Crispy and tasty skillet-toasted garlic bread in 15 minutes!

Jacques Pepin was once asked what would be the last meal that he would love to have with his family. He famously said it would be good bread and butter. Indeed so many wonderful things can be made with these two simple ingredients. Add to it some garlic and you have the most simple and comforting food, the Garlic Bread.


Garlic bread is believed to have originated in the south of Europe where garlic has grown for thousands of years. Owing to the abundance of garlic, a large variety of garlicky recipes came into existence in this part of the world. The current version of Garlic bread though is an Americanized version of bruschetta. This particular recipe was introduced into the US by the Italian and Mediterranean immigrants and gained popularity over the years. Garlic bread is today served in most American restaurants along with other Italian delicacies. In its most basic form, garlic bread is made by rubbing raw garlic on grilled bread and then slathering them with butter. Of course, there are variations where you can add herbs, spices, and even cheese. Whichever way it is made, the garlic bread is an ideal accompaniment with Spaghetti and other Italian dishes.


Garlic bread is a favorite for everyone and I have been buying them at the grocery stores forever. Now I make my own and it tastes so much better! While it works with almost any type of bread, garlic bread tastes the best with French baguette because it has a thick crust. The amount of garlic can be adjusted depending on how garlicky you want things. No matter how much you use, make sure to mince the garlic finely so that there are no big chunks. Freshly pressed garlic has a much stronger flavor than store-bought minced garlic. However, if you decide to use the store-bought version, make sure to use a little more.


What are the different varieties of garlic bread?

Here are the most popular varieties of garlic bread:
  • Crispy Garlic Bread
  • Soft Garlic Bread
  • Herb-spiced Garlic Bread
The names are self-explanatory and we all have our own favorites. I like my bread nicely toasted and crispy so my vote goes to the crispy garlic bread. The recipe that I have shared is for the crispy one but if you don't prefer crispy, simply reduce the toasting time.

Is garlic bread baked in an oven?

Garlic bread can be made in the oven or toasted in a skillet. I recommend using a cast-iron skillet because it evenly distributes the heat resulting in crispy garlic bread in very less time.

Does garlic bread go only with spaghetti?

Spaghetti and garlic bread form a traditional pairing that may seem inseparable. Here are some alternate serving suggestions:
  • It can be a classic accompaniment to almost any kind of soup or stew.
  • It is well-suited to different kinds of salads.
  • In warm weather, it goes well with barbecued chicken.
  • In the wintertime, serve it with lasagna.

I usually serve garlic bread with soups or meatballs in tomato gravy. At other times I enjoy it with a simple homemade dip. I am crazy about dips. Whether it is hummus or tzatziki or chimichurri, or the good old honey-mustard dip, I love them all. I keep on experimenting with all sort of stuff to create my own dip. Alongside the garlic bread, I served my latest obsession, the mayo-yogurt dip. Just mix 2 parts of greek yogurt with 1 part of mayonnaise. Add to it freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, pepper, and you are good to go! It is simple and delicious and goes with almost everything be it nachos, fries, chicken tenders, or garlic bread.


Garlic bread can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Wrap them with aluminum foil and keep in a container. Reheat in a toaster oven or microwave and they are almost like freshly made.

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Author: The GradChef


Crispy, tasty skillet-toasted garlic bread in 15 minutes!
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 15 M


  • 10-12 slices of French baguette
  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder


  1. Slice the French bread into 10-12 pieces and keep aside.
  2. For the garlic-butter spread, mix all the other ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Slather both sides of the bread pieces with the spread.
  4. Heat up a cast-iron skillet on medium heat. Toast each side of the garlic bread on the skillet for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately.


  • You can store garlic bread in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply wrap them with aluminum foil and keep. Reheat in a toaster oven or microwave and they are almost like freshly made.
  • You can also add some grated Parmesan cheese if you prefer.
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