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How to Roast Garlic

Garlic is not only an antioxidant powerhouse full of health benefits, but it’s the most flavorful and flexible herb that can be added to any savory dish. It’s easy to roast garlic. Use this roast garlic recipe in pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, and mashed potatoes. 

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Roasted Garlic – pick fresh, firm bulbs

How to roast Garlic

I don’t remember a time in my life when garlic wasn’t incorporated into the daily dinner menu in some shape or form. This amazing bulb has been chopped, diced, sautéed, smashed, pureed, and used in every way possible in our family.

Garlic holds spotlight in everything from Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes to Rosemary Garlic Bread.

My parents have long claimed garlic’s powerhouse antioxidant properties have benefited their health tremendously. They’ve inspired dishes like our Healthy Garlic Szechuan Shrimp and Butter Garlic Mushrooms.

With all the research done on garlic’s medicinal virtues, my mom might be right.  However, we also just love the taste of garlic as an herb that greatly enhances the flavor of food.

One of my favorite ways to make delicious use of garlic is to roast them whole. Once you’ve made your own roast garlic, you’ll wonder how you’ve gone this long without it.

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Roasted Garlic – delicious nutrition

When I first started roasting garlic many years ago, it was for the garlic mashed potatoes we made every year during the holidays.  Since then, so many reasons to roast my garlic.  It is super easy and so versatile! 

First, pick out a firm, fresh head of garlic – larger is better, as it will shrink a bit while roasting.

Next, use a good, sharp knife and carefully slice your bulb in half, across the middle.  Generously drizzle both halves with good olive oil and sprinkle with salt over each half. 

Finally, close the garlic bulb back together, seal up completely in foil, and roast in oven or toaster oven at 400F for 1 hour.

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Roasted Garlic – amp up the flavor of sauces, spreads, and countless savory dishes.

Ways to use Roast Garlic

Not too many good eats are easier than that.  Pop out the soft roasted cloves and use in whatever way you like. (Hello, Roasted Garlic Hummus that’s better than any store-bought version you’ve ever tasted.)

I already mentioned using mine in our family favorite roasted garlic mashed potatoes.  I also mash up roasted garlic to make roasted garlic mayo and roasted garlic butter. SO good on all kinds of toast and sandwiches.

I love including roasted garlic in pizzas and pastas.  Simply stir your desired amount into the pizza or pasta sauce you’re using.

Once you’ve started using roast garlic, you’ll undoubtedly come up with creative ideas of how to incorporate them into daily meals. Happy garlic roasting!

Try Roast Greek Chicken with Garlic Potatoes:

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How to Roast Garlic

5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 1 hr
Servings: 1


  • 1 whole head of garlic, unpeeled
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Kosher salt


  • Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400F. Slice whole head of garlic in half horizontally, slicing across the cloves so each clove is halved.
  • Place both halves on a sheet of foil, cut side up. Drizzle olive oil generously on tops so that the oil seeps into the cut cloves. Sprinkle each top with pinch of kosher salt. Close garlic halves back together and quickly seal with foil, twisting foil tightly at the top to ensure it's leak-free.
  • Place garlic on oven proof pan. Roast 1 hour or until garlic is fully soft and aromatic. Let cool enough to handle. Carefully open foil. Gently squeeze cloves out of their peel and enjoy.


Choose firm, fresh heads of garlic. 
You can roast more than 1 head of garlic at a time. Store extra in airtight container in fridge for several days until ready to use. Roasted garlic can be mixed into your tomato sauce, mayo, or butter sauce and then chilled airtight until ready to use. 


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.7g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1.9mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Method: roast

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    • Aline
    • 5 stars

    Yes!!!! I love this!! The whole world needs to learn how to roast garlic!! it’s good and delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Aline! 🙂

    • Jacque Hastert
    • 5 stars

    This was the easiest way to roast garlic I have ever tried! I will be doing this from now on. Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you loved this, Jacque! 🙂

    • Jenni LeBaron
    • 5 stars

    This roasted garlic looks so delicious and this recipe so easy. I can’t wait to roast my own garlic so I can use it in everything from appetizers to dinner!

    • Femi. O
    • 5 stars

    I love roasted garlic! I usually have mine spread on toast with a crack of black pepper! Delicious!

    • Kari |Chef and Steward

    I adore roasted garlic. I love how slow roasted this recipe is. It will last for even longer steeped in olive oil afterwards.

    • Bella

    I love roasting garlic its my fav! I actually made some a couple days ago to go into my vegan mac and cheese

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you liked this, Bella! YUM on that mac n cheese idea!

    • Amy
    • 5 stars

    I feel like I can smell this post, haha! I love roasting garlic and making recipes with garlic because the whole house ends up smelling so delicious. I can’t wait to use this recipe to kick some of my favorite recipes up a notch!

    • GUNJAN C Dudani
    • 5 stars

    I have never roasted garlic like this but it sounds fantastic. I love the aroma of roasted garlic and can’t wait to try it.

    • Veena Azmanov
    • 5 stars

    Garlic, amazing in any dish. Full of flavor and best with all the health benefits. One of my most important ingredient ever. Roasted sounds interesting and will surely enhance the flavor too.

    • eatzybitzy

    Can you see me drooling~~~~~??? Love love love garlic…roasted garlic is heavenly:)

    • PlantBasedDietAdventures

    I don’t know how this has happened but I have NEVER roasted garlic! How is that possible!? Thanks so much for sharing…I’m thinking about the roasted flavor..smeared atop a grilled pita with some fresh raspberries..hmmmm. what do u think?…

      • chewoutloud

      The soft, roasted flavor of garlic is awesome – I really think you’ll like 🙂 I’ve never paired it with fruit or sweets, only savory foods. If you do it, I’d love to know how it goes. I do think it’d be yummers on your grilled pita, though! Would probably go great with tomatoes & basil…saute sweet peppers, sprinkled with salt/pepper…saute mushrooms. So many ideas, so little time!

        • PlantBasedDietAdventures

        Those are all fabulous ideas! I’ll let you know how it goes with the fruit 😉

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