How to Mince Garlic

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Wondering how to mince garlic? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to cut garlic, including sliced and minced garlic.

Video: How to mince garlic

Are you wondering how to mince garlic but not sure the best way? So many of our recipes use garlic here at A Couple Cooks that it was one of the first knife skills we mastered in the kitchen. We use this method all the time, like when we make our mashed potatoes with garlic and creamy marinara sauce, or literally all of our soup recipes. Garlic literally makes the world go round in our kitchen, so we hope this method gives you confidence to use it often in yours! Here’s our step by step guide for how to mince garlic, including a video of me mincing garlic in our kitchen.

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How to mince garlic step by step

Step 1

How to mince garlic | Cut off root end

Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the root end of the garlic.

Step 2

How to mince garlic | Tap gently with a jar

To peel the garlic, gently tap the garlic clove with a jar or glass until the peel splits.

Step 3

How to mince garlic | Remove peel

Remove the peel with your fingers.

Step 4

How to mince garlic | Cut vertical slices

With a firm grip on the base of the chef’s knife, use the tip of the knife to cut thin vertical slices into the garlic clove, leaving it attached at the root end.

Step 5

How to mince garlic | Cut a horizontal slice

Carefully turn the knife and make a horizontal slice through the center of the garlic clove, leaving it attached at the root end.

Step 6

How to mince garlic | Cut thin slices crosswise to mince

Make thin slices crosswise to mince the garlic into small pieces. Continue chopping back and forth through the garlic until you have the size of minced garlic that you need.

And there you have it: how to mince garlic in 6 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to mince garlic, and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

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How to mince garlic

How to Mince Garlic


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1x

Description

Wondering how to mince garlic? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to cut garlic, including sliced and minced garlic.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove

Instructions

  1. Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the root end of the garlic.
  2. To peel the garlic, gently tap the garlic clove with a jar or glass until the peel splits.
  3. Remove the peel with your fingers.
  4. With a firm grip on the base of the chef’s knife, use the tip of the knife to cut thin vertical slices into the garlic clove, leaving it attached at the root end.
  5. Carefully turn the knife and make a horizontal slice through the center of the garlic clove, leaving it attached at the root end.
  6. Make thin slices crosswise to mince the garlic into small pieces. Continue chopping back and forth through the garlic until you have the size of minced garlic that you need.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to mince garlic, How to cut garlic, How do you mince garlic, What is minced garlic

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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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