You’re about to master the technique for Roasting Garlic in the Oven the best and easiest way with this simple method! Heads of garlic are wrapped in foil and baked to tender, sweet perfection. These caramelized cloves have so much flavor and are excellent in endless dishes, or simply spread on baguettes!
Roasting garlic in the oven is one of those simple cooking techniques that can initially seem intimidating.
After all, how can something SO decadent also be quick and easy to do?
You are in luck today, my friend, because roasting a head of garlic in the oven is SO super simple to do.
Think of roasting garlic in the oven as more of a process than a recipe.
There are only THREE ingredients required (yup, that’s it!) and your hands-on time is less than 5 minutes.
And in those 5 minutes you not only get ONE roasted garlic clove, but you can crank out an entire HEAD. This is a secret weapon you can keep on hand when you want to add a little pizzazz to any dish. (Like this Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower!)
For this roasted garlic recipe you will only need a few simple ingredients:
- Heads of garlic. When selecting make sure you find ones that are free of mold. Also, if you are roasting more than just one at a time make sure they are a similar size.
- Oil. Avocado oil is preferred since you’ll be roasting the garlic at a high heat. Choose a good quality oil for the best taste. You can also use olive oil if you would prefer.
- Salt. Either a coarser sea salt, or a finer salt will both work.
How to Roast Garlic in the Oven
Here are the basic steps for this roasted garlic recipe. Please see the recipe card below for more detailed ingredient amounts.
Peel the skin
Peel and remove almost all of the papery skin from the head(s) of garlic you will be roasting. Stop just before you get to the last layer. You want to keep the skin that is tightly adhered to the garlic cloves.
Expose the cloves
Cut off ½-inch from the tip of the head of garlic. If you do not see all of the garlic cloves simply trim around the other cloves so they are all exposed.
Add Some Oil
Rub in some oil and sprinkle the cloves with a bit of salt. Salt is optional, but it helps to bring out the natural flavor of the roasted garlic.
Wrap it Up
Wrap up the prepared heads of garlic in foil or place them in a loaf pan that is covered with aluminum foil. A piece of parchment paper can be added between the foil and the garlic if you’re concerned about the foil contacting your food.
Roast in Oven
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40-50 minutes.
This will largely depend on how large or small the heads of garlic are. Check on them at about 40-45 minutes to ensure they do not burn.
Remove the Cloves
Wait until the garlic has cooled until it is safe to the touch to remove the cloves.
The easiest way to do this is to place a small spoon around the rim of each garlic clove, twist it around to loosen up the skin, and then push down to pop out the garlic clove.
Expert Tip: If you do not want to heat up your oven, you can also roast garlic in a skillet by following these instructions. Fair warning: they will not get nearly as soft and tender as roasting them in the oven will produce!
Meal Prep and Storage
- To Prep-Ahead: Roast up garlic to have on hand for recipes for the week.
- To Store: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, or up to a week if stored in olive oil.
- To Freeze: Place the roasted cloves in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 3 months.
- To Reheat: Warm in the microwave, or simply add to your recipes as you are cooking.
Garlic should be roasted at 400 degrees.
It depends on if you roast the whole head versus individual cloves. Whole heads of garlic will take 40-60 minutes to complete. Garlic broken up into cloves should bake for 20-30 minutes.
Once garlic is roasted, it is much sweeter, nuttier, and less pungent than raw garlic.
Yes you can! The roasted cloves taste delicious on their own, spread on crusty bread, or mixed into recipes.
Yes it is. Garlic is a low calorie food that is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Similar in size and shape. You want them to cook up evenly if you are roasting multiple heads at a time.
- Don’t overdo it. Just a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of salt is all you need.
- Protect with parchment. If you don’t want the foil touching the garlic, place parchment paper in between.
- Take a peak. Garlic will burn, so be sure to check on them after 40 minutes.
- Scoop with a spoon. The easiest technique to get the clove to pop right out.
Ways to Use Roasted Garlic
You have all of this oven roasted garlic, now what should you do with it? Here are a few of my favorite roasted garlic recipes:
- Use it in this Mashed Cauliflower recipe.
- Add it to a Roasted Broccoli recipe.
- Use it in an Instant Pot Chicken Vegetable Soup
- (Or one of these other Healthy Soup Recipes.)
- Serve it up on a toasted baguette with some Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
How to Roast Garlic in the Oven
Master the technique for How to Roast Garlic in the Oven in the best way with this easy recipe! These caramelized cloves have so much flavor and are excellent in endless dishes, or simply spread on toast!
- 1 or more heads of garlic
- Oil olive or avocado
Preparing the Garlic:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and remove any excess papers around the outer layer of the garlic cloves.
Cut the top of the head of garlic to expose all of the garlic cloves. You may need to go around and individually cut each clove on the sides if they were not originally cut.
Drizzle 1-2 teaspoons of olive or avocado oil onto each head of garlic and rub into the cloves. Sprinkle each head with ¼ – ½ teaspoon of salt.
Method 1: Place head(s) of garlic cut side up in a loaf pan, muffin pan, or cake pan. Cover pan with parchment paper and then aluminum foil.
Method 2: Wrap each head of garlic in a piece of parchment paper and then in a piece of aluminum foil. Place packets on a baking sheet.
Bake in oven for 40-60 minutes or until cloves are caramelized.
Remove the foil from the heads of garlic and allow them to cool until safe to the touch.
Place a small spoon around the rim of each garlic clove, twist it around to loosen up the skin, and push down to pop out the garlic clove. Repeat with remaining cloves.
Serve roasted garlic with a toasted baguette, use it in a Mashed Cauliflower recipe, or store for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
- Nutritional Information is for 1 garlic clove and is calculated based on ~15 cloves of garlic in one head of garlic.