Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

Adapted from Deborah Madison's book Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. This is the best method for roasting garlic. It creates the smoothest roasted garlic with the best flavor. It enriches and smooths the flavor and it great in just about everything (well, except desserts). Yield depends on the size of your head of garlic. This produces surprisingly little (perhaps 2 tbs the first time I did it), so if you would like a larger quantity you may want to double or triple the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (approx) or 1 teaspoon butter (approx)
  • 2 tablespoons water (approx) or 2 tablespoons stock (approx)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Peel the head of garlic of all the papery skin with the exception of the very last layer.
  3. Garlic should still hold together in its original shape, but individual cloves should be visible.
  4. Rub head and inside of oven proof dish (a ramekin, custard dish will work) with butter or olive oil.
  5. Put water/stock in bottom of dish.
  6. Cover dish with foil and place in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  7. After the 45 minutes are up, uncover the dish and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Remove garlic and dish from oven and allow to cool.
  9. After cooled, remove cloves and squeeze the roasted garlic from the cloves into a dish or container.
  10. The roasted garlic should be a light yellowy-brown and very soft and sticky.
  11. Store in the refrigerator and use in place of garlic for a milder and delicious flavor.
Most Helpful

Fabulous! I like to use this method the most for roasting garlic. I use the stock and feel like that adds more flavor that just roasting the garlic with oil alone. Thanks for posting, Roosie. I'll keep using this one!

Garlic Chick November 29, 2010

Excellent way to roast garlic. I needed some for roasted garlic mashed potatoes. And I'm making more this weekend for garlic bread. Come out perfect, easy to do.

CoffeeMom March 18, 2009

I always like to roast my garlic this way. I over bought last Sept so had quite a bit left over - I roasted all the left overs using your recipe, then I separated the heads and froze the cloves separately on a cookie sheet. Then just pop them all into a zip lock bag, keep in the freezer and you have your roasted garlic cloves any time you want them. I also have 10 lbs of fresh garlic on hand - We love garlic. Thanks for posting this recipe Roosie 3 Oct 08 Repeat performance Mmm Love it!

Bergy October 03, 2008