Did someone say garlic bread? Our mouths are watering already! Everyone loves garlic bread. The soft, airy bread with a crisp exterior is worth dying for! It is a sideline for many dishes; pizza, gnocchi, stews, and soups which means that sometimes, you have to deal with leftover garlic bread.
If not reheated properly, leftover garlic bread can get super chewy or sometimes rock hard. That is why we’re here with this article to help you figure out how to reheat garlic bread to restore its texture. Let’s find out!
Can you reheat garlic bread?
Yes, you can reheat garlic bread in 6 different ways. You can easily reheat garlic bread using a microwave, oven, air fryer, toaster oven, frying pan, or pot. The simplest way would be using an oven and baking it for about 10 to 15 minutes.
All the methods will be described in detail in the article below. Keep reading to find out all about it!
How to reheat garlic bread?
Reheating garlic bread is pretty simple. However, you need to be a bit careful because it might dry out if not heated properly. We have mentioned 6 different ways of reheating garlic bread, and you can choose the one that suits you best.
Reheating garlic bread in a microwave
The microwave isn’t really recommended when it comes to reheating garlic bread because it changes the texture a bit. But if you don’t have any other option and microwaving is your only shot, you can do so by following these simple steps:
- Slice up your garlic bread. Take a microwave-safe plate and put the slices of garlic bread on it.
- Microwave the bread for about 30 seconds at full power.
- Check and serve immediately, or it will get rubbery when it cools down.
Reheating garlic bread in an oven
This is the best method of reheating garlic bread. The oven helps restore the actual texture of the bread and results in fresh, soft, and airy garlic bread. Here’s how to reheat garlic bread in an oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Wrap your bread in aluminum foil.
- Bake your bread for around 15 minutes. If your slices are thin, then 10 minutes would be enough.
- Remove the bread from the oven, and your garlic bread is heated to perfection.
Reheating garlic bread in an air fryer
Reheating garlic bread in an air fryer is super quick and convenient. This method will work only for garlic bread slices. These steps will guide you on how to reheat garlic bread in an air fryer:
- Heat your air fryer to 330°F.
- Slice it into smaller portions if your garlic bread isn’t already sliced.
- Place the slices in a single layer in the air fryer.
- Air fry the garlic bread for 2 minutes.
- Check your bread after 2 minutes. If it hasn’t been reheated thoroughly, heat it for another minute.
Reheating garlic bread in a toaster oven
Reheating bread in a toaster oven is super convenient. Here’s how you reheat garlic bread in a toaster oven:
- Reheat your toaster oven to 350°F.
- Wrap your garlic bread in foil.
- Place the wrapped garlic bread on a baking sheet and heat them for 5 minutes or until warmed through.
- Leave the garlic bread in the toaster oven for another 10-15 minutes when they’re done.
- Serve immediately.
Reheating garlic bread in a frying pan
If you want to go for the simple stovetop/skillet/frying pan method to reheat your garlic bread, that is doable too! Here’s how you can reheat your garlic bread on a stovetop:
- Wrap up your garlic bread in aluminum foil (each slice of bread individually).
- Take a large skillet or frying pan that is big enough to hold your bread without having a ton of leftover room.
- Place the wrapped garlic bread in and cover the pan.
- Heat the bread on low heat for 5 minutes.
Reheating garlic bread in a pot
If you can’t use your oven to reheat garlic bread, then a big pot will suffice too! Follow these steps to reheat garlic bread in a pot:
- Wrap your bread in aluminum foil.
- Take a pot that is big enough to hold the wrapped bread– it shouldn’t have excessive leftover space.
- Place the wrapped bread in and cover the pot tightly as it will help heat up faster.
- Place the pot on low heat on the stove.
- Let the bread heat up in the pot for about 5 minutes. The time depends on the size of the bread.
- Check to see if your bread is reheated thoroughly. If not, allow it to reheat for a couple more minutes. Flip the bread over the second time for better results.
Reheating cheesy garlic bread
Cheesy garlic bread is best reheated in the oven. The other methods will make the bread soggy, while the oven will allow it to crisp up. Follow these steps to reheat cheesy garlic bread:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- If your garlic bread is dried out, sprinkle some water on it.
- Wrap your cheesy garlic bread with foil so that it doesn’t burn.
- Heat the bread in this way for 10 to 15 minutes. The time depends on the size of your bread.
Slices will be heated up in 5 minutes, while an entire loaf may take around 15 minutes. For best results, remove the foil for the last few minutes of cooking. This will ensure the cheese is fully melted and crisps up your bread.
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Reheating frozen garlic bread
If you froze your leftover garlic bread and are unsure of how to reheat it, we got you! These simple steps will help you reheat your frozen garlic bread.
- You don’t have to defrost the frozen garlic bread. First, preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Place the frozen garlic bread and butter side up on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a baking sheet.
- Bake the bread for 5 minutes, or until the butter melts and the edges are nice and golden.
- Serve immediately.
How do you reheat garlic bread without it getting hard?
To reheat garlic bread without it getting hard, heat it up in the oven. Just take your garlic bread slices, wrap each slice in aluminum foil, and bake at 350°F for no more than 10 to 15 minutes. The aluminum foil will prevent the bread from drying out.
How long does garlic bread last?
If stored properly and sealed, garlic bread can keep well for 1-2 days at room temperature. It will keep good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer. However, we do not suggest storing it in the freezer for that long.
How to store leftover garlic bread?
- To store leftover garlic bread, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil.
- Do not store it in the refrigerator as it will dry out. Instead, store it in the freezer so that it can last longer.
- Place it in a heavy-duty freezer-safe bag, or wrap it up in plastic freezer wrap or aluminum foil and store it.
How to freeze garlic bread?
To freeze garlic bread, wrap up the entire loaf of bread with aluminum. If your bread is in smaller portions, wrap each portion individually, and place them in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Pop the bag in the freezer.
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Related FAQs to garlic bread and reheating!
Can you eat reheated garlic bread?
Yes, you can! Leftover garlic bread can be reheated and eaten without it causing any harm.
How do you make garlic bread soft again?
If your bread is stale and dried out, sprinkle some water on it and wrap it in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped bread in a preheated oven at 300°F for 5 to 15 minutes, or until the bread is warm and soft. Check and heat it until the water dries out and the bread is no longer soggy.
Can garlic bread sit out overnight?
Yes, garlic bread can sit out overnight. If covered properly, it can keep well at room temperature for 1-2 days.
What to do with leftover garlic bread?
There are endless things that you can do with leftover garlic bread. You can simply reheat it the next day and consume it as is. Or you may make an entirely new dish such as soup, bread pudding, pasta, or salad to serve the bread with.
Concluding our thoughts on reheating garlic bread
Garlic bread tastes heavenly when warm. The biggest issue with leftover garlic bread is that it becomes stale. Reheating the garlic bread correctly can help restore its texture and freshness. The next time you think of tossing out the stale garlic bread, try reheating it in any of the above ways, and your life will be changed forever!
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