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! 

Overhead view of bread dipping oil and bread on a wooden surface.

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. 

Overhead view of olive oil, herbs, and spices and bread on a wooden cutting board.

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. 

Dried herbs and spices in a small square white bowl with a decorative measuring spoon.

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.
Overhead view of bread dipping oil and bread on a wooden surface.

Want to take this oil mixture to the next level? 

Try adding:

– a splash of really good balsamic vinegar

– freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Round wooden cutting board with a small bowl of olive oil and seasonings, and a loaf of bread.

This bread dipping oil goes great with

Overhead view of bread dipping oil and bread on a wooden surface.

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! 


  • 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


  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.


  • 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: 6Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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