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Quick and Easy Garlic Knots

These Quick and Easy Garlic Knots are made totally from scratch and are ready to eat in just 30 minutes. You might want to make a double batch, because they’re going to disappear super fast!

Yes, it’s true! You can make these incredibly delicious homemade garlic knots with just a few simple ingredients in less time than it would take to order in from your favorite restaurant. And I’ll bet they’re just as good (if not better)!

Oh, my gosh, do I looooove garlic! I love the smell. I love the flavor. And I most definitely love when you combine lots of it with melted butter and parsley and slather it all over freshly baked bread shaped into cute little knots.

And I know I’m not alone. I’ll bet you’ve ordered these amazing little bites of deliciousness as an appetizer with marinara sauce for dipping or as a side dish more times than you can count.

But have you ever made them at home? If not (and even if you have), you’ve definitely got to try this recipe. It’s so quick and easy, you’ll be making them all the time!

So how is it possible to make garlic knots in just 30 minutes?

It’s all thanks to my favorite bread-making shortcut: 2-ingredient (or 4-ingredient) no-yeast dough. No yeast means no kneading, no mixer, and no waiting for the dough to rise. Just mix, shape and bake!

I say 2 or 4-ingredient dough because you can either make it with self-rising flour and plain Greek yogurt, or you can make your own self-rising flour using flour, baking powder, and salt (why buy it if you already have it?).

I’m telling you, this simple dough is so good for making these garlic knots that no one will ever realize that you didn’t use yeast and that you didn’t spend hours making them. They’ll just want to know if they can have some more!

garlic knots on a white plate with a small bowl of marinara sauce in the background

Ingredients you need:

  • Bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Fresh parsley

Here’s a look at how to make Quick and Easy Garlic Knots:

two images, one a graphic of an oven with text that says preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, the other of a bowl of flour with a whisk in it with text that says combine flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder in a bowl
two images, one of yogurt added to the bowl of flour with text that says add Greek yogurt, the other of a ball of dough in the bowl with a wooden spoon with text that says stir until a ball of dough forms
two images, one of a ball of dough on a floured surface with text that says place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface, the other of the ball of dough divided into 8 pieces with text that says divide the dough into 8 equal pieces
two images, one of a rope of dough with text that says roll each piece of dough into a rope 9 to 10 inches long, the other of the dough rope tied into a knot with text that says then gently tie it into a knot
two images, one of the knots of dough on a baking sheet with text that says place the knots on a baking sheet lined with parchment, the other a graphic of an oven with text that says bake 15 to 18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown
two images, one of the baked garlic knots on a wire rack with text that says cool the knots on a wire rack for 5 minutes, the other of garlic and butter cooking in a small pot with text that says, meanwhile, sauté the garlic in butter on low for 2 to 3 minutes
two images, one of the baked knots being tossed with the garlic butter and parsley in a bowl with text that says in a large bowl, toss the knots with the butter, garlic and parsley, the other of the finished garlic knots on a wire rack with text that says enjoy

Tips & Tidbits:

  • This dough is different than yeast dough; it will be wetter and might be slightly sticky after you mix it, and that’s okay. If it’s super sticky, you can stir in a little more flour, but don’t add too much and don’t overwork the dough, as this can make the knots tough. Keep in mind that you’ll pick up some flour when you roll out the dough into ropes, which should usually take care of any stickiness.
  • I have made these using both bread flour and all-purpose flour, and both work perfectly fine. I prefer the bread flour because it makes the knots a little more chewy, while all-purpose flour makes them more airy and fluffy.
  • You can use 1 cup of self-rising flour in place of the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Don’t substitute regular yogurt for the Greek yogurt. You need the thickness of the Greek yogurt so your dough isn’t too wet (be sure to drain off any liquid that has accumulated at the top).
  • I recommend using a light-colored baking sheet and baking the knots in the top portion of the oven so that the bottoms don’t get too browned.
  • Parchment paper on the baking sheet will help prevent sticking.
  • These garlic knots are best when enjoyed fresh from the oven.
  • Leftover knots can be stored in an airtight container or storage bag for maybe a day or two, tops. They lose their freshness rather quickly (since there are no preservatives). Reheat them, wrapped in foil so they don’t dry out, in a 300°F oven just until warmed through.
  • If you don’t need quite as big a batch, halve the recipe and just make 4 knots (I do this a lot since there is only 2 of us in the house).
  • These are also delicious sprinkled with some grated parmesan cheese (sprinkle it on after you toss the knots with the garlic, butter and parsley).
garlic knot being dipped into a bowl of marinara sauce

These quick and easy homemade garlic knots are so good alongside pasta, a bowl of soup, or even pizza (isn’t it funny how we love to eat more bread along with our pizza?).

But there’s just nothing better than dipping these babies into your favorite marinara sauce or pizza sauce. Off-the-charts delicious!

I hope you try this Quick and Easy Garlic Knots recipe and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Quick and Easy Garlic Knots

These Quick and Easy Garlic Knots are made totally from scratch and are ready to eat in just 30 minutes. You might want to make a double batch, because they're going to disappear super fast!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 knots
Estimated Calories: 97

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bread flour, or all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, drained of any liquid that has accumulated on top
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1½ tablespoons total)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • marinara or pizza sauce, for dipping, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Note: I recommend a light-colored baking sheet to help prevent the bottoms of the knots from getting too brown.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder until well-combined.
  • Add the yogurt and stir until a ball of dough forms.
    At first, the mixture will be very shaggy and seem a little dry. Keep stirring, and it will come together quickly.
    This dough is different than yeast dough; it will be wetter and might be slightly sticky after you mix it, and that's okay. If it's super sticky, you can stir in a little more flour, but don't add too much and don't overwork the dough, as this can make the knots tough. Keep in mind that you'll pick up some flour when you roll out the dough into ropes, which should usually take care of any stickiness.
  • Gather the dough with your hands and shape it into a smooth ball; place it on a floured work surface.
  • Divide the ball of dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • On the floured work surface, roll each piece of dough into a rope about 9 to 10 inches long, picking up enough of the flour as you go so that the outside of the rope is somewhat dry and not sticky (this will help making the knots much easier because the dough won't stick together so easily).
  • Gently tie each rope into a knot.
  • Place the knots on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the top portion of the oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the dough is cooked through.
  • While the knots are baking, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, just to cook out the raw garlic taste. Don't let the garlic brown, as that can make it taste bitter.
  • When the knots are done baking, transfer them to a wire rack and allow them to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Place the knots in a large bowl with the garlic, butter and parsley; toss until the knots are evenly coated.
    If any of the garlic/parsley mixture is left behind in the bowl, use a brush or a spoon to gather it up and distribute it among the knots.
  • Serve immediately with marinara or pizza sauce for dipping (if desired). Best when served fresh from the oven!

Notes

  • You can use 1 cup of self-rising flour in place of the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Leftover knots can be stored in an airtight container or storage bag for maybe a day or two, tops. They lose their freshness rather quickly (since there are no preservatives). Reheat them, wrapped in foil so they don’t dry out, in a 300°F oven just until warmed through.
  • If you don’t need quite as big a batch, halve the recipe and just make 4 knots.
  • These are also delicious sprinkled with some grated parmesan cheese (sprinkle it on after you toss the knots with the garlic, butter and parsley).
  • Estimated calories are for one garlic knot and do not include any dipping sauce.
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Recipe Rating




t. o.

Wednesday 15th of March 2023

loved this! the dough was pretty sticky, and i had to add more flour, which then resulted in over kneading and tough knots. otherwise, they were very easy and delicious, and my family loved them! definitely going to try again!

Michelle

Wednesday 15th of March 2023

Thank you! I'm so glad your family loved these and that you'll be giving them another try! This dough is definitely different because it is wetter and might be slightly sticky. Working with it can take a little getting used to. I hardly ever add any extra flour because I know that rolling the ropes out in flour usually takes care of any of that initial stickiness. But if it's so sticky that you can't work with it, quickly stir in a little more flour until it is incorporated (don't knead this dough; you want to work it as little as possible) and then move on to making the ropes.

Janet Gladden

Sunday 8th of January 2023

These are delicious and my family loved them. I had no problem rolling them. Thank you for a delicious, very easy recipe.

Michelle

Monday 9th of January 2023

Thank you, Janet! So happy you enjoyed them!

Karen

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

They smelled great. I had to use way more flour cause dough was so sticky on my fingers. When I finished baking they stilled looked raw because of the amount of flour I added I had to add that much flour or else it would be sticking everywhere. Although, they were still good when eating them. Bread felt chewy but not fluffy. They weren't golden like the pic but looked pale and were cooked well. I will definitely give it another try.

Michelle

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Hey, Karen! So sorry that you had a little trouble with this recipe! This dough is definitely different and is going to feel more wet than traditional yeast doughs because of the Greek yogurt. It might be slightly sticky after you mix it and form the ball, but it shouldn't be sticking everywhere like you describe. You should pick up just enough extra flour when rolling the ropes to make forming the knots easy. Too much flour can make them tough and not fluffy. The only thing I can think of that would make the dough so wet and sticky is the yogurt. Did you use Greek yogurt and not just plain yogurt? If you did, maybe try another brand. Some might be "wetter" than others. I usually use Chobani, Fage or Cabot. They are all very thick and on the drier side, and they have all worked well for me. As far as the color, since all ovens are different, you may have to adjust the cooking time a little...and maybe bake them on an upper rack. I'm glad you will give it another try! Please come back and let me know how it goes!

Me

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

Sticky, messy, not very good

Dede

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

So good and came together so quickly! Dough will be tacky after you mix everything together but rolls out onto a floured surface with no problem. Will def be making these again!

Michelle

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Sorry this recipe didn't work for you. As noted in the recipe, this dough is a little more wet than a yeast dough, but it shouldn't be super sticky (and if it is, you should add a little more flour...did you do this?). Also, you need to work on a floured surface when rolling the ropes and forming the knots to keep the dough easy to work with (which you might consider messy, but it's very common in breadmaking and is necessary in this recipe).