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Easy Naan Bread Recipe with Garlic Butter

My homemade naan bread recipe is easy, quick, and really delicious. It's smothered in a garlic butter that's super satisfying, then finally topped with your favorite herbs.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Resting time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: naan bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 169kcal


Naan Bread

  • ½ cup warm (not hot) water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2-¼ teaspoons RapidRise or Active Dry yeast
  • 2-½ cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing bowl
  • 1 large egg

Garlic Butter with Herbs

  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Handful of your favorite herbs, chopped or torn into small pieces (cilantro, parsley, mint, chives, etc)


  • In a small bowl, mix together warm water, sugar, and yeast, and stir well with a spoon. Then let it sit for about 5 minutes or so, until it becomes foamy.
  • Using a stand mixer with dough hook attachment, add all ingredients (including the yeast mixture) to the bowl. Mix all ingredients together until the dough is soft, smooth, and pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  • Remove dough from the bowl and knead by hand for about 1 minute and form into a ball shape. 
  • Grease a large bowl with olive oil. Place the ball of dough into this greased bowl and roll it around so that all sides are coated. Cover and place in a warm location for about 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and cut into 8 equal-sized pieces. 
  • Ok, real quick, let’s make the garlic butter. This will only take 3 minutes! Over low heat, in a cast iron skillet, melt 5 tablespoon butter. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and saute for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Then, immediately remove the pan from the heat and pour the butter/garlic mixture through a sieve into a bowl, so separate the garlic from the butter. Alternatively, if you want to leave the garlic pieces in the bowl for a bit of an extra bite on top of your bread, go right ahead!
  • Alright, back to the naan bread! Now crank up that same cast iron skillet up to medium-high heat…you want it quite hot!
  • Lightly dust your working surface with flour (not too much!) and roll out each piece to about ⅛″ thin. It’s important to roll out the dough immediately before cooking, or it may not develop those characteristic bubbles while cooking.
  • Once the skillet is hot, place one of the rolled out dough pieces into the pan. You should see bubbles forming pretty quickly…this is definitely a good thing!After about 1 minute, using a spatula, take a peek on the bottom side of the bread. If it’s browning, flip it over and cook for another 1 minute.
  • Repeat the above step for all 8 pieces of rolled-out dough.
  • Finally, remove your cooked naan bread from the skillet and brush with garlic butter, then top with your favorite herbs. Serve warm and enjoy!



Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg