Easy Texas Toast recipe. Thick sliced buttered bread is toasted until crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. Perfect for serving with pasta, BBQ, or breakfast. Makes great steak toast points too!
Texas Toast is really easy to make at home. All you need is some bread, butter, and an oven, griddle, skillet, or grill.
Homemade anything always tastes better than some commercial product. It’s also a ton cheaper and quicker to make your own than it is to buy the frozen variety in the store.
I usually use the thick-sliced white bread labeled as Texas Toast at the grocery store.
I prefer it because it’s convenient, every slice of bread is already cut to the same thickness. This allows for all of the bread to be done at the same time.
Large Italian or French bread loaves can also be used. Slice the bread into 1-inch thick slices. Sourdough is another great choice. Again, just slice it thick.
It’s simply a THICK sliced bread that has been buttered and toasted so you can use your favorite bread for this recipe. Go ahead and use your homemade bread, just slice it thick.
Thin bread works using this method too! You just might need to reduce the cooking time for each method.
Both sides of the bread need to be buttered.
The key to crispy Texas toast is being light-handed with the butter. Using too much butter makes Texas toast greasy and soggy.
If that is the texture you want, I suggest making garlic bread instead by buttering each piece of bread, sprinkling with garlic salt or garlic powder, and stacking them together, wrapping in foil and baking at 350⁰F for 20 minutes.
I use two different methods of buttering bread. It all depends on what I have on hand.
Super Soft Butter
I use super soft butter when the kitchen is warm enough. When I say super soft, I mean soft enough that I can spread a super thin layer of butter on the bread without smashing or tearing the bread. The butter will be much softer than butter I would use for making cookies.
My kitchen isn’t as warm as it used to be in my last house. I don’t have butter than soft very often anymore.
Melt some butter on the stovetop or microwave just until most of the butter has melted. Stir the warm butter until the rest of the butter melts. You want the butter warm but not screaming hot.
Use a pastry brush to coat both sides of the bread with butter.
Sometimes I add garlic, sometimes I don’t. It really depends on what I am serving it with.
When I add garlic, I only sprinkle one side of the bread with it. I prefer garlic salt but garlic powder works too.
All you need is a very light sprinkling. A pinch or two per slice will work. Adjust to your own tastes if you want a super garlicky Texas toast.
If I am making garlic and plain at the same time, I add a sprinkling of parsley flakes so I can tell the pieces of bread apart after baking.
I prefer the texture of baked Texas toast. It has a firmer and crunchier texture so it’s perfect for using as toast points under a steak and dipping into hot pasta sauces.
Since the bread is buttered on both sides, there is no need to prepare a baking sheet.
I have the best luck with a pretty hot oven.
I cook my Texas toast at 425⁰F. If the bread is taking longer than 6 minutes or so to start browning, your oven calibration might be off, try turning the oven temperature up to 450⁰F.
You can cook it until just one side is totally browned and the bottom side is lightly toasted, but I recommend flipping the bread over and giving it another 2 to 3 minutes.
Using an electric griddle, or a skillet on the stove will produce a softer Texas toast like the bread served at Cane’s or Zaxby’s.
Preheat the griddle or skillet using medium heat before adding the buttered bread.
For a softer bread, you just want to cook the bread until it has just started to brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
Cooking the bread longer until it is completely golden brown will make it crunchier, about 4 to 5 minutes. Then flip the bread and continue cooking until the second side is beginning to brown or completely browned.
Texas Toast can be made on a grill. You’ll want to wait until the coals have cooled off a bit so it doesn’t burn. You can also knock down your coals in one spot so that the heat isn’t as intense.
Grill each side to the desired doneness.
Timing on this is going to be dependent on the temperature of the coals. It might go fast and it might take a few minutes. Keep a close eye on your Texas toast when using this method!
Cheese can be added to the top when using an oven.
Don’t add it until after the bread has been at least lightly toasted. Adding the cheese before cooking will leave the cheese side untoasted, kind of like the inside of a grilled cheese sandwich and the cheese may be over browned before the bottom of the bread is toasted.
I let the bread cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the bottom has started to get a bit of color, then flip the bread and add the cheese before I finish baking the Texas toast.
Shredded mozzarella is a great choice, so is a shredded Italian blend. But feel free to use any shredded cheese blend you like.
Use up to 2 tablespoons of cheese per slice. Too much cheese may make the bread soggy, even with partially baking it first.
What to Serve with Texas Toast
We use Texas toast for lots of meals around here. I serve it with pasta dishes, bacon and eggs, and even cut it into quarters and use it as toast points on steak night.
- Pasta Dishes
- BBQ Meats
- Bacon and Eggs
- Fried Chicken Tenders
- Fried Shrimp Basket
- Use for Texas Toast Pizza
- Use for Texas Toast Burgers
I do not recommend storing or reheating leftovers.
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Texas Toast Recipe
- 8 bread slices 1-inch thick
- 5 1/2 tablespoon salted butter softened or melted
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder optional
- Preheat oven to 425⁰F.
- Spread or brush butter on both sides of the bread and place onto a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle one side of the bread with garlic if using, use a pinch or two per slice.
- Place into the preheated oven and bake until the bottom side has browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Flip the bread and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, cut into halves and serve.
- To make Texas Toast on a griddle or skillet, use medium heat and cook each side until desired doneness.
- To make Texas Toast on an outdoor grill, use the coolest area of the grill and cook until each side has browned.