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Can You Freeze Olive Garden Breadsticks?

Wondering if you can freeze Olive Garden breadsticks? The short answer is, yes! We’ll walk you through the special steps to take, plus tips for reheating!

Can you freeze Olive Garden breadsticks?


Those famous breadsticks don’t last very long at room temperature, so freezing them is a great way to get extra use out of them.

You don’t have to be a current or former employee to know the best tips and tricks for these yummy breadsticks!

We’ll walk you through the best ways to store and freeze those buttery breadsticks, information on how long they last, how to reheat them, and more!

If you’re a fan of those soft and buttery garlic breadsticks, you’ll definitely want to read this post!

How long do the breadsticks last?

An Olive Garden breadstick on a plate next to the restaurant bag.

If this popular restaurant side somehow makes it off your dinner table, uneaten, you’ll only have a few days to enjoy them later.

Because Olive Garden breadsticks are covered with melted butter, you shouldn’t let them sit at room temperature for more than 2 days.

You can also store the breadsticks in the refrigerator for about 3 days for the best quality.

If you can’t eat them before then, you should store them in the freezer, instead.

You can freeze the breadsticks for about 3 months.

PRO TIP: You don’t have to order a meal or even sit down at the restaurant to get Olive Garden breadsticks. You can order them on their own for carry out.

How to Store and Freeze Olive Garden Breadsticks

Thankfully, Olive Garden’s breadsticks are easy to store and freeze for use later on.

On the Counter or in the Pantry

If you plan to eat your leftover breadsticks quickly, you can simply leave them in the bag from the restaurant and place them in a cool dark place.

This could be a breadbox on the counter or in your pantry.

In the Refrigerator

To store the breadsticks in the refrigerator, allow the bread to cool, wrap them in foil or plastic, and place them in an airtight bag or container.

In the Freezer

To freeze the breadsticks, allow the leftover breadsticks to cool down and then wrap them in plastic wrap or foil.

Next, place the wrapped breadsticks in an airtight container, silicone freezer bag, or a freezer-safe plastic storage bag like a Ziploc Bag.

Tips for Reheating Breadsticks

Olive Garden breadsticks next to marinara dipping sauce with green garnish.

Now that you know how to store and freeze Olive Garden breadsticks, here are some simple tips for reheating.

Conventional Oven Instructions

The best way to reheat the breadsticks is in a conventional oven.

If you’re reheating them before freezing, keep them in the bag that Olive Garden provides.

If you’re reheating frozen breadsticks, thaw them at room temperature before putting them in the oven.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. If you don’t have the original bag from Olive Garden, you can use aluminum foil to wrap around your breadsticks.
  3. Place the breadsticks on a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake the breadsticks in the oven for about five minutes or until the breadsticks are soft. 

Toaster Oven Instructions

Wrap the thawed breadsticks in foil and place them on the toaster oven rack.

Then, follow the same heating and timing instructions for the conventional oven method.

Note, your breadsticks may have a more crispy texture than with other methods.

Microwave Instructions

Several breadsticks in a large wicker basket on a red and white tablecloth.

If you’re reheating fresh breadsticks, remove them from the restaurant packaging or your plastic bag.

For best results, wet a paper towel with water and place it on top of the breadsticks to lock in moisture and keep the breadsticks from becoming hard.

Reheat the breadsticks for about 30 seconds. If they’re still not warmed through, keep microwaving them in short bursts until they’re warmed to your liking.

If you’re reheating frozen breadsticks, make sure to thaw them at room temperature before moving to the next steps.

Air Fryer Instructions

You can also reheat fresh or thawed breadsticks in the air fryer.

Wrap the breadsticks in foil or use the original packaging and reheat them in the air fryer for about 2 minutes at 350 degrees.

How To Tell If Breadsticks Are Bad

Eventually, these amazing breadsticks will go bad.

Make sure you look for signs of spoilage before eating any leftovers.

Things like:

  • Mold
  • Moisture
  • An off smell
  • Changes in texture

If you notice any of these on your breadsticks, throw them out!

What To Serve with Breadsticks

Whether you freeze your OG breadsticks or eat your delicious leftovers before their expiration date, you’ll need a main course or dipping sauce to serve them with.

Here are some of our favorite menu items to complete a homemade meal:


Main Course Italian Food

Dipping Sauces

  • Alfredo
  • Marinara or a marinara substitute
  • Ranch
  • Pizza sauce
  • Honey mustard
  • Olive oil and balsamic vinegar


How long do you reheat breadsticks?

You can reheat fresh or thawed Olive Garden breadsticks in a conventional oven or toaster oven at 350º for about 5 minutes (or an air fryer for 2 minutes).

You can also reheat them in the microwave covered in a damp paper towel for about 30 seconds.

Should you put leftover breadsticks in the fridge?

You can leave Olive Garden breadsticks at room temperature for up to two days. And if you want them to last a bit longer, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can you reheat breadsticks in the air fryer?


1. Preheat your air fryer to 350º.
2. Keep the breadsticks in their original packaging or wrap them in foil.
3. Heat for about 2 minutes.

Yummy Homemade Rolls and Breadsticks You’ll Love

Now that we’ve covered everything to know about how to freeze the popular breadsticks and bring those delicious breadsticks back to life, here are some other yummy bread recipes you’ll love!

If you want to enjoy endless breadsticks at home you can try these copycat olive garden breadsticks or watch this video tutorial.

Rhodes Rolls Breadsticks

Several Rhodes Rolls breadsticks with parmesan stacked on metal baking sheet.

Rhodes Rolls Breadsticks feature the popular frozen roll dough covered in butter, garlic, and cheese! They’re so easy to make and are sure to go quickly at your next family dinner!

4 Ingredient Cheesy French Bread

Woman pulls pieces of cheesy French bread apart.

You’ll only need 4 ingredients to make this delicious cheesy French bread! Whether you serve it with pasta, soup, salad, or meat, it’s sure to be the star of the meal.

Refrigerator Mashed Potato Rolls (3 ways!)

Three different shaped mashed potato rolls on green plate next to pan and bowl of rolls.

These refrigerator mashed potato rolls are extra fluffy and moist thanks to the addition of freshly mashed potatoes. You can keep the dough in your refrigerator for up to a week, which makes it easy to have warm rolls for dinner any night!

No-Knead Crescent Rolls (Fairy Rolls)

Three crescent rolls and butter knife on white plate on white table.

These Crescent Rolls are one of the easiest dinner rolls you’ll make! They’re soft, slightly sweet, and extra buttery; perfect for a weeknight dinner or holiday gathering.

Easy Parmesan Drop Biscuits

Parmesan drop biscuits arranged on wood cutting board with greenery stem nearby.

These easy Parmesan Drop Biscuits feature a homemade dough full of 2 different kinds of cheeses. They are fluffy and addicting and your family will gobble up every perfectly cheesy bite!

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