How to Roast Garlic Cloves, Freeze and Recipe Ideas

Follow these tips on how to roast garlic cloves, store them in the freezer and use them in your dinner tonight. It’s an easy, low-carb way to add healthy flavor to your next recipe!

Roasted Garlic Cloves and head of garlic

If ever there was a secret for easily enhancing the flavor of a dish, without adding a lot of extra calories, roasting garlic cloves has to be it. Once you know how to do it and have a few stashed in your freezer, you’ll never eat another boring dish again. It’s perfect for a low-carb, South Beach Phase 1 or ketogenic diet because you get all the benefits or garlic without adding calories or carbs.

How to Roast Garlic Cloves Step-by-Step

You’re going to want to do several heads of garlic at one time so there is plenty to freeze!

Graphic of how to roast garlic cloves

Cut the top of a head of garlic so that the tips of the cloves are nipped off and exposed. The cloves that are a little lower on the side of the garlic head can be hard to get. I missed one in the picture below. Do you see it? A 1/2 inch cut is generally good.

Head of garlic with top cut off

Peel the loose papery skin off. (It doesn’t all need to come off though.)  Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil on top and sprinkle it with salt. The oil will permeate the head of garlic and run down the sides and that’s a good thing. You want the entire head to be coated.

Garlic head with top off and olive oil drizzzled

Fold the aluminum foil into a packet…or just pull up the sides and scrunch them closed at the top.

Aluminum foil packet for roasting garlic cloves

Bake the packet in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes. The same process is used to cook the garlic head on the grill or in a toaster oven. The cloves will be fork tender when they are done. Allow the head of garlic to cool about 10 minutes before working further with it.

Roasted garlic from the oven

Grab the head of garlic by the closed bottom and squeeze out the cloves. Use a fork to tease out any that don’t fall out easily.

plate with cloves removed from roasted head

How to Store Roasted Garlic in the Refrigerator

Roasted garlic will stay good in the refrigerator for about a 3-4 days. Store whole cloves or mashed cloves in an air tight container and lift out as needed.

How to Freeze Roasted Garlic Cloves

Freeze whole roasted garlic cloves or mashed cloves. Spread whole cloves in a single layer on a baking sheet and allow to them to freeze before transferring them to an airtight bag or container. For mashed garlic cloves, freeze in small portions, such as 1 teaspoon, in an ice cube tray.

Recipe Ideas and Ways to Use Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic has a sweetish, mellow flavor and a buttery feel to it. Try one of these ideas:

  1. Stir cloves into mashed potatoes.
  2. Spread mashed cloves on corn on the cob or into vegetables like cauliflower or green beans.
  3. Mix them with softened butter (and herbs, if desired.) This mixture will liven up vegetables, pan fry chicken or fish and in shrimp scampi.
  4. Add whole cloves as a pizza topping or spread mashed garlic on the base and crust.
  5. Add whole or mashed cloves to spaghetti or pasta dishes.
  6. Add whole or mashed cloves to soup.
  7. Throw a few whole cloves into a salad.
  8. Rub garlic like a paste on meat before roasting.
  9. Use it in hummus, guacamole or other dips that call for garlic.
  10. Spread it on a slice of crusty bread, crackers or make garlic toast.

Roasted Garlic slathered on bread

Video of Roasting Garlic Cloves Process

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Roasted Garlic Cloves
How to Roast Garlic Cloves and Freeze Them
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Roasted garlic has a sweet, mellow flavor that will liven up any dish. Prepare several heads of garlic and freeze the extra cloves. It’s an easy way to add healthy flavor to a recipe.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 estimated
Calories: 11 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 Garlic Head
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut about 1/2 inch off the top of a head of garlic so that the tips of the cloves are nipped off and exposed.
  3. Peel off any loose papery skin.
  4. Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil into a packet.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the cloves are fork tender.
  7. Allow the head of garlic to cool about 10 minutes before working with it.
  8. Grab the head of garlic by the closed bottom and squeeze out the cloves. Use a fork to tease out any that don’t fall out easily.
  9. Enjoy the cloves whole or mash with a fork.
  10. To freeze, spread whole cloves on a baking sheet in the freezer until the cloves are firm and then transfer to an air tight container. Or, mash garlic and freeze small portions in an ice cube tray.
Recipe Notes

Prepare and cook several heads of garlic at one time. Spread on bread, add to pizza or pasta or check out the other ideas in the post.

Nutrition Facts
How to Roast Garlic Cloves and Freeze Them
Amount Per Serving
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Potassium 12mg 0%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

  1. I can almost smell your roasted garlic through my computer screen. YUM! I adore roasting garlic but have never frozen it before. I need to try this so I’ll always have it on hand. There is nothing better! Great post, Marjory. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to purchase the garlic. Double excited about trying to freeze it. This will really come in handy for me.

  3. I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. It was so easy to do. I made garlic toast and everyone raved. Thans for the recipe.

  4. Cynthia Markham says:

    Can you can the roasted garlic in Mason jars?

  5. Barbara Karr says:

    Thanks ever so much! When the farmers’ markets are open this summer I am going to pick up loads of garlic. I didn’t know you could freeze it. Now that I do know I can stock up. Wisconsin has such a short growing season before we are at the mercy of big grocery retailers again. This is another great way to cut that grocery budget, Thanks again. BKarr

  6. Does frozen garlic need to defrost before using? Thinking of freezing raw garlic.

  7. how long will the garlic keep in the freezer ?
    I love roasted garlic b/c fresh is just too strong for me.
    thank you for a response !

    • Hi! You should prepare and then freeze it right away. Once frozen, it is safe to eat for a long time, but for best quality we eat within 2-3 months. Thanks for the question.

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