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

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic (with Oven Option)

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


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.


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


  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.


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