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Easy Air Fryer Garlic Bread

This easy air-fryer garlic bread comes together in minutes. Made with simple ingredients and taking only 5 minutes in the air fryer, homemade garlic bread has never been easier. Make it with French bread, hamburger buns, or any other bread. It’s quick, simple, and delicious.

Slices of garlic bread in a basket lined with a striped cloth napkin.

Garlic bread is a side dish that goes well with any meal. The soft, crusty bread flavored with garlic herb butter is always a crowd-pleaser.

We love it with Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, or creamy soups such as Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Soup.

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Why We Love This Recipe

We love homemade garlic bread in the air fryer because it is quick and easy to make.

With just a few minutes to prepare and five minutes in the air fryer you can have homemade garlic bread.

You don’t need to worry about running to the store for supplies because you can use any bread you have on hand, and the butter is made with simple pantry ingredients.

Homemade garlic bread goes well with any meal.

Try it with pasta, soup, salad, Cast Iron Flank Steak, or Air Fryer Garlic Butter Salmon.


For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this homemade garlic bread.

French bread – I like using french bread because it is soft yet crusty, and you can get a loaf of fresh bread pretty cheap. But you can really use any bread you like; Italian loaf, baguettes, sourdough bread, and even hamburger buns will work.

Butter – I like salted butter when making garlic bread as it will give it just a bit more flavour. You can use unsalted if you prefer. Margarine will work just fine too.

Granulated garlic – I use granulated garlic or garlic powder (not garlic salt) when making my garlic bread, as it has great flavour without being overpowering. You are welcome to use fresh garlic instead.

Dried parsley – Dried parsley gives the garlic butter a subtle herb flavour and adds a bit of colour. If you don’t have any, you can simply omit it.

Parmesan cheese – This salty cheese is a delicious addition to garlic bread. I use grated parmesan, but you can use fresh as well.

Ingredients for homemade garlic bread.

Step by Step Instructions

Begin by slicing the bread in half lengthwise, then slice it in half crosswise to open it up.

A loaf of French bread that has been sliced in half and then sliced in half crosswise.

Pro Tip: How you slice the bread will depend a bit on the size and shape of your air fryer basket. You may be able to slice it in half, or you may have to slice it into three or four pieces. Just do what works for you.

Mix the butter, garlic, parsley, and parmesan cheese in a small bowl until well combined.

Spread the garlic butter over each half of the bread, making sure to get right to the edge.

Then, use a sharp knife to slice the bread into the desired portion sizes.

Half a loaf of French bread coated in garlic butter and sliced into four pieces.

Place the sliced bread into the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Set the air fryer to 350°F and cook the bread for 4-6 minutes until the butter is melted and the bread is slightly toasted.

Slices of garlic bread in a single layer in an air fryer basket.

Pro Tip: Slicing the bread into portion sizes before you air fry will allow all of the sides to get slightly toasted. It is also easier to slice it when it is soft as after it is toasted, it will tend to crumble as you slice it.

Substitutions & Variations

There are many ways to customise your garlic bread to suit your tastes or work with what you have.

Bread– We like French bread because it is easy to find, relatively cheap, and has a great texture, but you can use anything you like. Some of our favourites are sourdough bread, French baguettes, and focaccia bread.

Butter – You can use any butter you like; make sure it is soft to spread it on the bread without tearing it. Salted or unsalted butter is fine, and if you are vegan, then any vegan butter or margarine will work.

Garlic – If you don’t have granulated garlic, you can use garlic powder instead. For a stronger flavour, you can use fresh if you like. We also like to make garlic bread with roasted garlic, and it is super easy to make your own roasted garlic in the air fryer. Seasoning blends such as herbs and garlic work well, too; just watch the salt content, as it can make the bread too salty.

Cheese – While we love grated parmesan cheese because it is easy to mix into the garlic butter and spread on the bread, you can use any cheese you like. Instead of mixing the cheese into the butter, add your favourite shredded cheese to the top of the bread; parmesan, asiago, and mozzarella are all delicious choices.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic bread goes well with almost everything.

You can never go wrong serving it with a big bowl of pasta, especially dishes like lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs. Or a nice big salad, such as Chicken Caesar Salad.

It is also a nice side dish to serve with homemade soup, such as instant pot cauliflower soup or instant pot tomato gnocchi soup. The crusty, toasted bread is perfect for dipping in a creamy bowl of soup.

Garlic bread is also nice alongside something as simple as air-fried pork chops or air-fried chicken drumsticks.

Slices of crispy garlic French bread on a cutting board.

Top Tips & FAQS

Can you freeze garlic bread?

You can freeze garlic bread. You can freeze it either before or after cooking. Simply wrap the bread tightly in tinfoil before freezing. It will keep for several months.

Can you reheat garlic bread?

It is easy to reheat leftover garlic bread. Simply pop it in the air fryer at 350°F and heat it for 3-4 minutes until hot.

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Easy Air Fryer Garlic Bread

This easy air fryer garlic bread comes together in minutes to be on your table quickly. Made with simple ingredients and only 5 minutes in the air fryer.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Deanna



  • 1 loaf french bread
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese


  • Slice the bread in half to open it up, then slice it in half again so that it will fit in the air fryer basket.
  • Mix the butter, garlic, parsley, and parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
  • Spread the garlic butter over the bread, making sure to get right to the edges.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the bread into desired portion sizes, then place the slices in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
  • Set the air fryer to 350°F and air fry the garlic bread for 4-6 minutes until the butter is melted and the bread is toasted.
  • Serve as desired.


You may have to cut the bread into smaller slices, depending on the size of your air fryer basket.  Just do what works for you.
The recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on how much bread you want and how buttered you want it.


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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