How to Roast Garlic

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Learn how to roast garlic to use in all kinds of recipes. Roasting garlic is easy and you can make it in big or small batches. Use it in sauces, soups, pasta dishes, or smear it on bread with butter for toasted garlic bread.


  • 1012 garlic bulbs
  • Canola oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Slice the tops off garlic bulbs using a very sharp knife. Discard the tops.
  3. Arrange the bulbs cut-side up in a small cast iron pan, glass baking dish, or 8” cake pan.
  4. Tuck the herbs around the bulbs.
  5. Drizzle the canola oil over top of garlic until the bulbs are submerged halfway in the oil. Sprinkle the salt over the top. Cover tightly with foil.
  6. Roast for 30 minutes, covered. Remove the foil, roast an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until bulbs are rich brown and garlic has softened. Cool completely at room temp.
  7. Use a paring knife, slide garlic cloves out into a glass jar or small bowl. Or you can squeeze the garlic bulbs upside down over a jar to catch the cloves. Fill the jar with enough olive oil to cover cloves. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.