How to Make Perfect Roasted Garlic

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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.

Perfect Roasted Garlic Recipe

Make perfect roasted garlic with minimal effort. Use in vegetables, salad dressings, as a snack, or to flavor main dishes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Calories 56kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Perfect Roasted Garlic Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 TBSP)
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Enjoy sauteed with vegetables, in salad dressings, mayo, and butter, or spread on almond flour crackers.

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

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


3 responses to “How to Make Perfect Roasted Garlic”

  1. Victoria Avatar

    https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/131/3/1054S/4687116 shows that cutting the head and allowing to stand for 10 min. before heating can partially block the ezymes from being fully destroyed. But then again, sometimes we just eat stuff because it tastes good :). I would say that it would stay good in the fridge for at least a week maybe 2, but freezing it would be fine also.

  2. Emjay Avatar

    5 stars
    I have this question, too. I wouldn’t think very long in the fridge, and I don’t know what it does to the allicin if you freeze it. Actually, I think roasting it will deplete most of the allicin (garlic is best used raw when it sits 10 minutes after chopping or crushing), which is the active healing ingredient – so I hope WellnessMama will comment on this. That said, roasted garlic adds great flavor if not supernutrients.

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