How to Roast Garlic

Making your own roasted garlic has never been easier! Simply roast whole bulbs of garlic in the oven with oil and the cloves pop right out! #roastedgarlic #howtoroastgarlic #garlic | mindfulavocado

Are you ready to kick your food up a notch but don’t quite know how? Two words. Roasted. Garlic. Garlic is one of my favorite flavors and when roasted, becomes this subtly sweet and aromatic deliciousness that you can literally eat by the cloves. Grab some garlic bulbs and olive oil and you’re one step closer to a serious recipe game changer.

roasted garlic in aluminum foil

When I learned how to roast garlic, I discovered how easy it is to make too. Just wrap whole garlic bulbs in aluminum foil and toss in the oven.

You can store the leftovers in the fridge to have roasted garlic on hand. Roasted garlic tastes great in pasta dishes, pizza, and mashed potatoes. I’m here to show you a staple recipe that’s handy to know by heart – I’m not reinventing the wheel here with this recipe.

garlic bulbs and olive oil on wooden board on marble counter

fresh garlic bulbs on wooden board on marble counter

How to make roasted garlic:

As I mentioned before, knowing how to roast garlic is a culinary basic I think everyone should know – and do frequently.

  • Cut the top off of a garlic bulb, exposing the cloves
  • Drizzle some oil on top
  • Wrap in a piece of aluminum foil
  • Put in the oven!

garlic bulb with olive oil on sheet of aluminum foil

To add extra flavor, you can sprinkle some salt and pepper on the garlic cloves before roasting. Although I found using just a little bit of olive oil is all you need!

garlic bubs wrapped in aluminum foil on wooden board on marble counter

How long does roasted garlic last?

You can store roasted garlic in the fridge for up to two weeks. It’s great to roast a few garlic bulbs at a time so you have it handy to add to all sorts of recipes!

hands squeezing roasted garlic out of peel

Look at those roasted garlic cloves! When garlic is fully roasted, it literally “pops” right out of the peel, making it super easy to use. It’s so soft you can literally spread it on bread! Simply mash the garlic and add to any recipe you’d like.

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Related: Vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes

roasted garlic in aluminum foil

How to Roast Garlic

Roasted garlic is so easy to make and a great kitchen staple to keep on hand. Whole garlic bulbs and a little bit of oil is all you need to make this aromatic, flavorful recipe booster! Roasted garlic is a healthy way to add flavor to infinite dishes!
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Course: How To
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: how to roast garlic, roast garlic, roasting garlic
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 1 garlic clove
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Amanda


  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Peel away loose garlic peels and discard
  • Using a sharp knife, cut off the top of garlic bulb to expose cloves
  • Place on a small sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil on top
  • Wrap aluminum foil and place in oven
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Top of garlic bulb should be light brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Press bottom of the garlic bulb and squeeze garlic out of the peel


You can store roasted garlic in the fridge for up to two weeks. It's great to roast a few garlic bulbs at a time so you have it handy to add to all sorts of recipes!


Serving: 1bulb | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g

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