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Easy Oven Roasted Garlic

In this post I am sharing how to make Easy Oven Roasted Garlic.


Garlic is one of the most popular herbs for cooking. It is delicious raw or cooked. Garlic develops different flavors when cooked that can add so much depth of flavor to dishes.

The chemical makeup of garlic actually changes during cooking. It transforms into a mildly sweet and mellow flavor booster.

Simply put, garlic is just plain amazing! The uses for garlic are so numerous that it’s even hard for me to think of all of the ways to use it in cooking. A couple of great options include Herb & Garlic Roasted Pork Roast or Cheesy Garlic Bread

Roasting garlic is one of the easiest ways to prepare a stash of softened rich cloves for all of your recipes. Since roasting a batch, I’ve used some for making hummus, making a batch of country style ribs and plan to finish it off today in a pasta dish.

Garlic is also very beneficial to health so adding it to your favorite dishes certainly won’t hurt anything.

Healthy Roasted Garlic

The best way to roast garlic in the oven

It is very easy to roast garlic and you only need garlic bulbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. I’ve seen other recipes where folks add thyme and other stuff but you really just need the basics. If you want to season more the go for it.

How long does roasted garlic last? Roasted garlic can be stored in the refrigerator up to three days. To properly store, it is best to cover the roasted garlic in olive oil then refrigerate. Due to the short shelf life, only roast what you can use within that time period. You can also freeze roasted garlic.

How do you peel roasted garlic? Getting the roasted cloves out of the skins is as easy and giving the bulb a squish. The roasted cloves will move out of the cut end and into a container. 

Roasted Garlic Recipe

Season garlic bulbs with Kosher salt and cracked black pepper for roasting

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)

Step 1: You want your garlic bulbs to sort of sit flat in a baking dish. They usually will on the root end. If needed shave off some of the root area so they sit flat.

Step 2: Trim off the top portion of the garlic bulb to expose all of the cloves. Next, drizzle olive oil over the bulbs to coat and season. 

Step 3: Cover the baking dish with foil and roast the garlic. Allow the roasted garlic to cool enough to handle then squeeze out your delicious roasted garlic.

Yeah, it’s really that easy! No chef training needed but certainly a skill any cook should possess. 

Printable Instructions for How to Roast Garlic

Let’s make our Easy Oven Roasted Garlic!

Yield: 4 Roasted Garlic Bulbs

Easy Oven Roasted Garlic

Delicious oven roasted garlic with olive oil in a ceramic dish

Deep, rich and mellow roasted garlic

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 4 Garlic Bulbs
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil, or more if needed
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut off the top portion of the garlic bulbs to expose all of the cloves.
  3. Place the cloves into a baking dish so they sit flat (root end down) and the cut ends up.
  4. Coat the bulbs with olive oil then season with the Kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
  5. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  6. Roast for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the garlic and allow to cool enough to handle the squeeze the garlic from the bulbs into a dish for storage.
  8. Refrigerate up to three days.


May roast 1 bulb at a time if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Amazing Roasted Garlic

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Sunday 19th of May 2019

Thanks, Julia! I'll have to give this a try. I don't know why, but I've never roasted garlic before. And now I think I need to. Do you know how long it'll last in the freezer?

Julia Jordan

Monday 20th of May 2019

Roasted garlic can be frozen up to 1 year. A neat trick that I've read about is to divide the roasted garlic up by the teaspoonful or equal amounts in an ice cube tray then freeze. Once frozen pop them out and store in a freezer bag.


Thursday 9th of May 2019

I just love roasted garlic! Recently I tried it in my air fryer and it was fast and worked wonderfully. Great if heating up the kitchen isn't a good option!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 9th of May 2019

That is great to know...I sometimes forget about my air fryer. SIGH. I'll have to try that out. Thank you!!

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