Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic is used to enrich a wide variety of recipes, but can also be enjoyed on it’s own as a savory treat! Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make in your oven or air fryer.

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Roasted garlic cloves in a bowl next to a whole garlic bulb and olive oil

Garlic is one of my favorite flavors to use in cooking. When recipes call for only one or two cloves I throw my head to the sky with an evil laugh and devilishly add the whole bulb. In my opinion, one can NEVER have enough garlic. However, sometimes a slightly sweeter version of garlic is called for, and that’s where Roasted Garlic comes in. To make your own Roasted Garlic all you need is garlic, olive oil, foil, and an oven or air fryer.

Three garlic bulbs

How do I make Roasted Garlic in an oven?

Start off by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating up place your bulb of garlic on a sheet of foil. Drizzle olive oil over the top in order to coat evenly.

Next, wrap the foil around the garlic.

Bake your garlic in the oven for 30 minutes. Using hot pads, carefully take it out of the oven and unwrap the foil, use a utensil to gently press the bulb to check for give. If it’s still hard, bake for another 10-15 minutes. Once your garlic is soft, take it out of the oven and let it rest until it’s cool enough to handle.

If I am using the roasted garlic in a recipe I’ll keep it on the lighter side, as pictured below. However, if the garlic is going to be enjoyed on it’s own or used as a spread I bake it longer so that it starts to get sightly blackened.

whole roasted garlic bulb

Once your garlic has cooled down, peel back the first layers of the skin to expose the individual cloves.

garlic bulb showing individual garlic cloves

Pull off a clove from the base and gently squeeze from the top, the garlic should slip out easily. Once all the cloves are peeled, you’re ready to enjoy!

Individual roasted garlic clove

How Do I Make Roasted Garlic in an Air Fryer?

Follow the same directions as above, but instead bake it in your air fryer at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. If it’s not soft, bake for 5 more minutes before checking again.

Can I Store Roasted Garlic?

Yes! Roasted Garlic can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Just cover the cloves in olive oil and store in an airtight container.

What Can I Do With It?

So many wonderful things! One of my favorite ways to savor it is to spread it on a warm toasted baguette. It can also be added to endless recipes such as pasta, pizza (like my Street Taco Pizza ), salsas, soups, burgers, bruschettas, steak toppers and more!

Roasted Garlic on a cookie sheet
roasted garlic in a bowl with olive oil and a garlic bulb in the background

Roasted Garlic

Sarah Dougall Shorter
Roasted Garlic is used to enrich a wide variety of recipes, but can also be enjoyed on it's own as a savory treat! It's so easy to make your own in an oven or air fryer.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Bulb Garlic
  • Olive Oil


  • Place a whole garlic bulb on a sheet of foil.
  • Drizzle the garlic with olive oil so that it's lightly coated.
  • Wrap the foil around the garlic, and place it on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes.
  • Use hot pads to remove garlic from oven and let rest until it's cool enough to handle.
  • Peel back the first layers of the skin to expose the individual cloves.
  • Pull off one clove at a a time and gently squeeze the top, the clove should slip out easily.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Follow instructions same as above but set air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.


More than one bulb can be roasted at a time.
To store Roasted Garlic, coat peeled cloves with olive oil and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 
Keyword easy, Garlic, roasted garlic

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