This Focaccia Bread recipe has the most crisp chewy crust, airy soft center, and amazing garlic rosemary topping. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make homemade Focaccia (and you don’t have to wait overnight).

We love homemade bread recipes like Soft Dinner Rolls, Biscuits, and Banana Bread, because there’s nothing like the aroma of freshly baked bread and Focaccia is about to become your new favorite.

slices of rosemary garlic focaccia bread on a white towel

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Focaccia Bread Video Tutorial

There’s nothing like freshly baked Focaccia bread. This one was inspired by our favorite Chicken Bacon Avocado Sandwich on Focaccia. See how simple it is to make this easy focaccia recipe. Natasha shares her techniques for getting those traditional focaccia dimples. It’s easier than you think!

What is Focaccia?

Focaccia (pronounced fuh-kaa-chuh) is a classic Italian bread. The name focaccia is derived from the Roman “panis focacius,” which means “hearth bread” indicating that it was originally baked in coals back in Roman times.

It is considered a flatbread, and the texture is similar to pizza dough. It’s baked with a generous amount of olive oil in the pan which creates a crisp edge and the topping variations are endless.

Focaccia Bread Ingredients

The key to making great Italian focaccia bread is using a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil which creates a crispy and flavorful crust.

  • Flour– use all-purpose flour or bread flour for focaccia. Be sure to measure flour correctly or the bread could end up dense or tough.
  • Yeast – get one packet (7 grams) of instant yeast. The label should say “quick-rise” or “rapid rise.” The right yeast is key to making this bread in about 4 hours from start to finish.
  • Honey – helps activate the yeast and balances flavor
  • Salt – we use fine sea salt for the dough and sauce then sprinkle kosher salt over the top before baking.
  • Water – use filtered warm water (105˚-115˚F)
dough ingredients in bowls including flour, water, yeast, honey, olive oil, and salt

Classic Topping Ingredients

  • Olive oil – extra virgin olive oil works best here for flavor. This makes the crust so crisp
  • Water – helps to thin the topping so it is easy to coat the dough
  • Garlic, rosemary, sea salt – add unbelievable flavor – see more variation ideas below. We also sprinkle the top of the dough with kosher salt.
olive oil, water, salt, garlic and rosemary ingredients in glass bowls

Topping Variations

We love to make this recipe using different flavors to match the meal. This rosemary-garlic focaccia bread is a crowd-pleasing favorite, but here are some other combinations you will love:

  • Pizza Focaccia – add mozzarella cheese, mini pepperoni, and Italian seasoning. Dip in marinara.
  • Classic Olive Focaccia – Olives with thyme or rosemary
  • Herbs – rosemary, thyme, tarragon, or sage
  • Veggies – add caramelized onions, spinach leaves, sundried tomatoes, or roasted chopped veggies like eggplant, red onions, and bell pepper, just be sure it’s not too watery.
  • Cheese – feta cheese crumbles or parmesan cheese
  • Sweet focaccia – try sliced strawberries with basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar

How to Make Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread is so simple to make at home in just a few steps and minimal rise time. Watch our video tutorial and see the photos below to see our easy process.

  1. Proof Yeast – Combine water, honey, and yeast and let sit for 7-10 minutes until foamy. This ensures the yeast is active.
  2. Make the Dough – Combine flour and salt, then mix in the yeast mixture with a wooden spoon until a moist mass of dough forms without streaks of flour. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and mix it in with your hands. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Make the Topping – While the dough is proofing, combine the topping ingredients in a dish so the oil gets infused with wonderful garlic and rosemary flavor which soaks into the dough dimples.
  4. Develop Gluten – After the 30-minute rest and the dough looks puffed, perform 4 stretches and folds, allowing the dough to rest covered for 30 minutes between each set. Turn the bowl between each stretch and fold and pull the dough gently without tearing it. See the video tutorial for a demonstration.

Pro Tip:

When handling moist dough, dip your hands in water to keep the dough from sticking.

Shaping Italian Focaccia Bread

  1. Mold to the Pan – after the fourth stretch and fold, immediately transfer it to a 9×13 pan coated with 1/4 cup olive oil. Turn the dough and gently stretch to the edges. If it is difficult to stretch, rest for 15 minutes and try again, then cover and rest for 45-60 minutes.
  2. Dimples – dip fingers in water and poke fingertips into dough going straight down in a quick motion like playing the piano. Go over the dough 2-3 times to create plenty of dimples.
  3. Add Toppings and Bake – Re-whisk topping then drizzle it evenly over the top of the dough. Bake at 450˚F for 22-25 minutes until golden brown. I aim for 25 minutes for a crisp crust. Immediately transfer the bread to a wire rack and rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Why Didn’t My Focaccia Bread Rise?

There could be a few reasons – use a thermometer to ensure your water temperature is 105-115˚F so you don’t kill your yeast. Check that your yeast isn’t expired – if it doesn’t form a foamy later in the first step, discard it, and start over with fresh yeast. Also, measure flour correctly as too much flour can result in a dense dough.

What Type of Pan is Best for Focaccia Bread?

I like the way a 9×13″ metal cake pan makes the bread crisp and thick enough for dipping and also for slicing for sandwiches, but you can use a jelly roll pan if you want the bread thinner or for making focaccia pizza. For skillet focaccia bread, cut the recipe in half and try using a 9-10″ cast iron skillet or a cake pan. For a thicker bread, use a loaf pan.

focaccia bread on a drying rack with rosemary sprigs

How to Serve Focaccia

Homemade focaccia bread looks and tastes great at any meal. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy this classic Italian bread.

  • Side Dish – serve focaccia like you would dinner rolls. We love to pair it with Zuppa Toscana or Italian Wedding Soup.
  • Sandwich Bread – It makes the best-ever BLT Sandwich and Chicken Club Sandwiches.
  • With a Dipping Sauce – you’ll love this restaurant-style bread dip: In a small dish, combine equal parts extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a sprinkle of black pepper.
olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip for focaccia bread

Make-Ahead

Store focaccia bread loosely covered with plastic wrap at room temperature for 2 days.

  • To Refrigerate: This can quickly dry out the bread, so it’s not my favorite way to store focaccia.
  • Freezing: When the bread has cooled to room temperature, wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap and freeze it for 2 months. Freeze the bread the same day it’s made and it will taste fresh when thawed.
  • To Reheat: Thaw at room temperature or speed thaw in the microwave at 15-second intervals until no longer frozen. To reheat, bake in the oven at 350˚F for 8 minutes or air fry at 350˚F for 3-4 minutes until warmed through.
sliced focaccia bread with herbs on a metal pan

I hope you’re inspired to make homemade Focaccia bread. It will make you feel like a pro baker and it’s so simple with very little active time. P.S. What is your favorite topping for focaccia? Tell us in the comments!

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Focaccia Bread Recipe

4.97 from 233 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
sliced focaccia bread with herbs on a metal pan
Focaccia Bread with a crisp crust, airy soft center, and mouthwatering garlic rosemary topping. Learn how to make easy Focaccia (no need to wait overnight), and it freezes well.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 people

Focaccia Dough Ingredients:

For the Topping:

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped from 2 sprigs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or flaky salt, to sprinkle the top

Instructions

  • Proof the yeast: Pour warm water into a measuring cup and stir in 1 tsp honey. Stir in 1 packet of yeast and proof for 7-10 minutes or until the surface is foamy.
  • Make the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 3 3/4 cups flour and 1 1/2 tsp salt. Pour in your yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until no dry flour remains and a sticky dough mass forms. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and use your hands to work the oil into the dough until fully absorbed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and rest at room temperature for 30 minutes until visibly puffed.
  • Make the Topping: In a small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp oil, 2 Tbsp water, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 1/2 tsp finely chopped rosemary, and 1/2 tsp salt. Whisk vigorously until well combined and set aside
  • Develop Gluten: Once dough is rested, use the stretch and fold method to develop gluten strands (see video for a demonstration). Dip your hands in water to prevent sticking and do four stretches and folds: Pull up one corner of the dough gently without tearing the dough then fold it over onto itself. Rotate the bowl and continue this process 3 more items. Cover with plastic wrap and rest 30 minutes at room temp. Perform 3 more stretches and folds, letting it rest covered for 30 minutes each time. Right after the last stretch and fold, transfer to an oiled baking pan.
  • Mold to the Pan: Pour 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil into a NON-STICK 9×13 baking pan to coat the bottom. Transfer the dough to the oiled pan and turn to coat in oil. Gently stretch the dough to the edges. If it has difficulty stretching, cover and let it rest 15 minutes before working dough to the edges. Cover and proof 45-60 minutes until well risen and puffy.
  • Create Dimples: Dip hands into cold water and use your fingertips to poke into the focaccia, going almost through the dough. It should be a quick motion, like pushing keys on a piano. Go over the dough a couple of times to get a generous amount of dimples. Release any big air bubbles trapped under the dough by gently lifting the dough at the edge.
  • Add Toppings and Bake: Re-whisk the topping if it has separated then drizzle evenly over the top. Sprinkle kosher salt or flaky sea salt over the top of the bread and bake at 450˚F for 22-25 minutes until golden brown (we prefer 25 minutes for a crisp edge). Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool so the base doesn’t steam soften and let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Cut into squares to serve or slice lengthwise for sandwiches.

Nutrition Per Serving

217kcal Calories31g Carbs4g Protein8g Fat1g Saturated Fat584mg Sodium50mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar1IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C8mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Focaccia Bread Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
217
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
584
mg
25
%
Potassium
 
50
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
31
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: focaccia bread, how to make focaccia
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 217

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Mary
    April 14, 2024

    This is a great recipe! It is so easy to make and my family loved it so much that it was gone in 15 minutes. While preparing this recipe, I was also watching the video at the same time and noticed that at the baking portion of the video you stated to bake at 450 degrees but I happened to look at the screen and it said 400 degrees. It just took a little longer to bake but still came out perfect.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2024

      Oh yay that’s awesome! I’m glad that it turned out perfect!

      Reply

  • Mary
    April 14, 2024

    This is a great recipe! It is easy to make and my family loved it so much that it was gone in less than 15 minutes. The only thing that I noticed is that when I was making it, I was watching the video at the same time and in the baking portion of the video you said to bake at 450 degrees but I looked at the screen and it said 400 degrees. It just took a little longer to bake. 😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2024

      I’m glad your family enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Rose
    April 6, 2024

    Hi, I love so many of your recipes! Is it possible to make this a day ahead? I want to make it for a luncheon.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 6, 2024

      Hi Rose! I’m glad you love it. Yes, you can make this ahead. See the “make-ahead” section above for my recommendations on storing.

      Reply

  • Farrah
    March 30, 2024

    This recipe is out of this world. Thank you so much. I do have a question though. Since my focaccia stuck a bit to the pan, Can I cover the bottom and the sides of the pan with parchment paper before pouring the 1/4 cup olive oil. Or put in more olive oil in the pan?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 1, 2024

      Hi Farrah! That would be fine.

      Reply

  • Hal
    March 30, 2024

    Can I use almond flour or anything but reg flour as I’m on a keto diet and this looks so delicious as do all of your recipes , thanks in advance

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 30, 2024

      Hi Hal! I’ve never tested that to advise. I’m sorry.

      Reply

  • Dominic
    March 30, 2024

    One of the better focaccia recipes I’ve tried. Made it three times and always thick, soft and delicious. Only one I’ll make in the future. Love many other recipes you post. Keep up the great recipes.

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  • jess
    March 28, 2024

    Yes, thank you! this is just the kind of foccacia recipe that I was looking for, thank you so so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 28, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Jess! I’m so happy you enjoyed this bread recipe!

      Reply

  • Ina
    March 28, 2024

    My first time making this and it turned out so delicious! Thanks for this easy recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Ina! I’m so glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Sara T
    March 28, 2024

    This was my first time so I was nervous but it came out amazing! I am so impressed. Easy too!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2024

      That’s wonderful to hear, Sara!

      Reply

  • Ann Glover
    March 25, 2024

    This came out perfect! Delicious! It does take a little time, but it’s well worth the wait.

    Reply

  • Ashley
    March 23, 2024

    Hi! I am wanting to make this recipe, but is there a way I can speed up the rising time

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2024

      Hi Ashley, I bet you can speed it up. You can ensure to place the dough in a warm environment like near a preheated oven or on top of a warm appliance. Just be sure it’s not too hot or it will overproof and fail. You can also increase the amount of yeast used, but know this may impact the overall flavor of the focaccia in a negative way. You can also try boosting the sugar to help the yeast, but that will also impact the flavor. If your oven has a proof setting, I recommend using that to speed up the process, just watch it closely. I hope this helps.

      Reply

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