What’s the Best Way to Reheat Garlic Bread?

With the right recipe, you won’t have any garlic bread leftover to store and eat later. That said, if you need to, garlic bread is very easy to store – just make sure you pop it in the fridge or the freezer. Otherwise, the dairy and fresh garlic being used will go bad overnight.

While best enjoyed fresh, garlic bread is a food that is easily reheated. The best way to reheat garlic bread is in the oven. If you’re in a pinch, you can also reheat garlic bread in a microwave, or even on your stovetop.

What are the Best Ways to Reheat Garlic Bread?

Depending on how much time you have, you can reheat garlic bread in the oven, in the microwave, or on your stovetop.

Reheating garlic bread in the oven is best, as reheating garlic bread in the microwave can make garlic bread rubbery or hard.

Oven Method – Refrigerated Garlic Bread

The process of reheating garlic bread in the oven is very simple. This should take no longer than 25 minutes, depending on how long it takes for your oven to heat up.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, making sure your rack is in the center of the oven.
  • Wrap your garlic bread in foil. If you’re reheating individual slices, make sure they are facing garlic-side up, and are in a single layer.
  • Place your foil-wrapped garlic bread directly onto the oven rack. This ensures that the heat from your oven distributes around the bread evenly.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the foil and enjoy!

If you want a crispier finish on your reheated garlic bread, you can unwrap the foil for the last 3 minutes of bake time. 

The Oven Method – Frozen Garlic Bread

If you are reheating frozen garlic bread, the best way to reheat is similar to the above, with a few tweaks.

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your rack is in the center of the oven.
  • Place your bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. You don’t want to wrap your bread in foil here, as that will cause it to steam making your garlic bread all soggy.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until warm. Remove from baking sheet and consume immediately.

Microwave Method

This is not the recommended method to reheat garlic bread. Microwaves are generally not the best kitchen tool to use when toasting or reheating bread, as they make your bread rubbery or hard when cooked too long.

That said, if you’re low on time there are ways to reheat garlic bread in the microwave without making it hard or rubbery.

  • Place your garlic bread on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Fill a microwave-safe cup with water (a mug is great for this). Place it in the corner of your microwave, or on the rotating plate, next to your garlic bread.
  • Microwave on medium-high for 10-second intervals ONLY. You do not want to go any longer than this unless you’re a fan of rock-hard garlic bread!
  • Eat immediately. The cooling of garlic bread after being heated in the microwave makes it rubbery.

Stovetop Method

This is another alternative to reheating garlic bread in an oven or microwave. Instead of frying it in a pan, you’re going to turn your stovetop into a mini oven. This method works better when reheating a slice or two of garlic bread, and not a whole loaf.

  • Wrap your garlic bread in foil. 
  • Place your garlic bread in a small saucepan. Cover it with a lid. You want the saucepan to hold your garlic bread without squishing it, and you also don’t want too much excess space around the bread.
  • Reheat garlic bread over low heat for 5 minutes. Because the source of heat is much closer to the garlic bread, you should not leave it in the saucepan for too long or you risk burning it. 

Make sure you use the right size pot or pan and keep your stovetop on low heat! If you find that 5 minutes isn’t long enough, you can keep your garlic bread on the stove. Just be sure to check it every minute or so to prevent burning.

Overall, the best way to reheat your garlic bread is in the oven. This method works well whether your garlic bread is coming from the fridge or freezer, and you won’t end up with garlic bread that is too hard or rubbery. If you’re in a pinch with time, you can try reheating garlic bread over the stove, or in the microwave, too. Happy eating!