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Skillet Garlic Bread: A Delicious and Easy Recipe

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Skillet Garlic Bread

If you love garlic bread but want a quick and easy way to make it, skillet garlic bread is the perfect solution. This recipe doesn’t need an oven, and you get delicious, crispy bread in just a few minutes.

The key to making the best skillet garlic bread is toasting it on a hot skillet with a generous spread of garlic butter. You can use any type of bread, from French baguettes to simple sandwich bread. The result is always a tasty, savory treat that’s perfect as a snack or a side.

Making skillet garlic bread is simple and quick, using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. So, grab your skillet, and let’s get started on creating this mouthwatering delight!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make skillet garlic bread, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • French Bread or Baguette: This is the base. You can use other types of bread like ciabatta or sourdough if you prefer.
  • Butter: Essential for richness. You can substitute with margarine or dairy-free butter if needed.
  • Olive Oil: Adds flavor and helps toast the bread. If you don’t have olive oil, other vegetable oils work too.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic is best for a strong flavor. Garlic powder can be used for a milder taste.
  • Garlic Salt: Enhances the garlic flavor with a touch of salt. Regular salt or sea salt can be used instead.
  • Parsley (Optional): Fresh parsley adds color and freshness. Dried parsley can work in a pinch.
  • Parmesan Cheese (Optional): Adds a savory, cheesy taste. You can use other hard cheeses like Romano or Asiago.

Ingredients Table

IngredientPossible Substitute
French Bread/BaguetteCiabatta, Sourdough
ButterMargarine, Dairy-Free Butter
Olive OilVegetable Oil
Fresh GarlicGarlic Powder
Garlic SaltSea Salt, Regular Salt
Fresh Parsley (Optional)Dried Parsley
Parmesan Cheese (Optional)Romano, Asiago

With these ingredients and substitutes on hand, you’ll be ready to make delicious skillet garlic bread anytime.


  1. Prepare the Bread
    Cut a baguette or loaf of French bread in half lengthwise. Then, slice it into smaller pieces, around 8 to 10, depending on the size of your bread.

  2. Melt the Butter
    Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat. Add some olive oil to prevent the butter from burning.

  3. Add Garlic
    Once the butter is melted, add minced garlic and a pinch of garlic salt. Cook until the garlic is fragrant but not browned, about 1-2 minutes.

  4. Brush the Bread
    Brush one side of each bread piece with the garlic butter mixture. Make sure the bread is well-coated for maximum flavor.

  5. Heat the Skillet
    Raise the heat to medium and place the bread pieces, buttered side down, onto the skillet.

  6. Cook the Bread
    Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and crispy. Keep an eye on the bread to avoid burning.

  7. Flip and Cook Again
    While the first side is cooking, brush the other side with the garlic butter. Flip the bread pieces and cook the other side until it is crispy and golden brown.

  8. Optional Toppings
    Optionally, sprinkle some fresh herbs, Parmesan cheese, or sea salt on top for extra flavor.

  9. Enjoy!
    Serve hot as a side to your favorite dishes, or enjoy it on its own.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Classic Variation

Use basic ingredients like butter, fresh garlic, and parsley. Spread this mixture on the bread and cook it in a large skillet until crispy.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Add some mozzarella or parmesan on top of the garlic butter mixture. Let it melt for a gooey, cheesy delight.

Spicy Twist

Mix in some red chili flakes with your garlic butter. This gives your bread a spicy kick.

Herbaceous Flavor

Try adding dried herbs like oregano, thyme, or basil to your garlic butter. It enhances the flavor.

Roasted Garlic

If you like a milder garlic taste, use roasted garlic. It adds sweetness and reduces the sharpness.

Serve your skillet garlic bread with:

  • Spaghetti
  • Soup like tomato or minestrone
  • Salad such as Caesar or garden salad

Pairing it with these dishes makes for a comforting and satisfying meal. Enjoy your creations!