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Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic in the air fryer is quick and easy and ready in half the time of using a traditional oven. Roasted garlic is creamy and sweet. It can be used in dressings or dips, on top of a pizza, or in place of fresh garlic in almost any recipe. You can make a batch and store it in the refrigerator for several weeks so it is ready anytime you need.

A bulb of roasted garlic on a small wooden cutting board and a pile of peeled roasted garlic cloves.
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Roasted garlic is a delicious ingredient that you can add to almost any recipe.

When garlic is roasted it becomes soft and creamy. The roasted garlic cloves retain their garlicky flavour, but take on a slightly sweet, caramelized flavour.

The softened garlic cloves can be pureed, mashed and are spreadable. You can spread them directly on some crusty bread for a delicious, rich garlic bread or add them to your mashed potatoes for a burst of flavour.

Roasted garlic can be pureed into dips, spreads and dressings, added to pasta, or used on chicken, pork or beef.

When roasted in the air fryer it is ready in about half the time it takes in a traditional oven. You can roast as few or as many bulbs as you need and it can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.

Ingredients

There are only 2 ingredients you need to make roasted garlic in the air fryer;

  • Fresh, whole garlic bulbs
  • Olive oil

Optionally, you can add a bit of sea salt or other seasonings such as seasoning salt, chilli powder, or all purpose seasoning if you want some additional flavour.

Peeled roasted garlic cloves on a wooden board and garlic bulbs in the background.

Instructions

Begin by slicing off the top of each garlic bulb with a sharp knife. You want to just expose the the garlic cloves. It’s ok if the smaller cloves around the edges are still fully enclosed in the paper skin, the idea is to open up enough of the bulb so the olive oil can flow between the cloves.

Next, using your fingers, rub the papery skin off the bulbs until you can’t easily flake anymore off.

Garlic bulb on a cutting board with the top cut off and a bottle of olive oil beside it.

Place the bulbs in a piece of tinfoil that is big enough to fully wrap the garlic, then drizzle olive oil over each bulb. You want to use enough to fully cover the bulb and drip down the sides and between the cloves, about one tablespoon per bulb, depending how big they are.

Then wrap the tinfoil over the garlic making sure they are fully sealed.

Three garlic bulbs wrapped in tinfoil with olive oil drizzled on top and then fully wrapped in an air fryer basket.

Place the tinfoil package into the air fryer basket. Place the basket in the air fryer, set it to 390°F and cook the garlic for 25-30 minutes.

Unwrap the garlic to test for doneness. You should be able to poke a toothpick into the garlic cloves easily. If the cloves are still too firm, cook for an additional 2 minutes at a time until they are done.

Three garlic bulbs with top cut off wrapped in tinfoil in an air fryer basket.

How to use roasted garlic

Roasted garlic is a fantastic ingredient because when roasted, the garlic is a bit milder and has a slightly creamy, caramelized flavour.

You can use roasted garlic in place of fresh garlic in almost any recipe.

Some of our favourite ways to use roasted garlic are:

  • add it to mashed potatoes for a burst of flavour.
  • use it in twice baked potatoes in place of fresh garlic or garlic powder.
  • use it in place of fresh garlic in your favourite dips, like sriracha mayo.
  • Peel the roasted garlic cloves and add them to homemade pizza before baking.
  • add it to pasta sauce.
  • use it to flavour roasted chicken breast.
  • simply spread it on some crusty bread for a delicious, easy garlic bread.
  • use it in homemade salad dressing.

Pro-Tip : Store leftover roasted garlic in a mason jar filled with enough olive oil to submerge the garlic. Store the jar in the refrigerator and use the cloves as needed. They should last about 2 weeks. The olive oil will take on the garlic flavour and can be used as well. It makes a great addition to salad dressings.

Additional Tips

  • Make sure the garlic cloves are covered in olive oil. The olive oil helps to soften and caramelize the garlic.
  • You need to make sure the garlic is wrapped tightly in foil. This will help create steam to soften the cloves and prevent the garlic from burning before it is ready.
  • If the garlic is soft at the end of the cook time, but has not caramelized enough for your liking, you can unwrap the garlic and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • For an extra flavour boost, you can sprinkle the garlic with a bit of salt, all purpose seasoning, or dried herbs before cooking depending on how you will be using it.

FAQS

Can I freeze roasted garlic?

You can freeze roasted garlic. Peel the cloves and place them in an air tight container or zip lock bag. You can also freeze the peeled garlic on a baking sheet. Once the cloves are frozen you can move them to a vacuum seal bag which will keep them fresher and free of freezer burn for longer.

How should I store roasted garlic?

Store roasted garlic by peeling the cloves and placing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and cover them with olive oil just until they are submerged. Mason jars work well for this as they are non-porous and will not retain the smell once washed.

How long will roasted garlic keep?

Roasted garlic should keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It will keep in the freezer for several months.

Three roasted garlic bulbs on a wooden plate and a few peeled garlic cloves.

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Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic in the air fryer is quick and easy and ready in half the time of using a traditional oven. Roasted garlic is creamy and sweet. It can be used in dressings or dips, on top of a pizza, or in place of fresh garlic in almost any recipe.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 Bulbs
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 1-3 bulbs fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Begin by using a sharp knife to slice off the top of each garlic bulb just to expose the tops of the garlic cloves. You don't have to worry about the smaller cloves on the sides or making sure every clove is visible. You just want to slice enough off that you can drizzle olive oil between them.
  • Use your fingers to rub the papery skin off of the outside of the garlic bulbs.
  • Place the garlic bulbs on a piece of tinfoil large enough to fully wrap the cloves. You can place several in one piece of foil, or do each one separately.
  • Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of oil on each garlic bulb allowing the oil to drip down the sides and between the cloves.
  • Wrap the bulbs in the tinfoil making sure they are fully sealed.
  • Place the wrapped bulbs in the air fryer basket, place the basket in the air fryer and set it to 390°F.
  • Cook the garlic for 25-30 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft enough that a toothpick goes in easily. If after 30 minutes they aren't quite done, cook them an additional 2 minutes at a time until they are soft enough.
  • Remove the garlic from the air fryer and use as desired.

Notes

You can do as many garlic bulbs as you need, or that will fit in your air fryer basket in a single layer.  
The garlic will take 25-30 minutes depending on the size of the garlic bulbs.  Large bulbs may take a bit longer, if not done after 30 minutes you can add an additional 2 minutes at at time until they are done.  
To store the garlic, peel the cooled garlic cloves and place them in a non-porous, airtight container.  Cover the cloves with olive oil just until submerged and store in the refrigerator.  They should keep 1-2 weeks.
 

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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