Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is a simple "how to" recipe for roasting garlic in the oven. Super easy and the flavor of roast garlic is so sweet and creamy. Our favorite way to serve it up is to dump the roasted garlic in some good olive oil seasoned with salt/pepper, and serve it atop french bread. Certainly you can use roast garlic in many different recipes!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 head garlic (elephant garlic has many cloves & works well)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or more)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Slice off the very top of the garlic head. Place in a piece of foil and drizzle olive oil inside the head of garlic until it is completely filled and just starting to run down the side.
  3. Wrap tightly with foil and place on a cookie sheet and bake until tender and fragrant, roughly 35 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool. Peel outside off of bulb of garlic, then gently squeeze each clove out.
  5. Use in the recipe of your desire, or simply spread on bread for a wonderful addition to any meal.


Most Helpful

I've been roasting garlic this way for years. I find that the heads hold together better by cutting the top 1/3 off. Then I roast both halves with no waste! Sprayed lightly with olive oil, I cook the smaller sections 35 minutes, the larger ones 45 minutes. Then as I learned from another Zaar member, put it all in a zipper bag, flatten it out, store in the freezer, and just break off whatever you need! Snap! Great recipe!

Chef PotPie June 16, 2008

This smells possibly even better than it tastes- which is REALLY good, mashed on toasted baguette with black bean soup! However, it's an ridiculously fun experience for the nostrils. I keep surreptitiously inhaling the aroma off my fingers- squeezing those cloves out was way too much fun! Can you get intoxicated from garlic?!

White Rose Child October 17, 2008

My garlic came out perfectly!! I mashed the entire lot of garlic and added oil, red wine vinegar, rosemary, red pepper flakes, parsley, oregano, basil, salt and pepper to make a dipping sauce that is very similar to one at our favorite Italian restaurant. Thanks for posting!

Mulligan July 06, 2008

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