How to Roast Garlic: 3 Ways

Try these 3 ways to roast garlic in the oven to amp up your cooking level!

It would be hard to find anyone out there who doesn’t love garlic. A cornerstone of dishes from across the world, garlic adds a uniquely pungent taste you can’t get enough of. Did you know there’s a way to make garlic taste even better? Let’s learn how to roast garlic in the oven three ways.

Roasted garlic head in foil.

Option 1: How to Roast a Whole Head of Garlic in a Bread Pan

Step 1: Prepare Ingredients

Garlic head.
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt (optional)

Step 2: Prepare the Garlic Head for Roasting

Fresh, peeled garlic head.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently peel the outer skin from the garlic head, leaving the cloves intact in their casings.

Fresh garlic head on stone.

Step 3: Cut the Top of the Garlic Head Off

Fresh garlic head with the top cut off.

Cut the very top part of the garlic head off. All of the cloves need to be slightly exposed to roast properly.

Fresh garlic head with the top cut off.

Step 4: Coat Garlic with Oil and Salt

Fresh cut garlic head in bread pan with oil.

Place your prepared head of garlic into the bread pan and add the olive oil and salt, coating the heads evenly.

Step 5: Cover With Foil

Garlic in bread pan, covered in foil, stone background.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil.

Garlic in bread pan, covered in foil, stone background.

Step 6: Roast the Garlic in the Oven

Garlic in a bread pan with foil on top, salt and oil in the background.

Roast in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until the garlic is soft, caramelized and aromatic.

Roasted garlic in a bread pan.

Option 2: How to Roast Garlic in a Foil Pouch in the Oven

Step 1: Prepare Ingredients

Garlic head.
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt (optional)

Step 2: Prepare the Garlic Head

Fresh, peeled garlic head.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently peel the outer skin from the garlic head, leaving the cloves intact in their casings.

Step 3: Cut the Top of the Garlic Head Off

Fresh garlic head with the top cut off.

Cut the very top part of the garlic head off. All of the cloves need to be slightly exposed to roast properly.

Step 4: Place Garlic on Parchment/Foil

Fresh garlic head with oil on parchment and foil.

Cut out 1 piece of parchment paper and 1 piece of foil into a square. (The foil square should be a bit larger than the parchment square, but both should be big enough to wrap around the garlic head completely.) Place the parchment square on top of the foil square and add the garlic head to the center. Drizzle with olive oil and salt.

Fresh garlic head with salt on parchment and foil.

Step 5: Close the Pouch Around the Garlic

Foil pouch with garlic head inside.

Close the parchment/foil squares around the garlic head, crumpling the foil at the top to create a pouch.

Step 6: Place the Foil Pouch in the Oven

Roasted garlic cloves in a bowl, foil in the background.

Transfer the pouch to the middle oven rack. Roast in the hot oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, until the cloves are tender.

How to Remove the Roasted Garlic Cloves

(Options 1 & 2)

Roasted garlic clove.

Remove the roasted cloves one by one and gently squeeze the clove out of each casing.

Option 3: How to Roast Peeled Garlic

Step 1: Prepare Ingredients

Garlic clove on stone background.
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 1tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 2: Coat Garlic Cloves with Oil & Salt

Fresh garlic cloves with oil and salt in small baking dish.

In a small ceramic bowl with a lid, spread out the peeled garlic cloves in a single layer. Add the olive oil and some salt. Cover the ceramic bowl with its lid.

Fresh garlic cloves with oil and salt in small baking dish.

Step 3: Roast the Garlic in the Oven

Roast garlic in a small baking dish, salt on the side.

Transfer the covered bowl to the oven. Roast garlic for 45-50 minutes, until the cloves are tender and golden.

How to Store Roasted Garlic

Put the roasted garlic in an airtight container, jar or zip-top bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or you can also freeze it. For options 1 and 2, you can keep the cloves in the casings when refrigerating.

What to Do with Your Roasted Garlic

Whether you’d rather work with peeled cloves or a whole head, with or without foil, these three methods of roasting fresh garlic will give you great results every time. Though the process may not be exceptionally fast, you can hardly argue with results after you’ve tasted what comes out of your oven.

Now the only thing that remains is what to do with your new bounty of flavorful roast garlic. I can seriously eat a whole bulb of roasted garlic on it’s own. But there are of course other ways to use it!

If you’re wondering how to eat roasted garlic, the secret is that you can swap it into just about any dish that calls for garlic to add an extra helping of deliciousness. The roasty, caramelized flavor the garlic will add goes great with tons of dishes from salads to sandwiches to stews and beyond, plus there’s all the health benefits that come with eating garlic to begin with.

More specifically, individual garlic cloves are great for dicing or mincing finely to mix into things like hummus dip, mashed potatoes, homemade aioli or sauces and can even be spread onto bread or toast like butter. For a large bulb, you can toss it into a pot to make stock for some seriously delicious soup.

However you choose to use your roast garlic, though, it’s going to be amazing. What’s your favorite application for fresh garlic be it roasted or raw? Let us know and we might start thinking of some recipes calling for your new super food obsession.

Roasted garlic in a pan.

How to Roast Garlic: 3 Ways

Joss D
Try these 3 ways to roast garlic in the oven to amp up your cooking level!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 172 kcal

Ingredients
  

Option 1: How to Roast a Whole Head of Garlic in a Bread Pan

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Saltoptional

Option 2: How to Roast Garlic in a Foil Pouch in the Oven

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Saltoptional

Option 3: How to Roast Individual Garlic Cloves

  • 1 head garliccloves separated and peeled
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Saltoptional

Instructions
 

Option 1: How to Roast a Whole Head of Garlic in a Bread Pan

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently peel the outer skin from the garlic head, leaving the cloves intact in their casings.
    Fresh, peeled garlic head.
  • Cut the very top part of the garlic head off. All of the cloves need to be slightly exposed to roast properly.
    Fresh garlic head with the top cut off.
  • Place your prepared head of garlic into the bread pan and add the olive oil and salt, coating the heads evenly.
    Fresh cut garlic head in bread pan with oil.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
    Garlic in bread pan, covered in foil, stone background.
  • Roast in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until the garlic is soft, caramelized and aromatic.
    Roasted garlic in a bread pan.
  • To remove the roasted cloves one by one: gently squeeze the clove out of each casing.
    Roasted garlic clove.

Option 2: How to Roast Garlic in a Foil Pouch in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently peel the outer skin from the garlic head, leaving the cloves intact in their casings.
    Fresh, peeled garlic head.
  • Cut the very top part of the garlic head off. All of the cloves need to be slightly exposed to roast properly.
    Fresh garlic head with the top cut off.
  • Cut out 1 piece of parchment paper and 1 piece of foil into a square. (The foil square should be a bit larger than the parchment square, but both should be big enough to wrap around the garlic head completely.) Place the parchment square on top of the foil square and add the garlic head to the center. Drizzle with olive oil and salt.
    Fresh garlic head with salt on parchment and foil.
  • Close the parchment/foil squares around the garlic head, crumpling the foil at the top to create a pouch.
    Foil pouch with garlic head inside.
  • Transfer the pouch to the middle oven rack. Roast in the hot oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, until the cloves are tender.
    Roasted garlic head in foil.
  • To remove the roasted cloves one by one: gently squeeze the clove out of each casing.
    Roasted garlic clove.

Option 3: How to Roast Individual Garlic Cloves

  • In a small ceramic bowl with a lid, spread out the peeled garlic cloves in a single layer. Add the olive oil and some salt. Cover the ceramic bowl with its lid.
    Fresh garlic cloves with oil and salt in small baking dish.
  • Transfer the covered bowl to the oven. Roast garlic for 45-50 minutes, until the cloves are tender and golden.
    Roast garlic in a small baking dish, salt on the side.

Equipment

Option 1: Bread pan
Option 2: Foil and parchment paper
Option 3: Small baking dish

Notes

To store: Put the roasted garlic in an airtight container, jar or zip-top bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or you can also freeze it. For options 1 and 2, you can keep the cloves in the casings when refrigerating.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

Tried this recipe?Mention @inthekitchdotnet or tag #inthekitchgrams!

Looking to further enhance your cooking skills? Check out How to Make a Reuben Sandwich

Leave a Comment: