Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls take the stress out of everyone’s favorite side dish requiring just five ingredients and minimal effort. Perfect for weeknight dinners and holiday gatherings, they’re easy to prepare and are guaranteed to be a hit! 

Parmesan garlic dinner rolls.

What Can I Do with Store-Bought Dinner Rolls? 

We’re so glad you asked! Everyone loves a warm side of bread rolls at dinner. 

However, making them from scratch takes tons of time, and store-bought rolls are often pretty bland. 

So, we’re giving you the best of both worlds with this easy 5-ingredient Parmesan garlic dinner rolls recipe! It transforms plain, premade rolls into a crowd-pleasing side dish that tastes like it was made from scratch. 

Whether you’re preparing a holiday feast or just need something to pair with your spaghetti for dinner, this recipe is always a winner. 

5 Ingredients You Need

You don’t need any flour, yeast, or sugar for this recipe! Instead, just a handful of simple items combine to create an elevated flavor worthy of your favorite restaurant. 

  • Rolls – We use Rhodes dinner rolls, but any plain rolls will do. 
  • Butter – Unsalted, melted butter is used to coat the rolls, helping the ingredients stick and creating a rich taste. 
  • Garlic – Whole, fresh cloves work best. 
  • Parsley – Fresh parsley adds a bright, refreshing taste that balances out the heaviness of the fats. Thyme, rosemary, and sage also work well with this recipe. 
  • Salt and Pepper – Use as little or as much as you’d like. 
  • Cheese – For the best results, buy a block of Parmesan cheese, and grate it yourself! Any other cheese you like best can also be used. For instance, Cheddar or Mozzarella make great substitutes!

Stress-Free Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls 

  1. Combine. In a small bowl, whisk the melted butter, garlic, and parsley until smooth. 
  2. Arrange and Coat. Place the frozen dinner rolls in a large baking dish, making sure to leave space in between each piece. Generously brush the butter mixture over each roll. 
  3. Rise. Cover the dish with a towel, and set it aside until the rolls double in size. 
  4. Bake. Sprinkle the rolls with Parmesan cheese, and place them in a preheated oven until they’re golden brown and fluffy. 
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Make Ahead Options

These Parmesan garlic dinner rolls are great to prepare in advance. Then, all you have to do is pop them in the oven, and enjoy! 

  • Prepare the recipe as normal.
  • Instead of setting the bread aside to rise, cover it, and transfer it to the fridge for up to 10-12 hours. 
  • Once they have doubled in size, bake, and enjoy! 

Serving Suggestions

There’s not much these Parmesan garlic dinner rolls can’t be paired with! Some of our favorite pairings include: 

a dish of garlic Parmesan dinner rolls in an oval dish with a package of rolls next to it.

Common Questions About These Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls

Should I brush my rolls with butter before baking?

Yes! This helps infuse them with flavor. If you brush them after, it’s likely to slide off. 

Will this recipe work with any rolls? 

Sure! As long as the rolls are unbaked, you can use the butter mixture on them. 

Can I make this recipe without garlic? 

It can, but it won’t be quite as flavorful. If preferred, shallots or chives can be used as substitutes. 

More Easy Bread Recipes

Looking for more flavorful bread recipes that make dinners easy? Try out the recipes below! 

Parmesan garlic dinner rolls.

5-Ingredient Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
These easy Parmesan garlic dinner rolls are made with 5 ingredients and are so tasty no one will know you used frozen rolls!


  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 12 frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley. Mix until combined.
  • In a 13×9 baking dish, arrange the frozen dinner rolls, making sure to leave space in between each one.
  • Brush each roll liberally with the garlic butter sauce.
  • Cover, and let rise for 5-6 hours or until the rolls double in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove cover from the bread rolls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the bread is nice and golden brown.



This recipe can easily be doubled. The bag of frozen dinner rolls comes with 36 rolls. Feel free to double up all the ingredients, and use the whole bag!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Also a fan of Rhodes dinner rolls. I have always had a problem with the rolls in the center of the pan being doughy and the ones on edge getting overbaked. Last year, I put the rolls in muffin tins, and they were all evenly baked. Thanks for this version!

    1. If you put too many in a baking pan, sometimes the center will be doughy. Be sure to leave enough space between them. Let us know how it turns out!