How to Roast Garlic for Rich, Amazing Flavor

Roasted garlic adds so much complex flavor to classic dishes. Learn how to roast garlic at home so you can up your cooking game.

Who doesn’t love garlic? It’s what makes so many of our favorite dishes, like these classic garlic recipes, so delectable. But you can go beyond adding a crushed clove or garlic powder to your dishes. Roasting garlic takes this allium to a whole new level. Baking at a high temperature caramelizes the sugars inside creating a sweeter, richer flavor and not so much bite. And it’s very easy to do. We’ll walk you through how to roast garlic to amp up some of your favorite recipes.

How to Roast Garlic

Roasting garlic is very simple. All you’ll need is a bulb of garlic, a touch of oil and a hot oven.

Step 1: Prep the Garlic

The first step is to remove any excess papery skin from your whole bulb of garlic. This will flake and burn in the oven, so it’s best to remove a good amount of it just to avoid the mess. Then slice off the very top of the bulb with a sharp knife.

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Step 2: Roast

All that’s left to do is roast. Brush the top of the bulb with a bit of oil—a teaspoon or two should do it. You can use olive oil here, but grapeseed or vegetable oil would also work. Then wrap in foil and pop in a 400ºF oven for about 40 minutes.

The garlic is done when you can prick the center clove with a knife or toothpick and it’s nice and soft. If you’re looking for an intense roasted flavor, you can continue to caramelize the garlic until golden. Just keep checking on it in 10-minute increments.

Step 3: Serve or Store

After you’ve roasted the garlic, let it cool slightly and then use in the recipe of your choice. If you’re not using it right away, pack it in a container and store it in the fridge. It’ll keep there for about two weeks. You can also freeze it for two to three months without issue.

What to Make with Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic doesn’t have the same bite as raw or cooked garlic, so it can be eaten as-is. You can spread a soft clove of roasted garlic on crostini for an easy appetizer (here are some of our other favorite easy app recipes). Roast garlic can enrich lots of other dishes like these, too.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.