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How to Roast Garlic in an Air Fryer

When you roast garlic in an air fryer, its strong flavor transforms into a smooth, mild, and creamy bite of goodness. Roasted garlic is sweeter, almost nutty tasting, and can be used in various ways.

a picture of a roasted head of garlic on a cutting board with two heads in the background

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This is such an easy way to roast garlic. With just two ingredients and 20 minutes, you can change the flavor of garlic, and the air fryer makes roasting garlic so easy as it does for most recipes.

Why you will🤍this recipe

  • It’s a time saver. Roasting garlic in an air fryer takes about 15 to 20 minutes roasting time while roasting garlic in a conventional oven can take up to 40 minutes.
  • Air frying is a great way to roast garlic. There is no need to heat up an entire oven for one bulb of garlic, which will keep your kitchen cool.

Here is what you will need

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this delicious pork chops recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.

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🛒Ingredients

  • A whole head of garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil

🥄Equipment

How to make this air fryer roasted garlic recipe

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees f.

a head of garlic with top trimmed off

Step 1. Prepare the garlic

Use a sharp knife to trim off the top of the garlic bulb, exposing the cloves. This will make it easier to squeeze out the garlic cloves later.

Step 2. Drizzle with oil

Place the prepared raw garlic on parchment paper and drizzle it with olive oil. Gently brush or rub the oil into the garlic.

a picture of a head of garlic with olive oil on it
a clove of garlic wapped in parchment paper

Step 3. Wrap the garlic

Wrap the parchment paper tightly and secure it with kitchen twine. Place the wrapped garlic head on an air fryer basket or tray and into a preheated air fryer for 15 minutes.

Step 4. Cool and use

Remove the garlic from the air fryer and carefully remove the parchment paper. If the garlic is completely soft when pierced, it is done.

a picture of fully roasted garlic

Note: Cooking time can vary depending on the model of your air fryer. If the garlic does not feel soft cook it for a few minutes longer.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this easy recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.

Garlic -Look for firm fresh garlic that does not feel hollow when it is squeezed.

Extra virgin olive oil – I prefer the subtle taste of extra virgin olive oil, but regular olive oil or avocado oil can also be used.

How long will roasted garlic last?

Roasted garlic tastes best when it’s fresh; it will last at room temperature for up to two hours and should be stored in the refrigerator after two hours.

Leftover air fryer garlic can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. To prolong its shelf life, put the garlic cloves in an airtight container or sealed glass jar and cover them with olive oil. This method can keep the garlic fresh for up to 2 weeks.

If you want to preserve garlic for future use (up to 6 months), you can freeze it by covering the individual cloves of garlic in oil or store the whole heads in an airtight freezer bag.

overhead view of garlic cloves roasted on a cutting board with slices of bread and fresh oregano

Recipe variations

Herb infused – Enhance the flavor of roasted garlic by adding fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme or sage. Place a few sprigs of your herb of choice alongside the garlic before wrapping it up.

Citrus infused – For a refreshing twist, grate the zest of a lemon, lime or orange over the cloves before wrapping it.

Spicy – Add a few red pepper flakes to the garlic when adding the oil for a spicy kick.

How to remove the garlic from the skin

Once it’s been roasted, removing the cloves from the skin is easy. After allowing it to cool slightly, gently squeeze the base of each clove and the softened garlic will slide out of the papery skin.

To keep the cloves intact, hold the roasted garlic bulb and gently twist each clove to loosen them from the skin. You may also need to use the tip of a small knife to loosen them.

Serving suggestions

There are so many ways to use roasted garlic; feel free to get creative and experiment with different recipes.

Roasted garlic is a wonderful addition to so many foods, such as hummus, mashed potatoes, dressings, crusty bread, garlic bread, garlic toast, pasta dishes, sauces, salad dressings and pizza.

💡Tips

  • When coating the garlic with olive oil, be generous with the oil. It helps to soften the cloves and prevent them from becoming dry.
  • Seal the garlic tightly and place it into an oven-safe dish to prevent any possible oil from leaking into the air fryer.
  • Allow for the garlic to cool for a few minutes after removing it from the air fryer, which will make it easier to handle
Can I use roasted garlic in place of raw garlic in recipes?

Yes, you can. Roasted garlic is milder and sweeter than raw garlic and can be used as a substitute in any of your favorite recipes with garlic. Since the flavor differs, start using smaller amounts and adjust to taste.

Can I roast garlic in an air fryer if I don’t have parchment paper?

Yes, you can roast garlic in the air fryer without parchment paper. You can also use a baking dish with a cover or a small oven-safe dish with a lid. You can also wrap aluminum foil around the head of garlic in place of parchment paper.

Can I roast garlic in a traditional oven?

Yes, you can easily roast garlic in a traditional oven. Follow the instructions on the recipe card to prepare the garlic. Roast the garlic in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Can I roast more than one head of garlic in the air fryer?

Yes, you can roast a couple of heads of garlic in the air fryer. Follow the instructions on the recipe card to prepare the garlic heads, and wrap each one separately.

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a picture of fully roasted garlic

How to Roast Garlic in the Air Fryer

Keep your kitchen cool and roast garlic in your air fryer in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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Course: how to
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to roast garlic in an air fryer
Servings: 1 Head
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Anne
Scale this Recipe 1 Head

Ingredients

  • 1 Head Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Prehead the air fryer to 400 degrees f.
  • Use a sharp knife to trim off the top of the garlic bulb exposing the cloves. This will make it easier to squeeze out the garlic cloves later.
  • Place the prepared garlic bulb on parchment paper and drizzle it with olive oil. Gently brush or rub the oil into the garlic.
  • Wrap the parchment paper tightly and secure it with twine. Place the head of garlic in an air fryer basket or tray and palace int a preheated air fryer at 400 degrees f.
  • Air fry until the garlic cloves are soft, which will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Notes

Cooking time can vary depending on the model of your air fryer. If the garlic does not feel soft cook it for a few minutes longer.
Store roasted garlic in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or covered in oil for up to 2 weeks.
See the article above for cooking tips, recipe variations and more.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 0.3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Dana,
      you can roast garlic by following the instructions above except place it in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.