Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread

I’ve made my own garlic bread in the past and it’s to die for, but when do I ever need a whole loaf at once? While I probably could eat a whole loaf, I know deep down that it’s probably not a good idea (look at me being a responsible adult!). This Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread fixes that problem. Prepare the slices of garlic bread ahead, freeze them (unbaked), and then they’re ready and waiting for you whenever you get the craving, just like the kind you buy in a box at the store. 

Originally posted 3-4-15, updated 8-28-18.

Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread

Two garlic bread slices on a plate of pasta with red sauce, a hand dipping a piece of bread in the sauce

What’s So Great About Freezer Garlic Bread?

EVERYTHING. J/k, almost. It’s super fast to prepare and then you have a whole stockpile of single serving slices that are ready to pop into the oven on a moments notice. Bake two slices or ten, it’s up to you! Plus, since you’re mixing up the garlic butter topping, you know exactly what’s in there (and what isn’t), which always makes me feel good.

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Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread

Make your own homemade freezer garlic bread slices, ready to bake on demand. Bake two or ten frozen slices at a time, ready in minutes! 
Keyword: easy, Freezer Friendly
Total Cost: $3.02 recipe / $0.25 slice
Author: Adapted from Love to be in the Kitchen
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 slices

Ingredients

  • 8 Tbsp salted butter, room temperature ($1.04)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced ($0.32)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley ( $0.30)
  • 1 loaf French bread ($1.00)

Instructions

  • Add the butter, olive oil, minced garlic, garlic powder, salt, and parsley to a bowl. Mix the ingredients together until they form a fairly smooth mixture.
  • Slice the French bread into 1-inch thick slices (12-16 slices, depending on the size of the loaf). Add 1/2 to 1 Tbsp of the garlic spread to each slice of bread and spread it from edge to edge. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and then place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to allow the butter to firm up. Once firm, transfer the garlic bread to a gallon-sized freezer bag for longer storage. Store in the freezer up to three months.
  • To cook the frozen slices of garlic bread, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once the oven is heated, take as many slices out of the freezer as you'd like, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.* If you prefer a softer garlic bread without crispy edges, wrap the slices in foil before baking.

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Notes

*baking time may vary with the type of bread used.
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Two slices of freezer garlic bread on a plate with pasta

 

Step by Step Photos

Garlic Spread Ingredients in a bowl

In a bowl, combine 8 Tbsp room temperature salted butter, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 4 cloves garlic (minced) 1 Tbsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. 

 

Mixed Garlic Spread

Mix them all up until it forms a fairly smooth mixture (a few chunks of butter are a-okay).

 

Sliced French Bread on a wooden cutting board

Take a loaf of French bread and slice it into 1-inch pieces (12-16 pieces, depending on the length of your loaf). 

 

Garlic Spread on Bread Slices, on a baking sheet

Place your bread slices on a baking sheet. Divide the garlic spread between your slices (about 1/2 to 1 Tbsp per slice) and spread it from edge to edge of the bread. Freeze the bread flat on the baking sheet for about 30 minutes, or until the garlic spread is firm (if you forget at 30 minutes and come back to it hours later, that’s okay. Just don’t leave it for more than a day or it could start to dry out or absorb rogue flavors.

Garlic Bread slices in a freezer bag

 

Transfer the frozen garlic bread to a gallon-sized freezer bag for long term storage. Always make sure to label and date your frozen goods! 

 

three garlic bread slices in a baking dish, baked

To bake the frozen garlic bread, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place your frozen slices on a baking sheet and once the oven is fully preheated, transfer the slices to the hot oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the garlic bread are golden brown. If you prefer a softer garlic bread rather than one with crispy edges, you can wrap the slices in foil before baking.

 

Two slices of homemade freezer garlic bread on a plate with pasta and red sauce