven, unwrap the bread and bake until brown. Garlic bread baked from frozen takes a little longer to brown than fresh bread.
How to Store Gluten-Free Garlic Bread.
Gluten-free garlic bread tastes the best right after it’s made. If you’ve got some left, don’t toss it. Wrap it in foil and store it overnight. When you’re ready to enjoy, reheat in the oven, toaster oven, or Air Fryer.
If you have a lot left over, freeze it. Allow the bread to cool, wrap it tightly in foil and freeze. Reheat in the oven. Note: Frozen and reheated garlic bread can dry out slightly.
Gluten-Free Garlic Bread
- 4 to 6 gluten-free rolls or 6 slices of gluten-free bread, about 8 ounces of bread
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened (traditional or dairy-free)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
- ¼ teaspoon salt, optional optional
- ½ cup grated parmesan or shredded mozzarella, plus more to taste
Preheat oven to 350° F.
If needed, split gluten-free rolls, lengthwise. Place bread, cut-side up, on a baking sheet.
Combine butter, garlic, parsley, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt in a small bowl. Mix until creamy.
Spread onto bread. If using, sprinkle cheese over the bread.
Bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes for slices and 12 minutes for rolls. For crispy garlic bread, broil for one to two minutes.
Remove bread from the oven. Let cool for a few minutes and then slice.