5 Minute Olive Oil Bread Dip

If you’re one to reach for olive oil instead of butter for dipping some bread, this 3 minute olive oil bread dip recipe is right up your alley. This garlicky dipping oil for your favorite Italian focaccia bread rivals that of any restaurant and is so quick and simple. Just try and stop eating it!

glass bowl with spoon holding olive oil bread dip with garlic and herbs

Maybe you’re like me.  When I’m at an Italian restaurant and a big loaf of warm bread is delivered, all systems are go. And the first thing I do to make that bread happy (especially if it’s an Italian restaurant) is reach for the olive oil. Life is even better is when the restaurant has an olive oil herb dip.

It’s one of my favorite things and I’m sharing all you need to know to make this garlicky oil at home.

Let’s level up your focaccia bread with big herby flavors.

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5 minute easy appetizer recipe

piece of bread with olive oil bread dip on it
A bite of warm bread dipped in herby olive oil is the best!

Simple appetizers make it so easy to entertain. Recipes like marinated mozzarella, a big head of roasted garlic are delicious starters for any dinner party. Not sure if it’s a coincidence or not, but pair all of these small plates with fresh bread, some dipping oil and you have a party.

And all you need is 5 minutes, a really good olive oil and a spice drawer for this super quick appetizer.

The components for olive oil dip recipe

Ingredients for olive oil bread dip on black slate and in small bowls.
Simple ingredients for an even simpler appetizer.

Here’s are the main parts for dipping oil. I’ve also included some fresh ingredient add-ins for the day you plan to serve your dip.

  • Olive oil. You don’t have to use your best olive oil but I do recommend a good quality olive oil. Some of my favorites include California olive oil, Olio Santo and Partanna from Italy.
  • Herb and spice blend that includes:
    • oregano
    • thyme
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • sea salt
    • crushed red pepper flakes
    • fresh garlic, finely minced or zested
  • Additional ingredients to add in (optional):
    • minced, fresh garlic
    • a drizzle of balsamic glaze
    • chopped fresh basil
    • parmesan cheese (right before serving)

How to make bread dipping oil

bowl of olive oil with dried herbs for bread dip
Rub the dry herbs into olive oil.
herbs and garlic salt in olive oil filled bowl for bread dip
Add in seasoning including garlic powder.
small bowl with olive oil bread dip being whisked
Whisk to blend.
glass bowl of olive oil bread dip with bread on a linen napkin
Add in fresh garlic and crushed red pepper.
  • Gather all of your ingredients.
  • Chop some fresh garlic if you’re using.
  • In a small bowl, pour 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Take your dried herbs and one at a time, rub them together in the palm of your hand. This releases the oils and adds more flavor.
  • Stir in the seasoning and herbs.
  • Finish with the chopped,raw garlic if using and taste. Add another pinch or two of salt if needed.

Dried or fresh herbs?

Dried herbs work beautifully in bread dipping oil because they last the longest and produce the best results.

If you choose to use fresh herbs, keep in mind that the dipping oil will only last about a week.

Other fresh herbs that add bright flavor:

  • fresh basil
  • fresh rosemary

Dried Herb to Fresh Conversion
1:3

For every 1 teaspoon of dried herbs, you need 3 teaspooons of fresh.


Best bread for dipping

Who doesn’t love a warm crusty Italian bread? Ciabatta is one of my favorites for this simple olive oil dip because it’s soft and airy and soaks up the oil in the best way. It’s also darn good.  

Some other breads that love being dipped:

Homemade focaccia. I have two kinds: a focaccia barese with potato and a crispy focaccia. Both would taste amazing with bread dip.

Crispy garlic bread. Maybe it sounds a little extra but some crispy garlic bread would soak up even more of the dipping oil.

Other bread options. French baguette, sourdough bread, Pane Italiano

Other places to use this yummy bread oil

two pieces of Italian bread drizzled with herby olive oil bread dip

Once you make dipping oil, you’re going to start thinking of all the amazing places you want to use it.

With chicken. Herby dipping oil is a great partner with some foolproof, juicy chicken breasts.

Drizzled over salad. Use as a salad dressing for Italian arugula salad.

Pizza dip. Who says creamy ranch dressing is the only thing that pairs well with pizza? A little herby olive oil dip would be so good with some Philly tomato pie.

Sandwich. Use this olive oil bread dip on a pressed Italian sandwich for your next tailgate. Adds the best zip!

How long does bread dipping oil keep?

With dried herbs: up to a month in a cool, place and dark bottle.

With fresh herbs: up to a week.

If fresh garlic and parmesan are added: up to a week.


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glass bowl with spoon holding olive oil bread dip with garlic and herbs
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5 Minute Olive Oil Bread Dip

If you're one to reach for olive oil instead of butter for dipping some bread, this 3 minute olive oil bread dip recipe is right up your alley. This garlicky dipping oil for your favorite Italian focaccia bread rivals that of any restaurant and is so quick and simple. Just try and stop eating it!
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings 0.5 cup

Ingredients
 

Optional

Instructions

  • Pour olive oil into a small bowl.
    1/2 cup olive oil
  • Rub dry herbs in palms of your hands to release oils into olive oil. Add remaining seasonings.
    1 T oregano, 1 T thyme, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Optional

  • Chop fresh garlic finely, if using.
    4 cloves fresh garlic
  • Add fresh garlic and any other fresh herbs the day you plan to serve.
  • Add fresh parm before serving, if desired.

Notes

Storage:
With dried herbs: up to a month in a cool, place and dark airtight container/bottle.
With fresh herbs: up to a week.
If fresh garlic and parmesan are added: up to a week.
Course: Dip, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lori Murphy
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