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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Roasted garlic

Best Garlic Recipes (Roasted Garlic & More!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: ~1 tablespoon roasted garlic per head


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*
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Garlic recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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