How to Roast Garlic (in 15 Minutes!)

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This trick for roasting garlic in 15 minutes is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. You can use it in spreads, dips, sauces, on Crostini or antipasto boards, in meat or fish dishes, and more!

Typically roasting garlic requires quite a bit of time and involves roasting the entire head of garlic in the oven. What if you don’t have the time or don’t want an entire head? Cue the cooking hack! You can toast individual cloves still in their skins directly on the stove. You’ll never roast garlic the same again.


  • Garlic cloves, unpeeled – this trick works with small, medium or large cloves, but cooking time may vary slightly depending on their size.

How to Make Roasted Garlic

Full instructions in the recipe card; this is just an outline!

  1. Preheat

    Make sure your frying pan or skillet is at medium-high heat.

  2. Prep Garlic

    Remove individual cloves from the head but keep the peel on!

  3. Roast on Side One

    Place cloves in a dry skillet and let cook for 6 minutes.

  4. Roast on Side Two

    Flip and let cook for another 6 minutes. The skins will be charred in some areas.

  5. Peel

    Remove the skins and enjoy!

How to Use

Roasted Garlic is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Spread it on crostini or crackers for a delicious appetizer.
  • Mash the roasted garlic into a paste and mix it with butter for a flavorful compound butter.
  • Stir it into pasta dishes, sauces, and soups for an added depth of flavor.
  • Blend it into salad dressings to give them a garlic twist.
  • Use it as a topping for pizza or bruschetta.
  • Incorporate it into mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes for a delicious side dish.


Store unpeeled cloves in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

If cooked and peeled, allow them to cool completely, then transfer the roasted cloves to an airtight container. If you cover the cloves with olive oil to preserve freshness they should last up to a week.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I roast a whole head of garlic instead of individual cloves?

Yes, you can. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, remove the loose outer skins on the whole bulb and cut off the top exposing the garlic cloves inside. Place foil on a baking sheet, place bulbs inside, drizzle olive oil on top and bake with a tight seal for 30-60 minutes, checking after the first 30.

Can I freeze roasted garlic?

Yes, you can freeze roasted garlic for up to three months. Portion the roasted cloves into freezer-safe containers or ice cube trays, and cover.

Does roasted garlic have the same flavor as raw garlic?

No, roasting garlic mellows its flavor, giving it a sweeter and nuttier taste compared to raw garlic.

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How to Roast Garlic (in 15 Minutes!)

This trick for roasting garlic in 15 minutes is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. You can use it in spreads, dips, sauces, on crostini or antipasto boards, in meat or fish dishes, and more!
5 from 5 votes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Sauce & Dips
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: garlic
Servings: 1 roasted garlic clove (or more)
Calories: 4kcal
Author: TastefullyGrace


  • Unpeeled garlic cloves you can use small, medium or large cloves


  • In a preheated skillet over medium-high heat, add unpeeled garlic cloves (skins left on).
  • Let cloves roast in a skillet on side #1 for 6 minutes. Flip garlic to the other side and roast for an additional 6 minutes (12-15 minutes in total). Skins will be charred in some areas, and the insides will be soft. If your cloves are large, add a minute to each side.
  • Let cloves cool.
  • Peel. Use in spreads, dips, sauces, on toasted bread, on antipasto boards, or in meat or fish dishes!



Serving: 1clove | Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 0.3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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