Is there anything better than homemade gluten free garlic bread? Use a freshly baked Gluten Free Baguette, or buy your favourite brand from the grocery store. With only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes, you’ll have your very own warm, toasted bread slathered in buttery garlic spread.
It’s the best with pastas, soups and stews!
- Is store bought garlic bread gluten free?
- Why you’ll love this recipe
- What gluten free bread to use for garlic bread
- The best way to make garlic bread
- Can you freeze gluten free garlic bread?
- How to make your garlic bread extra delicious
- What to do with leftover garlic butter
- What to serve with gluten free garlic bread
Is store bought garlic bread gluten free?
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any gluten free garlic bread at the grocery stores in the area where I live. All of the pre-prepared garlic bread is made on wheat-based breads. (So sad, but don’t worry, you’ll be making your own in no time!)
You can purchase gluten free garlic spread at the grocery store, but they often contain preservatives. Skip all those extra ingredients and make your own, instead!
Why you’ll love this recipe
Everyone goes crazy for garlic bread in our house. Not only does it taste delicious, but there’s nothing better than a rich, creamy, buttery garlic spread. Here’s a few more reasons why homemade gluten free garlic bread is the best:
- It’s easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients, plus a gluten free baguette (or loaf of GF bread). The homemade garlic butter comes together in 5 minutes and it’s seriously amazing. You’ll wonder why you ever bought the store stuff…
- You can change it up. Make it dairy free or vegan by changing the butter used, add in more garlic for an extra punch of flavour, top it with cheese, or throw some tomatoes on top and make bruschetta. It’s totally customizable!
- You can store the garlic butter in the fridge for later. Can’t get enough gluten free garlic bread in your life? Great! The garlic spread will keep in the fridge for up to a week, so you can keep making gluten free garlic bread over and over again!
- It’s freezer friendly. Freeze extra garlic butter in a dedicated ice cube tray and defrost it as needed. If you’re making your own Gluten Free Baguette, those are freezer friendly too!
- It’s the perfect side dish. Garlic bread is the best when served with a plate of gluten free pasta, soups or stews. Add a little cheese on top for extra deliciousness!
What gluten free bread to use for garlic bread
The recipe here calls for using a gluten free baguette for this garlic bread, but you could honestly use any loaf of gluten free bread. Make your own, or buy it from the store - either version will taste delicious!
A baguette is great because you can slice the bread crosswise so the slices are smaller and perfectly portioned as a side dish. Or you can cut it on the long edge, as if you’re making a sandwich, and make one massive piece of garlic bread!
Want to make your own baguette? Check out this recipe for Gluten Free Baguettes that is super simple to make and tastes great with this garlic butter recipe!
Want a bigger loaf to satisfy your garlic bread craving? Try this Gluten Free Bread Machine Recipe.
To make homemade gluten free garlic bread, here’s what you’ll need:
- 1-2 gluten free baguettes: store-bought or homemade
- Unsalted butter: room temperature to make the garlic butter extra creamy
- Parsely: either dried or fresh will work
- Garlic cloves, minced: 2-3, or even more if you love the taste of garlic! (And hate vampires…)
Need to change up the recipe because of dietary restrictions or preferences? Here are some options for you!
- To make the garlic bread dairy free: use a dairy free butter spread and a dairy free bread loaf (you can make my Gluten Free Baguettes dairy free! *wink wink*)
- To make the garlic bread vegan: use a vegan buttery spread, like Earth Balance and make sure the bread you use is vegan-friendly
The best way to make garlic bread
There are several ways to make garlic bread, but I consider this way the easiest one. Why? Because if you’re making something else in the oven (like meatballs to go with your pasta), you can pop this garlic bread into the oven along with it!
It starts by making the garlic butter. In a small bowl, mix together the unsalted butter, minced garlic, parsley and salt.
Then cut your gluten free baguette either crosswise (for short pieces) or on the long edge (like a sandwich, for larger pieces). Next, slather the bread in buttery, garlicky spread.
Place the bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 375°F for approximately 10 minutes. But that’s only a guideline! If your oven is already on, just pop it in and check on it every few minutes. The garlic bread is done when the garlic spread has melted and the bread is toasted.
Can you freeze gluten free garlic bread?
I’m sure you can store prepared gluten free garlic bread, but I haven’t tried it. The reason for that is I often find thawing out gluten free bread can result in a gummy texture if not done the right way.
My favourite way to freeze this recipe is to freeze the bread and the garlic spread separately. That way, you can defrost them both in the fridge overnight, then you can slather the garlic butter all over the bread and toast in the oven as per the recipe.
To freeze the garlic butter, you can use an ice cube tray. Transfer a small amount of spread to each section, allow it to freeze and then store in an airtight container or freezer bag for a few months.
Be warned though, the plastic ice cube tray may permanently smell like garlic, so maybe don’t use it for ice cubes afterwards…
How to make your garlic bread extra delicious
Garlic bread is just dang delicious as is, but here are a few ways to make your gluten free garlic bread EVEN better…
- Top it with cheese. Dairy free or loaded with dairy, the choice is yours. Spread the garlic butter on the bread, then top with shredded cheese. (We’ve even topped ours with full slices of cheddar for an extra cheesy version!)
- Add sauteed vegetables on top. Cooked mushrooms on my garlic bread? Yes please! And some chopped tomatoes wouldn’t hurt, either…
- Make a garlic bread mini-pizza. Add a little pizza sauce, some cheese and a few pepperoni slices on top of your garlic bread and bake in the oven until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. You’re welcome.
What to do with leftover garlic butter
You’ll have lots of leftover garlic butter after making your garlic bread, which is super fantastic. It keeps in the fridge for up to a week when stored in an airtight container, but here are some other fantastic uses for it!
- Add it to mashed potatoes and rock a garlic mashed potato vibe.
- Put it in pasta as a light, buttery sauce.
- Toss it in with cooked vegetables to give them an extra buttery, garlicky kick.
- Add it to cooked rice to add some extra flavour
- Use it in a grilled cheese sandwich. Instead of using plain old butter on the slices, use garlic butter instead!
- Drizzle it over popcorn for a special movie night treat!
What to serve with gluten free garlic bread
If you’ve got a craving for gluten free garlic bread, but you’re not sure what to eat it with - try some of these!
- Eat it with a bowl of Gluten Free Chili
- Make it the perfect side dish for Gluten Free Chicken Tetrazzini
- Enjoy it with a slice of Gluten Free Quiche
Gluten Free Garlic Bread
- 1-2 gluten free baguettes
To make the garlic butter:
- ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley OR 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a small bowl, combine the unsalted butter, parsley, salt, and minced garlic. Mix well.
- Cut the baguettes with a serrated knife as desired. For large pieces of garlic bread, cut the bread long ways, so you’ll have a top and a bottom. For smaller pieces, cut the baguettes crosswise.
- Using a knife, spread the garlic butter generously across each piece of bread.
- Place the bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until the garlic spread has melted and the bread is toasted.
- Store unused garlic butter in the fridge for up to a week. The garlic butter will harden in the fridge, but can be softened in the microwave or by leaving it on the counter to come to room temperature.
- Garlic butter can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag. Use a plastic ice cube tray to freeze small portions and transfer to a freezer bag once frozen. (The plastic tray may continue to smell like garlic, so ice cubes may not be great after using.)
- To make it dairy free: use a dairy free butter spread and a dairy free bread loaf
- To make it vegan: use a vegan buttery spread, like Earth Balance and make sure the bread is vegan-friendly