Roasting whole garlic is super easy, requires only a few ingredients you likely have on hand, and takes your dishes up more than a few flavor notches.

Ingredients + Materials

  • one or more whole heads of garlic
  • olive oil
  • aluminum foil


Start with one or more whole heads of garlic. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel away papery outer layers until the first cloves are exposed.

Pro Tip: How to get the smell of garlic off your hands

Start by washing your hands in cold water with soap. It may seem like hot water is the way to go, but hot water opens the pores on your skin allowing deeper penetration of garlic. With your hands still soapy, rub your finger tips against a stainless steel surface (maybe your sink or a nearby saucepan). Apply a good amount of pressure, but don’t hurt yourself. Rub for 1-2 minutes or until the smell is gone. Rinse hands again in cold water. 

Using a sharp knife, cut the top 1/4 – 1/2 inch off the bulb.

Grab a piece of aluminum foil. Nestle the bulbs inside the foil.

Drizzle bulbs generously with olive oil.

Wrap up the garlic like a cute little package.

Roast package in the oven for 50 minutes. Garlic will be fragrant, golden brown, and very soft when done. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before handling.

Gently squeeze from the bottom of the bulb to remove cloves. A wooden skewer can help pull cloves from bulb as well. Use immediately or store, tightly covered,  in the fridge for up to a week! Garlic becomes sweet and mellow when roasted. Try spreading on crusty toasted bread right out of the oven. Use in pasta dishes, add to hummus, or top off pizza. 


Roasted Garlic Aioli

Tangy and rich with balancing sweetness from roasted garlic. Spread over crusty French bread or serve along side grilled or raw vegetables. 


salad pizza with roasted garlic

Sweet, mellow garlic pairs perfectly with simply dressed arugula and prosciutto. Use your favorite store-bought pizza crust and you have a weeknight dinner worthy of praise.