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If you have a head of garlic and an oven, you can make caramelized, spreadable roasted garlic at home.



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5 Ways to Use Roasted Garlic

Roasting garlic is an easy way to mellow out raw garlic's astringent flavor and add depth to a variety of dishes. It's easiest to do this with a whole head of garlic, but what can you do with so many roasted garlic cloves?

  1. Add roasted garlic to hummus instead of raw garlic
  2. Swirl roasted garlic into mashed potatoes
  3. Whisk roasted garlic into salad dressings
  4. Spread roasted garlic on a toasted baguette with a pinch of salt for an easy appetizer
  5. Serve roasted as a condiment for beef or cauliflower steak

How Long Does Roasted Garlic Last?

The garlic you buy from the supermarket is cured (dried) to last longer than fresh garlic bulbs. Cured garlic can last for months, but once you cook the cloves, they become much more perishable due to their moisture content. Roasted garlic will last two weeks in the refrigerator, and up to several months in the freezer. Do not leave roasted garlic at room temperature for more than a few hours.

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How to Store Roasted Garlic

Cooked garlic doesn't keep very well at room temperature—even when stored in extra virgin olive oil, it's considered a risk for botulism. However, roasted garlic freezes very well. To do so, simply remove the wrappers and freeze the peeled cloves in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer the frozen roasted garlic cloves to a resealable plastic bag. Or, squeeze roasted garlic cloves out of their papery wrappers and mash them together, then spread the roasted garlic paste into ice cube trays for later use. For safe defrosting, transfer frozen roasted garlic to the refrigerator at least an hour before you plan to use it.

Easy Roasted Garlic Recipe

2 heads of garlic
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
1 hr


  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulbs, leaving the head intact with at least one papery layer surrounding each bulb.
  2. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut garlic heads crosswise, removing about ¼ inch off the top of each bulb to expose the cloves.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the top of each bulb where you made the cut.
  4. Wrap garlic heads with aluminum foil to cover completely, and place on a baking sheet or shallow baking dish.
  5. Roast garlic cut side up until the garlic heads feel completely soft and appear golden brown, about 40–60 minutes.

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