How to Roast Garlic





Introduction: How to Roast Garlic

Roasted garlic is one of my favorite things. Mostly because it's delicious, but also because it is ridiculously easy to make.

All you really need is some garlic to roast, an oven and some aluminum foil. You probably need a snack before you do it, too. Roasted garlic smells absolutely phenomenal, so it will torture you if you're hungry when you roast it. ;)

Step 1: Ingredients + Tools

  • 1+ heads of garlic
  • olive oil
  • aluminum foil
  • an oven set to 400 F

BOOM! That's it. I've also managed to roast the garlic in parchment paper, but aluminum foil works best. :)

You can also season it with salt and pepper, but I normally don't bother.

When picking out garlic, go for large firm heads. Make sure the cloves don't separate easily and there are no soft spots.

If you're going to be roasting tons at once, try to do 2-3 garlic heads per foil packet for even roasting.

Step 2: Remove the Skin From the Garlic

Using your hands, remove the excess papery skin from around the head of garlic. Anything that flakes away easily should be removed.

Step 3: Cut Off the Tops

Cut off the very top of the head of garlic - just so each of the cloves is peeking out a little. :)

Step 4: Oil the Garlic and Wrap It

Lay a sheet of aluminum foil down on your work surface and place the garlic heads on it. Pour olive oil over the cut tops so it can seep down into the garlic. :D

You just need enough to coat the whole head well.

Then wrap the garlic well in the aluminum foil. Now we're ready to roast!

Step 5: Roast It!

Throw the little foil packet on the middle rack of the oven to roast.

Roast for 40 minutes and then check the garlic - you should be able to pierce it easily with a knife. At this point it should be nice and soft and perfectly edible, but I like to take mine a little further for extra flavor.

I normally turn the oven off and leave the garlic in there for another 15-20 minutes so it gets a bit more golden.

And there you go! Amazing roasted garlic. You can honestly just squeeze a clove out of the papery skin and then spread it on bread and eat it, which I 100% recommend if you've never had it before. Soooooooo yummy.



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Any idea how and how long to keep this after roasting?

You can store it in the fridge for about a week, or in the freezer for a couple months. I squeeze all the cloves out of the skin and put it in an air tight container. :)

Great! Thank you. One can never have too much roasted garlic on hand. ;)

There's always the method of vacuum sealing stuff, too, & if you wanna go one step more, seal the vacuum-sealed bag in a mason jar (the right way).

I've been hosting lots of dinner parties and I make this as part of the appetizer (w/ bread) and it's always a huge hit!

thank you, i'll be trying this tonight

Where does the olive oil come in? Do you put in in the foil before roasting?

Rub the cut edges of the garlic heads with olive oil before sealing them in the foil.


In Japan, they place thinly sliced garlic on a grill for a few minutes per side. It is sweet, like candy.

And a tip: after handling raw garlic, soap up your hands and rub them all over with... stainless steel (!) - the garlic smell will be gone! Since I have a s.s. sink I use that but I think that a s.s. pot or even tableware would do. I have NO idea why this works but I have been doing this for - quite accurately - decades. So give it a try.