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Roasted Garlic (and 25 things to do with it)

Making Roasted Garlic couldn’t be easier – or more delicious – but the question is “what to do with it?” Here you’ll find how to make roasted garlic as well as 25 delicious things to do with it.

How to make roasted garlic and 25 ways to use it - includes a downloadable pdf!

Roasted garlic is one of those recipes that everyone should learn to do, and do often.

The sharp garlic flavor mellows and the cloves soften and brown; it becomes something almost entirely different. The cloves will slip right out and can be eaten as is (really!) or mashed and used in any number of ways.

And, because garlic is inexpensive and roasting it takes just a minute to prep, it should become a go-to “recipe” to keep in your arsenal.

I’ve prepared a list of 25 things you can do with roasted garlic – the possibilities really are almost endless. My favorite way is to use it mixed with mayo for a sandwich spread – yowza, it makes a sandwich go off the charts!!

I also love to mix it into raw hamburger meat before tossing it on the grill – amazing. But then there’s always the ol’ tried and true just-spread-it-on-some-crusty-bread method as well.

There are instructions how to roast it at the bottom of this post, right after all the delicious ways I’ve shared to use it.

Close up of fresh roasted garlic bulbs

25 ways to use Roasted Garlic:

  1. Mix it into mashed potatoes
  2. Use it as a base for homemade pizza.
  3. Combine it with some mayonnaise or mustard for a delicious sandwich or burger spread.
  4. Add it to soups for a subtle garlic flavor.
  5. Cook some carrots and mix it your roasted garlic!
  6. Mix it into hamburger meat then toss them on the grill.
  7. Add some to a juicy steak.
  8. Mix it into softened butter, then use that for grilled cheese sandwiches.
  9. Mix it into some hummus.
  10. Rub some onto raw chicken before baking.
  11. Add some to gravy for a deeper, richer flavor.
  12. Mix it with your mayo and make a roasted garlic potato salad.
  13. Try adding some to your favorite salad dressing (balsamic & dijon is delightful)!
  14. Toss some into your favorite Mexican dish.
  15. Mix some with sour cream or greek yogurt for an easy dip (don’t forget the salt)!
  16. Use it in place of regular garlic for a roasted garlic pesto.
  17. Rub it onto corn on the cob.
  18. It makes a terrific garlic bread!
  19. Mix it into your mac and cheese.
  20. Add some to your favorite guacamole recipe.
  21. Mix it with some high-quality olive oil and use it for dipping bread.
  22. Make an easy flatbread: drizzle flatbread with olive oil, spread on some roasted garlic, top it with gorgonzola crumbles then bake it in a 400F oven until it’s soft and warm.
  23. Add some to a savory jam.
  24. It would be fantastic in your favorite salsa!
  25. Last, but certainly not least…spread it directly on warm bread. Or just pop it directly into your mouth!

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy “20 things to do with a Balsamic Reduction” and “25 ways to use Basil Pesto“. You can also make Instant Pot Roasted Garlic!

Close up of fresh roasted garlic bulbs
Close up of fresh roasted garlic bulbs

How to Roast Garlic

Yield: 1 head
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

Roasting garlic couldn't be easier. You'll love the mellow, rich flavor so much you'll be popping cloves straight into your mouth!


  • 1 head garlic (outer paper leaves discarded but bulb left intact)
  • 1-2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


    1. Preheat oven to 400F.
    2. Cut the top 1/2 inch from garlic bulb (straight across the top so you cut into just the tops of the cloves). Place garlic bulb in a ramekin, drizzle with olive oil and cover with foil.
    3. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until garlic is very soft and lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
    4. Squeeze the garlic out of its skin and into a small dish. Mash with a fork and use as desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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maryann schartner

Sunday 16th of January 2022

I bought a bag of garlic already peeled. Can I fry them and then freeze

Shellie Dillon

Saturday 13th of November 2021

My sister was just telling about how delishes roasted garlic is. I got a whole big bag I gotta get used up


Friday 10th of July 2020

Thanks Kristy! I just made some roasted garlic and everyone loved the smell while it was baking. So I made it and now I need ideas on how to use it best, and vois là I find your page. Some excellent ideas and I will be using them often, and also making more roasted garlic on a regular basis. I can't believe how easy it was.

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