Roasting garlic gives it a sweeter, but still garlicky, flavor with less bite. It’s a great way to add a whole new depth of flavor to dishes. Follow this simple tutorial on how to roast garlic plus check out 10 delicious ways to use it!
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I love garlic, but not until recently did I ever think to roast my own. I usually just cook it in a little olive oil with other vegetables, or toss it into a recipe with the other ingredients. It turns out that it’s actually not hard at all to roast your own garlic. It makes your house smell amazing (if you like the smell of roasted garlic), and it changes the flavor of your recipes, oh so slightly, but oh so wonderfully!
How to Roast Garlic
- You want to start off by cutting the top 1/4-inch off of a whole bulb of garlic to expose the top of each of the cloves. When I was first learning how to do this, I could not for the life of me tell which side was considered the top! If you’re not sure either, I’ll make this easier on you – the top of the garlic is the widest end. The pointed bottom should remain intact.
- Place the head of garlic onto a piece of aluminum foil. Make sure the aluminum foil is large enough to wrap around the entire head of garlic.
- Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil onto the garlic. Rub the oil all over the garlic so it’s fully coated.
- Wrap the garlic tightly in the aluminum foil.
- Bake at 350°F for about 40 minutes, until the exposed cloves are golden brown and fork tender.
- Pop the cloves out easily with a fork to use in recipes or as a spread.
- Store unused garlic in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within a few days.
What Do You Eat with Roasted Garlic?
Now that you have all of this delicious, freshly roasted garlic, the next question is what are you going to do with it? If you’re here to learn how to roast garlic, I imagine you already have at least one recipe that you plan to use it in, enjoy it on it’s own, or find it tasty to spread onto toast. But, if you have roasted cloves leftover that you want to use up in new ways, then these next 10 recipes are a great place to start.
10 Recipes That Use Roasted Garlic
An easy-to-make mayonnaise-based sauce that you can use on sandwiches, wraps, shrimp cakes, chicken, potatoes and more!
Spinach Ricotta Pizza with Roasted Garlic makes a great vegetarian meal! Use a cauliflower pizza crust to make it gluten free and much lower in carbs than traditional pizza!
Creamy Roasted Garlic & Mushroom Risotto is a restaurant quality dish that is perfect for a special occasion dinner and can be served as either a meatless main dish, side dish, or appetizer depending on how you portion each serving.
Lemon Piccata Potato Salad is a bright and briny take on the summertime classic. The best potluck recipe just got a new flavor!
Here’s a recipe you’ve really got to try! Roasted Garlic Hummus: it’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and it’s delicious!
This immune-boosting, inflammation-fighting soup filled with veggies will be your new staple even when you’re not trying to fight that annoying cold.
Roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes are the stars of this pasta dish topped with Parmesan cream sauce.
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Ranch Dressing is a rich buttermilk garlic ranch dressing recipe with Parmesan cheese. The recipe is sort of the best of two worlds, between a ranch salad dressing and Caesar. It’s fantastic on salads, as a dip or even a marinade.
Deliciously fluffy vegan mashed potatoes with roasted garlic. Creamy, buttery, garlicky and everything mashed potatoes should be.
Whipped Roasted Garlic Butter is so simple to make and adds a wonderful depth of flavor to so many recipes. Try it on bread, you’ll love it.
Other Recipes to Try
How To Roast Garlic
- 1 bulb garlic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cut the top 1/4-inch off of a whole bulb of garlic so that the top of each clove of garlic is exposed.
- Drizzle the olive oil onto the garlic and rub it all over so it's all coated.
- Wrap the garlic in a piece of aluminum foil.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the exposed cloves are golden brown and fork tender.
Tips and Techniques
- Store unused garlic in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within a few days
- You can freeze roasted garlic for up to 10 months.
This tutorial was originally published on May 16, 2016. It was updated with new images, more thorough instructions, and usage ideas in July 2019.