Roasted garlic and how to use it! Today I will be sharing with you how to roast whole garlic in the oven and tips on how to use it in your everyday cooking. Roasted garlic is so good that you can literally add it to any dish, it is great in soups, on bread or curries.
Today’s post is going to be a quick one and I mean quick. I will be sharing with you how to roast garlic in the oven in easy steps.
Roasted garlic is what I add to my cooking when I don’t want the overwhelming garlicky taste of raw garlic. It is a subtle version of raw garlic, it is creamy, mellow in flavour and easily spreadable.
Roasted garlic is very easy and quick to make and not time-consuming too. It is a must in every kitchen if you love garlic.
There is endless use of roasted garlic and I will list below how to incorporate it into your cooking. You would be amazed at how this condiment would transform your cooking
What You Will Need
One or more whole garlic heads (use as many as you have/want)
Olive oil or any other flavourless oil like rapeseed oil, avocado oil etc
Sea salt to season, optional
- Aluminium foil or parchment paper
- muffin tin or baking dish
How To Roast Garlic In The Oven
Preheat oven to 180C/385F.
Peel the papery outer layer of the garlic and cut the head of the garlic about ½ inches. Place the garlic bulb on a foil paper, drizzle with olive oil and cover with the foil.
Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until garlic is very soft and lightly browned and caramel in colour. Remove from oven and allow roasted garlic to cool.
Squeeze garlic clove out of its skin with your hand or use a fork to remove each clove. when ready to use, mash roasted garlic with a fork, add a pinch of salt and use as desired. If you would be keeping the garlic for use later, add to a storage jar and cover with enough oil and use as desired. This roasted garlic would keep for about 2 to 3 weeks maximum.
How To Roast Garlic Without Foil
Don’t have aluminium foil, no problem. Simply swap the aluminium foil for parchment paper. You can also use a ramekin, baking dish or baking tray. If using a baking tray, line with parchment paper and cover with another baking tray.
How to roast individual garlic cloves
If you would prefer to roast your garlic individually rather than whole, all you have to do is separate the garlic from the bulb. You may choose to peel the garlic or leave the paper skin on.
Spread the garlic cloves on a lined baking tray, sprinkle over some olive oil. This is similar to garlic confit without excess oil.
Cover with a foil and bake in the oven at 180C/375F for 25 to 30 minutes or until soft, brown and caramelised. Leave to cool and use as desired
How To Use Roasted Garlic
Add your oven-roasted garlic to ...
- Rice dishes e.g. Jollof rice, fried rice etc
- Add it to your soups and stew for a mellow garlicky taste
- Mix with mayonnaise or fry sauce and add to sandwich or salad, it goes well with shawarma as well
- Add to mashed potatoes for some delicious roasted garlic mashed potatoes, yam or even yam pottage
- Add it to your regular butter to make tasty roasted garlic butter. Great as a spread and it is so yummy!!
- Add to olive oil or any other flavourless oil to jazz it up (Roasted garlic infused oil)
- Use as chicken or beef marinade
- Add to your salsa, homemade tomato sauce or pizza sauce
- Great with roasted yam or potato wedges
- Add to your pasta dishes and tomato/pizza sauce
- Your fried fish is incomplete without some yummy squidgy spreadable roasted garlic
How to Store Roasted Garlic
Roasted garlic can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you want it to last longer, put it in a storage jar and submerge with enough oil and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Roasted garlic would last up to 3 months in the freezer.
How long to roast garlic in the oven and air fryer
If roasted at 200C/ 400F then anywhere between 35 to 45 minutes should be fine. Keep an eye, well-roasted garlic should be golden brown and soft to touch almost caramel in colour. It should slide out of the papery pocket when pressed.
Air fryer: wrap the garlic bulb individually, add oil and wrap tightly. There is no need to preheat the air fryer. Cook at 190C/385C for 20 to 25 minutes.
How To Roast Garlic In The Oven
- Aluminium foil or parchment paper, muffin tin or baking dish
- 1 or more whole garlic heads use as many as you have/want
- olive oil or any other flavourless oil like rapeseed oil avocado oil etc
- Sea salt optional
- Preheat oven to 180⁰C/385F.
- Peel the papery outer layer of the garlic and cut the head of the garlic about ½ inches. Place the garlic bulb on a foil paper, drizzle with olive oil and cover with tightly with the foil.
- Roast in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until garlic is very soft, lightly browned and caramel in colour. Remove from oven and allow roasted garlic to cool.
- Squeeze garlic clove out of its skin with your hand or use a fork to remove each clove. when ready to use, mash roasted garlic with a fork, add a pinch of salt and use as desired.
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Recipe updated with new pictures and for general upkeep. Below are some of the pictures uploaded in March 2015.
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This is definitely going on my to do list this Christmas. Well done Ajoke and thanks for all your great recipes.