Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe with Garlic and Herbs

How to make focaccia bread that’s perfectly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Jump to the Easy Focaccia Recipe or read on to see how we make it.

Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe with Garlic and Herbs

One of our favorite yeast-breads to make lately has been focaccia. It’s olive oil loving crisp outside and soft inside makes it perfect to accompany dinner, soups, stews or even sliced in half and used for sandwiches. Our focaccia bread recipe is very simple to make – no fancy equipment is needed at all.

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How to Make the Best Homemade Focaccia Bread

Homemade focaccia bread is one of our favorites. This recipe makes delicious fresh bread in no time and requires very little from you. Here are our best tips for making it.

How to Make the Best Homemade Focaccia

Use a Good Olive Oil

The secret to the best focaccia bread is great tasting olive oil. Since there is quite a bit used, the bread really takes on the flavor. You don’t need to spend lots of money, just use an olive oil you love. We have Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil in our kitchen and love it.

Play with Flavor

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s completely versatile. In our case, we like to infuse olive oil with herbs and garlic. In our photos we have used a combination of thyme and rosemary, but you could use whatever herbs you love – fresh or dried.

Adding the olive oil, garlic, and herbs to focaccia dough

If you prefer, leave the garlic and herbs out, it will still be delicious. Instead, you can just use plain olive oil. Or, add even more flavor to the dough before baking with sliced olives, halved cherry tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes.

You can can even treat the baked focaccia like a pizza. Once baked, top the bread with your favorite cheese, pepperoni or tomatoes and bake until bubbly.

What to Do with Leftovers

Refrigerate or freeze leftover focaccia.  Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then in foil. Keep in the refrigerator up to 2 days and in the freezer for about a month. Day old bread can be toasted and used as croutons for a salad – You could always throw them on top of our Easy Caesar Salad Recipe. Another option is to cut into cubes and use in a bread pudding or strata.

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Recipe updated, originally posted January 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe with Garlic and Herbs

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Our focaccia recipe is very simple to make – no fancy equipment is needed at all. The secret to the best focaccia is a great tasting olive oil. Since there is quite a bit used, the bread really takes on the flavor. You don’t need to spend lots of money, just use an olive oil you love. For the herbs, we love a combination of thyme and rosemary, but you could use whatever herbs you love – fresh or dried. Or, omit the garlic and herbs all together and use plain olive oil instead.

A note on pan size: In this recipe we call for a 9-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet. If you do not have this, you can use a 9-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking dish with taller sides.

Makes approximately 8 servings

You Will Need

1/2 cup (120 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 cup (235 ml) warm water

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)

1/4 teaspoon honey

2 1/2 cups (325 grams) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  • Make Dough
  • In a cold medium skillet, combine olive oil, minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, and the black pepper. Place the pan over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes or until aromatic, but before the garlic browns. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and honey. Stir a few times then let sit for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of the flour and a 1/4 cup of the infused garlic-olive oil mixture. Stir 3 to 4 times until the flour has moistened. Let sit for another 5 minutes.

    Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour and the salt. Once the dough comes together, transfer to a floured board and knead the dough 10 to 15 times until smooth. Transfer to a large oiled bowl, cover with a warm, damp towel and let rise for 1 hour. (It’s best to let the dough rise in a warmer area of your kitchen).Focaccia-Bread-Recipe-Step-2

    • Bake Bread
    • After 1 hour, heat oven to 450 degrees F. Use two tablespoons of the remaining garlic-olive oil mixture to oil a 9-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet. (See above if you do not have this pan size).Focaccia-Bread-Recipe-Step-2

      Transfer the dough to the baking sheet then press it down into the pan. Use your fingers to dimple the dough then drizzle the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of the garlic-olive oil mixture. Let the dough rise for 20 minutes until it puffs slightly. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool baked focaccia bread on a wire rack.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Refrigerate or freeze leftover focaccia.  Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then in foil. Keep in the refrigerator up to 2 days and in the freezer for about a month.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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115 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jane Twining-Blair February 13, 2017, 1:39 pm

    This bread is wonderful! I made three of them for Sunday dinner and it was a huge hit. Now, I make bread every week, so I was shocked when I realized right before adding the oil before baking that I had forgotten to add the salt😳. So, I decided to add the salt after applying the oil. I loved the direct salt taste and will definitely continue doing it that way. This was so easy!

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    • Jane Twining-Blair February 13, 2017, 1:42 pm

      5 star

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  • Lou January 11, 2017, 6:18 pm

    Omg this recipe is AMAZING! 5 stars.

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  • Dan December 30, 2016, 12:58 am

    Delicious, flavorful focaccia! Only change I made was to double the garlic. The dough was so soft and pliable, it was easy to pat into the pan. It smelled very nice even before baking.

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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  • Susan December 26, 2016, 7:32 pm

    I have never had good luck using yeast. I make this without yeast but your recipe looks so much better. Do you have a non yeast version?

    Thank you for your time

    I am going to make your turkey meatballs! So happy I have found your wonderful recipes!

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  • Lydia December 3, 2016, 11:46 pm

    I made this yesterday and also added some olives. It was absolutely delicious and the first time I have made bread before. Thank you, it disappeared fast. 🙂

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  • Renee November 15, 2016, 5:35 pm

    I’m making it now. This is going to save us money because my husband loves the deli made bread but its nearly four dollars a loaf.

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  • A November 4, 2016, 9:50 am

    WOW! I’ve never made focaccia before. This recipe was really easy and the bread was SOOO delicious. My family loved it! The herbs really gave this focaccia flavor. I will definitely make it again!!

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  • Darleen October 16, 2016, 2:25 pm

    Would it be possible to make the dough in a kitchen aid mixer?

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    • Joanne October 16, 2016, 2:32 pm

      Hi Darleen, You can definitely make this in a stand mixer. There isn’t a lot of kneading required in this recipe, but the mixer will make it even easier. Happy baking.

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  • Marieta tadeo October 9, 2016, 5:32 pm

    I’ be been looking for this bread recipe .It looks good.

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  • Um Dyab August 19, 2016, 10:44 pm

    A Big Hello MY Dears Joanne & Adam all the way from Jordan ! May GOD bless your hands. Two days ago for the first time I baked your “Awesome” Easy Focaccia Bread with Herbs Recipe. It was so “DELICIOUS & so YAMMMY”. For a long time I wanted a bread recipe with herbs, not having much experience in baking with yest; you made it so easy. I used the same ingredients except for the herbs I used Oregano,black pepper. of course the garlic gave it a “BAZAZ taste”. Also since the main dish that I had prepared needed garlic bread.
    I love to see more of your inspired video recipes makes it easier.Thank you both for your grade help.

    Um Dyab

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  • June Swanson August 14, 2016, 2:12 pm

    I was surfing , looking for a good recipe for focaccia bread that I could also use for pizza crust. Yours popped up as an option. When I looked at it , I thought the pictures showed it to be light and airy. Just what I was looking for. I printed the recipe and I will try it. Looks really great!!! Thank you so much.

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  • Stacy B. August 10, 2016, 12:15 pm

    This recipe is great. I love its versatility. The kids fly through it. Is it possible to double, and bake in 2 pans?

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    • Joanne August 10, 2016, 12:48 pm

      Hi Stacy, doubling the recipe should be fine. You might need to rotate the pans during cooking so they bake evenly.

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  • ashley casas July 24, 2016, 6:02 pm

    This is a super easier recipe, but I definitely did not kneed this enough, it cooked up beautifully and just started to crumble when I picked up a piece. Taste was definitely perfect.

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    • Long John Staff August 5, 2016, 7:53 am

      I struggled with focaccia a few years ago and it totally put me off.

      I was keen to have another go and searched on-line for an ‘easy’ recipe. It was very easy and absolutely AMAZING! Tasted so good. I needed it a little more than suggested but other than that followed it carefully. Awesome!

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  • Chrystal April 15, 2016, 12:14 am

    So I made the bread DELISH! But I also made a second one for dinner and turned it into a bbq chicken pizza! So much better than regular pizza crust! Lighter, fluffier and just more delicious all the way around! Thank you for this easy recipe! Super easy to follow. I have a feeling my family will refuse to go back to regular pizza dough ever again. I’ll be sure to let everyone I know, know about this recipe. THANK YOU SO MUCH once more I can’t say it enough.

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  • sjcaissie@msn.com April 9, 2016, 3:05 pm

    This has become a household staple. So delicious, can change up the herbs, add crushed chilies….so many options. Love it!!!

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  • Giodaddy April 1, 2016, 7:05 pm

    This is our third time we’ve tried this amazing bread. Super easy to make and sides well with anything Italian and a nice wine. I would definitely recommend this bread to anyone who loves focaccia bread and wants to make it at home!

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  • Colleen December 23, 2015, 4:27 pm

    Just made this fococcia!!! YUMMY!!! I did all that the recipe called for except the seasonings. I didn’t use pepper, thyme, or rosemary. Not that we don’t like those herbs! I used marjoram, basil, parsley, and tarragon. I always add more garlic!!!! 4 large cloves is what I used. I will be able to do many things with this recipe. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!! for sharing it with us. What a great recipe!!!

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  • Samia aly December 8, 2015, 9:10 pm

    Great recipe used it in bread machine turned out lovely thank you

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  • Insiya December 1, 2015, 8:34 pm

    Hi,is there a difference in cooking time when using a 9*9 pan?

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    • Joanne December 22, 2015, 1:08 pm

      We have never made this in a 9×9-inch pan, but you should be okay. The cooking time may be a little off, but just keep any eye on things. Once the bread looks golden brown and cooked through, take it out of the oven.

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  • Stacy November 16, 2015, 2:47 pm

    OK…so totally old post, but I was looking for quick breads to make and your recipe popped up! Looks amazing, question…I don’t have honey, is it required for making this?

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    • Joanne December 22, 2015, 1:23 pm

      The honey helps the yeast along. You can use a little sugar instead.

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    • Gretchen May 21, 2016, 3:20 pm

      Also. you can use agave nectar. I had to throw away some very expensive honey the other day because someone forgot to tighten the lid and ants got into it. I had agave from Margaritas and it worked lovely.

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      • Joanne May 23, 2016, 12:45 pm

        Hi Gretchen, Agave should work as a substitute for the honey here. Hope you enjoy it!

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  • astrid September 6, 2015, 8:01 am

    Love this recipe!!! I used oregano also to add to garlic and thyme. This recipe works every time…

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  • Zoe August 24, 2015, 9:12 pm

    6/5 from me!!!!!!!!!
    i finally found the perfect recipe for my focaccia!!!!
    Thankyou!
    p.s big thumbs up from all my friends!

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  • Cindy June 15, 2015, 3:38 am

    So so yummy!! Thank you

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  • Jacqui May 4, 2015, 3:40 pm

    There we go 5 stars for sure!!

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  • Jacqui May 4, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Unbelievable!!! I thank you for this recipe. I’ve never made focaccia before and I will never buy it at the store again. My house smells incredible.

    5 stars

    Reply

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