Easy Garlic Knots are homemade but simple to make. Topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese, these buttery rolls are perfect alongside dinner or with sauce for dipping.
Soft and Fluffy Garlic Knots
There’s nothing better than experiencing the delicious homemade taste of these easy garlic knots!
The soft, fluffy dough is filled with garlic, coated with a yummy garlic butter mixture, and baked until golden. These knots aren’t just a delicious appetizer to go with pasta. They are the ultimate comfort food!
Making these tasty garlic knots is easy using just a few simple ingredients. A mix of flour, yeast, salt, sugar, and olive oil forms the ideal base for slathering with garlic butter.
Soon, your kitchen will be filled with the tempting smell of these golden-brown knots. Your whole family is going to love them!
These knots require two rises, but it goes quickly and it is totally worth it. There’s not much labor involved, just a little waiting. You’ll be so happy you made them. I think I will try them with some marinated garlic next time!
The knots are small, so you won’t feel bad about eating your fair share. And maybe a couple extra.
Why you’ll love Easy Garlic Knots
Flavor Explosion – The combination of fresh garlic, herbs, and a buttery glaze ensures an explosion of flavor in every bite.
Versatility – Serve these knots as an appetizer, alongside pasta, and soup, or as a delightful side to main dishes like lasagna.
Quick and Easy – With minimal ingredients and straightforward instructions, this recipe for garlic knots is one you’ll want to keep in your recipe collection.
Freezer-Friendly – Make a batch ahead and freeze them. They’re perfect for spontaneous gatherings or cozy nights with the family.
Equipment you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
For the Knots:
- All-Purpose Flour – A great choice for these easy garlic knots. When measured correctly, they’ll always yield a sturdy bread with a fluffy interior. Basically an elevated crescent roll!
- Instant Yeast – Check to make sure your yeast is fresh, otherwise the bread won’t rise.
- Salt – A bit to enhance the flavor.
- Granulated White Sugar – Using sugar also enhances the flavor, but it’s also what the yeast feeds on.
- Olive Oil – Needed fat for moisture and softness.
- Warm Water – In order for yeast to activate, it needs warm water and sugar. Make sure it’s not too hot or it’ll kill the yeast.
For the Garlic Butter:
- Salted Butter – Just so we don’t have to add any extra salt. Of course, if you only have unsalted, go ahead and use it. You’ll want to be sure to add a pinch of salt to the garlic butter in this case.
- Garlic Cloves – mince the garlic and have it prepped and ready. Garlic powder can be used in a pinch.
- Fresh Parsley or Dried Parsley – herbs and garlic go hand in hand for a ton of flavor!
How to make Easy Garlic Knots
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Step One: Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted. Mix with the paddle attachment, then add in the olive oil and water and beat until the dough starts to come together.
- Step Two: With the dough hook attachment this time, knead the mixture for about 5 minutes or until it forms a soft dough.
- Step Three: Remove the dough from the bowl and use your hands to form a ball. Place it in a large bowl greased with oil and roll it around so the dough is coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on how warm your kitchen is.
- Step Four: Transfer the risen dough to a clean, lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll out a large rectangle. It should be about 1/2″ thick. Cut the dough into 16 strips.
- Step Five: Roll each strip into a rope, then fold the ends towards one another to tie each rope into a knot. Place each knot onto the prepared baking sheet, about 1″ apart. Repeat with the remainder of the dough. Cover again with plastic wrap for another rise. They should double in size again (about half an hour).
- Step Six: Bake the knots in a preheated 375°F oven for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and while they are still warm, brush them with the garlic butter and enjoy!
What to serve with Easy Garlic Knots
These homemade garlic knots are great with marinara sauce for dipping. You can also top them with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese before serving.
Serve these garlic knots alongside your favorite pasta dish like Crock Pot chicken alfredo. They are also great for dipping in your favorite soup or stew. or have them on the side of baked ziti, slow cooker mac and cheese, or ravioli lasagna.
If you’re ever thinking of halving the recipe, don’t do it. You’ll always find ways to use them up!
Tips & Suggestions
- Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for that perfect, airy texture. This could mean away from any draft or window, using the proofing tray at the bottom of your oven, or using the warm function of your oven and leaving it inside. If you choose to use the oven, replace the plastic wrap with a kitchen towel.
- Customize your garlic knots by adding a dash of garlic powder or dried oregano to the dough for an extra burst of flavor.
- For a crispy finish, sprinkle Parmesan cheese before baking.
How to reheat and store Easy Garlic Knots
How to store leftovers
Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.
Can I freeze homemade garlic knots?
Absolutely! You can freeze leftover garlic knots to enjoy them later.
Make sure they are cooled completely, then place them in an airtight container or a freezer bag before freezing. This way, you can conveniently thaw and reheat them whenever a garlic knot craving strikes. Frozen garlic knots can be stored for up to 1 month in the freezer.
Thaw in the fridge before reheating.
How to reheat garlic knots
Microwave for a quick warm-up or pop them in the oven to revive that fresh-from-the-bakery feel.
For a nice brown color, try putting them higher in the oven to get more heat from the top. You can use milk wash, egg wash, or butter to help them brown. Be careful about putting them too high in the oven, though. Burnt garlic isn’t tasty.
Since garlic knots are usually made from homemade pizza dough, they share a taste and texture similar to pizza crust—only better! The addition of rich melted butter and flavorful seasonings makes this garlic knots recipe so delicious that they don’t require any extra sauce, cheese, or toppings.
Yes, they can be used interchangeably, but active dry yeast has to be dissolved in water before you use it. Instant yeast can go straight into the dough.
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Originally published March 20, 2014