Air Fryer Garlic Bread


5 from 186 votes
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This air fryer garlic bread is fast, delicious, and needs just a handful of ingredients. I love how buttery and cheesy it is!

Want more air fryer recipes? Try air fryer French toast, air fryer French fries, and air fryer carrots.

air fryer garlic bread.

There’s something special about freshly made garlic bread that is piping hot and oozing with garlic butter and a hint of cheese. Whenever my family enjoys a weeknight pasta, I take 5 minutes to make garlic bread from scratch in the air fryer.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to air fry garlic bread 
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions 
  6. Frequently asked questions 
  7. More air fryer sides to try
  8. Air Fryer Garlic Bread (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Quick and easy. This method takes a fraction of the time than baking a loaf in the oven!
  • Best texture. Like air fryer grilled cheese, because the air fryer circulates the heat, the bread is always crispy but the middle is soft and fluffy.
  • Works with fresh or frozen garlic bread. While I love making this from scratch, you can also use pre-frozen garlic bread.
  • Versatile. Don’t think this bread is reserved for pasta or pizza nights! It makes an easy side dish for your chicken dinner, some soup, or even a quick snack when the cravings strike!

Ingredients needed

  • White baguette. A French baguette is thinner than other cuts of bread, which means a quicker cooking time. You can also use French bread, ciabatta, or Italian bread. 
  • Salted butter. Softed to room temperature. I recommend using a good quality butter from a block, as it makes all the difference.
  • Garlic cloves. Always freshly mince your garlic, as it has the best flavor. Minced garlic in a jar can work too.
  • Fresh parsley. Finely chopped. 
  • Parmesan cheese. Optional, but grating a little parmesan cheese on top of the bread before air frying takes it to the next level!

How to air fry garlic bread 

Step 1- Prepare the bread: Slice the baguette into 2-inch thick slices. 

Step 2- Make the garlic butter: Add garlic, dried parsley, softened butter, and parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl. If desired, add any flavor boosters.

how to air fry garlic bread.

Step 3- Spread: Add a generous amount of garlic butter mixture to the slices of the baguette.

baguette with garlic butter.

Step 4- Air fry. Place the slices of bread in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry for 5-6 minutes or until nicely golden.

garlic bread in air fryer.

Step 5- Repeat the process until all the garlic bread is cooked up.

garlic bread air fryer.

Can I bake this?

No air fryer? No problem! You can bake the garlic bread in the oven instead!

Simply prep the garlic bread as instructed. When ready to bake, add them to a preheated oven and bake at 180C/350F for 8 minutes.

Recipe tips and variations

  • For even cooking and avoid soggy bread, don’t stack the slices of bread over each other when you put them in the air fryer. Cook them in batches if needed.
  • I sometimes like to use garlic butter to make garlic toast. All you do is switch out the bread for sliced white or wheat bread and air fry it as instructed. 
  • Because we don’t want the garlic bread to be too crispy, add aluminum foil or parchment paper to the base of the air fryer. Don’t fret, though- it won’t burn through and will make clean-up even easier. 
  • Change the cheese to other varieties, including mozzarella, cheddar, or even goat cheese.

Storage instructions 

To store. You can store leftover garlic bread in the refrigerator in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.

To freeze. Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to two months.

Reheating. Reheat the garlic bread in a preheated oven or air fryer.

garlic bread air fryer.

Frequently asked questions 

How long does frozen garlic bread take in the air fryer?

In a preheated air fryer, frozen garlic bread takes 7-8 minutes to cook.

Can I use sandwich bread?

Yes! This is great if you’d like to make garlic toast.

More air fryer sides to try

air fryer garlic bread recipe.

Air Fryer Garlic Bread

5 from 186 votes
This air fryer garlic bread is fast, delicious, and needs just a handful of ingredients. I love how buttery and cheesy it is! Watch the video below to see how I make this in my kitchen!
Servings: 16 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 6 minutes



  • 1 French baguette
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese optional


  • Preheat the air fryer to 180C/350F.
  • Slice the baguette into 2-inch thick slices.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the softened butter, garlic, parsley, and parmesan cheese. 
  • Spread a very generous amount of garlic butter on slices of the baguette.
  • Generously grease an air fryer basket and air fry the garlic bread for 4-5 minutes, or until golden.
  • Repeat the process until all the bread is cooked.


TO STORE: You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to two months. 
TO REHEAT: Reheat the garlic bread in an air fryer or pre-heated oven. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSodium: 168mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 0.4gVitamin A: 190IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 8g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Hi, this looks wonderful, and I’d like to make it in my air fryer, but I don’t have a basket. Mine is the ‘little oven’ style air fryer. Would it be the same, or would it make a difference in temp or time?