This Bread Dipping Oil & Herbs is a blend of fresh garlic & herbs create this flavorful & aromatic dipping oil! It’s perfect with warm French bread or to use as a marinade in meats & chicken. Truly delicious! 

A bowl with oil and herbs and sliced bread on the side.

Shhh… I’m going to let you in a little secret recipe but you have to keep it to yourself okay?  Have you been to Carrabba’s Italian Grill? I used to go quiet often and honestly, the main reason why was for their herbs & bread dipping oil and yummy warm bread!

So now I just make it at home for Mr. Delish and I or for friends & family gatherings. This oil and herbs combo is perfect, easy to make delicious and so addicting!

Why you’ll love it

  • Taste Boost: Bread dipping oil and herbs turn plain bread into a flavor-packed joyride.
  • It smells amazing and it will lift your mood!
  • If you have a party coming up, this is one of those appetizers you can make ahead, freeze and just serve the day of without adding stress to last minute preparations.
A bowl with oil and herbs and sliced bread on the side.


Quality ingredients are best. Make sure your herbs are still fresh for the best taste.

  • Fresh garlic (they’re much better than the jarred stuff!)
  • Dried oregano
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Dried basil
  • Fresh rosemary or dried if you prefer
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
The ingredients for this recipe on a cutting board.

How To Make Dipping Oil & Herbs

Making the herb blend is super easy! But it does require just a “little” of elbow grease. To mix all of the flavors together, you must use a mortar and pestle (or molcajete) to grind the ingredients.

Two hands holding a pestle and mortar grinding herbs.

Tips and Notes

  • Make Ahead: The beauty of this herb mixture is that it freezes very well. You can make a bunch and freeze in small ziploc bags or plastic containers and use as needed.
  • Grind the ingredients in two separate batches: Add half of the ingredients (except the oil) and push down with the pestle until you reach a coarse texture. Transfer half of the mixture into a small bowl and repeat this process with the remaining of the ingredients.
  • I do not recommend blending the herbs in a food processor since the beauty of using a mortar & pestle, is that it releases all of herb oils to create a delicious & aromatic blend. For these types of recipes, there is nothing better than doing it like the good ‘ol days 🙂
  • Serve with a crusty bread on the outside and soft on the inside.
A bowl with oil and herbs and sliced bread on the side.

Thank you for stopping by!

I hope you like this recipe! Do you have any questions I can help you with? Or if you made it, I would love it if you leave a comment or rating below.
Gracias!!!! xx, Ana

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A bowl with oil and herbs and sliced bread on the side.

Bread Dipping Oil & Herbs

Servings 4 tablespoons
Ana Frias
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
A blend of fresh garlic & herbs create this flavorful & aromatic dipping oil! This Herbs & Olive Oil Bread Dip is perfect with warm French bread or to use as a marinade in meats & chicken. 
4 tablespoons


  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary or dried if you prefer
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil or more as needed.


  • Using a mortar and pestle tool, add half of the ingredients and crush all ingredients together until the garlic is all ground and mixed well with the other herbs. Repeat process for the remaining of the herbs.
  • Transfer mix to a small dish or bowl and add olive oil.
  • Serve with fresh bread (I like to use french bread or baguette).

Muy Delish Notes:

The calorie count for this recipe does not include the olive oil as that can vary depending how much you use. 1 Tablespoon of olive oil is 120 calories. 

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Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 140mg

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

** This recipe was originally published in Oct,2012. It has been updated revise the content. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

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  1. 5 stars
    This is such a simple way to elevate a dinner party. Plus it’s healthier than butter and tastes wonderful. Love the mix of spices!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this for Italian night. We made spaghetti last Sunday and I added this for dunking are bread. Everyone loved it

  3. 5 stars
    I was just thinking about making this and needed the recipe. So glad you have this! I just bought a loaf of sourdough bread and this dip would be perfect for it!

  4. 5 stars
    Eating Italian bread will never be the same. I must have this now. Especially when the bread is warm.

  5. I love this recipe and it made me wonder why I love the good Italian restaurants with the herb dipping oils and wonder why I have never tried it at home. Thanks for posting it.

  6. Thanks for posting the herb & dipping oil recipe. I always love the good Italian Restaurants and the dipping oils and I wonder why I have never even thought to do it at home.

  7. I lovee the grainy/film look of your photographs. This looks delicious! We usually just add salt and pepper, but will try the chili pepper and garlic next time!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Jessie! I love that look too! Must be due to me starting taking photos in the darkroom era ? Try it! Extra herbs gives so much flavor. Thanks for stopping by!