Garlic Toast

Garlic toast brushed with garlic oil, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for pasta, soups, stews, or any other dinner that needs a side of hot, crispy, toasted bread. Plus, it takes all of 10 minutes to make.

a piece of garlic toast being lifted out of a bread basket.

Garlic toast made with slices of squishy, soft white Texas toast, brushed with garlic oil, and toasted until lightly golden is what to serve with, well, so many things. It’s excellent for sopping up sauces, dunking in soup, or served up as an appetizer with some warm marinara on the side for dipping.

It’s a bit old-school in its simplicity, but that’s part of the charm. Yes, we all love fancy pants homemade garlic bread made with chewy, crusty artisan bread but, let’s admit it, sometimes it’s thick slices of classic white bread from our childhood that we crave. And that I-shouldn’t-buy-it-but-imma-gonna-buy-it bag of presliced bread makes the best garlic toast. Once toasted, it’s lightly crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, and impossible to resist.

How to Make It

It’s so, so easy: buy the bread, toast it, dust it with grated Parmesan cheese, and treat yourself to a few slices alongside a big bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce. They are the perfect pair when you need a little nostalgic comfort.


Garlic Toast

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Garlic toast brushed with garlic oil, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for pasta, soups, stews, or any other dish that needs a side of hot, crispy, toasted bread. 

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 slices Texas toast, sliced in half diagonally 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Turn the broiler on high and line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up.
  2. Place the bread slices on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Brush each slice with the oil mixture on both sides.
  3. Broil the bread until it’s toasty and lightly golden. Depending on your oven, this can go fast, so keep an eye on them. Take the pan out of the oven and carefully flip the slices over. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top of each slice and broil them again. Once they are golden and crispy, take them out and garnish with the chopped parsley.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 126
  • Sugar: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 92.6mg
  • Fat: 10.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.9mg

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The nutrition information is only an estimate. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Garlic Toast Tips

Bread: Feel free to swap the Texas toast for your favorite fancy bread for this recipe. Sliced Italian bread, French bread, sourdough, or another crusty type of baguette you can find at the grocery store will work.

Garlic: I tried this recipe with chopped fresh garlic and minced garlic, but I didn’t love how it looked (vain, yes). I also prefer the garlic powder because it goes with the old-school theme, and it’s easier to handle. Just measure and stir – no chopping required.

Variations: You could do a garlic butter situation. Mix softened unsalted butter with the seasonings and spread the garlic butter mixture on the bread before toasting it. Don’t go too thick with it because the bread might end up soggy instead of crispy.

toasted garlic bread garnished with parsley on a sheet pan.

Main Dish Ideas

This easy garlic toast recipe is a great side dish for so many things – it goes with practically anything. Here are some favorites to try:

garlic toast on a sheet pan.

I hope you give this garlic bread recipe a try soon – it’s an easy way to add a little extra dinnertime comfort.

Happy Toasting,


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  1. This is a great quick recipe. However adding crushed garlic cloves and fresh seasonings take it over the top

  2. I made this tonight with ciabatta bread and it was quick and good! I love fresh garlic too but sometimes it does have a bite to it. I think the Texas toast would be good I’ll try that next time.

  3. Excellent recipe for garlic toast, easy to follow and great results. Much better than making garlic butter. Note on our stove Low Broil was more than hot enough/

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