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How To Reheat Garlic Bread – I Try 6 Methods [Pics]

If you’ve recently been defeated by a big batch of garlic bread, you may be wondering what the best method of keeping and reheating it is.

Rather than settling for vague and often poor advice online, I decided to test each method to find out what one truly rules supreme.

These methods include:

If you’re in a rush, here’s the short version:

What’s the best way to reheat garlic bread? The best way to reheat garlic bread is in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Next, wrap the garlic bread in foil. If the slices are quite dry, sprinkle some water over them. Reheat for 5-15 minutes. For crispier garlic bread, remove the foil for the final 2 minutes of cooking.

A note about my experiment

In the morning, I bought a baguette from my local bakery, SLATHERED it in garlic butter, and cooked it. I added some cheese to the end of one loaf so I could have some cheesy garlic bread to experiment on too.

Once it was cooked, I left it on the counter to cool down.

That evening, I tested 6 different ways of reheating it. It took ALL my willpower not to eat the whole thing before my experiment (I caved and had one piece as my afternoon snack), so I hope you enjoy this article!

How to reheat garlic bread in the oven

The oven is the best way to reheat garlic bread. It’s how you cooked the garlic bread in the first place, so it’s best placed to replicate that fresh-out-the-oven goodness.

The oven is great for reheating cheesy garlic bread too, and really stale garlic bread.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Sprinkle some water on the garlic bread if it’s dried out (optional).
  3. Wrap your garlic bread in foil. The foil protects the crust from burning.
  4. Heat for 5-15 minutes depending on the size of the garlic bread. Single slices will only need 5 minutes, while a whole loaf will need closer to 15 minutes.
  5. If you prefer a crispy texture, remove the foil for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.

I reheated two slices, which took 7 minutes in total.

If your garlic bread is feeling particularly stale, sprinkling it with some water before you put it in the oven will help create steam and re-moisturize your bread.

When you add water, make sure to keep the foil loose rather than tight so that the steam has an escape route. If you don’t let the steam escape, your bread will likely end up soggy. 

That said, sogginess is easy to fix with 2-3 minutes of uncovered heating. 

A trick for really stale garlic bread is to put it in the oven in a wet paper bag (sounds bonkers I know). But I can assure you it works a treat.

The water re-introduces moisture into the bread. And when the bag dries, the outside crisps up nicely.

My thoughts

This was my favorite method, the inside of the bread was soft and moist but not soggy and the crust has retained some bite.

I left one slice covered for the whole time and I took the foil off the other slice for the last 2 minutes of cooking. The uncovered slice was definitely crisper, which I preferred.

How to reheat garlic bread on the stove

This isn’t what you think, I’m not about to recommend you fry your garlic bread (that’s in a different section).

Instead, you’re going to turn your stove into a makeshift oven.

This method works best for individual slices of bread or small sections of a loaf. I wouldn’t recommend it for whole loaves.

Method:

  1. Wrap your leftover garlic bread in foil.
  2. Find a skillet that’s big enough to hold your wrapped garlic bread without having loads of leftover room.
  3. Put the garlic bread in the skillet and heat it on a low heat.
  4. Put a lid on the skillet and leave it for 5 minutes.

Bigger loaves will take too long to heat and won’t heat evenly using this method. This is why I recommend it only for smaller portions of garlic bread.

The pan size and low heat also help ensure even heating. Too big of a pan and the heat will be too spread out. Too high of a heat and the bottom of your garlic bread will heat much faster than the top.

My thoughts

This method gave decent results, but not as good as the oven. It was quick and the garlic bread was nice. The bread kept it’s texture, but the crust wasn’t super crunchy.

If your oven is busy keeping your lasagne warm, then the stove is a good alternative.

How to reheat garlic bread in a frying pan

Notice how the garlic bread gets a slight char when using a frying pan

Frying garlic bread is a good option if you want a more decadent treat and prefer a bit more of a crunchy texture.

This method will only work for slices, not whole loaves.

Method:

  1. Cut the garlic bread into slices.
  2. Heat a pan on medium-high heat.
  3. Optional: lightly butter or oil the slices of garlic bread for an extra decadent treat.
  4. Place the garlic bread cut side down in the pan.
  5. Heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Extra oil/butter is optional here and I chose to leave it out. My thinking was that there’s already a lot of butter in the bread and this would be enough to keep the garlic bread moist and fluffy.

I didn’t want to oversaturate the bread. If you do choose to add extra oil or butter, I suggest chopping up some extra garlic and including it for some extra flavor.

My thoughts

I was initially put off by the thought of frying the garlic bread but it actually turned out pretty good. The bread was crispy and had a nice bite to it.

The only downside was that it was a bit more greasy than the other methods, but not so much that it was off-putting.

How to reheat garlic bread in the microwave

Only use the microwave if it’s your ONLY option.

Microwaves and bread are like oil and water – they just don’t mix. 

A few seconds too many in the microwave and your bread will be rubbery. You also need to eat the garlic bread as soon as it comes out of the microwave. As it cools it becomes tough and chewy.

Method:

  1. Cut your garlic bread into slices.
  2. Place one slice on a microwave-safe plate and put it in the microwave.
  3. Place a cup of water next to the garlic bread slice.
  4. Microwave for 10 seconds on full power.
  5. Eat immediately.

10 seconds may feel too short, but don’t put the bread in for longer than that. You only want to slightly warm the bread, if you heat it until it’s piping hot then you’ve gone too far and the bread will be rock hard.

Only do one slice a time so you can stick to the 10 seconds. More slices will mean more time in the microwave and uneven heating.

I tested using a glass of water and wrapping the garlic bread in a damp paper towel.

I always see people recommend a cup of water or wrapping your bread with a damp paper towel. I was curious to see if I could notice any difference, so tested it out.

I actually preferred the cup of water. The paper towel rendered a more soggy slice.

Looking back, I used a pretty soggy paper towel, maybe if I didn’t wet it as much the results would have been different.

I also wanted to see if it made a difference what power I heated the bread on. I tested a slice at 50% power and couldn’t see a difference. When you’re working with such short time scales, I don’t think power comes into the equation.

My thoughts

I wasn’t a fan of the microwave. The inside of the bread went mushy and disintegrated in my mouth rather than me needing to chew it. You also wouldn’t have noticed there was a crust, it was the same texture as the bread.

As I let the samples cool, the microwaved slices became noticeably harder than the other slices. All the moisture was gone leaving stale bread in its wake.

I can’t recommend the microwave unless it really is your only option. (I’m looking at you, trusty workplace-canteen microwave).

How to reheat garlic bread in an air fryer

If you have an air fryer, it is a super quick way of reheating your garlic bread. Again, this method will only work with slices.

Method:

  • Heat the air fryer to 350°F (180°C).
  • Cut the garlic bread into slices and place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook the garlic bread for 2 minutes.
  • Check to see if the garlic bread has sufficiently heated. If not, leave to cook for an extra minute.

2 minutes isn’t very long but it’s all you need in the air fryer, trust me! You don’t want to leave the garlic bread in there for too long or you risk it turning into a brick.

And as you’re only reheating a few slices it won’t take very long.

To help prevent too much smokiness from the melted butter, add a few tablespoons of water to the bottom of your basket. This will catch any butter drips and stop them from smoking out your kitchen.

How to reheat garlic bread in a toaster

I don’t recommend this method unless you have toaster bags. Good garlic bread will be covered with butter and it’s really not a good idea to put butter in your toaster.

The butter will drip down into the toaster creating a big mess.

But the mess is the least of your worries. The butter could get too hot and ignite inside your toaster causing a fire. If it doesn’t ignite, it will definitely smoke and stink your house out.

If you want to try the toaster, you’ll need some toaster bags. You can put the garlic bread inside the bag, and the bag will catch any butter drips.

You can also use the bags for things like chicken nuggets, pizza slices and leftover toasties

How to reheat cheesy garlic bread

The best way to reheat cheesy garlic bread is in the oven.

The cheese adds more sogginess to the bread, so you need a method that will allow you to add some crunch back into the bread. The oven is the best thing for this.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Sprinkle some water on the garlic bread if it’s dried out (optional).
  3. Wrap your cheesy garlic bread in foil. The foil protects the crust from burning.
  4. Heat for 5-15 minutes depending on the size of the garlic bread. Slices will only need 5 minutes, while a whole loaf might need closer to 15 minutes.
  5. For best results, take the foil off for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. This allows the bread to dry out a bit and ensures the cheese is fully melted.

The cheese will melt slowly in the oven as the bread warms. Then, when you take the foil off you allow extra moisture to escape and get that nice bubbly texture on the cheese.

You could also try the stove method, but you wouldn’t get the opportunity to crisp the bread up so it will likely end up a little soggy.

Other uses for leftover garlic bread

Have you left your garlic bread out a little too long and think it’s gone past the point of saving?

Think again!

Here are some great uses for overly stale garlic bread (or garlic bread you just don’t fancy eating plain). 

  • Make croutons. Garlic croutons are the perfect addition to Caesar salad
  • Make crostinis. Garlic crostini with tomatoes on… DELICIOUS
  • Make breadcrumbs. You can grate the bread or crush it with a rolling pin to get some fancy seasoned breadcrumbs.
  • Make savory bread pudding. Bread pudding is traditionally a dessert, but more and more savory recipes are popping up like this caramelized onion and garlic bread pudding from FineCooking
  • Make garlicky french toast, perfect for breakfast with some pesto.
  • Use it as a pie topping. This one’s a little out there, but when I came across this recipe for garlic bread turkey pot pie, I couldn’t leave it out.

How to store garlic bread (cooked and uncooked)

Garlic bread stored in a paper bag

You should store cooked garlic bread on the side at room temperature. Wrap the garlic bread in some kitchen roll or keep it in a paper bag. Avoid plastic because this can render the bread soggy by trapping moisture.

For longer-term storage, wrap the garlic bread in foil and put it in the freezer. Don’t put the garlic bread in the fridge, this will accelerate staling.

How long will garlic bread last?

At room temperature, garlic bread will last 3-4 days. In the freezer, garlic bread will stay at best quality for 3 months but will be safe to eat for much longer (indefinitely if it stays under 0 degrees).

How to store cheesy garlic bread

Cheesy garlic bread ready for freezing

If you’ve made cheesy garlic bread, you’re best off freezing it even if you want to eat it the next day. 

Technically the cheese will still be safe to eat after 1-2 days on the counter, but the deterioration in quality will be quite shocking. Freezing helps to preserve the texture and flavor of the cheese.

The only exception to this is if you only used parmesan cheese. Parmesan garlic bread will be okay on the counter for 1-2 days.

How to freeze garlic bread

To freeze garlic bread, wrap it in plastic wrap or tin foil and then put it in a heavy-duty freezer bag or airtight container. If you use a bag, suck all the air out with a straw. If you have slices, flash freeze these before putting them in a freezer bag. This will stop them from sticking together.

Flash freezing garlic bread prevents the slices from sticking together

To flash freeze, lay your slices out on a baking tray and freeze for 1-2 hours. The garlic bread will partially freeze and won’t be at risk of sticking together.

The double layer of protection helps protect your bread against freezer burn. Freezer burnt garlic bread will develop a funny taste so you want to avoid it! The bread is pretty delicate so will only stay at best quality for 3 months.

The BEST Way To Reheat Garlic Bread

If you've recently been defeated by a big batch of garlic bread, you may be wondering what the best method of keeping and reheating it is.
Rather than settling for vague and often poor advice online, I decided to test each method to find out what one truly rules supreme.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 person
Calories 206 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 portion garlic bread
  • 1 sprinkle water optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Sprinkle some water on the garlic bread if it’s dried out (optional).
  • Wrap your garlic bread in foil. The foil protects the crust from burning.
  • Heat for 5-15 minutes depending on the size of the garlic bread. Single slices will only need 5 minutes, while a whole loaf will need closer to 15 minutes.
  • If you prefer a crispy texture, remove the foil for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 59gCalories: 206kcal
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