10 Great Garlic Recipes to Try

Here are all the best garlic recipes to use up a head! This little bulb is small but mighty: it adds a savory pop to garlic bread, aioli, veggies, and more.

Easy garlic bread

Hello, garlic lovers! There’s nothing we love more than this small and mighty bulb: because its flavor is truly extraordinary. Intoxicating, pungent, and savory, there’s really nothing else like it in the realm of food. Perhaps we cook with it too much? If you’re a fellow garlic lover, though: you’ll know that there’s absolutely no such thing!

Here are all our top garlic recipes that feature this ingredient front and center! Of course there’s classic crunchy and savory garlic bread at the top of the list: and who wouldn’t want shrimp bathed in garlic butter? There are also some more unique offerings like soup with 20 cloves of garlic. (Yep, it’s real!) And scroll below the list to find a few more recipe ideas that wouldn’t be the same without it.

And now…our best garlic recipes to try!

More ideas for using garlic

And those were just the top 10 garlic recipes that use garlic at the forefront. There are so many more recipes that wouldn’t be the same without garlic. Here are a few more runners up that you must try:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce This incredible pizza sauce is built on the beautiful flavor of garlic! It takes 5 minutes to make in a blender.
  • Best Basil Pesto What’s pesto without garlic? Just blended basil, really! Here’s the best basil pesto recipe that’s just like the Italians make it.
  • Fried Rice (Takeout Style!) Garlic gives just the right savory note to fried rice: this one tastes just like your favorite takeout.
  • Classic Falafel Can you imagine falafel with no garlic? This fried chickpea fritter absolutely needs garlic to shine.
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Easy garlic bread

Classic Garlic Bread

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


The best garlic recipe out there: garlic bread! This classic version is crunchy on top, chewy on the inside, and full of garlicky, buttery flavor.



  • 1 loaf French bread (or any medium-sized artisan loaf)
  • 4 tablespoons melted salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the entire loaf of bread in half lengthwise (see the photos).
  3. Mix the butter with the finely chopped parsley and grated garlic, grating it right into the butter (or if you don’t have a microplane or grater, mince the garlic as finely as possible). Then brush the garlic butter onto the cut sides of the bread. Sprinkle the cut sides with a bit of kosher salt.
  4. Place the cut sides of the bread halves together and wrap the loaf in foil. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes until warmed through.
  5. Remove the foil and place the bread cut side up on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes until browned and crispy, rotating the pan halfway through so the color is even. Cut the bread into slices and serve immediately (or place it back in foil and keep warm in a 350 degree oven until serving).

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Garlic recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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