Garlic Crostini

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Crispy, flavorful and easy to make, these garlic crostini are great on their own and taste amazing with cheese, roasted veggies, dips, and so forth.

They only have four ingredients and come together in no time.

This easy crostini recipe proves that sometimes less is more, and you can make a crowd-pleasing appetizer with just a handful of basic ingredients.

It’s also super economical and extremely versatile.

In Italy we usually serve garlic butter crostini with anchovies, this is truly an Italian classic to enjoy as an appetizer, a wonderful accompaniment to a glass of white wine.

But truth be told, everything tastes just so much better when you have golden garlic crostini on the side.

Serve them with cheese platters, olives, marinated mozzarella, sun dried tomato paste just to name a few, or simply enjoy them with soups and salads.

They are incredible!

Just grab a baguette, garlic, butter and salt and let’s make garlic crostini for a crowd!

List of the ingredients

  • Baguette or ciabatta bread
  • Fresh garlic
  • Butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Herbs & chili flakes (optional)
Top view of the ingredients to make garlic crostini over a white background.

How to make garlic crostini

(Note: this is a quick description, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)

  • Slice the baguette on the diagonal.
  • Toast the bread slices on a grilled pan or in the oven until golden and crispy.
  • Mix the soft butter, grated garlic and salt until well combined.
Two images showing a grilled pan with bread slices and a bowl containing the garlic butter mixture.
  • Brush crostini with the butter and garlic mixture while they’re still warm.
  • To make them fancier and more flavorful, I would recommend topping your crostini with chopped fresh parsley or dried oregano, thin slices of garlic and a pinch of chili flake or salt flakes. Enjoy!
Close-up of one of the garlic crostini topped with thin slices of garlic, chili flakes and herbs.

Recipe notes

Ingredients & substitutions

Bread: French baguette or ciabatta are the best options here. Crostini are meant to be canapés, the slices should be tiny, golden and crispy.

Butter: the melt butter makes these garlic crostini rich, full of flavor and delicious. But extra virgin olive oil makes a great substitution if you wish.

Garlic: I use 1 tablespoon of grated garlic for 8 servings. It might sound a lot, but it’s what you need to make “garlicky” crostini . However, feel free to use less (or more!) garlic if you like.

Herbs, chili flakes & sea salt flakes: they are optional, but add extra flavor and make these grilled crostini pretty too!

Close-up of a white plate full of garlic crostini.

Storage tips

You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days, but when it’s time to serve, pop them into preheated oven (300F/150C) for a few minutes until warm and crispy again.

How to serve garlic crostini

They will be wonderful with appetizers such as sun dried tomato spread, baked ricotta or a simple white bean dip. I also LOVE them with soups and salads like this cannellini bean soup, vegan potato soup or grapefruit salad.

Top view of several golden garlic crostini topped with garlic slices, chili flakes and herbs.

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If you make this easy garlic crostini, or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you! x

Garlic Crostini

Crispy, flavorful and easy to make, these garlic crostini are great on their own and even better with cheese, veggies, charcuterie and so forth!
Recipe yields 8 small servings, but it can be easily doubled for a crowd.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: garlic crostini
Servings: 8
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Katia


  • 8 baguette or ciabatta, slices
  • 1 tablespoon butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh garlic, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt, or to taste

To serve (optional)

  • thin slices of garlic
  • chopped fresh parsley or dried oregano
  • chili flakes


  • Slices the baguette, cut 0.5cm / 1/4-inch thick, ideally on the diagonal.
  • Preheat the grilled pan on the stove, or alternatively preheat the oven to 160°C / 320°F.
  • Toast the bread slices on each side if using the grilled pan, or arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet than bake for about 8-10 minutes. You'll want your crostini slightly golden and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, place the soft butter in a small bowl along with the grated garlic, and the salt. Mix them thoroughly until well combined (if it doesn't look smooth is fine).
  • Remove crostini from the stove/oven, brush them with the soft garlic butter mixture while they're still warm so butter melts nicely.
  • Sprinkle them with fresh chopped parsley or dried oregano, sea salt flakes and chili flakes work very well too. They're best while they're still warm.


Make-ahead garlic crostini? Freshly made and warm are best, and the good news is that takes minutes to whip them up once you have everything ready (and you can make the garlic mixture ahead of time and keep refrigerated).
Garlic crostini leftovers: you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days, but when it’s time to serve them, I would recommend to warm them up in the oven.
Nutrition facts: the nutrition values are for one serving and they are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please see my disclosure policies.


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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