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4 Korean Garlic Bread buns filled with garlic cheese

Korean Garlic Bread

Korean Garlic Bread is one of my favourite sides. It is so soft, creamy and full of delicious garlicky cheese flavour. 

Course Baking/Dessert, Sides
Cuisine Korean
Keyword Cheesy Garlic Bread, Garlic Bread, Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread, Korean Garlic Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 641 kcal
Author Safira


  • 4 Burger sized Buns I used Brioche
  • 225 g Cream Cheese Softened

Garlic Butter

  • 175 g Butter Melted
  • 50 g Milk or Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk or Double Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 25 g Sugar or Honey
  • 10 cloves Garlic Crushed or 3 tbsp Garlic Paste/Garlic Cubes
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese Grated or Grana Padana
  • 3 flat tsp Dry Parsley
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  1. Slice buns into a star shape (8 wedges), without cutting all the way through.

  2. Fill the buns with softened cream cheese leaving enough to add a little extra on top of the buns at the end.

  3. Make the butter by combining all the ingredients listed under Garlic Butter in a large pot. 

  4. Dunk the buns into the garlic butter.  

  5. Add more cream cheese in the middle of the bun.

  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Top tip for making Korean Garlic Bread

When you grate Garlic whether fine or more coarse, it can become extremely bitter and pungent to the point that it is overpowering and difficult to eat. See this post by Serious Eats.
So in this recipe I recommend frozen crushed Garlic/Garlic Paste/or knife chopped/finely sliced Garlic.
If you do wish to use a microplane like I do when making a curry, I would recommend cooking it in the butter over low heat for 3 minutes first to dissolve some of the very strong flavour. The reason it doesn't burn when you make a curry is because the Garlic is cooked out. 

How long do they keep?

These buns keep well wrapped in cling film for up to a week in the fridge.

Can they be frozen?

Yes they freeze really well! Wrap them in cling film and freeze for up to 3 months. If you would like to eat them warm, simply bring to room temperature and pop under the grill for 2 minutes or microwave in 10 second bursts till warm.


Some people add sugar and cream into the cream cheese and then fill the bread using a piping bag. 

The milk in this recipe can be replaced with double cream, evaporated milk or condensed milk.

The sugar can be replaced with honey.

You can add Panko Breadcrumbs on top before baking.

You can use whatever cheese you like for the bread.


Nutrition Facts
Korean Garlic Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 641 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 33g206%
Cholesterol 193mg64%
Sodium 971mg42%
Potassium 141mg4%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1864IU37%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.