Here are all the best garlic recipes to try! This little bulb is small but mighty, adding major flavor to bread, sauces, veggies, and more.
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. Perhaps we cook with it too much? If you’re a fellow garlic lover, you’ll know that there’s absolutely no such thing! Here are all our top garlic recipes that feature this ingredient front and center, from classic crunchy garlic bread to shrimp bathed in garlic butter! Or check out the soup that boasts a whopping 20 cloves of garlic (and no garlic breath).
For a stunning garlic recipe, try roasted garlic! The aroma alone is unparalleled. Roasting garlic until it’s soft and golden mellows the flavor into a sweet, caramelized version of its former self. There’s nothing spicy or garlic-breathy about it! Spread it onto a piece of crusty bread, add it to dips or sauces, or stir it into mashed potatoes. This stuff is truly pure gold.
There are mashed potatoes, and then there are roasted garlic mashed potatoes! These creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes are scented with the sweet aromatic flavor of roasted garlic. It’s milder and more luxurious than the typical pungent bite of the raw stuff, but you can use fresh garlic too. Mix it together with creamy Yukon gold potatoes and a bit of Parmesan cheese, and it’s truly something magical.
Try this easy Garlic Butter: a spread so delectable, you won’t be able to pull yourself away from the dish. Slather it on crusty bread, or better yet throw that in the oven to make garlic bread. Or try it as a compound butter on steak, baked or roasted potatoes, and more. From our first taste, we were smitten: and we know you will be too.
Here’s one of those “back pocket” recipes to bookmark for when you’re short on time: Garlic Butter Noodles! This easy pasta uses mostly pantry ingredients and is quick and simple to whip up in just 20 minutes. Take a bite from this pile of warm, buttery pasta and it’s pure bliss!
Here’s one stunning condiment: garlic confit! Slow roasting garlic cloves in oil turns them golden and brings out a subtle garlic flavor that’s absolutely divine. You can use the jar in two ways: mash the tender garlic onto crusty bread as an appetizer spread, or use the infused oil for cooking. Add it to pizza sauce, vinaigrettes, or use it for sauteing: the sky’s the limit!
Aioli is so creamy and delicious, what’s not to love? This creamy spread and dip is perfect for sandwiches, fries, grilled fish, fritters, and more, and there are loads of fun flavor variations. This quick and simple 3 ingredient garlic aioli comes together in minutes!
Looking for a sauce that works for vegetables, chicken, fish and everything in between? This garlic butter sauce tastes like pure gold, and it’s the dipping and drizzling sauce you’ve been waiting for. It’s rich and salty, with a burst of pure garlic flavor. This one takes just 5 minutes to whip up, and it’s easy to make a double batch that lasts for weeks.
You can tell by the shine on that creamy sauce that this one’s a good one. Welcome to one of our favorite ways to eat chicken: this Garlic Chicken recipe! The tender, juicy chicken breasts are coated in garlic powder, onion powder and smoked paprika, then cooked and smothered in a garlic cream sauce. It’s full of punchy flavor and takes only about 20 minutes to make. Dinnertime win!
The best garlic recipe? This classic garlic bread! This delectable side dish is a treat food around here. It’s got the perfect savory, garlicky flavor. It’s tender on the inside and crunchy on top from broiling it with Parmesan cheese. And somehow, it’s only got 4 tablespoons of butter, less than most garlic bread recipes! So it’s a lighter spin on the classic. But most of all: it’s darn delicious.
In need of a quick and easy dinner? Here’s an idea that’s so quick, simple and bursting with flavor, it will become a family favorite in no time: this Garlic Shrimp recipe! It’s amazing what a little garlic, butter, and lemon juice can do for a pile of shrimp. Throw them in the pan and it makes absolute magic in under 15 minutes of prep time!
Looking for a simple sauce that packs a big flavor punch? Try this Garlic Butter Sauce for Pasta! It’s easy to whip up with only a handful of ingredients, but man is it irresistible. This is the recipe we run to when we need a meal using only pantry ingredients. It’s also great for customizing based on the veggies you have on hand. Add a little Parmesan cheese and it’s elegantly simple
Hello, garlic lovers. Welcome to your dream recipe: Pickled Garlic! Pickling takes this vegetable to a whole new level: it mellows into a sweet, savory and tangy version of itself. It’s got none of the intense bite of the raw version of itself. Pickled garlic works on cheese and charcuterie boards, but it’s so much more than that: use it in vegetable sautés, pasta sauces, grains, and more.
Calling all garlic lovers: these Garlic Fries are your new favorite side dish! Bake them up crispy and warm from the oven, then season with both garlic powder and a homemade garlic oil. Take one bite and they’re irresistibly garlicky, yet not so intense you’ll have to immediately brush your teeth (or get complaints from your partner!).
When it comes to flavor and simplicity, this Honey Garlic Salmon recipe delivers. The salmon is pan fried for a brown, seared exterior, then baked in the oven until it’s perfectly tender. Drench it all in this sticky honey garlic sauce, a sweet savory glaze that adds layers of complexity.
Another incredible garlic recipe? Roasted garlic broccoli. This way to cook it makes the florets as irresistible as french fries. Roasting broccoli makes it come out tender and charred, with a mild, almost sweet flavor. Combine that with minced garlic and a few spritzes of fresh lemon juice, and wow! The flavor pops in a way you’d never imagine possible with this green vegetable.
Here's a short-cut garlic bread recipe that's full of flavor! It pairs fresh garlic, dried garlic and olive oil for a huge burst of garlicky flavor on a crunchy toasted baguette. It’s vegan and full of flavor: great for if you eat plant-based or simply don’t have cheese in your fridge. And the flavor is so good, you’ll never miss it.
Here’s a garlic recipe for highlighting these crunchy slender green veggies: Garlic Green Beans! Pairing tender steamed green beans with savory garlic butter makes them sing on your plate. Seasoned perfectly, they make an impressive side for about anything: chicken, fish, pasta or any veggie main.
Here’s a fun side dish that impresses every time: Garlic Roasted Potatoes! This one is our go-to for both weeknight meals and dinner parties: and you won’t be able to stop sneaking bites. The tender potatoes are roasted with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese for extra crispiness, then tossed with garlic butter after they’re nice and tender.
Brussels sprouts are tasty every which way: roasted, sautéed, balsamic glazed, or in a casserole. But we couldn’t resist trying yet another method for making this veggie taste incredible. Meet Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Parmesan! These come out irresistibly crispy on the outside, with crunchy bits of Parmesan cheese and garlic that infuse flavor into the entire lot.
Want to learn how to make garlic salt? We’ve gotcha. This homemade garlic salt not only tastes better than store bought, it’s fun to make at home. And it makes a great gift! It’s an easy process that requires a food processor (or high quality blender), salt, and garlic cloves.
This Indian skillet flatbread is always a crowd pleaser: it’s soft, supple, warm and garlic-scented. There’s not much better to sop up savory broth! There are all sorts of creative ways to turn naan into dinner too: like naan pizza! It’s easy to find this famous bread at the store, but the very best way to eat it: homemade, right off the skillet.
More ideas for using garlic
And those were just the top garlic recipes that use this ingredient 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.
Roasted garlic is sweet and caramelized, and makes your kitchen smell irresistible! Here’s an easy method for how to roast garlic.
2 to 3 garlic heads*
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut off the top 1/4-inch of each head of garlic: try to have a cut edge on each clove so you can pop them out after roasting. Peel away the paper on the outside of the head (the bottom stem will keep the cloves together). Place the garlic heads on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Close up and seal the packet.
Roast the garlic about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a clove in the center is golden in color and soft when pierced with a sharp knife (and your kitchen smells incredible!). Cool until able to handle, or store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. To remove the garlic, squeeze the bottom of the clove so it pops out the top. Spread on crusty bread, use in sauces and salad dressings, or in mashed potatoes.