In this easy recipe, I use aluminum foil to wrap garlic bulbs. If you are not a fan, check out my post on Roasting Garlic without Foil. And if you are short on time, be sure to also get my foolproof recipe for Garlic in the Air Fryer.
To make this roasted garlic recipe, you will need two simple ingredients: garlic and olive oil.
You can follow the recipe below to roast one whole garlic bulb or more. You may also add salt for additional flavor, but it is optional.
When selecting heads of garlic, look for firm, fresh bulbs that don’t have any soft spots or mold. Avoid old garlic that is dried out or has green shoots growing inside.
Best Garlic For Roasting:
This recipe will work with any type of garlic, but I think the best garlic for roasting is artichoke garlic. Artichoke garlic, or “soft neck garlic,” is the most common variety in grocery stores and has a delectably mild taste.
For a sweeter, more full-bodied variety, you can also use rocambole garlic (also known as “hard neck garlic”). You can also use this recipe for baked elephant garlic—a much larger variety of garlic that tastes similar to an onion. However, oven-roasted elephant garlic will require more cooking time due to its size.
Though I use olive oil in this recipe, any neutral oil, such as avocado oil and ghee, would work.
How to Make Roasted Garlic
Roasting garlic in the oven is an easy yet vital tool for any chef who likes bold flavors. Below are two simple methods for making homemade roasted garlic like a pro:
Method 1: Roasting Whole Garlic Heads
Here is my hands-free method for making roasted garlic in aluminum foil. The recipe below can be made with one head of garlic or more.
- Preheat the oven: Set your oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
- Peel the garlic: Peel off the outermost layer of each garlic bulb. Be sure to keep the bulb intact so that each clove connects to the base.
- Trim the bulbs: Use a sharp knife to slice ¼-inch off the head of each garlic bulb. This cut should expose the tops of the cloves.
- Place garlic on aluminum foil: Take out several pieces of aluminum foil and place each of the whole garlic bulbs on its own sheet. Then, drizzle each bulb with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, ensuring that the oil touches the individual garlic cloves.
- Wrap the foil: If desired, sprinkle your garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Then, wrap each garlic head in its piece of foil.
- Roast the garlic: Place the aluminum-wrapped garlic cloves onto a baking sheet and roast them for 40 minutes in the hot oven.
- Check for doneness: Remove the foil-wrapped cloves from the oven. Cautiously open the foil, being careful not to burn yourself with trapped steam. Then, insert a paring knife into a garlic clove. If the clove is soft, remove it from the oven. If the clove is still hard, re-wrap it in its aluminum sheet and roast it for 5-10 more minutes.
- Caramelize the garlic (optional): If you want to caramelize your garlic even further, unwrap your soft garlic and roast it for 5-7 more minutes. Just be sure to keep an eye on your garlic during this step, so it doesn’t burn.
- Let the garlic cool: Rest your roasted garlic cloves on the counter and let them cool for 5-10 minutes. When ready, remove the aluminum foil carefully and let out any trapped steam.
- Remove the roasted garlic: To remove the garlic from their cloves, squeeze the whole head of garlic or remove each clove individually with a teaspoon or cocktail fork.
Method 2: Roasting Individual Garlic Cloves
If you’re on a time crunch, a faster way to roast garlic is to roast individual garlic cloves. Follow the steps below to cut your roasting garlic time in half.
- Arrange the cloves: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place the individual garlic cloves in a medium-size ramekin or an oven-safe container.
- Bake: Drizzle the cloves with olive oil, cover the ramekin with aluminum foil, and bake until the garlic cloves are tender. However, remember that individual cloves roast faster than whole garlic heads. Therefore, I recommend checking for doneness after the first 15 minutes of baking.
- Roast until finished: You are good to go if the cloves are soft and lightly browned. If not, return the ramekin back to the oven and check every 4-5 minutes to prevent them from burning.
How Long Does it Take to Roast Garlic?
When roasting a head of garlic, I recommend setting your oven to 400 degrees F and baking the bulbs for 40-50 minutes. However, roasting time may vary depending on your garlic’s size, variety, and age.
You can also change what temperature you use to roast garlic. For instance, if you prefer slow-roasted garlic, you can bake your cloves at 350 degrees F for about 70-90 minutes.
How to Keep it
If roasting garlic cloves (or bulbs) is a part of your weekly meal prep, follow the storage steps below to have them ready throughout the week:
- Store: Place leftover roasted cloves in an airtight container (or a small jar) and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. If preferred, you can drizzle the cloves with a little bit of olive oil and use the garlic-infused olive oil in homemade salad dressings. However, make sure you store it in an airtight container and consume it within 5 days.
- Freeze: First, make a roasted garlic paste by mashing your garlic cloves. Then, divide the paste into the empty slots of an ice tray. After squeezing out the garlic, freeze the ice tray overnight, then transfer the garlic cubes to a Ziploc bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible before placing it back in the freezer.
- Meal prep: Since a whole head of garlic wrapped in foil doesn’t take up much space in the oven, I always throw in a head or two whenever I’m roasting another dish. And because my weekly meal prep always includes roasted vegetables, it’s easy to roast garlic at the same time.
- Eliminate bitter taste: If your roasted garlic tastes bitter, it may be because it is old. However, because garlic is also sensitive to high heat, its bitterness may also be a result of over or undercooking. Therefore, if it tastes bitter, try reducing the temperature. I recommend setting your oven to 350 degrees F. and cooking your garlic for 70-90 minutes.
- Roast and freeze garlic in bulk: If you’re a fan of advanced meal prep, roasting and freezing garlic in bulk is a great way to reduce waste. This is especially useful if you are growing your own garlic.
Other Garlic-Related Posts You Might Like:
Garlic lovers rejoice! Because it doesn’t end here. As a self-proclaimed garlic aficionado, I have so many more garlic recipes for you. Below are a few more garlic recipes to help you put our favorite ingredient to good use:
- Roasting Garlic No Foil Method: While I think the best way to roast garlic is in the oven wrapped in tin foil, I know some people don’t like using aluminum foil in their cooking. This post shows you 4 different ways of roasting garlic without foil, including how to roast garlic in a garlic roaster and a cast iron skillet.
- Air Fryer Garlic: It takes only 25 minutes to roast garlic if you have an air fryer. In the recipe post, I made sure to cover the instructions for roasting garlic with or without foil using your air fryer.
- Roasted Garlic Compound Butter: While roasted garlic tastes wonderful by itself, mixing it with butter and fresh herbs is yet another great way to use it in your recipes.
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How to Roast Garlic in Oven
- 1 head of garlic or more
- 1 teaspoon Olive oil
- Pinch of Salt optional
Method 1: Roasting Garlic Cloves As A Whole:
- Preheat the oven to 400 F (205 C) degrees.
- Peel the outer layer (aka papery skin) off each garlic bulb, making sure to leave the whole bulb intact with all of the cloves still connected.
- Slice 1/4 -inch top off the head of each garlic bulb, exposing the tops of the garlic cloves.
- Place each garlic bulb in the middle of a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil (depending on the side of your garlic) and make sure that the oil sinks all the way down into the individual garlic cloves.
- If preferred, sprinkle it with a pinch of salt. Wrap the whole garlic head in foil and repeat the same process with the rest of your garlic bulbs.
- Place them onto a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes.
- To check doneness, remove foil packets from the oven. Carefully open the foil (being careful not to let the hot built-up steam burn your fingers) and insert a paring knife into a garlic clove. If it is soft, it should be ready. If not, wrap it up and put it back in the oven for 5-10 more minutes.
- If you want it to get even more browned and caramelized, you can unwrap it and let it roast for another 5-7 minutes after it is fully softened. Though I would keep a close eye on them during this step as you do not want them to burn.
- Let roasted garlic cool for 5-10 minutes on the counter. When ready, carefully let the steam out as you remove the aluminum foil.
- To remove the now-roasted garlic from cloves, you can either squeeze the whole head of garlic or remove each clove one by one with a teaspoon or cocktail fork.
Method 2: Roasting Individual Garlic Cloves:
- If you prefer to roast garlic cloves individually, you can place them in a large ramekin. Drizzle them with olive oil, cover the ramekin tightly with foil and bake until tender.
- Please keep in mind that individual garlic cloves roast faster than whole garlic heads. So, be sure to check for doneness after the first 15-minute mark.
- If they are not fully roasted, place them back in the oven and continue to bake, checking every 5 minutes to make sure they are not burning.
- This recipe can be multiplied as many times as you want.
- The exact roasting time will depend on each garlic bulb’s variety, size, and age. During my recipe testing, I found that it is best to check the garlic bulbs after the first 40-45 minute mark. In most cases, they were done by then, but if yours are not, feel free to keep them in the oven longer but be sure to check them every 5-10 minutes.
- To Store: Place leftover roasted garlic in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. If preferred, you can drizzle the cloves with a little bit of olive oil and use the garlic-infused olive oil in homemade salad dressings. However, make sure you store it in an airtight container and consume it within 5 days.
- Freeze: First, make a roasted garlic paste by mashing your garlic cloves. Then, divide the paste into the empty slots of an ice tray. After squeezing out the garlic, freeze the ice tray overnight, then transfer the garlic cubes to a freezer-safe plastic bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible before placing it back in the freezer.