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Crisp, crunchy, Texas Toast Garlic Bread is our latest obsession.  Full of garlic-y flavor and served piping hot, this homemade Texas Toast bread is the best accompaniment to any meal! It’s so simple to make and is the perfect spin on classic garlic bread.

A slice of Texas toast bread toasted with garlic butter.

When it comes to country-style dishes like Chicken-Fried Venison Steak and Country-Style Pork Ribs, Texas Toast garlic bread is a must.

But the great thing about this Texas garlic toast is that it doesn’t just pair well with barbecue and southern cooking- it’s also a wonderful stand-in for classic garlic bread.

That means our Texas Toast recipe is delicious dipped in the rich tomato-garlic sauce of our Italian meatballs and Spaghetti. Serve it alongside Parmesan Chicken,  Minestrone Soup and as a yummy vessel to sop up all that flavorful broth in our Mussels in Garlic Wine Sauce or Crockpot goulash.  

Why This Recipe Works

Butter, Parmesan, and garlic on top of a thick slice of white bread? It’s simple and basic but the makings of truly something special. 😉

Better yet, we’re also including a few different options for preparing this buttery garlic bread. You can find the full instructions for making Texas Toast in the oven, air fryer, and stovetop.

Why you’ll love this Texas garlic toast recipe:

  • with just seven simple ingredients required, it’s a breeze to prep
  • it’s easy to modify, and we’ll walk you through three different cooking methods
  • Texas Toast is a versatile and delicious side dish.

Ingredients for Texas Toast Garlic Bread

Just seven ingredients is all you’ll need to make homemade Texas garlic toast! For the best results, try to use Texas Toast sandwich bread. It’s usually sliced about 3/4-inches thick.

However, if you can’t find it at your grocery store, any thickly sliced sandwich bread will also work just fine.

And, of course, you can always purchase an unsliced loaf of white bread and slice it yourself at home. If you are feeling inspired, make your own homemade bread.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • butter, softened to room temperature
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • thick white sandwich bread (we used Texas Toast sandwich bread but other brands work)
  • grated Mozzarella or Colby cheese (optional, if you’d like a cheesy Texas Toast!)
Texas toast sandwich bread, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, butter, garlic powder, and fresh parsley.

Our Texas Toast Recipe

We’re sharing all the details for how to make Texas Toast garlic bread using three different cooking methods!

Whether you prefer the oven, a hot skillet (or grill), or even Texas Toast in the air fryer, this simple recipe is easy to adapt based on the cooking method of your choice.

Here’s a quick look at how to make it, but be sure to view the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page to check out all of the Texas Toast instructions.

Mashing butter with garlic and Parmesan cheese.

Combine the butter, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl. Mash it together until it forms a smooth paste. Slather the butter mixture on both sides of each piece of bread.

Texas Toast in the Oven

If you’re toasting it in the oven, first preheat your oven to 375°F. Place the prepared bread slices on a baking sheet.

Six slices of bread slathered with garlic butter and placed on a sheet pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, then flip them and bake another few minutes or until the bread slices are golden brown. If you’d like a cheesy Texas Toast, sprinkle the bread pieces with grated Mozzarella or Colby cheese and bake another couple of minutes to allow the cheese to melt.

Air Fryer Texas Toast

Prep the pieces of bread with the butter mixture, then place the pieces into the air fryer.

Two slices of garlic bread in an air fryer.

Cook at 350°F for 3-4 minutes or until the toast is golden brown. If using cheese, add it at the end and return the toast pieces to the oven for another 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Grilled Texas Toast

Making Texas Toast on the stovetop or grill is another quick method. First, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Place each prepped piece of bread in the hot skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Grilling bread in a skillet.

If you’re adding cheese to the bread, simply sprinkle it on at the end and then cover the skillet with a lid. All it takes is about 30-60 seconds for the cheese to melt.

If using an outdoor grill, place the toast pieces directly onto the grill grates and cook for 1 to 3 minutes on each side.

Serve this garlic bread alongside our shrimp pasta or stuffed pasta shells for a delicious meal.

Recipe Tips for the Best Results

  • Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature. It’s easier to spread that way, and it will also incorporate better with the other ingredients.
  • Store leftover Texas Toast garlic bread in a resealable plastic bag for 3-4 days at room temperature.
  • You can also freeze this garlic butter toast in an airtight container for up to three months.

This homemade Texas garlic toast recipe will beat out store-bought Texas Toast any day!

With real butter, savory garlic, and the perfect blend of seasonings, a slice of crisp, crunchy Texas Toast is downright addictive. Another quick tip: a double batch of this stuff is always a great idea. 😉

Several thick slices of bread toasted with garlic butter.

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A thick slice of garlic bread made with Texas toast sandwich bread.

Texas Toast Garlic Bread

Full of garlic-y flavor and served piping hot, this homemade Texas Toast bread is the best accompaniment to any meal! It's so simple to make and is the perfect spin on classic garlic bread.
We kicked up the flavor a notch by adding grated Parmesan cheese to the garlic butter spread. This is better than store-bought Texas toast.
4.80 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 8 tablespoons butter 1 stick, softened
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 to 6 cloves of garlic minced (1-1/2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 slices thick white sandwich bread**
  • Optional: ½ cup grated Mozzarella or Colby cheese


  • Combine the butter, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl and mash together until it is a smooth paste. 
  • Slather the butter on both sides of the bread slices.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Place the buttered bread slices on a baking sheet. (You will need to do two batches if you have a small baking sheet). 
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes then flip them over and bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • If desired, sprinkle with grated Mozzarella or Colby cheese and bake for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. 

Air Fryer Texas Toast

  • Place the buttered bread in the air fryer. Set the air fryer to 360°F and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. 
  • If desired, sprinkle with grated Mozzarella or Colby cheese and cook at 350° for 1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Grilled Texas Toast

  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Place the buttered bread in the hot skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 
  • Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese, if desired and cover the skillet with a lid for 30 to 60 seconds until the cheese melts. 
  • You can also place the bread slices directly on the grill grates of an outdoor grill and grill for 1 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. 


  • Texas Toast sandwich bread is sliced 3/4 inches thick. If you can’t find Texas Toast bread, any thick thickly sliced sandwich bread will work. Optionally, you can purchase an unsliced loaf of bread and and slice it yourself. 
  • Let the butter soften to room temperature so it can incorporate well with the other ingredients and spread evenly on the bread.
  • Store leftovers in a resealable plastic bag for 3 to 4 days on the counter. You can also freeze Texas toast for three months (keep it in an airtight container). 


Serving: 2slices | Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 660mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

This post was originally published on May 25, 2019.

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Friday 6th of October 2023

Yum! just tried this recipe last night I prepped the butter spread the day before. I found it to be delicious! My daughter thought it could use a little less garlic and parsley . I let her know that when she invites me over she can experiment around with the amount of garlic she would like. Your current recipe is the one that I'm saving in my recipe card index. Thank you for sharing!

Dahn Boquist

Friday 6th of October 2023

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. You can definitely play around with the amount of garlic and parsley to make it just right for your family. Thanks for the comment.

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