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Carefully holding the knife, the garlic is minced.
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How to Mince Garlic Cloves

Once you figure out How to Mince Garlic, you know the best way to have this flavorful ingredient ready for any dish. This foolproof method makes separating cloves from the bulb, peeling the skin off, and finely mincing or chopping the garlic a breeze.

Course Spice
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 15 cloves
Calories 1 kcal


  • 1 head of garlic


  1. Place the head of garlic with the root end on the cutting board. Press down with the palm of your hand until the cloves have loosened.
  2. If you're having trouble getting the cloves to break apart, another method is to make a small incision with a knife between two cloves. Feel for the junction where two cloves meet, there should be a small indentation here, and then cut into the peel. Place your thumb into this spot and break apart the bulb into cloves.
  3. Once you've separated the cloves, cut and remove both the root and tip end from one clove.
  4. Place your knife on top of the clove with the blade facing away from you and crush the clove onto the cutting board. The peel should have broken apart and should now easily slide right off.
  5. Carefully cut the garlic into thin slices and then continue chopping until your desired size is reached. It's easiest to do this with your dominant hand on the knife's handle, your non-dominant hand on the top of the blade towards the tip, and then work in a fanning motion, re-grouping the garlic as you go.
  6. It's best to use minced garlic immediately but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to an hour. Much longer than that and it will start to take on a pretty bitter taste.

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Nutrition Facts
How to Mince Garlic Cloves
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.