This homemade garlic bread seasoning has the perfect mix of Italian herbs, Parmesan cheese and a few other ingredients that make it an absolute classic.
It is super flavorful and versatile, and can be put to use to whip up a quick garlic bread on a whim, or used in a ton of other ways.
I'm a big fan of batch making foods, especially condiments, spice mixes and sauces. I find it makes my time so much easier in the kitchen, and that's why I absolutely HAD to give this a try.
What's So Great About the Recipe?
What I love the best about the recipe is that I can make it in a big batch and store it for months. That way, I always have some pure, homemade seasoning handy.
Plus, the recipe is as easy as it can get- it is all about mixing everything together in a bowl.
- Powdered Parmesan cheese
- Garlic powder
- Dried oregano
- Dried parsley
- Onion flakes
- Chili powder
- Fresh basil leaves
- Pepper powder
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make the Garlic Bread Seasoning
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Stir well and store in a glass jar with an airtight lid.
Combine garlic bread seasoning with softened butter and spread the mixture on a loaf of French bread (cut in ½ lengthwise).
Wrap in foil and bake at 375 until butter is melted. You could also place it open-faced under the broiler for a few minutes to make it golden brown and crispy.
PS: I topped this seasoning over my spicy jalapeno poppers recently, and it turned out next level delicious.
Substitutions & Variations
- If you don’t have a ready Italian seasoning mix, you can use a mix of individual dried Italian herbs like parsley, oregano, thyme, and white pepper.
- To bring a bit of heat into the picture, you can add some cayenne pepper or paprika into the seasoning mix.
- If you don’t have garlic powder, you could also choose to use granulated garlic instead.
Got some extra garlic bread seasoning that you want to put to use? Sprinkle some of it over your bowl of freshly popped popcorn or some toasted croutons to go with your soups, and you’re sorted.
How to Store the Garlic Bread Seasoning
The best way to store your homemade garlic bread seasoning mix is to transfer it to an airtight jar or container. I like to use little glass jars that have an airtight lid, or stick to my meal prep containers if I’m making a bigger batch.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- If you want the bread to be nice and crispy, you can bake it in the oven or in your Air Fryer.
- If you are one of those who want to sink their teeth into a soft, buttery and garlicky slice of bread, you can cover it all up in foil before popping it in the oven.
- To make your garlic bread extra cheesy, you can also top it with some freshly grated mozzarella or processed cheese before you bake it.
- If your butter hasn’t softened yet, you can reduce the amount of butter you’re using and compensate with some olive oil instead.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
There are tons of ways you can put this garlic bread seasoning to use- it is super versatile that way.
Apart from using it for your homemade garlic bread, you can also use it as a topping for soups and stews that need that little extra flavor.
I also like to sprinkle a bit of it over my bowl of salad or veggie dish to lend it some of that Italian vibe. I always use it for my crispy Parmesan potatoes.
I also sometimes think about sprinkling some of it over grilled corn or even into my favorite breakfast veggie pancakes.
And oh- it is a match made in heaven when you sprinkle some of it over your piping hot pizza.
While all the herbs and seasonings that go into it are shelf stable, if you’re adding Parmesan cheese, it is best to refrigerate the seasoning mix if you want it to last longer, and have that fresh taste and flavor.
You can use practically any type of bread you can get your hands on. I like to use French bread to get into that classic Italian vibe, but you can also use sourdough, ciabatta or even bruschetta if that’s what you have at hand.
You could use freshly grated Parmesan, but remember that the packaged powdered variety is usually drier, and has been stripped off all that moisture, making it more shelf stable. Fresh Parmesan, on the other hand, has moisture, which can cause the seasoning mix to form clumps.
Homemade Garlic Bread Seasoning
- ½ cup powdered Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon pepper powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion flakes
- 1 loaf French bread
- 2 tablespoon butter
- salt to taste
- fresh basil leaves a handful
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir well and store in a glass jar with an airtight lid.
- Combine garlic bread seasoning with softened butter and spread on a loaf of French bread (cut in ½ lengthwise).
- Wrap in foil and bake at 375 until butter is melted. (You could also place it open-faced under the broiler for a few minutes, so it gets golden-brown and crispy)
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds