Homemade Garlic Knots

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


Learn how to make garlic knots at home. They’re delicious and so easy.


  • 2 tsp. coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 1 ball of pizza dough (1 lb. or enough for a large pizza), Homemade Pizza Dough or use store-bought
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Sprinkle a large baking sheet with the cornmeal.
  2. Roll and/or stretch the pizza dough into 10 x 16-inch rectangle. Put it onto a large cutting board. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut it into 12 10-inch long strips. (Note: If you want softer, fluffier garlic knots, roll dough to an 8 x 12-inch rectangle and cut into 10 8-inch long strips instead).
  3. Tie each strip into a loose knot and put it onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strips. Dust the tops of the garlic knots with kosher salt. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. Remove tea towel and bake uncovered until golden in places and cooked through, 15-20 minutes.
  5. Just before the garlic knots are ready to come out of the oven, put the butter into a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave butter 20 seconds at a time until completely melted. Stir in garlic powder.
  6. Use a metal spatula to get under the garlic knots in case any of stuck to the pan a little bit. Transfer them to a big bowl. Drizzle with the butter and then use a large spoon to stir them gently so that they are all coated in butter.
  7. Transfer buttery knots to a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.