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Kitchen Basics: Roasted Garlic

By Susan Pachikara, October 30, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Susan Pachikara

Susan writes the blog Cardamom Kitchen to share her culinary experiences as an Indian-American rooted in the Midwest. Luckily she's also sharing her experiences with Whole Story readers by demystifing essential cooking skills with step-by-step instructions and her own handsome photos.

Roasted garlic

I adore onions and cherish ginger, but nothing makes me swoon like the sonnet-worthy flavor of garlic. How do I love garlic? Please, allow me to count the ways. I love raw garlic with its crisp, edgy bite. I love sautéed garlic subdued a touch, but still full of spunk. When the air turns chilly, I love the nutty, sweet taste of roasted garlic emanating from a bowl of hot soup, thick pasta sauce, or a spoonful of rich dressing.

Roasting garlic is a simple, yet rewarding task. It not only results in a low-cost flavor booster, it also cloaks the kitchen with a cozy, comforting aroma like a well-worn woolen blanket. If you’re looking for a way to warm your tummy this fall, follow the steps below to roast a handful of plump, smooth-skinned garlic.

How to Roast Garlic

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a shallow baking dish with enough foil that the ends hang over the sides. 

Peel away any loose skin from the garlic bulbs.

Place a bulb on its side on a cutting board and slice 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the top, so the majority of cloves become visible. Repeat with the rest of the bulbs, if roasting more than one.

Roasted garlic

Roasted garlic

Place the bulbs in the foil-lined dish with the cut side facing up. 

Roasted garlic

Coat the cut surface of each bulb with olive oil. This will keep the garlic from burning.

Roasted garlic

Season with salt and pepper.

Roasted garlic

Roasted garlic

Pull the ends of the foil together and fold them down a few times to seal the bulbs in the foil package. Place the baking dish in the oven and roast until the cloves turn golden brown and become tender all the way through, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Roasted garlic

Carefully peel away the outer skin to release the cloves. Squeeze the skin at the base of each clove to push out the soft flesh.

How to Store Roasted Garlic

To store roasted garlic, place the cloves in an airtight container and pour in enough olive oil to cover the cloves completely. Keep the oil-packed cloves in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Roasted garlic
Susan kneads whole cloves of roasted garlic into a loaf of rosemary bread

I’d love to see your tips for roasting garlic! Share them with your fellow cooks in the comments section below.

Category: Food & Recipes




Aubrey says ...
My. That post was semi-erotic! At least for garlic lovers.
10/30/2012 8:23:17 AM CDT
MsFashionista says ...
I love garlic so much, it's scary! I'd love to get the recipe for the rosemary bread w/roasted garlic as well! Yum!
10/30/2012 2:33:41 PM CDT
gerald hood says ...
10/31/2012 4:17:50 PM CDT
Vijaya says ...
I love roasted garlic so much that I also have roasted garlic express (electric) to roast garlic in 27 minutes and spread it on toasted bread. Yum Yum.
10/31/2012 5:26:09 PM CDT
Niki S. says ...
Is there a way to do this with out using aluminum foil? I love roasted garlic, well, I just love garlic!
11/01/2012 11:45:25 AM CDT
Jennifer says ...
This sounds amazing. Can I store the garlic in the freezer, if so, How and For how long? thanks
11/01/2012 12:21:39 PM CDT
Susan says ...
Small scale and fast and easy: separate as many individual cloves as you want, place in a single layer an aluminum foil packet, fold edges to seal, and place package in a toaster or conventional oven at 350 degrees for about 20 min. Open packet, nip off the base of the clove end and peel or squeeze garlic out of skin. Add oil/Season to taste. Works best with easy peel garlic varieties and useful when you just need a few cloves or want or need to have better control of oil and salt intake.
11/01/2012 12:45:36 PM CDT
angie says ...
I do the same as directed in roasting the garlic, but I add a few springs of rosemary! AWESOME!
11/01/2012 12:52:19 PM CDT
Susette says ...
is there any way to do it in a microwave for smaller portions
11/01/2012 2:40:53 PM CDT
Kim says ...
Wow! I've been roasting garlic the wrong way. I usually just wrap 1 or 2 cloves in foil and toast/oven/grill for 10 minutes.
11/01/2012 3:21:29 PM CDT
Marika Ujvari says ...
Wowzee! That sounds so simple and delish!!!
11/01/2012 3:42:37 PM CDT
Menckenlite says ...
I love when people who just ate lots of garlic breathe on me. NOT!
11/01/2012 4:55:50 PM CDT
calleen says ...
I was going to make these tonight after Lisa's cooking class and tad a here's the recipe thanks.
11/01/2012 5:00:32 PM CDT
Ginny says ...
would love to know the recipe for the roasted garlic, rosemary bread, sounds great. Can you do it in a bread maker???
11/01/2012 5:03:19 PM CDT
Bonnie in Arkansas says ...
Like Fashionista, I would like the recipe for the rosemary bread to go along with the yummy roasted garlic. I am definitely a garlic lover too!
11/01/2012 10:13:10 PM CDT
laura jaecks says ...
thanks for your garllic roasting info and reminder to roast again. I do love it, The rosemary bread idea sounds super! also--I love Whole Foods (the quality of foods and merchandise plus the overall philosophy) I am lucky that there is one in my town - Boca Raton,Fl.
11/01/2012 11:12:44 PM CDT
Shava Nerad says ...
In Barbara Kafka's EXCELLENT book The_Microwave_Gourmet she gives this recipe for roasting garlic in the microwave: http://boards.epicurious.com/thread.jspa?messageID=348188
11/02/2012 1:02:08 AM CDT
syaipul epul says ...
Nice..I like garlic..tq for the new menu :)
11/02/2012 3:49:43 AM CDT
nik says ...
I use the same basic method you do, and I do like to experiment with flavored olive oils like lemon or jalapeno, or oils from different regions/countries, just to see how they intermingle with the roasting garlic. The kitchen smells heavenly whenever I roast. :)
11/02/2012 4:28:45 AM CDT
Sue says ...
I'm going to do that with my own homegrown garlic. Yum. I could almost smell them roasting.
11/02/2012 9:46:36 AM CDT
Loretta says ...
I love roasted garlic. I always added the olive oil, I didn't use seasoning I got to try it today!
11/02/2012 11:13:23 AM CDT
marlaerwin says ...
I've only had roasted garlic on toast a couple of times, and both times I wondered why I don't do it more often. Thanks for reminding me how delicious (and easy) it can be — I think it will have to happen this weekend.
11/02/2012 2:48:08 PM CDT
debbie says ...
this is a great useful artical
11/04/2012 2:41:08 PM CST
Ed says ...
Love, Love, Love Roasted Garlic!!!!! So good!
11/05/2012 9:21:06 AM CST
Adrienne says ...
That sounds very easy and delicious!
11/06/2012 12:38:38 AM CST