How to Roast Garlic - bake a whole bulb until each clove is butter-soft, sweet and nutty. Check out our list of ways to use this roasted garlic!
Use this delicious roasted garlic in mashed potatoes, cauliflower pasta sauce or homemade hummus.
If you never had or made roasted garlic, you are seriously missing out. This is my favorite way to turn a whole garlic bulb into a soft, sweet, nutty cloves that can be used in so many dishes or enjoyed warm on a toast. I love adding garlic to pasta, pizza sauce or simply rub a piece of warm toast with it. I always have a small jar of minced garlic in olive oil in my fridge. It saves me time (no more peeling and grating!) and lets me add just the right amount of it to the dish. But roasted garlic is a whole new ball game! It's sweet and nutty and absolutely amazing! You roast it once, store it in a jar and use it whenever you need it. No peeling single cloves required!
- fresh garlic, in whole bulbs
- olive oil
How to Roast Garlic?
- Prepare small squares of aluminum foil, one for each garlic bulb.
- Remove the outer layer of the garlic bulb skin. You should see the cloves in their individual shells.
- Cut off the top of the bulb.
- Place garlic on prepared aluminum foil squares and place on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Bring the edges of the foil together and close the bulb inside.
- Place the baking sheet in an oven. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until the cloves are soft.
- Remove sheet from the oven and let the foil packets cool.
- Remove the bulbs from foil. The cloves are soft and should pop out from their shells with a help of a small spoon or butter knife.
Can I roast it without the foil?
Yes! If you don't want to use aluminum foil, use parchment paper. You can easily make a little pouch and place the garlic inside, then fold the sides to close. You can also purchase garlic roaster. Many are available online.
Can I roast it on the grill?
Absolutely! Pop it onto t a grill, away from direct heat and roast for 25 to 30 minutes.
Can I roast it in the microwave?
If you are using a microwave, you won't be roasting the garlic per se. You will be steaming it. Remember not to use the foil! Simply place garlic in a bowl, drizzle with oil and add about ½ cup of water. Cover it with microwave-safe lid and cook for 3 minutes.
How to store roasted garlic?
I always roast a few bulbs at a time and store the roasted cloves in a small jar and use them throughout the week or so.
How long does it keep?
I keep my roasted garlic in a jar in the fridge and it stays good for up to 1 week.
How to Use Roasted Garlic:
- spread warm cloves on a bread toast
- spread over a pizza crust, right before adding toppings
- add to pasta sauce, like this Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
- add to mashed potatoes
- add to creamy soups
- add to casseroles
- use in skillet sauces
- mash with butter and spread over corn on the cob or baked potatoes
- use in a dip, like homemade hummus
- add to pasta sauce
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- 1 bulb fresh garlic
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Remove the outer layer of the garlic bulb, to expose the cloves in their individual shells.
- Cut off about ¼″ of the top of the bulb.
- Place garlic bulbs in the prepared aluminum foil squares and place on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of olive oil on each bulb.
- Bring the edges of the foil together and close the bulb inside.
- Place the baking sheet in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until the cloves are soft.
- Remove the sheet from the oven and let the foil packets cool until safe to the touch.
- Remove the bulbs from foil.
- The cloves are soft and should pop out from their shells with a help of a small spoon or butter knife.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
- You can roast as many garlic bulbs as you like.
Never took the time to do this before. Now I am a fan! Next project is the cauliflower Alfredo Sauce!
Love love love roasted garlic. Can’t get enough of it.
So hard to not eat it as you squeeze them out,
I do keep it longer than a week in the fridge and it seems to be fine.
Love the smell of it roasting. Fills the house. Not sure the neighbours like it but I do!!
What an awesome helpful post. I love that you can make it in batches and it will last a while. Thanks for this incredible recipe!
I am so glad it is helpful!
Carrie Robinson says
Roasted garlic is the best! You can use it in so many ways. 🙂
Yes! It's my fave!
Marliany Mar says
I did this earlier but it turned out a tad bitter (it wasn't burnt!) and rather bland instead of sweet.
Any reason why? It wasn't the freshest garlic tho :/ could that be the reason?
Seriously, sooooo easy! Roasted garlic is amazing.
Wow how easy! So delicious!! Thank you!!
Thank you so much, Lisa!
How long does the roasted garlic last and do you have to put it in the refrigerator after?
Hi Stacey! I always store it in my fridge for up to one week. I usually will use it up by then.
I also roast cauliflower and then puree it with the roasted garlic. Way better than mashed potatoes.
Hi Lisa! I agree! Roasted cauliflower is delicious that way!
I freeze roasted garlic all of the time! I use press and seal, sealing each clove (or 2 if small) then cut into strips and place in a freezer bag. I make 2 heads at a time and have never had any problems with the garlic!
Thank you so much for sharing, Debbie! Great tips!
Joe McCartney says
Excellent for garlic bread. Mash lots of roasted garlic with butter, pinch of salt and black pepper, smear generously on to thick slices of fresh bloomer bread, wrap in tin foil before putting in a hot oven for 15-20 mins. Brilliant with chili con carne. There will be no left overs!
Hi Joe! That is an awesome idea for roasted garlic. Delicious! Thank you for sharing!
How long will the roasted garlic keep in the refrigerator before going bad? It's delicious by the way. Thanks!
Hi Tory! I would say it will be good in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I always use is quickly because it's just so good in so many dishes! 😀 Hope this helps!
Suzanne Pacicca says
Yes, two weeks - I roast garlic and use on almost everything. My all time favorite is still just with butter and smear on warm bread.
Thank you Anna this garlic turned out amazing 😉Never roasted garlic before! Plan on trying with the Brie I bought and spread on multigrain crackers!
Hi Leslie! That's wonderful! I am so happy to know my post was helpful. Thank you so much for letting me know! Pairing the roasted garlic with Brie and crackers sounds amazing!
Diane Hill says
Roasted garlic and Brie cheese on toasted baguettes.
Can you freeze the roasted garlic?
Hi Karen! I have to say I never tried freezing it but from my quick search, it seems as it should work just fine. I hope this helps!
Do you store the Garlic in the Fridge?
Yep, in a small jar with lid. Hope this helps!
Troy Schank says
Tried it and loved it, I used butter and ghost pepper powder, absolutely the best thank you for teaching me how to cook garlic!!!!
Hi Troy! Your comment just made my day! THANK YOU! I am so happy to know that my how-to post helped you. Roasted garlic is absolutely delicious.