How to Reheat Garlic Bread in the Microwave

One of the most popular snacks and sides in the world is the delicious and crispy garlic bread. It’s easy to make, incredibly delicious, and comes in many different styles and shapes to suit even the pickiest eaters.

Absolutely no one would be disappointed by a plate full of steamy garlic bread put in front of them.

However, there’s not too many people out there who equally love cold garlic bread. It’s hard, the flavor’s been subdued a bit by the temperature, the texture is all wrong!

So, if you’ve found yourself in a similar predicament – cold garlic bread and a serious craving – but you don’t have a whole lot of time to pop that bad boy in the oven to crisp up nicely, this guide will teach you how to reheat garlic bread in the microwave.

Slap your bread on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a damp paper towel, then nuke it for a maximum of 10 seconds.

Now, let’s really dig into this to get the absolute best of your garlic bread, when you’ve only got a microwave at your disposal.

Can you reheat garlic bread?

While there are some people out there who can eat garlic bread cold right out of the fridge, and even enjoy it, most people would agree that it’s so much better soft and warm.

It’s perfectly safe to reheat garlic bread, so long as it was stored properly and reheated correctly.

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The taste and texture won’t be changed much, if at all, so long as you take care to avoid nuking the bread for too long. Or letting it get hard as a rock.

Why does garlic bread get too soggy or hard?

When you reheat any type of bread in the microwave, it causes the starches in the bread to heat up. Once it’s reached a certain temp – for example after heating it for too long – the starches begin overcooking and re-gelatinizes. 

This process makes the bread soft again, but as the heat and time within the microwave rises, this process takes the bread from soft and delicious to tooth-breakingly hard and tough. 

The key to avoiding this process is to reheat the bread quickly, no longer than 10 seconds. Over-heat your bread and you’re going to end up with tough inedible garlic bread, and no one wants that.

The method

There are a few different ways you can go about this. However, this guide will go over the best method to keep your garlic bread soft and delicious, just the same as it was when it was fresh out of the oven.


  • Grab a small microwave-safe bowl or saucer
  • Put around 3 tbsp in the bowl 
  • Heat the water on high for 60 seconds

The bread

  • Line a microwave-safe plate with at least two layers of paper towels
  • Place your bread in a single layer on the paper towels
  • Cover the garlic bread with another layer of damp paper towel. Be sure it’s touching the bread, but it’s tucked in too tightly
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  • Pop the bread into the microwave, with the bowl of water
  • Microwave on low-power for 10 seconds
  • Flip the bread over (just the bread not the paper towels)
  • Heat for an additional 10 seconds
  • If your bread is frozen, continue this process – heating in 10-second increments while flipping – until it’s thoroughly warm
  • Do not overheat

Final thoughts

While everyone knows that the microwave is one of the worst choices for reheating food, it does have its purpose!

Bread, rice, and broth do extremely well in the microwave. If you follow this guide and carefully monitor your bread in the microwave – avoiding over-heating most importantly – you’ll be feasting a second round on that delicious steamy garlic bread.