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How To Roast Garlic In The Oven

How to roast garlic in the oven. Roasted garlic is savory and sweet with an irresistible aroma. Learn how to roast garlic cloves with our step-by-step instructions.

Unlock the rich, caramelized flavor of roasted garlic with this simple oven method. In my latest blog post, I'll guide you through the step-by-step process of transforming raw garlic bulbs into golden, buttery cloves. From prepping your garlic heads to achieving the perfect roast, discover how to incorporate roasted garlic into your favorite dishes.

Roasted Garlic
Roasted Garlic

If you've never tried roasting garlic before, get ready for a treat. You'll love roasted garlic because it becomes wonderfully sweet, creamy, and aromatic when roasted, adding depth and richness to dishes. It loses its sharpness while gaining a caramelized flavor that enhances savory dishes, spreads, and dips. Plus, it's incredibly versatile and incredibly easy to make.

Roasting garlic not only enhances its taste but also transforms its texture. Unlike raw garlic, roasted garlic has a sweet, mellow, nutty, and rich flavor without the harsh bite. As it softens during roasting, it becomes tender, creamy, and easily spreadable. Incorporate roasted garlic into soups, sauces, and mashed potatoes, or spread it onto bread to instantly bring flavor of any dish.

You can use roasted garlic in various ways:

Spread it on toast or crackers for a flavorful appetizer.

Mix it into mashed potatoes or vegetables for added depth of flavor.

Pizza: Roasted garlic adds a depth of flavor to homemade pizza that regular garlic can't quite achieve. Its sweet, caramelized notes blend seamlessly with the other ingredients, infusing the entire pizza with a rich, savory taste.

Whether spread directly onto the crust, mixed into the sauce, or scattered atop the toppings, roasted garlic brings a subtle yet distinct enhancement to the overall flavor profile of the pizza.

Blend it into salad dressings or sauces for a rich, savory taste. Homemade ranch dressing recipe here.

Homemade Ranch Dressing
Homemade Ranch Dressing

Incorporate it into soups, stews, or risottos for a subtle garlic flavor.

Mash it with butter and herbs to make a delicious garlic butter spread for bread or steak.

Add it to marinades or rubs for meats and vegetables.

Mix it into dips like hummus or sauce for extra flavor. Homemade sauce recipe here.

Spread it on sandwiches or wraps for a gourmet touch.

How To Roast Garlic


  • Whole garlic bulbs

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper (optional)


Roasting garlic in the oven with foil is simple. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Peel off the outer layers of the garlic bulb, leaving the cloves intact. Position the garlic bulb on its side and slice approximately 1/4 inch off the top of the entire bulb.

Peel the outer skin and leave the garlic in tact

Place the garlic bulb on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle olive oil over the exposed cloves, ensuring they are well coated.

Wrap the garlic bulb tightly in the foil, making sure its sealed and place the foil-wrapped garlic bulb on a baking sheet.

Roast in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the cloves are soft and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Once cool enough to handle, unwrap the foil and squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins.

How to store roasted garlic

To store roasted garlic, follow these steps:

Let the roasted garlic cool completely to room temperature.

Separate the cloves from the bulb if they're still attached and place the roasted garlic cloves in an airtight container. Optionally, you can add a drizzle of olive oil to help preserve moisture and flavor.

As garlic is known for its potent flavor, it's advisable to store roasted garlic in a glass container. Plastic containers can retain the garlic aroma, making them challenging to clean thoroughly.

Store the roasted garlic in the refrigerator for one week. Shop these convenient glass containers here

Have you ever experienced pizza cooked in a cast iron skillet? It's a must-try! This deep-dish pizza has a crispy outside and a chewy inside. Find my recipe here.

You might also appreciate learning how to make garlic paste. The recipe can be found here.

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