Sourdough Garlic Bread

So easy to make and full of flavor, Sourdough Garlic Bread takes just minutes to make. This crusty and mouthwatering side dish goes perfectly with Kabobs, Pork Chops, Wings and of course Pasta. Always a family favorite.

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Slices of Garlic Bread From Scratch sitting on a cutting board.

Ingredients Used

Ingredients for Sourdough Garlic Bread laying on a marble countertop.

Oil vs Butter

To make Homemade Garlic Bread either fat source may be used. However, if using butter make sure to place on the countertop to soften at room temperature a few hours before preparation. 

For anyone watching their cholesterol or iodine intake, olive oil is the preferred option. (For more information about reversing Hoshimotos and Hypothyroidism by lowering iodine intake check out the Thyroid Reset Diet.)

Fresh Garlic vs Garlic Powder

Fresh garlic is always going to have the best flavor. However, a good quality garlic powder can be a tasty alternative to fresh. Additionally, I highly recommend using garlic powder over jarred minced garlic. The reason, jarred minced garlic is incredibly inferior in both taste and quality. 

Smoked Paprika vs Regular Paprika 

Bakeries will often sprinkle regular paprika over the top of garlic bread before packaging because it gives a beautiful color that contrasts well with the parsley. However, using smoked paprika will add in a delicious rich smokey flavor. This is due to the peppers that make smoked paprika being smoked and dried over oak fires. 

Best Parmesan Cheese

Hands down the best parmesan cheese is Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy. Cheese labeled with this name that is made in the United States is not genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano. However, it is far superior in taste and texture to imitation parmesan cheese. 

How To Make Sourdough Garlic Bread

Steps to making Sourdough Garlic Bread.

  1. Add the oil (or softened butter), garlic, salt, paprika, parmesan cheese and parsley to a small bowl or liquid measuring cup.
  2. Mix together well.
  3. Cut a sourdough baguette in half lengthwise and evenly spread garlic mixture on cut side of bread. Bake on broil setting for 7-10 minutes. Cut into individual pieces. 

Bread Options 

This recipe works perfectly for both sourdough and French baguettes. Additionally, use on a sourdough French Bread loaf or regular French bread loaf by doubling the garlic and oil mixture. 

Freezing and Reheating Sourdough Garlic Bread

Leftover pieces may be frozen in freezer bags for up to a month and then reheated on a cookie sheet at 350℉ fo 10-12 minutes or until fully heated through. 

Serving Suggestions 

Needless to say, Garlic Bread is a tasty companion to pasta dishes like Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, Lemon Garlic Pasta and Simple Angel Hair Pasta. However, Homemade Sourdough Garlic Bread is extremely delicious with soups and stews such as Lemon Chicken Soup, Beef and Bean Stew and Lemon Rosemary Potato Soup

Slices of Garlic Bread From Scratch sitting on a cutting board.

Sourdough Garlic Bread

Crackly and fluffy sourdough bread is made into irresistable homemade garlic bread that is bursting with flavor. Very easy to make using either butter or oil.
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Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Garlic Bread from Scratch, Homemade Garlic Bread, Sourdough Garlic Bread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Heather


  • 1 loaf Sourdough Baguette *See Note #1 below
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil *or softened butter
  • 2 large garlic cloves *minced or crushed, see Note #2 below
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano *see Note #3 below
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped *see Note #4 below


  • Preheat oven to broil or the highest temperature your oven will go to.
  • In a small bowl mix together oil (or softened butter), garlic, salt, paprika, Parmigiano-Reggiano and parsley.
  • Carefully cut baguette in half length wise using a bread knife. Place on a cookie sheet with cut side facing up.
  • Spoon garlic mixture evenly on cut side of bread. Bake for 7- 10 mins or until edges of bread are crisp. Serve immediately.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
Note #1- The Homemade Sourdough Baguette recipe will yield 4 baguette loaves. If using Sourdough French Bread double the garlic mixture above (1/2 cup oil or butter, 4 large garlic cloves, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp smoke paprika, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and 1/4 cup chopped parsley). 
Note #2- We are huge garlic lovers in our family and will often double the amount of garlic that a recipe calls for. For this Sourdough Garlic Bread recipe we have used 3-4 large garlic cloves per loaf. Additionally, the 2 large garlic cloves can be replaced with 1/2 tsp garlic powder. 
Note #3- If using pre-grated parmesan lower the amount down to 2 tbsps. This tool makes for fast and easy grating of whole Parmesan cheese. 
Note #4- For parsley flakes use 2 tsp. 


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 776mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I tried the sourdough garlic bread recipe and it turned out great. The bread had a nice texture and the garlic butter made it tasty. It made me happy to enjoy a homemade treat.

    1. That is wonderful to hear. Thank you for taking the time to make the recipe and coming back to comment on how it turned out.

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