It is impossible to describe the excitement in my home when I make these vegan garlic knots. They are a delicious addition to every meal and are always well-received.

These garlic bread knots are pretty impressive – when I make this recipe, they sometimes disappear before reaching the table! You’ll love how crunchy they are on the outside and fluffy on the inside – so good and tricky to pass up.

Vegan Garlic Knots served fresh from the oven

Check out my ideas (further down in the post) for variation ideas and add-ins, and don’t be afraid to get creative with your vegan bread rolls. You can also get adventurous with how you tie the knots. 

Another fun bread roll recipe to try is this easy roll recipe (dinner or burger rolls) or my favorite apple and cinnamon twisted sweet bread.

Why you’ll love my vegan garlic knots 

There are so many reasons to love these satisfying bread rolls, here are my top few:

  • Freezer-friendly: One of the best things about these garlic knots is that they freeze so well. I like to make a few extra to put in my freezer so that I can take an ordinary meal and turn it into an extraordinary meal. 
  • A family classic: I get hungry just thinking about it. This is one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes.
  • The joy of the garlic topping: There is such a satisfaction in topping the freshly baked bread knots with garlic and herbs. Straight out of the oven – you will feel like a master baker and home maker.
  • The incredible aroma: The smells from the fresh bread and garlic always seem to draw my family to the kitchen. You may even call it a bonding moment. 
  • Portable and versatile: Perfect for any event, whether it be a fancy dinner party or a picnic down by the river.

Ingredients and substitution notes 

  • Flour: Choose all-purpose flour for a versatile and light texture. If you prefer a heartier knot, use a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose.
  • Sugar: The sugar acts as the food for the yeast and contributes to the overall flavor. A small amount is typically used to activate the yeast.
  • Salt: Salt enhances the flavor of the dough. Use fine sea salt or kosher salt. Adjust the quantity to your taste preferences.
  • Yeast: I recommend using active dry yeast or instant yeast in this recipe. Ensure your yeast is within its expiration date for optimal rising.
  • Warm water (110°F): Use warm water to activate the yeast. The temperature should be around 110°F (43°C) – warm to the touch but not too hot, as excessive heat can harm the yeast.
  • Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil adds richness to the dough and contributes to the flavor. It also helps create a soft and tender texture in the knots.
  • Garlic cloves: Fresh garlic is the star of the show in garlic knots. Mince or finely chop the garlic for a robust garlic flavor. Adjust the quantity based on your preference.
  • Fresh parsley: Fresh parsley adds a burst of freshness and color to the knots.

Recipe variations and add-ins

  • Cheesy garlic knots: Add vegan cheese shreds to the dough before shaping the knots. Sprinkle vegan Parmesan on top of the garlic coating.
  • Herb-infused knots: Add dried or fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano to the dough for a fragrant twist. Mix finely chopped fresh herbs into the garlic butter before brushing.
  • Spicy garlic knots: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the dough for a spicy kick. Mix a dash of hot sauce into the garlic butter mixture.
Vegan Garlic Knots served with fresh parsley

Top tips for making the best vegan garlic knots

  • Rising time: Give the dough adequate time to rise. This allows the yeast to ferment, resulting in a light and airy texture.
  • Knot shape: For added effect when forming knots, roll the dough into thin ropes and tie them into loose knots. This ensures even baking and a nice, twisted appearance.
  • Garlic infusion: For a more pronounced garlic flavor, you can infuse the olive oil with minced garlic by gently heating them together before brushing onto the knots.
  • Avoid moisture: Keep baked garlic bread rolls away from moisture to prevent sogginess. If stored in the refrigerator or freezer, ensure they are well-sealed to prevent freezer burn.
  • Refresh with extra garlic oil: Brush the reheated or thawed garlic bread rolls with a little extra garlic-infused olive oil for added flavor and moisture.
  • Serve with dips: If the rolls lose some of their freshness, consider serving them with dips like vegan marinara sauce, classic hummus, or a flavored olive oil dip to enhance the eating experience.

Make ahead of instructions and storage

Garlic bread rolls are best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag at room temperature for up to 1-2 days.

To store garlic bread rolls for an extended period, freeze them. Allow the rolls to cool completely before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. They can be stored for up to 2-3 months in the freezer. I recommend wrapping individual garlic bread rolls in plastic wrap before storing them in a larger container or bag. This makes it easy to grab just what you need without thawing the entire batch.

Reheating instructions:

To revive room temperature or frozen garlic bread rolls, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Place the rolls on a baking sheet and warm them for about 5-8 minutes until heated through.

Watch My Vegan Garlic Knots Recipe Video:

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Vegan Garlic Knots

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  • Author: Chef Ani


It is impossible to describe the excitement in my home when I make these vegan garlic knots. They are a delicious addition to every meal and are always well-received.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110F)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 56 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 11 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced parsley


  1. In a bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the water making sure that it is not too warm. Add the olive oil and mix. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Place the dough in a slightly oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a clean towel. Let rise for 1 hour.
  2. Once your dough has risen for an hour. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. Pat the dough flat into a rough rectangular shape. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and work with one piece at a time, placing the other pieces back in the bowl to keep them from drying out.
  4. Working with one piece of dough, flatten the dough into a square shape and cut into 8 pieces.
  5. Working with one small piece at a time, roll the dough into a rope like shape and simply tie the dough into a knot. Place the little garlic knot on a lined baking sheet tray.
  6. Do the same with the remaining pieces. Cover the knots with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15-17 minutes. Prepare the garlic topping while the garlic knots bake.

For the Garlic Topping:

  1. In a pot heat the olive oil. Next add the minced garlic sauté for a minute or so, making sure the garlic does not burn. Turn off the heat and add the salt and parsley.
  2. Immediately after the garlic knots come out of the oven, spread the garlic topping on the garlic knots. 


These Garlic Knots freeze so well and are easy to heat up again. Just put them in a freezer bag and freeze. Reheat in the oven for a couple minutes.