How to make Roasted Garlic in the oven -using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves- with tips on how to store it, preserve it and use it in your everyday cooking! Roasted garlic is transformed into the most buttery, earthy, sweet,  caramelized treat – with a multitude of uses in the kitchen. With a Video!How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

Here’s a basic “how-to” recipe for roasted garlic, made in the oven- two different ways, with a little instruction on how to store it, preserve it, and how to use it in your everyday cooking. Now you may be wondering what the big deal is about roasted garlic. Many of you have already been doing this for years! I know. 

This recipe is for the new cooks on the blog- but I know all you experienced cooks out there may get a few new ideas too about preserving, storing, and using as well… so read on!

How to make Roasted Garlic | 60-sec video

roasted garlic paste

How to use roasted garlic

  1. Make Garlic Paste: Pictured above is one of my favorite things to do with roasted garlic. Whip it up into a creamy buttery paste that can be used to season other things, or served on its own as a flavorful spread or dip.
  2. Preserve garlic in olive oil! Store this in the fridge and use both the garlic-infused oil and the whole cloves!

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

In our catering business, we would take the last of the farmers market garlic, and roast it off whole in large hotel pans, freezing some for future use. When it ran out, we’d resort to using large commercial-sized bags of peeled garlic and roast them in the oven until tender and sweet and succulent. On those days the kitchen smelled heavenly.

Often they would go into mashed potatoes, sauces, stews and soups, and any leftovers would be pureed with oil and used as a multipurpose “garlic paste” that could be used in marinades and dressings. I love the flavorful depth it imparts, giving food a beautiful complexity.

Why should we Roast Garlic?

  • Roasting garlic concentrates the sugars, transforming it into a caramelized, spreadable, buttery texture, with sweet, deep complex flavors, removing all the sharpness, pungency and bite.
  • It’s easier to digest for many people.
  • It gives sweetness and depth to the dishes you are already making- soups stews, mashes, dressings, marinades, sauces.
  • It is a great way to preserve garlic.
  • Because it smells amazing and will make you and your family feel cozy and happy. I’m not kidding. 😉

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

Health benefits of Garlic:

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

How to roast whole heads of garlic:

  1. preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut 1/2 inch of the tips off so cloves are exposed.
  3. Place in a well-oiled skillet or baking dish
  4. Drizzle with oil and optional salt and pepper
  5. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 35- 40 minutes.
  6. Uncover and continue roasting until caramelized and golden, 10-20 more minutes.

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

TIP: I like to keep the ends and add them to the pan as well.

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

Adding a few springs of herbs adds a nice layer of flavor.

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

Now if you happen to buy big bags of peeled garlic, this makes roasting garlic even easier! You can roast big batches, and blend this into a paste and freeze in little jars, pulling them out as you need them.

How to roast peeled Garlic:

  1. 400F oven
  2. Place 1 cup garlic cloves in a well-oiled baking dish (a glass dish lets you see the level of color as it develops)
  3. Toss generously with 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (and optional salt and pepper)
  4. Cover with foil.
  5. Bake until tender and golden, 20-30 minutes

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

Place in a baking dish, drizzle with oil and cover with foil.

Using a glass baking dish is nice because you can see the color of the garlic without removing the foil.

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

When its done the roasted garlic will be golden, buttery and delicious. I let these go a little longer because my husband really enjoys a little of the edges crispy and caramelized texture.

how to roast peeled garlic in the oven

What do you eat roasted garlic with?

  • Spread it warm, right out of the oven on a toasty baguette for a quick appetizer or snack.
  • Add to hummus or dips.
  • Add to mezze platters or cheese boards.
  • Add to mashed potatoes, smashed potatoes or roasted potatoes- the best!
  • Add to soups and stews- particularly nice with pureed winter squash, cauliflower, mushroom …etc.
  • Add to whipped butter, goat cheese or feta

How to store roasted garlic:

  • Store whole heads of roasted garlic in the fridge for 3-4 days (in a ziplock bag)
  • Store cloves of garlic, submerged in olive oil in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 10 days
  • Make a garlic “paste” pureeing garlic with a little olive oil, place in a jar, cover with a layer of olive oil and keep in the fridge for up to 10 days. Or freeze, and pull out as needed. Little 1/2 cup jars work great here as well as ice trays.
  • Freeze either heads of garlic whole – or cloves of garlic in little jars (or ice cube trays).
  • Always refrigerate or freeze roasted garlic.

How long will roasted garlic keep?

  • In the fridge, covered in a layer of oil, up to 10 days.
  • In the freezer, indefinitely.

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

You can roast a whole pan of garlic heads, like you see here…. or even just one head. Wrap in foil or place in a little baking dish.

Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes.

How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

I’m so excited to hear all the ways you will use roasted garlic over the holidays. Please let me know in the comments below.

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How to Roast Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! And so many health benefits! Whole cloves can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days, or made into a paste, to add to soups, stews, sauces, dressings and mashes. #roastedgarlic #bakedgarlic #garlic #garlicbenefits #roastgarlic

Roasted Garlic | How to roast garlic & how to store it!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Category: condiment
  • Method: roasted
  • Cuisine: american

Description

How to make Roasted Garlic in the oven (using whole heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves). Roasting garlic transforms it! Spreadable, buttery, sweet, earthy, and complex it has a multitude of uses in the kitchen! With so many health benefits!


Ingredients

  • Garlic- either 6 whole heads, or 1 cup peeled cloves
  • olive oil (1 teaspoon per head) or 2-3 tablespoons per cup of peeled cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste – optional
  • a few fresh sprigs of rosemary or thyme- optional

Instructions

Roasting Whole Garlic Heads 

  • preheat oven to 400F
  • Cut the tips of the heads, exposing the cloves inside, slicing off roughly 1/2 inch
  • Place in a well-oiled skillet or baking dish.
  • Drizzle generously with olive oil roughly, 1 teaspoon per head.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like, and tuck in some sprigs of rosemary or thyme. Both optional.
  • Cover tightly with foil.
  • Roast 35 minutes, check for tenderness, by inserting the tip of a knife into an inner clove. If tender, uncover and roast until golden and caramelized, 10-20 more minutes. If not tender, recover with foil and check again in 5-10 minutes.

Roasting Peeled Garlic 

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Place 1 cup garlic cloves in a baking dish ( glass allows you to see the depth of color).
  • Drizzle generously with olive oil 2-4 tablespoons ( the flavorful oil can be used in dressings, and  to preserve the garlic)
  • Cover with foil.
  • Place in the hot oven for 20 minutes, check, continue roasting until golden and caramelied,

Notes

To preserve and store: 

Refrigerate whole heads in ziplock bags for up to 4 days (or freeze).

To preserve roasted ( peeled) cloves, simple cover with a layer of olive oil in a jar. Add herbs, lemon zest and chili flakes if you like. This will keep 10 days with the garlic submerged in oil. Use the flavorful garlic-infused oil in your cooking or dressings etc, but always top off the jar with more oil, so the garlic is completely covered.

Or freeze in little jars. You can also freeze cloves in little ziplock bags.

Make Roasted Garlic Paste: My favorite way is to blend the garlic cloves with the oil in a food processor and make a paste, covering with a tiny layer of olive oil.  This will last 10 days in the fridge. For longer, store the garlic paste in little jars in the freezer, and pull out as needed. You could also free in ice cube trays.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 28
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 1.4 mg
  • Fat: 1.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. First, I grilled the garlic along with a variety vegetables. Then I mushed several cloves and mixed with olive oil, zaatar, dill, salt and pepper.
    I served it with turmeric rice and the grilled veggies.
    Oh my! So amazing!
    I ate some of the garlic on bagel chips while cooking. 😇

  2. I use roasted garlic (usually a whole head for a large pot) and add it to homemade chicken soup. Gives it such a great flavor!!

  3. I love garlic and add it to everything but never roasted it. Will definitely give it a try. My question is how do you add the roasted garlic to sourdough bread? While mixing the starter with water? Thank you.

    1. There is a recipe for Rosemary Olive Bread with Roasted Garlic- I fold it in after it rises. Maybe refer to those photos?

  4. Amazing! For the whole cloves storing in a jar with olive oil, I saw you put lemon, rosemary and red peppers in it, it looks amazing, wondering if they also need to be roasted to be put with garlic together?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Julian, I didnt roast them -but feel free to. I think I used a dry chili here.

  5. I roast the elephant garlic for an hour, then mash it up with olive oil, parm, grated pepper and a little balsamic vinegar. Use it as a spread for bread, atop grilled steaks or pork chops on grill. Keeps in jar for about a week.

  6. i peel about 15 heads
    and put it all in an electric put
    POUR in one cup of oil
    boil them for 30 minuets
    cool it well and put it in to the jar
    and keep the jar in fridge
    until it is all gone
    about 2-3 weeks
    i like to eat it right FROM THE JAR TOO
    BUT YOU CAN USE THEM AN YWAY YOU LIK

  7. Roasted garlic is staple in our family. Your article is the most complete guide! Thank you!

  8. I made it! It really is delicious! I ate it with toasted bread. I can’t wait to start using it in my soups! Thanks!

  9. I just roasted garlic for the first time. Yes it smells awesome. I have looked up several references to guide me. Yours was the best and clearest. I was especially needing to learn how to store it and what to use it in.
    Thank you. I will check your blog more often now.

  10. Easy to follow recipe and it really adds flavor to our daily menu. Thank you so much.

  11. Is it safe if I left the full head with skins on roasted in the fridge in a baggie for 2 days? i didn’t have time and threw it in there, but went to use it for a salad dressing two days later.

  12. Its delicious I actually did this and ate it before i came to your page…. just to read more but i ate the whole garlic 😍

  13. I’ve been roasting garlic for years (hubby and I just polished off almost four heads worth), but never looked up the health benefits until now. While I had heard of most, a few surprised me (pleasingly), so thanks much.

    There aren’t many savory dishes that aren’t improved with some form of garlic. If you going for chopped raw, remember that if you wait about 20 minutes before using more helpful compounds form.

  14. I go through about 5 bulbs of garlic per month by myself. I wrap individual cloves in foil with a little oil, parsley, & italian seasoning. I use my toaster oven @ 275 for 30 minutes and use it in everything or sometimes just eat it right out of the foil…Soooo good!!

  15. Hi,
    Your website is marvellous !!!
    I wish you could put the fahrenheit also in your recipes ( i live in Belgium)…

  16. Thank you Sylvia for this recipe! I love garlic alone or in most savory dishes. Roasted and mashed on crackers is one of my favorites but your recipes above is a great variety to try, expanding my horizons!

  17. Hello Sylvia, I have been roasting garlic for years..
    I love love love all your ideas. I did not know I could roast individual cloves .yay
    I love all the ideas you gave us about how to preserve it etc!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.
    We’re on vacation and I look forward to going home and roasting a bunch of garlic!
    I love your blog and I look forward to your recipes each month!
    I know if I make any of your recipes it’s going to turn out delicious for both my husband and I whom eat differently.
    🙏 thank you,Ally