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Garlic Crostini

This Garlic Crostini recipe is an easy and quick appetizer that comes together quickly and can be served with almost anything!

an overhead shot of toasted crostini with olive oil, garlic, and salt

Garlic Crostini

This garlic crostini is such an easy appetizer staple that you can put just about anything on top of! The added olive oil, garlic and sea salt bring another layer of flavor to your appetizer to the next level.

The garlic clove melts onto the bread while it’s still warm ensuring that the flavor is infused with the crostini. The best part is that it comes together in under ten minutes!

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four rows of sliced bread on a cookie sheet

What is crostini?

Crostini is an Italian appetizer that mainly consists of a toasted or grilled bread with different toppings.

The toppings can be just about anything even if it’s just served with olive oil, garlic and salt.

What kind of bread should I use?

You’ll want to use a loaf of bread that has a smaller circumference and a thicker crust like a baguette.

Something like Italian bread could work, but the slices might be much bigger meaning you may not get as many servings out of one loaf of bread.

How thick should I cut the slices?

Be sure to evenly cut your loaf into about 1/4” slices. If it’s any thicker, it may not get crispy all the way through.

Cutting it evenly is also key to ensure that each piece cooks at the same rate. Smaller pieces will likely burn so be sure to keep an eye out for those.

a close up of toasted slices of bread on a cookie sheet

Should I bake the bread or broil it?

Oven time is usually precious when you’re making lots of food, so broiling the crostini makes the process go a lot faster!

Even if you use the low setting of your broiler, it should only take about 2 minutes on each side for the bread to get nice and toasty.

You can definitely bake the bread pieces, but it will take a bit longer.

Be sure to keep an eye on your bread with either method because it can go from crisp to burnt really quickly with how thin the pieces are cut.

Do I need to use garlic?

You don’t have to use garlic! I know it can be something people are very sensitive too so it is easy to just not rub the garlic clove on a few pieces and only sprinkle with sea salt.

If you’re able to though, the garlic paired with the sea salt adds a great kick!

I use a clove of garlic rather than spreading it with pre-minced garlic so it’s nice and fresh. This also helps ensure that it’s only got the textures from the topping.

a close up of toasted crostini with olive oil in the background

What can I top this garlic crostini with?

Garlic crostini can be topped with all sorts of things like a simple tomato salad with balsamic or even an assortment of meats and cheeses. This Bacon Caramelized Onion Crostini is also a great option!

It can also be used as an option to eat dip like this Beer Cheese Dip, Whipped Feta Dip or this Roasted Garlic Spread.

Looking for other easy appetizers? Try these:

an overhead shot of toasted crostini with olive oil, garlic, and salt

Garlic Crostini

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Garlic Crostini recipe is an easy and quick appetizer that comes together quickly and can be served with almost anything!


  • 1 baguette
  • Olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled with the end cut off

To Top:

  • Sea salt


    1. Preheat broiler on low. Cut baguette into 1/4" slices and place on a cookie sheet. Brush each slice with olive oil.
    2. Place in the oven on a middle rack for about 2 minutes until golden brown. Keep an eye on this as it happens quickly.
    3. Remove from the oven and flip each piece. broil for another 2 minutes until golden brown.
    4. Once removed, use the cut side of a garlic clove and rub on the toast then sprinkle sea salt to top.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutrition provided is only an estimate.

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