How To Roast Garlic {Plus Tips}

Roasting garlic is quite easy to do and it’s so delicious when slathered on french bread, mixed with vegetables and pasta or added to any number of dishes. This is a great way to enhance every day meals, you can even mix it with ground meats or rub over roasts. Very delicious!

Sprinkled With HerbsHere’s how to make it…

  • Take a whole bulb of garlic and cut the top off, about a 1/4″ – 1/2″, removing enough so that the top of each clove is cut off.
  • Place the bulb (cut side up) on a sheet of tinfoil and drizzle the top lightly with olive oil (about 1 teaspoon).
  • Fold the sides of the tinfoil up to prevent the oil from running over, but don’t seal the foil packet–leave the top wide open. You want it roasted, not steamed. If you have a ramekin, garlic roaster or even a foil pie plate, you could use that too. If you’re making a few at a time, you can use a muffin tin.
  • Place in a heated oven (350°) for anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. When the cloves are golden and soft and squishy like a paste, that’s when they’re done.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool enough for you to handle then squeeze the bulb and each clove should squish out the cut end easily.

Some people prefer preparing it without olive oil, that’s fine too. Others don’t bother cutting the top off first, you don’t have to but it’s easier to squeeze out when the top tips are removed.

Another method you can try:

  • Cut the whole bulb evenly in half (across the width, not the length). Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of an oven glass dish or small roasting pan and place both halves of the bulb cut side down on top of the oil. Cook in a 350° oven for about an hour until cloves are very soft and squishy (same idea as first method).

Tips & Ideas:

  • Spread on thick slices of french bread, bagels, sourdough bread, crackers (can mix with a bit of olive oil first and some grated parmesan too)
  • Add to mashed potatoes
  • Add to cooked vegetables or pasta (try mixing with a bit of melted butter first then drizzle over dish)
  • Add to salad dressings
  • Add to sour cream or mayonnaise

Flavored Butter Recipe:

1 lb butter at room temperature
3 whole bulbs roasted garlic *You may prefer more or less-make according to your taste
Dried parsley or basil or your favorite herb

  • Mix ingredients well, adjust measurements to taste then shape butter into a block (or roll) and slice into generous single serving butter pats. Wrap individually and freeze a bunch in freezer bags or a sealed plastic container. Take butter pats out to thaw and use as you need them.

Storage Helpers


  • After squishing out the cloves, put in a small glass container, seal, then refrigerate. Can add olive oil if you like. Use within the week.


  • Squeeze onto spoon until you measure 1 tablespoon of garlic, then slide into an ice cube tray slot. Freeze the tray then pop out the cubes and place in a freezer bag or container and store in the freezer. When you need a tablespoon of roasted garlic for a recipe, you’ll know to take out 1 cube.


  • Prepare a few bulbs at once and you can make batches of flavored butter to freeze. You can also freeze the roasted garlic by itself, or even refrigerate in an airtight container to consume during the week.

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    • Lois Link

    I once had a method for roasting garlic in the microwave and it only took about five minutes. I used a Corningware saucepan. Does anyone else have the steps to that method? thanks.

      • Lois Link

      I found my own answer, in case anyone else is interested:

      Things You’ll Need:
      • 1 to 4 large heads of garlic
      • A microwave oven
      • Paper towels
      • Olive oil
      • Paring knife or other small knife

      1. Peel the papery outer shell off of the garlic.
      2. With the knife, cut approximately 1/4 inch off of the top of each head of garlic. The individual cloves should all be exposed.
      3. Brush or spoon about 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil over the exposed part of the garlic head.
      4. Place the garlic heads on paper towels, exposed side facing up, and then place the paper towels and garlic in the microwave.
      5. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
      6. Turn the garlic clove over and microwave on high for another minute.
      7. Poke the garlic gently (with a spoon, fork or your finger) to make sure it feels soft. It should be soft enough to spread fairly easily. If it’s not soft enough, microwave it on high for another 15 to 30 seconds.
      8. Remove the garlic and paper towels from microwave. Let the garlic cool for at least 15 minutes.
      Separate the garlic into individual cloves. To eat or use the garlic, squeeze each clove gently until the soft roasted garlic comes out of the skin.

    • joe

    why does the liquid turn light green when i pickle garlic

      • Jaime

      Joe are you using Dill to pickle your garlic if so it might be what’s turning your garlic green.

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