Making your own roasted garlic could not be easier! This tutorial will show you How to Roast Garlic in the oven in 4 simple steps, how to use it, as well as how to store it so you can always have delicious roasted garlic cloves on hand.
Roasted Garlic > Everything
Once you roast your own garlic bulbs, you’ll never want to eat garlic any other way! Fresh garlic cloves are of course delicious, but there’s a special place in our hearts for all the flavors brought out during the roasting process.
Roasted garlic comes out caramelized and slightly sweet. It’s an amazing addition to sauces, dips, or even on its own. Plus, it’s super simple to make in your own oven.
We love adding roasted garlic to a sheet pan of roasted root vegetables, mixing it into our favorite ricotta pasta, and even sneaking some in our Thanksgiving mashed potatoes.
What You Need to Make Roasted Garlic
This is such a simple recipe that only calls for 2 ingredients.
Raw garlic – this recipe calls for whole head garlic. And, there is no need to peel it because after roasting, the cloves will slide right out of the casing.
Olive oil – olive oil is used to create that delicious, caramelized flavor. You can use pretty much any oil, but we love how olive oil tastes with roasted garlic.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can make 1 head of roasted garlic or 10 heads of roasted garlic. Feel free to make as much or litter as you wish.
How to Roast Garlic – Step by Step
Roasting your own garlic is super easy! All you need is whole garlic bulbs, olive oil and a baking dish, and you’ll be off and running roasting delicious garlic in your oven too.
Preheat for Roasting
Start by preheating your oven to 375ºF, and spray a small baking dish or cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Prepare Garlic Bulbs
Prep the 6 garlic bulbs by using a sharp knife to slice of the pointy end. This will expose the garlic cloves like this photo above shows. Then, place the bulbs of garlic in a baking dish, so that the flat side faces up. Finally, drizzle approximately 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil per bulb.
Roast garlic at 375ºF for 20 minutes, making sure to take a moment to enjoy the delicious savory roasted garlic smell that’s filling your kitchen.
After 20 minutes, remove from the oven and flip each head of garlic over so that the flat side faces down. Place back in the oven to roast for another 20 minutes.
Let Cool + Store
Remove from oven and let the garlic bulbs cool for 10 minutes before removing from the baking dish.
Once the roasted garlic is cool enough to handle with your bare hands, squeeze each bulb of garlic so that each of the cloves pop out of the casing like in this photo below.
Can you freeze roasted garlic?
Roasted garlic will last up to 3 months in the freezer if stored in an air-tight container.
- Simply spread the garlic cloves out on a cookie sheet, and place them into the freezer for 1 hour, or until fully frozen.
- Then transfer to a Stasher bag, mason jar or other air-tight container. This will prevent the cloves from freezing together, and will allow you to grab a single clove or two for anything you’re making.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
What do you Eat Roasted Garlic with?
There are countless ways to use roasted garlic (and we’ve got some great recipes that call for roasted garlic below!). Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy roasted garlic:
- Mash roasted garlic cloves, mix with cream cheese, and spread it on a bagel.
- Mince roasted garlic cloves and sauté them with veggies.
- Mince and fold garlic into an omelet.
- Mince and add into any dip or hummus.
- Add roasted garlic to any of our pasta dishes.
- Add to any savory soup
- Mince and add to any salad dressing such as our balsamic vinaigrette.
- Eat it whole! Seriously. It’s delicious 😀
Roasted Garlic (How to Roast Garlic)
- 6 bulbs of garlic
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- First, preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a small baking dish or sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Next, prep garlic bulbs by using a sharp knife to slice off the pointy end. This will expose the garlic cloves.
- Next, place the bulbs of garlic in the baking dish, so that the flat side faces up.
- Drizzle with olive oil (about 1/2 teaspoon per head).
- Roast at 375ºF for 20 minutes.
- Then, remove from oven and flip each bulb of garlic over so that the flat side faces down. Roast for another 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
- Once cool enough to handle with your bare hands, squeeze each bulb of garlic so that each of the cloves pop out of the casing.
Garlic is one of those vegetables that has no limits in my book. I can eat a whole clove of garlic in a recipe–obviously not on its own–especially in vegetable stir-fries! Roasted garlic just takes everything to an entirely new level with the smoky properties!