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Air Fryer Roasted Garlic (with Oven Option)

My Air Fry­er Roast­ed Gar­lic recipe only requires 5 sim­ple min­utes of prep and nets you tons of sweet, mel­low and nut­ty gar­lic fla­vor. Let your air fry­er do all the deli­cious work!

5 heads of roasted garlic in foil
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Air fry­er roast gar­lic does­n’t have the famil­iar “bite” of raw gar­lic. Roast­ing gar­lic in an air fry­er tames the sharp­ness and makes the gar­lic fla­vor more sub­tle and yet very complex. 

The nat­ur­al sug­ars become con­cen­trat­ed in air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic and they caramelize dur­ing roast­ing, so it tastes slight­ly sweet­er and has a light­ly browned color. 

Roast­ed gar­lic takes on a nut­ti­ness, too, that makes it a deli­cious addi­tion to so many recipes. 

I am so hap­py to add this air fry­er recipe to my grow­ing collection.

roasted garlic in a jar of oil on a wooden cutting board with roasted garlic bruschetta in the foreground

When you roast gar­lic in an air fry­er it becomes soft and creamy. Air fry­er gar­lic is actu­al­ly spread­able and is deli­cious on toast­ed bread. But, it’s great in so many oth­er dish­es, too!

Plus, your house is going to smell amaz­ing! The aro­ma of gar­lic roast­ing in the kitchen is homey and com­fort­ing. You’re going to attract hun­gry fans to your side as the deli­cious fra­grance wafts through your home! 

Roasted Garlic Uses

If you would use reg­u­lar gar­lic in a recipe, roast­ing gar­lic in an air fry­er will almost always be an ele­vat­ed and deli­cious sub­sti­tute for that dish. But there are some recipes that real­ly let the roast­ed gar­lic fla­vor shine. Here are a few:

garlic mashed potatoes in a serving bowl
  • Hum­mus — I love air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic in hum­mus with air fry­er roast­ed red pep­pers. Delish!
  • Aioli — Roast­ed Gar­lic Aioli is one of the sim­plest condi­ments you’ll ever make and can be used on every­thing! Dip sweet pota­to fries or spread it on a sand­wich. Top a burg­er or use it to make deli­cious roast chicken.
  • Bruschet­ta — Spread creamy roast­ed gar­lic on toast­ed bread rounds and add your favorite bruschet­ta top­pings (like diced toma­toes and basil with a driz­zle of bal­sam­ic). Yum!
  • Gar­lic Butter
  • Add to Piz­za Sauce, Home­made Mari­nara Sauce and oth­er Pas­ta Sauces
  • Gua­camole — Add roast­ed gar­lic to home­made gua­camole to bring the fla­vor next lev­el. Delectable!
  • Mashed Pota­toes — Using air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic in Gar­lic Mashed Pota­toes will add a mel­low­er gar­lic rich­ness than raw gar­lic. It’s a great option for those with more gar­lic-sen­si­tive taste buds.
  • Add Air Fry­er Roast­ed Gar­lic to Chili and your favorite Soup Recipes.
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The Ingredients

raw garlic heads and a bottle of olive oil on a marble counter top

You only need two ingre­di­ents to make roast­ed gar­lic in your air fryer.

  • fresh heads of garlic
  • olive or avo­ca­do oil

Storing Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

How long can I keep roast­ed gar­lic in the fridge?

If stor­ing the whole head of roast­ed gar­lic, it will last about 4 days in the refrig­er­a­tor. Keep it sealed in an air­tight con­tain­er.

You can also squeeze out the indi­vid­ual cloves into a jar and cov­er them with olive oil. Those will keep in the fridge up to 10 days, since the olive oil seals them away from con­tact with air. Be sure to cov­er the jar with a lid and it must be kept in the refrig­er­a­tor, not out on a counter.

roasted garlic cloves covered in olive oil in an apothecary jar
Can you freeze roast­ed gar­lic?

Yes. Remove the indi­vid­ual cloves from the head and spread them on a bak­ing sheet in a sin­gle lay­er.

Flash freeze them for an hour or two, right on the bak­ing tray.

Then trans­fer the frozen gar­lic cloves to a zip-top freez­er bag or air­tight freez­er con­tain­er. Remove as much air as pos­si­ble when seal­ing.

Air fry­er roast gar­lic will keep 6 months in the freez­er.

If you flash froze them before putting them in a con­tain­er, you should be able to pull as many indi­vid­ual gar­lic cloves as need­ed, from the bag, and put the rest back in the freezer.

My Air Fryer

My Bre­ville Joule not only air fries; it also dehy­drates, bakes, broils, toasts, roasts, slow cooks, becomes a piz­za oven and so much more. This sim­ple coun­ter­top oven has near­ly replaced my full-size oven for day-to-day tasks. I can actu­al­ly roast up to a 14 pound turkey in it! I’m lov­ing the Bre­ville Joule Oven Air Fry­er Pro [affil­i­ate link] and I still have so much to learn.

I’m let­ting you know, because air fry­ers def­i­nite­ly vary by size and by brand. You may need to adjust tim­ing for your spe­cif­ic mod­el. Tem­per­a­tures should be exact­ly the same, but the amount of time it takes to com­plete­ly cook a recipe will depend on the size of your air fry­er and the type of heat it uses for air frying.

How to Roast Garlic in Air Fryer

  1. Pre­heat air fry­er to 380°.
  2. Cut straight across the top (stem) end of each head of gar­lic. You want to remove just enough to expose the top of indi­vid­ual cloves.
  3. Set the cloves onto a long sheet of foil. It needs to be long enough to com­plete­ly close around all the heads of garlic. 
  4. Once your trimmed gar­lic heads are arranged on the foil, driz­zle olive oil over the exposed cloves and down into each head of garlic.
  5. Pull the foil upward around the gar­lic heads and seal tight­ly at the top and sides.
  1. Place the foil pack­et in air fry­er bas­ket and air fry for 25 — 35 min­utes. Every air fry­er is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, so the time will vary accord­ing­ly. The cloves will be very light­ly browned and very soft when they are done.
  2. Remove from the foil pack­et from the air fry­er. Open it to allow heat and steam to escape. Allow the heads of gar­lic to cool until you can eas­i­ly han­dle them.

Removing Roasted Garlic Cloves from the Head

(How to Video in recipe Card)

Allow the air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic to cool for a bit before try­ing to remove the heads. If it’s too hot, you will burn your fingers.

The process is very sim­ple, actu­al­ly. The indi­vid­ual gar­lic cloves will slide right out of their papery skin after roast­ing. Break the head of roast­ed gar­lic into cloves.

roasted garlic cloves in a jar with no oil on them

Grab a clove at the bot­tom and squeeze in an upward motion, sort of like squeez­ing tooth­paste out of a tube. The clove will slide right out.

Alternate Cooking Method

I don’t have an air fry­er. Can I make roast­ed gar­lic in the oven?

Absolute­ly! To make roast­ed gar­lic in the oven, fol­low the recipe for air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic down to the point where you com­plete the foil pack­et.

Place the foil pack­et on a bak­ing sheet or in a bak­ing dish and place it into a pre­heat­ed oven.

Bake at 400° F for 45 min­utes to an hour. Again, the gar­lic cloves will be light­ly browned and soft when done.

roasted garlic cloves covered in olive oil in an apothecary jar

I hope you’ll make air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic and that it quick­ly becomes one of your favorite recipes! It’s so ver­sa­tile whether on its own or as an ingre­di­ent in oth­er favorite fam­i­ly dish­es. I can’t wait to hear all the ways you’re using it!

The Recipe

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5 heads raw garlic with tops removed sitting on a marble counter

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic (with Oven Option)


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 45 min­utes
  • Yield: 5 gar­lic heads 1x

Description

Air Fry­er Roast­ed Gar­lic is milder, light­ly sweet and nut­ty in com­par­i­son to raw gar­lic.  It los­es that famil­iar sharp bite and lends itself to use in dozens of deli­cious recipes.  This easy recipe will have you roast­ing gar­lic on a reg­u­lar basis for the deli­cious fla­vor it will add to your favorite dishes.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 gar­lic heads
  • 23 Table­spoons good olive oil (or avo­ca­do oil)

Instructions

  1. Pre­heat air fry­er to 380°.
  2. Cut straight across the top (stem) end of each head of gar­lic. You want to remove just enough to expose the top of indi­vid­ual cloves.
  3. Set the cloves onto a long sheet of foil. It needs to be long enough to com­plete­ly close around all the heads of garlic.
  4. Once your trimmed gar­lic heads are arranged on the foil, driz­zle olive oil over the exposed cloves and down into each head of garlic.
  5. Pull the foil upward around the gar­lic heads and seal tight­ly at the top.
  6. Place the foil pack­et in air fry­er bas­ket and air fry for 25 — 30 min­utes. Every air fry­er is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, so the time will vary accord­ing­ly. The cloves will be light­ly browned and very soft when they are done.
  7. If the cloves are soft, but not as browned as I would like, I open the foil pack­et for the last 2 or 3 min­utes and allow the cloves to brown nicely.
  8. Remove from the air fry­er and allow the heads of gar­lic to cool until you can eas­i­ly han­dle them.
  9. Prep the gar­lic for stor­age as rec­om­mend­ed in the notes, below.

Notes

How to Roast Gar­lic in the Oven:

To make roast­ed gar­lic in the oven, fol­low the recipe for air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic down to the point where you com­plete the foil pack­et, in step 6.

Place the foil pack­et on a bak­ing sheet or in a bak­ing dish and place that into a pre­heat­ed oven.

Bake at 400° F for 40 to 45 min­utes. Again, the gar­lic cloves will be light­ly browned and soft when done.

How to Store Roast­ed Garlic

If stor­ing the whole head of roast­ed gar­lic, it will last about 4 days in the refrig­er­a­tor. Keep it sealed in an air­tight container.

You can also squeeze out the indi­vid­ual cloves into a jar and cov­er them with olive oil. Those will keep in the fridge up to 10 days, since the olive oil seals them away from con­tact with air. Be sure to cov­er the jar with a lid and it must be kept in the refrig­er­a­tor, not out on a counter.

To freeze roast­ed gar­lic, remove the indi­vid­ual cloves from the head and spread them on a bak­ing sheet in a sin­gle lay­er. Flash freeze them for an hour or two, right on the bak­ing tray. Then trans­fer the frozen gar­lic cloves to a zip-top freez­er bag or air­tight freez­er con­tain­er. Remove as much air as pos­si­ble when seal­ing. Air fry­er roast­ed gar­lic will keep 6 months in the freez­er. If you flash froze them before putting them in a con­tain­er, you should be able to pull as many indi­vid­ual gar­lic cloves as need­ed, from the bag, and put the rest back in the freezer.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min

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8 thoughts on “Air Fryer Roasted Garlic (with Oven Option)”

  1. Love this easy way to roast gar­lic! I use it in so many recipes and this method will save me time.

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  2. I love roast­ed gar­lic so much, but had nev­er made it myself. This was so easy! Now every bulb of gar­lic I bring home will be roast­ed in the air fry­er! Thank you for sharing.

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