How to Roast Garlic (Roasted Garlic Recipe)

Nutty and buttery, Roasted Garlic is one of the most magical things you’ll ever make. I show you how to roast garlic in the oven with just a couple ingredients so you can use it to amplify almost anything you make. It’s fabulous spread on a slice of baguette, too.

Roast Garlic Bulbs in foil packet from The Suburban Soapbox.

I tend to take on waaaay too much in everything I do. I’m a people pleaser….I just want to make people happy. So, sometimes I go a bit overboard and try to Martha Stewart my way through life knowing full well I’m going to end up burning out and leaving a ton of loose ends that need to be tied up. Then, I tend to hibernate and hide from the world so I can recover…mentally, physically…depending on the scope of the project and amount of work I just left on the table. It happens every time and lately I’ve been getting better at managing whatever life throws my way. (Except travel…I tend to come back from trips and need a week to recover….every.time.) So, years ago when we bought our first house I decided to host an Open House on a Saturday afternoon so our friends could drop by and check it out.  I planned to have food out all day long so there would be nibbles for whomever stopped in. I made EVERYTHING. The menu was huge and I spent several days working ahead to keep my head above water….because I had a full time job that was NOT at home….and you know how helpful husbands can be (insert sarcastic eye-roll). I made sausage stuffed mushrooms, little brie bites, strawberry caprese skewers…just to name a few. I was like my own mini catering company. But the one thing I made that was devoured in minutes was the roasted garlic. I set it on the table with a pile of sliced baguette and people were spreading in on like butter. It was the most popular thing on the table. And it vanished right before my eyes.

Garlic bulbs and thyme on a whitewashed cutting board.

Simple as it seams….this roasted garlic recipe is kind of a staple in our house. And if you don’t know how to roast garlic yet, you’re in for a real surprise. It’s so easy to make and it makes your standard recipes go from good to “OMG AMAZING!” I like to stir in into mashed potatoes and use it to whip up super easy aioli to spread on sandwiches. It’s the key to this insanely tasty dip and is a must in this easy braised chicken recipe.

Garlic Bulbs with tops cut off on cutting board with chef's knife from

If you ever wondered how to roast garlic, it couldn’t be simpler to do. And it’s so magical how something with such a powerful bite can mellow out into a buttery, nutty, smooth spread that adds wonderful depth of flavor to so many things. Simply cut off the tops of the garlic bulbs and arrange in a foil packet.

Sliced Garlic bulbs with thyme in foil with chef's knife. |

Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the cloves and top with a few sprigs of thyme, if you’d like. You can totally leave off the herbs, they’re not necessary but I love how thyme infuses a bit of earthy flavor to the garlic.

Olive oil being drizzled over garlic bulbs for roasting garlic in the oven.

Wrap up your packet and roast in the oven.

Roasted garlic in foil with thyme sprigs. from

Then, you’re rewarded with the most beautiful golden brown garlic that’s ready for anything. Squeeze the bulb gently to remove the garlic cloves and spread on bread, add to dressings, stir into hummus (YES to this….so much love there!) THIS Roasted Garlic recipe will be your new favorite thing ever.

How to Roast Garlic (Roasted Garlic)

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted garlic
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 16 kcal
Author: Kellie Hemmerly - The Suburban Soapbox
Roasted garlic is so easy to make and adds a mellow nutty, buttery flavor to so many recipes.


  • 4 whole garlic bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut off 1/4 inch off the top of the bulbs and arrange in a foil packet root side down.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the garlic bulbs and top with the thyme.
  4. Seal up the foil packet and transfer to the oven.
  5. Roast the garlic for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and the cloves are tender. 
  6. Use immediately by squeezing the bulb to remove the cloves. Or store the garlic in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Garlic cloves can be used to flavor olive oil, mashed potatoes, salad dressings and more!

Nutrition Facts
How to Roast Garlic (Roasted Garlic)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 16 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



One comment on “How to Roast Garlic (Roasted Garlic Recipe)”

  1. Never thought to cook/roast just garlic alone, however, yours looks amazing.  Garlic and I go very well together, so I will be giving this a try.  Thanks for sharing.

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