How to Roast Garlic

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Cloves of roasted garlic on a baking sheet for our How to Roast Garlic tutorial

If you’ve never tried roasted garlic, you’re in for a treat!

While raw garlic can quickly become overwhelming, roasted garlic has a sweeter, more mild, and slightly caramelized flavor.

Using roasted garlic is a simple trick for adding more flavor (and less garlic breath) to your kitchen!

How to Roast Garlic 

We like to make roasted garlic using two different methods, depending on the situation. 

Method 1 involves roasting the whole head of garlic and is perfect for when you are roasting other dishes at the same time or when you aren’t in a hurry.

Method 2 roasts the garlic cloves quickly, but requires watching more carefully to avoid burning.

Method 1- Head of Garlic

For this method, slice off the very top of the head of garlic, drizzle with oil and salt, and wrap in foil.

Then add directly onto the oven rack and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Method 2- Garlic Cloves

For this method, separate the garlic cloves and place them on a baking sheet.

Drizzle them with a little oil and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-25 minutes, depending on the size of the cloves.

How to Store Roasted Garlic

We recommend storing roasted garlic in a small, sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Or store in the freezer for up to 1 month. 

If you want the garlic cloves to remain whole, carefully peel off and discard the skins. Otherwise, for a mashed texture, squeeze roasted garlic out of the skins.

Another way to store roasted garlic is to make an infused oil. Add peeled roasted garlic to a small jar, cover with olive oil, and store in the fridge rather than at room temperature to help protect against botulism toxin. 

What to Do with Roasted Garlic

We enjoy roasted garlic in our Lemony Arugula Salad and Vegan Gluten-Free Mac ‘N’ Cheese. It’s also a delicious spread on toast- hellooo garlic bread! Or even enjoy on its own for an immune system boost!

It can be used in recipes that call for raw garlic if you are hoping to have a more gentle flavor. Try it in hummus, garlicky guacamole, Caesar dressing, mashed cauliflower, or dips.

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Large wooden bowl filled with our delicious House Salad recipe made with roasted garlic cloves

How to Roast Garlic

An easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to roast garlic two ways (one slow, one fast)! Perfect for adding to sauces, dressings, salads, or using as a spread!
Author Minimalist Baker
Freshly roasted cloves of garlic on a baking sheet
3 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 (head garlic)
Course Topping / Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2 Weeks


  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive (or avocado) oil (plus more for storing)
  • 1 pinch sea salt



  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (204C).
  • Slice the very top of the head of garlic off and drizzle with oil and a little salt. Wrap loosely in foil and set directly on the oven rack. 
  • Roast 45 minutes – 1 hour or until fragrant, golden brown on top, and tender when squeezed. Remove from oven, unwrap, and let cool 10 minutes.
  • To extract roasted garlic cloves, squeeze from the bottom of the clove up and the soft clove should come right out. Use immediately in sauces, dressings, as a spread, and more! 
  • To store, transfer cooled cloves to a small glass jar or Tupperware container and top with olive oil to cover. Cover with a secure lid and store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Scoop out and use as needed.


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (204C).
  • Take the head of garlic and separate into cloves but leave the skin on – discard any remaining skins that shed. Place cloves on a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle cloves with a little oil and toss to coat. Then bake for 15-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown and fragrant – be careful not to burn.
  • Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes. Then peel off skin and use immediately in sauces, dressings, as a spread, and more! To store, transfer cooled cloves to a small glass jar or Tupperware container and top with olive oil to cover. Cover with a secure lid and store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Scoop out and use as needed.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 whole head roasted garlic calculated with olive oil and salt.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 head garlic Calories: 164 Carbohydrates: 9.9 g Protein: 1.9 g Fat: 13.6 g Saturated Fat: 1.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5 g Monounsaturated Fat: 9.9 g Trans Fat: 0.02 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 78 mg Potassium: 120 mg Fiber: 0.6 g Sugar: 0.3 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 13.2 mg Calcium: 50 mg Iron: 0.5 mg

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  1. Julie Neese says

    Method 2 worked great for me. I was looking for a way to roast the garlic cloves without the hassle of peeling each one.

    I cut off the very bottom of the paper of each clove. That solves any risk of exploding. When the cloves are done according to the recipe, pinch the tip of each clove and the roasted clove slips out the bottom of the paper. Easy peasy.

  2. Kendra says

    Would it be possible to do this in a toaster oven? My toaster oven easily reaches 400 Degrees, and has it’s own baking tray. So I should be able to do the individual clove method using it, correct?

    • Julie Neese says

      Yes. I cut the bottom off the clove off first to prevent exploding (or you can just puncture the paper skin with a knife). Set the toaster oven to bake to 400. I pinch the tip when they’re done and the roasted clove slips out the bottom.

  3. Sharon says

    I roasted 4 heads for our Christmas eve celebration. Everyone loved them, vegans and carnivores alike! Should’ve made 8!!

  4. Caylin Smith says

    I would LOVE a decent vegan thanksgiving roast recipe on here! There aren’t many online and I really want to make one this year instead of buying one!

  5. Jill says

    So I just tried method 2 and the garlic cloves literally exploded inside my oven. What a mess. I think it’s crucial to wrap them in foil to avoid this.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, Jill. We’ve never had that experience. Did you change anything else about the method or ingredients?

      • Jill says

        No I did it exactly. I think the tight seal of the garlic skins got too hot inside. I would recommend cutting the tops a little to let steam escape — the same reason you cut the top of a whole head of garlic before roasting, I think the same rule should apply.

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hmm, we haven’t had any trouble with leaving them whole, but perhaps that could help. Were your garlic cloves on the smaller side? Perhaps they needed less time.

  6. Peter says

    Just curious, is there any downside to roasting individual cloves (method #2) as opposed to the cut-top bulb (#1)? It always seems so tedious when I do a bunch via method #1.

    Also, I’ve read about botulism risks of storing roasted garlic in oil. Any concerns about freezing compound butters with roasted garlic? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Peter – you can store these in oil IN the fridge! Should be fresh for up to 2 weeks. Either roasting method will work!

  7. Jenna says

    Is it possible to roast garlic without oil? I recently tried to roast a few cloves but they were still raw. Did I not leave them in long enough? Can I only do it by cutting the head of garlic off? Thank you in advance.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jenna, you do not have to use oil, but it does help it get a little more caramelized. We recommend cutting the top off the head of garlic and wrapping the remainder in foil. Our best guess for why your cloves were still raw would be that they didn’t cook long enough. Hope that helps!

      • Mel says

        Similar to another commenter above, I used method two and they exploded all over my oven. Very messy. Did not change time or temp, and was using very large cloves. Wouldn’t recommend trying method two unless you’re up for a good oven clean.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          How interesting – I’ve never had that happen. We’ll look at the method again for improvements!