Texas Toast

By Polly Conner
November 30, 2021

Homemade Texas Toast is a quick and easy side dish that all ages love. It is crisp and crunchy on the outside and buttery and soft on the inside. It tastes SO much better when made at home plus you’re skipping over loads of additives and preservatives that come with the store bought version. Check out how easy it is to make homemade Texas Toast garlic bread below!

Texas toast made from a french loaf

When I learned to make Texas Toast at home, it took my garlic bread game to a whole new level. It’s my go-to side dish with most Italian dishes like Baked Penne Pasta, Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce, or Baked Tortellini.

What is Texas Toast?

Is Texas Toast the same thing as garlic bread?

Well, yes and no.

Texas toast is a toasted bread that is typically made from sliced bread that has been sliced at double the usual thickness of packaged bread. Texas toast is prepared by spreading butter on both sides of the bread and broiling or grilling it until it is a light golden brown

According to Wikipedia, this toast is considered Texas Toast because it got its start in Beaumont, Texas, when a bakery sliced some bread too thick. The bread was so large it wouldn’t fit in the toaster.

So the cook thought he would butter the bread and put it on a griddle.

This recipe has you cooking it on the oven but it still creates that crispy, garlicky outside and fluffy inside.

Sliced and toasted texas toast with parsley sprinkled over the top

What Type of Bread Do I Need for Texas Toast?

My favorite bread to use is a big french loaf. However, I will take a stand and say any bread will work using this method. It’ll still be good! Just call it garlic bread instead of Texas Toast so the chefs in the world don’t come at me.

A french loaf of bread, unsliced on a cutting board.

How to Make Texas Toast at Home

Step 1: Slice up your bread.

Slice and dice that puppy up into about 1/2-1 inch wide pieces. A bread knife will be your best friend for this task.

A sliced french loaf of bread

Step 2: Spread Butter

Using softened butter, spread a generous amount over each piece until the surface is pretty much coated. Tip: To soften cold butter, stand it up in the microwave, zap it for 5 seconds. Flip it the butter over (so it’s still standing up but on the other end) and zap it again for another 5 seconds.

Softened butter spread over a french bread

Step 3: Season the Texas Toast

I prefer to sprinkle a little bit of garlic salt over the top followed by a bit of dried parsley flakes.

I’ve heard sprinkling a little parmesan cheese on the toast add a delicious nutty flavor too.

Texas toast prepared to go under the oven broiler

Step 4: Broil the Toast

Position the top rack to be about 6 inches from the heating element.

Lay the seasoned toast out on a baking sheet and put them in the oven (not pre-heated).

Turn the broiler on and let them broil for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them though! Each oven heats up differently. Take them out when the tops start to get brown and crispy.

Texas toast prepped and ready for the oven


Cooked texas toast

What Goes Well with Texas Toast

This would make an easy side dish for so many meals. In addition the ideas mentioned above, here are a few more recipes Texas Toast would be scrumptious with.

Pan Seared Pork Chops

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Crock Pot Ribs (or Ribs made in the Instant Pot!)


Texas Toast

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 pieces 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Texas Toast is one of those tried and true side dishes your family will always love. Crispy & garlicky on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside. To easy too!


  • 1 french loaf, sliced into thick pieces.
  • 46 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/21 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes


  1. Slice the french loaf into 1/2-1 inch wide pieces and lay pieces out on a baking sheet.
  2. Spread softened butter, covering the tops of the slices of bread.
  3. Sprinkle garlic salt and parsley flakes evenly over the tops.
  4. Place pan in oven and bring to a broil. Broil bread until the tops start to brown (about 5 minutes if starting oven from cold.)


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  1. Jerusha says:

    Could I use garlic powder for this or does it need to be garlic salt? I am on a low sodium diet. I think my family would love this.