Not only can you cook garlic bread in the air fryer, you should! Packed with real garlic, you can enjoy this hot and buttery side dish in just 20 minutes.
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Cut each baguette in half crossways. Slice the bread at 1.5cm intervals, without cutting all the way through.
Place the butter, garlic, parsley and a pinch of salt in a small bowl and stir to combine.
Preheat air fryer for 5 mins on 180°C. Spread the cut-side of each bread slice with the butter mixture. Place half the bread in the air fryer basket and cook for 5 mins or until golden and butter melts. Repeat with the remaining bread. Serve immediately.
For a gluten-free version, swap the bread for gluten-free rolls.
For a dairy-free option, use a plant-based spread like Nuttelex.
You can use any style of bread – Coles Bakery Stoned Baked Pane Di Casa Rolls, rustic baguette or a regular baguette. Just cut to size to fit in your air fryer.
COOK. STORE. SAVE
Clever storage: Air fryer garlic bread is best eaten immediately, but any leftovers can be reheated later in your air fryer to enjoy again. It’s best enjoyed within a day or so.
Smart swap: You can use any type of butter, dairy free spread or margarine for your garlic bread, and swap out the parsley for chives, oregano or any other type of fresh or dried herbs. If you have any leftover cheese, you could also try sprinkling that over before you bake. You can also use any type of bread you have to hand, including gluten-free options. A stale loaf makes an extra-crusty garlic bread that you could turn into croutons for a caesar salad.
Cooking garlic bread in the air fryer is one of the best ways to create that crunchy, golden and buttery perfection that garlic bread is loved for. An air fryer is ideal for cooking garlic bread as it’s so quick and easy, and the way an air fryer circulates hot air around the food will guarantee a crisp, toasted crust on your bread, while keeping the insides soft and fluffy. Ready in just 10 minutes, it’s also super speedy to make, which means you can whip up some irresistible air fryer garlic bread in a flash whenever you need a snack or no-fuss side for pizza, pasta or soup.
Cooking garlic bread in the air fryer is convenient and will give you delicious results, fast. You can use any type of bread you like to make your air fryer garlic bread, from a rustic baguette to a regular baguette, rolls or gluten-free bread. Just ensure you cut whatever you use to size so it fits comfortably in your air fryer (overcrowding is a big no-no). Once you’ve sorted your bread, it’s all about the butter. You’ll get the best results using a good-quality butter that you know you love the flavour of, then add as much or as little chopped or crushed garlic as you like. The addition of herbs will add some freshness and extra flavour. The air fryer garlic bread recipe below uses fresh parsley, but you could experiment with a range of different fresh or dried herbs such as thyme, oregano or rosemary to see which you prefer.
Before cooking your garlic bread in the air fryer, you’ll need to preheat it to ensure your bread cooks evenly. Don’t be shy when spreading your bread with your homemade garlic butter – the more, the better, we say! The key to success when cooking in an air fryer is to not overcrowd the basket, so you may have to cook in batches if you’re preparing a large amount of bread at once. Keep a close eye on it when cooking and give it one or two shakes, or turn it over during the cooking process to help it along and ensure even browning.
You could also line your air fryer basket with a sheet of aluminium foil or a specially designed air fryer liner to avoid spilling crumbs in your air fryer and make it easier to clean.
Your air fryer garlic bread is the ideal snack on its own (simple and safe enough for the older kids to make as an after-school pick-me-up), but it’s also a tasty, crowd pleasing side dish for your favourite pasta, pizza, bolognese, soups, stews or salads.
Air fryer garlic bread is a versatile side dish that can be served with so many delicious recipes to create a satisfying meal. Dish it up with these homemade meatballs or this Mexican-style chilli beef stew or go full ‘Italian night’ by pairing garlic bread with this margherita pizza. For a tasty twist on garlic bread, try cranberry and cheddar mini garlic breads, Philly cheesesteak garlic bread, or a garlic baguette with brie.