How to Make Perfect Roasted Garlic

Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients for flavoring food. I use it fresh in all kinds of dishes. I also use garlic powder so frequently that I make it myself. So when I found out that roasted garlic was a thing, I knew I had to give it a try.

Roasted Garlic: So Easy to Make It’s Barely a Recipe!

I love recipes that aren’t complicated! Just cut the tops off a bunch of heads of garlic, drizzle them with oil, sprinkle them with salt, and roast until nice and soft. And in case you’re confused, a head of garlic is the same as a bulb, which is the whole entire thing before you separate it into cloves.

Once it’s cooled a little, squeeze all the roasted garlic goodness out of the cloves and it’s ready to go. You can smash it with a fork to make it smoother if you’d like.

If you love garlic as much as me you can grab a fork and a head of garlic and just eat it right out of the cloves. However, if you need some additional inspiration on how to use this delicious treat, here’s some garlicky inspiration:

Ways to Use Roasted Garlic

There’s really not a wrong way to use it. Anything that you’d normally use garlic for, you can also use roasted garlic for. And since garlic has so many health benefits, you can’t go wrong!

Here are some ways I like it:

This recipe makes about 1 cup of roasted garlic. You can easily divide it to make less. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freeze individual roasted cloves or tablespoonfuls until ready to use.

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Perfect Roasted Garlic Recipe

Make perfect roasted garlic with minimal effort. Use in vegetables, salad dressings, as a snack, or to flavor main dishes.


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  • Slice off a small part of the top of the heads of garlic so you can just see the cloves inside.

  • Place in a baking dish.

  • Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until garlic is soft and squeezeable.

  • Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes.

  • Squeeze the garlic from the heads and mash with a fork if a smooth consistency is desired.


Serving: 1TBSP | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

Have you ever made roasted garlic? What’s your favorite way to eat it?