This is the most irresistible restaurant-style bread dipping oil recipe! You’ll feel like you’re at a fancy Italian restaurant and you won’t be able to stop dipping! 

Image of bread dipping oil, captured from above on a wooden tray with bread in the upper left-hand corner of the picture .

Give me a loaf of bread that’s the perfect balance of crusty and soft, and this bread dipping oil, and I’m a happy girl. Throw in a glass of wine and you’re pretty much making all my dreams come true.

I mean, this stuff is absolutely irresistible. Someone asked me to develop a recipe for this, quite some time ago now…and I did…and then I sat on the floor of my studio after I photographed it and ate bite after bite…after bite. It’s garlicky, herby, a little spicy, a little salty, and 100% amazing. 

This is the most irresistible restaurant-style bread dipping oil recipe! You'll feel like you're at a fancy Italian restaurant and you won't be able to stop dipping! 

Drizzle over some incredible extra virgin olive oil and you have the perfect precursor to pretty much any meal. I mean…if you want to make it a meal in and of itself, you find me judging. You’ll probably find me saying, “Could you please pass me the bread?”

This bread dipping oil is the best concoction of herbs, garlic, and of course, rich, flavorful olive oil. It makes a lot, but it stores well in the fridge for about a week. If you want to extend the shelf life further, leave out the fresh garlic and just add that when you’re ready to use it. That’s what I typically do. 

This is the most irresistible restaurant-style bread dipping oil recipe! You'll feel like you're at a fancy Italian restaurant and you won't be able to stop dipping! 

What Is in this bread Dipping Oil?

So much great stuff! It all works together so well for the perfect bite with every dip of bread.

  • garlic, of course!
  • oregano
  • basil
  • parsley
  • onion powder
  • cracked black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • garlic powder
  • and of course, the star, olive oil! Try to find a really rich, bold, extra virgin olive oil.

This is the most irresistible restaurant-style bread dipping oil recipe! You'll feel like you're at a fancy Italian restaurant and you won't be able to stop dipping! 

Want to take this oil mixture to the next level? 

Try adding:

  • a splash of really good balsamic vinegar
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

This is the most irresistible restaurant-style bread dipping oil recipe! You'll feel like you're at a fancy Italian restaurant and you won't be able to stop dipping! 

This bread dipping oil goes great with:

Bread Dipping Oil Recipe | Restaurant-Style

Bread Dipping Oil Recipe | Restaurant-Style

Yield: 7 tablespoons dry mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is the most irresistible restaurant-style bread dipping oil recipe! You'll feel like you're at a fancy Italian restaurant and you won't be able to stop dipping! 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (2-3 large cloves) minced garlic - use fresh, not the refrigerated kind in a jar!
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. When ready to use, mix 1 tablespoon of mixture with about 1/2 cup of olive oil. If desired, add 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  3. Store remaining mixture in fridge for up to a week.

Notes

  • If you'd like to store this mix longer, leave out the fresh garlic and just add it when you're ready to serve. If you do this, you don't need to refrigerate the mixture.
  • Nutrition information for dry mix only and does not include olive oil or cheese.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 228mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g
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Verdict: You guys already know, I’m completely head-over-heels in love with this stuff.
Husband’s take: Who doesn’t love bread and great olive oil?! I was a little concerned that he might think it had too much garlic because he’s not a huge garlic fan (I married him anyways), but I was wrong! If you do have a family member that is also not on Team Garlic, you could leave out the fresh garlic and this bread dipping oil will still taste absolutely fantastic.
Changes I would make: None are necessary! Feel free to adjust this to your liking, though. It’s a very flexible recipe.
Difficulty: Easy!