Zesty Garlic Bread Seasoning

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Infused with garlic, salt and pepper, oregano, and parsley, this easy and delicious homemade zesty garlic bread seasoning recipe will add zest and flavor to so many dishes. The possibilities are limitless!

Zesty Garlic Bread Seasoning

This recipe for zesty garlic bread seasoning came to me via a Dallas restaurant. They gave our table a basket of what they called “toasties”: strips of crunchy toasted bread covered in the most amazing seasoning. We asked about the seasoning and found out that they sold it, so I was able to bring it home for my family to try as well.

From the very first batch of this zesty garlic bread I made at home, folks came out of the woodwork. “What is that delicious smell?” “When is it going to be ready?”  My favorite was when my daughter’s best friend, Sara Jane, came over and the moment she walked in the door she paused and said, “I don’t know what it is but as soon as it’s done I want some!”.

To say that this wonderfully seasoned toasted bread was a hit would be an understatement. So you know I had to come up with my own recipe in order to duplicate it after my jar of seasoning was gone. The zesty seasoning recipe I am sharing with you today is not identical to the one from the tea room, but it is close enough that my family still offers up the same reactions whenever they smell the bread toasting.

This mix makes a wonderful gift, especially when accompanied by a nice loaf of french bread. It also has plenty of uses as an all-purpose seasoning too. All that is required is a bowl and a spoon to stir it together!

Recipe Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Granulated garlic
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • White pepper

How to Make Zesty Garlic Bread Seasoning

Stir all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl until very well blended. Store in an airtight container.

Toasted bread instructions.

To Make Zesty Homemade Garlic Bread

Melt 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter and stir in 1 tablespoon of mix. Brush the seasoned melted butter on 6 to 8 pieces of bread before placing them on a baking sheet and toasting in the oven.


When stored in an airtight container, this seasoning will last for a long time (or until one of the herbs or spices expires).

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to substitute the granulated garlic for garlic powder. You can also swap the dried oregano and dried basil for other Italian seasoning ingredients (or use a combination of them all). This includes dried marjoram and dried parsley.
  • This seasoning tastes great on all kinds of bread, including french bread and homemade soft unleavened bread recipe. An easy way to make homemade garlic bread.
  • Another ingredient many people include in garlic bread seasoning to make cheesy garlic bread is 1/2 cup of powdered parmesan cheese or freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • If you do use fresh ingredients, like fresh parmesan cheese, minced garlic, or fresh parsley to make some deliciously crispy garlic bread, note the seasoning won’t last as long.
  • Serve your toasted garlic bread with your favorite pasta dish or Italian-inspired main meal, like crockpot lasagna or Italian meatball soup.

Recipe FAQs

How else can I use this zesty seasoning?

I recommend patting the seasoning onto pork chops or chicken tenders before cooking. You can also sprinkle it on a homemade pizza for added flavor. Other options include turning the toasted garlic bread into flavored croutons for your favorite salad and tossing the seasoning into a bowl of freshly popped popcorn. Told you the possibilities are endless!

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The Best Roasted Asparagus Seasoning

2 Ways With Broasted Potatoes

All Purpose Marinade

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Zesty Garlic Bread Seasoning

Infused with garlic, salt and pepper, oregano, and parsley, this easy homemade zesty garlic bread seasoning recipe adds flavor to many dishes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, seasoning
Servings: 3.5 cups
Calories: 274kcal


  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1.75 cups granulated garlic
  • 1/2 cup dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 1.5 tbsp white pepper


  • Stir all ingredients together in a mixing bowl until very well blended. Store in an airtight container.
    1/2 cup kosher salt, 1.75 cups granulated garlic, 1/2 cup dried oregano, 1/2 cup dried parsley, 1.5 tbsp white pepper

To Make Zesty Garlic Bread

  • Melt 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter and stir in 1 tablespoon of mix. Brush on 6-8 pieces of bread before toasting in the oven.


Calories: 274kcal
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  1. I am headed to Dallas next week. Can you give me the name of the tea room you visited? I would like to try it out. Thanks!

      1. Hi, Christy! You’re right, it is The Rose Garden Tearoom in Arlington. It has been in Arlington for 25 years and for 10 years in Fort Worth in the Historic Camp Bowie Mercantile.

        My name is Helen Bowers and I am the owner of The Rose Garden. Two of my daughters have cooked for me for the full 25 years and now my oldest grand daughter works with us.

        I loved it when I read that you had been to The Rose Garden. I keep up with your website — I love new recipes!

        Please come again and let me know ahead of time so I can be there. I would love to meet you!

        1. Helen…I am Karen and what a treat to see your post here. My daughter Kristal’s lives in Arlington just down the road from the Decorators Warehouse…I am a huge Southern Plate Fan and had the privilege to spend time with Christy the day before her book signing in Garland at Barnes n Nobel. My daughter made the recommended the tea room. We like to treat our Southern friend to local Texas favorites which made your tea room the perfect choice. Those toast things left our taste buds dazzled and minds reeling to try & figure out… just what is in there? We enjoyed our lunch & were so thankful when mentioning the toasts that our server eagerly shared that we could purchase the seasoning mix if we so desired. YUMMOLICIOUS! Thanks so much! Karen

        2. Oh and Helen….how close our Christy’s taste buds to the original recupe….shhh I know it’s a secret recipe…but we won’t tell a soul…LOL just teasing you. Great mix & would make a great gift for someone. Take Care & May God Bless you & your family.

  2. Oh, yum! I can’t wait to try this. When you post the hawaiian bread, could you include oven directions. I don’t have a bread maker. Thanks

    1. Ditto for me! I love Hawaiian bread but do not have a bread maker, not including my hubby who makes fabulous wheat bread. Thanks!

    1. Yes, thank you for asking because it reminded me to clarify so I have adjusted the recipe to specify dried herbs. Granulated Garlic is a bit coarser than garlic powder. It is more like the size of salt grains. You can get it right next to the garlic powder and I’m sure garlic powder would be a good stand in and work fine as well, I just tend to keep granulated garlic on hand so that is what I use.

  3. Christy I have one question about your recipe. It say 1 + 3/4 cup of the granulated garlic. I must be stupid today but 1 what? I also think that 1 cup of the kosher salt is an awful lot. Maybe that’s just me. Thanks

    1. It is a lot of salt, and an awful lot of garlic as well, but you are making a LOT of seasoning and keep in mind you just use a tablespoon of the entire mixture at a time for enough bread for your family. This recipe makes 3.5 cups.

      Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to make fractions appear smaller on my blog, so rather than say 1 3/4 cup and risk folks thinking I am saying 13 cups (it has happened more times than I can count), I say 1+3/4 cup in order to be more clear. This is one and 3/4 of a cup of granulated garlic, so nearly two cups. I hope that made sense but please let me know if I didn’t. Have a great day!

  4. I am so excited about this recipe! I just made homemade bread for the first time last night and today I started hunting for a great seasoning recipe. I couldn’t find one that had rave reviews and then this pops up in my email. Serendipity!

    1. Oh wonderful! I am hoping to share my super soft Hawaiian Bread recipe soon on my email list. It taste just like the King’s Hawaiian bread in the store but I make it in my bread machine. My family goes through a loaf a day – and that is with two of us hardly eating any carbs! Stay tuned!

      1. love this seasoning and can’t wait to get the bread machine recipe. I may make a crockpot full of chicken thighs and legs using the seasoning.

          1. Wow the chicken was fantastic, everyone loved it!! just chicken and seasoning and 7 hours in the crockpot. TY for the recipe.

      2. Hi Christy. I get these posts but are there more that I’m missing? I’d like the low card recipe to use the new seasoning as well. I have all of your cook books and treasure them so much. Have Sweetness beside me right now. Thanks and let me know if I should get on an additional list. Paula

        1. Hey! If you got this one you are on the VIP list so you aren’t missing anything. The VIP list is automatically updated and you get on it and stay on it simply by opening my emails. VIP folks receive all of the emails whereas folks who don’t open emails very often will only get one (or so) per week-ish. 🙂 This is something new I am trying out so we’ll see how it works!

          1. Hey, that’s a great idea!!! (I’ll have to be SURE I open EVERY one!!!!) Thanks for ALL of your posts!!!

          1. I missed that one (obviously) by the date lag I see…..could I get that recipe for Hawaiian (homemade) Bread? Oh, I don’t have a bread machine-so need old fashion directions!

      3. I can’t wait for that recipe! I love King Hawaiian but try not to buy it too often. What bread machine do you have? I’ll be buying one soon!

      4. When you post your Hawaiian Bread recipe, (using a bread machine), will you be able to post how to make it without the machine? I am bread machine deprived. LOL

  5. This sounds so good! Wish I didn’t need to avoid bread. It’s what I miss most – even more than sugar.

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