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Bread Dipping Oil

Bread Dipping Oil – a homemade version of the olive oil bread dip you get at restaurants. It is full of herbs and perfect for just about any bread.

One of my favorite things about going to an Italian restaurant is always the fresh bread. Depending on the restaurant you will be served butter, a flavored butter, a special olive oil mixture with herbs or cheese. And it is always delicious.

Today we are taking that spice mixture that is very similar to what Carrabba’s serves and making it at home!

olive oil bread dip with bottle of wine


Bread Dipping Oil

I first had a bread dipping oil when we lived in Iowa. Biaggi’s served what they called “Biaggi’s Butter”, which was black pepper, fresh Parmesan cheese and olive oil. It was so good! Carrabba’s does theirs differently with plenty of garlic and herbs mixed in olive oil. Lots of places give you balsamic vinegar as well. So many ways to make it what you want at home.

olive oil bread dip in white bowl

What Is Bread Dipping Oil

It is basically a mixture of herbs that you add olive oil to, and then you dip your bread in it. Everyone has their own version, and they are all delicious in their own right. You can add balsamic vinegar to it as well. It is really just flavored olive oil you can dip bread into.

What’s In Bread Dipping Oil

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Parsley
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
carrabbas bread dipping oil on white bowl

How To Make Bread Dipping Oil

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  1. In a small bowl mix together all of the herbs
  2. When ready to use spoon it into a small dish and pour olive oil over the top.
  3. Serve with your favorite bread.

The really nice thing about this bread dip is you can make it ahead of time.


Store the herb mixture in an air tight container and then just spoon it out when you need it.

What Kind Of Olive Oil To use

This dipping oil will take your bread to a new level, but it is so easy to make you will wonder why you haven’t done it before! The BEST TIP is to make sure you use a good quality olive oil. Olive oil can be bitter, so if you have a cheaper or old bottle, your dipping oil won’t taste right.

I personally like the Kirkland Brand Olive Oil at Costco. I think it has a very good taste for the price.

plate of olive oil with herbs and a piece of bread

What Kind Of Bread To Dip

Let’s face it, if you are using good olive oil, you can dip anything in it and it will taste good. But here are a few really good pairings.

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Bread Dipping Oil

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Bread Dipping Oil - a homemade version of the olive oil bread dip you get at restaurants. It is full of herbs and perfect for just about any bread.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (approximately)


  1. In a small bowl mix together all of the spices and garlic until well blended.
  2. When ready to serve add a small amount to the bottom of a bowl and pour olive oil over the top.


The amount of spice mixture you use will depend on your tastes. I use about 1 1/2 teaspoons of herbs for 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 85Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 0mgSodium 195mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Friday 2nd of June 2023

Does this need refrigeration if you make it ahead?

Erin S

Tuesday 6th of June 2023

No - if you refrigerate oil it will harden


Thursday 19th of May 2022

I really loved it! Homemade is the best! Thanks for the recipe!


Thursday 19th of May 2022

A box with 24 mini wine bottles is perfect for me. I love to taste new wines and I think that this olive oil with herbs will be perfect to my tasting night!


Wednesday 18th of May 2022

This tastes like it came from a fancy restaurant! So delicious and so easy!


Tuesday 17th of May 2022

Such a fun way to make dinner a little bit fancy!

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