How To Roast Garlic

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How To Roast Garlic – take almost any dish to the next level with this super simple way to roast garlic.

If you have never tried roasted garlic, then you are missing out. It is a sweeter, more mild way to enjoy garlic than just sautéing it or having it raw in things. So if you think you aren’t a huge fan of garlic, this will change your mind!

Plus it couldn’t be easier to make, so you can always have some in your fridge or freezer waiting for you.

looking down on roasted garlic


Roasting garlic almost turns it into something else entirely. It has a much more gentle, mellow flavor that is just magical. I shouldn’t be too surprised, roasting pretty much any vegetable makes them so much better; Roasted Asparagus is probably my all time favorite. So why wouldn’t roasting garlic make it even better?

What Do You Need

  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Aluminum Foil
raw head of garlic on cutting baord

It really couldn’t be easier or more straight forward. Now you can get fancy and add some fresh herbs to your garlic if you wanted. It does give the garlic that flavor, but I personally prefer to leave it out, so the roasted garlic is more versatile. And if I want to add herbs to the dish I am making, I do it there.

How To Roast Garlic

  1. I like to use a full head of garlic, and cut off the top 1/3rd of it.
  2. Drizzle olive oil and a dash of salt over the top (the open cut area) of the head of garlic.
  3. Place the top back on and wrap in foil.
  4. Bake at 350º for about 45 minutes.

Roasting garlic will fill your house with the most delicious intoxifying aroma, so you may want to grab a snack, because it will make you hungry!

pouring olive oil on head of garlic

How Long To Roast Garlic

It takes about 45 minutes to roast a head of garlic. If you are making more than one head, just wrap them separately and it will take the same amount of time.

What To Do With Roasted Garlic

There are a ton of ways you can use it, pretty much any recipe that uses garlic, you can use this.

roasted garlic on cutting board

I always make extra and store it in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week. Or you can even freeze it! It is great to add to salad dressings for a more mild flavor. Mix in with soups, smear over fresh bread, add to hummus, or really use like you would fresh garlic.

Trust me, even if you think you aren’t a huge garlic lover, give this a try! It is so much more mild you will definitely rethink garlic after this.

process of roasting garlic
roasted garlic cloves on cutting baord
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How To Roast Garlic

By Erin
How To Roast Garlic – take almost any dish to the next level with this super simple Roasted Garlic that is mild, delicious and almost sweet.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • Place the head of garlic on a cutting board, and cut about the top 1/3rd off the head of the garlic.
    raw head of garlic on cutting baord
  • Place on a piece of foil and drizzle the exposed head of garlic with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
    pouring olive oil on head of garlic
  • Place the top back on and wrap with foil.
    ball of aluminum foil on a cutting board
  • Bake for about 45 minutes until the cloves are soft. If you have elephant garlic, or very large cloves, it make take a little longer.


You can make as many heads of garlic as you want, just wrap them separately and the method and cooking time is the same.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 80mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 13
Keyword: how to roast garlic, roasted garlic
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  1. I served this with onion rolls and it reminded me of one of our favorite steak houses. Such a delicious addition to any meal.