Thursday, November 25, 2021

Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Air fryer garlic bread is perfectly toasted and ready in minutes! Make this recipe with four simple ingredients for a quick and easy side dish.

It’s easy to make some quick garlic bread in the air fryer, and you don’t even have to wait for it to preheat! Get your slices prepped in advance and toast them while you work on your main course.

Speaking of main courses, this air fryer garlic bread is especially delicious with Italian meals such as baked ziti, skillet ravioli, or my one pot spaghetti.

Looking for more easy air fryer sides? Try a batch of these homemade potato chips - they’re far less greasy than store bought varieties. You can even cook up veggies like cauliflower or corn on the cob!

Air Fryer Garlic Bread stacked on a plate

How To Make Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Cut an Italian loaf into 1-inch slices. Then, spread a mixture of softened butter, minced garlic, and dried parsley onto one side of each slice.

Place a few in the basket and cook for about 6 minutes or until toasted. Work in batches until you have as much as you need. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

garlic bread in air fryer ingredients

Tips and Tricks
  • Soften butter quickly. If you forgot to pull a stick out ahead of time, there’s an easy fix! Fill a tall glass with hot water and pour it back out. Stand the stick of butter on its end, then flip the cup upside down over the top. It will be perfectly spreadable in a few minutes.
  • Crush dried herbs. Rub the parsley between your fingers while sprinkling it into the bowl. This releases the oils and aroma for a stronger flavor.
  • Time-saving tip: Use pre-minced garlic instead of fresh cloves. Not only will it cut your prep time in half, but it tends to be a bit sweeter than when you mince it yourself.
  • Avoid stacking! Cook these in a single layer so they are evenly toasted all around. 
garlic butter in a bowl

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Serrated Knife - I’ve been using this one for a decade and it works great for slicing tomatoes too.
  • Mixing Bowl - It helps to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all!

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What can I use instead of an Italian loaf?

Honestly, you can prepare this recipe with whatever is available. French or sourdough loaves are good alternatives.

I’ve even made quick garlic bread with regular white sandwich slices! Just keep an eye out since thinner slices will cook faster and you don’t want them to burn.

quick garlic bread buttered ready to air fry

Can I save leftovers?

You will get the best results by making each slice fresh when you want some. That said, you can store leftovers in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator if needed.

Use within 3 days and pop a slice or two back in the basket to warm for a few minutes.

How do you make cheesy garlic bread in the air fryer?

Simply top each slice with about two tablespoons of your favorite cheese. Mozzarella is a favorite, and it’s extra yummy with a little fresh Parmesan as well.

Be sure to skip the bagged shreds which have anti-caking agents that give the cheese a waxy texture. You’ll get better results (and flavor!) by grating it yourself.

garlic bread in air fryer cooked


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Air Fryer Garlic Bread wide photo on a plate

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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Air fryer garlic bread is perfectly toasted and ready in minutes! Make this recipe with four simple ingredients for a quick and easy side dish.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 loaf Italian bread


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter, garlic, and parsley.
  2. Slice the bread into one-inch slices. Spread all the butter mixture onto the top side of the cut bread.
  3. Place 3-4 slices of bread into the air fryer set to 400°F for 6 minutes.
  4. Slice and serve warm.

Air Fryer Garlic Bread closeup

Originally published November 2021

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