Cook Garlic Bread In The Air Fryer And Thank Us Later

The only downsides to garlic bread are the time it takes to make and the melancholy feeling of seeing an empty dish with crumbs when all that buttery, garlicky goodness is finished. The air fryer offers a handy solution to both — so you can get your garlic bread fix super quick, and if it gets finished too fast, whip some more up with minimal effort.

Whether making it from scratch or using the frozen kind, the air fryer can turn out crispy golden pieces of garlic bread in under 10 minutes. Not only is it significantly faster than the oven, but it also lets you control the texture and crispiness of the bread better. The only drawback is the small size of most air fryer compartments, which limits how many pieces of garlic bread you can make at a time. However, there's a handy tip that lets you make even large batches in the air fryer, and with the speed with which it churns them out, you can have fresh batches of garlic bread every few minutes.

So, get your softened butter, peeled garlic and grated cheese together and prepare to turn your humble loaf into this heavenly side. Once you've made it in the air fryer, it's unlikely you'll make garlic bread any other way.

The air fryer makes garlic bread in minutes

The air fryer cooks by surrounding the food in its perforated basket with hot air, so the only thing you need to watch out for when making garlic bread in one is that the bread doesn't dry out. Preheating the air fryer for about 3 to 5 minutes helps limit the time the bread is inside. Remember that the longer it's in there, the more chances of it drying out. Once it's in, you'll want to air fry for about 5 minutes at 400 degrees. The exact time can vary depending on the air fryer and how crispy you like your garlic bread.

If the bread gets too dry or crispy for your liking before all the cheese has melted, start by covering it with aluminum foil for the first few minutes of air frying. This retains moisture while the cheese melts, which also helps when you want that epic cheese pull. You can then air-fry your garlic bread uncovered for a few minutes to finish getting the delicious browning on the top and edges.

For large batches, make pull-apart style garlic bread instead since it's easy to fit a small loaf in the air fryer, and you'll get more pieces out of it. Make deep cuts into the loaf without slicing all the way through, and fill them with softened garlic butter and your cheese of choice. Then, air fry as described above, enjoy, and thank us later.