Easy Sourdough Garlic Toast – Eat or Freeze for Later

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Nothing is more nostalgic or comforting than homemade garlic bread! This crunchy, buttery sourdough garlic toast is a super easy recipe and the perfect side dish for virtually any meal. It’s also a great make-ahead recipe to freeze slices you can pull and bake any time. Be prepared not to have any leftovers when you make these!

sourdough garlic toast slices on towel.

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I was pretty excited anytime I saw garlic bread on the table. My mom made the best homemade garlic bread, and try as I might mine is still not quite as good as hers, but it’s still pretty dang good. 😉

This recipe was developed because I wanted garlic toast slices that I could easily pull from the freezer and bake, much like store-bought Texas toast garlic bread. Sometimes you just want that quick grab-and-go side dish that can be baked in just a few minutes in the oven!

​You can also whip this up and bake immediately–no need to freeze the slices first. It’s just nice that it’s an option to also bake them from frozen.

This is a great recipe for leftover homemade sourdough bread that is starting to go stale. No sense in letting dry bread go to waste–just turn it into garlic toast!

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Ingredients for Sourdough Garlic Toast

To make my sourdough garlic toast recipe, you need a baking sheet (or two), parchment paper, a mixing bowl, and a small rubber spatula (or a spoon).

Next, you’ll gather the following simple ingredients:

Sliced Sourdough Bread – Slice sourdough about 1/2 inch thick for this recipe. This is the perfect way to use up a loaf of sourdough that may be starting to go stale or dry out, but a fresh loaf can also be used. You will need 10-12 slices of sourdough bread.

Butter – I use salted butter for the best flavor. Use room temperature butter for easy mixing and spreading.

Minced Garlic ​ – You can use jarred for fresh garlic you mince yourself.


Parmesan ​- Finely grated parmesan cheese adds a delicious nutty, cheesy flavor to the butter spread.

Dried Parsley ​for color!

ingredients for sourdough garlic toast including bread, butter, parmesan, parsley, salt, and garlic

Sourdough Garlic Bread Instructions

This homemade sourdough garlic bread recipe couldn’t be easier.

a mixing bowl with butter, parsley, garlic, parmesan, and salt being stirred together with bread sliced in the background.

1. Make Butter Mixture

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.

Add the butter, parmesan, salt, dried parsley, and minced garlic to a small bowl. Stir with a small spatula to evenly mix.

Spreading the butter mixture onto one side of the sourdough bread on a baking sheet.

2. Spread on the Bread Slices

Use the spatula to spread a thin layer of garlic butter on each side of the sourdough bread slices. I like to butter the first side, but it butter-side down on the parchment paper, and then butter the other side. Evenly arrange the slices on a baking sheet (depending on the size of your bread, you may need more than one baking sheet).

turning over toasted bread slices with tongs on a baking sheet.

3. Bake the First Side

Bake the sourdough garlic toast at 450°F. You will bake the first side for 7 minutes.

(All ovens vary, so keep an eye on it. Check on it around the 5-minute mark to see how it is going–flip your bread once the top is lightly toasted. It will continue to cook after you flip it, too).

If you are baking the slices frozen, see the Freezing Instructions below.

Tongs holding a slice of the garlic toast.

4. Flip & Bake Other Side

After the first side is lightly toasted, remove the baking sheet from the oven, flip each slice of bread over, and then put it back in the oven to bake for another 4-5 minutes until golden brown.

That’s it! You’re done! Very simple to make.

holding a slice of toasted sourdough garlic toast

Freezing Instructions

If you would like to make these to freeze for easy weeknight side dishes, follow steps 1 & 2 as directed above. Instead of baking, pop the baking tray into the freezer to set.

Once the slices are completely frozen, you can remove the baking sheet from the freezer, stack the slices, and place them in a freezer bag.

You may wish to wrap the stack in plastic wrap before placing in the freezer bag for maximum protection against freezer burn. Throw the bag of garlic bread in the freezer to use at your convenience.

For baking, you will arrange the slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 450°F for 9 minutes on the first side, then flip and bake 4-5 minutes on the second side.

Of course, all ovens vary, so keep an eye on it and flip your bread once the top is lightly toasted (it will continue to cook after you flip it, too).


Store baked garlic toast slices in an airtight container. These should be eaten within 1-2 days for best quality.

Store frozen garlic toast slices in an airtight freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. Try to use up frozen slices within 3 months for best results, but they will be fine in the freezer for up to 6 months if needed.

An arrangement of garlic bread on a white cloth.


  • If you don’t have minced garlic, you can use garlic powder instead. Use 3/4 tsp garlic powder to replace 1 tbsp minced garlic.
  • If you love the cheesy flavor of parmesan, you can an additional tablespoon of parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
  • Use fresh herbs instead of dried–whatever you prefer.
  • For a strong garlic flavor, add a pinch of garlic powder along with the minced garlic.
  • You can use any bread you like with this recipe. While I like to use sourdough slices, you can use anything. Store-bought, homemade, etc. It all works.

You can use 100% whole wheat sourdough (my favorite, though I photographed this recipe with a white loaf I was prepping for a family event), Italian loaves, French bread, etc. Use whatever your heart desires!

Main Dish Suggestions

This sourdough garlic toast goes with almost anything, but I especially love it with my Bison Meatballs, my homemade bison bolognese, my smoked Traeger ribeye roast, and my High Protein Baked Ziti.

side plate with a portion of high protein pasta bake next to the full pan.

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Other Sourdough Recipes

Need to make some sourdough to slice for this recipe? My 100% whole wheat sourdough recipe is easy and great for beginners. I also have a 100% Red Wheat Sourdough recipe you will enjoy.

For another tasty garlicky sourdough recipe, try my Cheesy Sourdough Garlic Knots–they are to die for!

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Sourdough Garlic Toast

This crunchy, buttery sourdough garlic toast is the perfect side for any meal. Bake immediately or freeze slices to bake any time.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: garlic toast, sourdough, sourdough garlic bread, sourdough garlic toast
Servings: 12
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $7



  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened (1 stick)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese finely grated


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Slice sourdough into 12 half-inch slices. Add the softened butter, garlic, dried parsley, and parmesan cheese to a small mixing bowl. Stir until smooth.
  • Spread the butter mixture onto both sides of each sourdough slice. Lay the slices, butter side up, on the parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Fit as many as you can–you may need to use a second sheet or bake in two batches.
  • Bake the garlic toast for 7 minutes, then flip and bake another 4-5 minutes until golden brown to your liking. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Freezing Instructions

  • If you would like to freeze these slices unbaked, after spreading the butter mixture onto both sides of the bread and arranging them on a baking tray, put the baking tray into the freezer.
  • When the slices are completely frozen, stack them & wrap in plastic wrap, then seal them in a freezer bag. Keep in the freezer until you'd like to bake them.
  • To bake, heat the oven to 450°F. Arrange slices on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes on the first side, then flip and bake for another 4-5 minutes on the second side.


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Store leftover garlic bread slices in an airtight container. Best eaten within 1-2 days.
Frozen garlic toast slices can be kept for 3-6 months.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg

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