Air Fryer Roasted Garlic is an easy way to make roasted garlic even faster! All you need is some heads of garlic and extra virgin olive oil. It’s quick, easy, and you can use it in so many ways!
about this air fryer roasted garlic
I just love roasted garlic.
Roasted garlic is one of those things that can add so much flavor to so many different recipes. I used to shy away from making it because it takes so long in the oven and heats up the house as a result.
Now that I know how to make roasted garlic in the air fryer, you can bet that I am making it allll the time!
I made it because I was inspired to make some roasted garlic bread the other night, but air fryer roasted garlic can also be used in other main dishes, soups, sandwiches, and even be made into a paste.
You can use any style of air fryer to make this recipe, whether it’s basket style or toaster style. I’ve dropped my air fryer recommendations below if you are interested!
Instead of waiting for it to roast, this garlic is ready to use in just 20 to 25 minutes. All you need are two ingredients – garlic heads and extra virgin olive oil.
You can even freeze it to have it at the ready for future recipes!
So, let’s talk about the recipe, shall we?
garlic. Make sure that you use fresh garlic bulbs for this recipe!
oil. I like to use a high-quality extra virgin olive oil, both for the cooking and preserving. The higher the quality, the better the final result will be!
this recipe’s must haves
All you need to make this recipe is some aluminum foil and an air fryer. I love to use my Instant Pot Duo Crisp Ultimate Lid, but you can use whatever brand of air fryer you prefer.
I’m dropping some recommendations below!
here’s how to make air fryer roasted garlic
prep garlic bulb
Cut the top off of the garlic bulb with a sharp knife. Make sure that you cut far enough down to slice off the tops of all the cloves in the bulb.
Drizzle each bulb with extra virgin olive oil. You will need about 1 to 2 teaspoons per garlic bulb.
Wrap the bulb in a layer of aluminum foil and place in the air fryer.
Air fry the garlic bulb for 20 to 25 minutes at 390˚F. The garlic should begin to brown or caramelize on top when it is finished. Remove the bulb carefully using an oven mitt or tongs.
Once cooled, you can unwrap the bulb and squeeze out the cloves to store or use immediately.
tips for success
roast more at once. You can roast one head at a time, but I like to roast several garlic heads at once. I freeze any extras so that I can use it in the future!
make sure you cut the whole top off. Make sure that you cut the tops off of all the cloves in the head!
does garlic burn in the air fryer?
Yes, it can. You shouldn’t run into a problem with this if you are cooking it for 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure that you keep an eye on it!
can I roast garlic in the air fryer without using foil?
Yes! If you prefer not to use foil, use a small baking dish instead and rub the garlic bulbs with oil. Air fry for 10 minutes until the top is caramelized.
can I freeze roasted garlic?
Yes, of course! All you have to do is freeze it in some ziplock bags and it will keep for up to 4 months.
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how to preserve air fryer roasted garlic
My personal favorite way to store the roasted garlic cloves is in a jar of extra virgin olive oil. By doing this, not only do you preserve the garlic for longer, you also get the bonus of making garlic-infused oil. I recommend adding fresh lemon zest, chili flakes, and herbs to the jar as well to create your own flavor combination! You can use the oil as well as the cloves whenever you are cooking! Make sure that you top off the jar with additional olive oil every time you use any so the clove are submerged.
You can also make roasted garlic paste! Simple blend the garlic cloves with some extra virgin olive oil in a food processor to form a paste. This paste will last in the fridge for about 10 days. You can also freeze the paste in ice cube trays for future use!
how to use air fryer roasted garlic
There are so many ways to use air fryer roasted garlic! Here’s some of my top recommendations:
- Pasta dishes like classic fresh tomato sauce or lasagna.
- Spread it on toasted bread to make garlic bread (like this air fryer garlic bread), cheesy garlic bread, and more.
- Add it to sandwiches like grilled cheese! I recommend trying it on my balsamic grilled vegetables grilled cheese sandwich, pesto grilled cheese, or grilled tomato italian grinder sandwich.
- Mix into mashed potatoes (like my instant pot mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and parmesan).
- Add it to pizza – I like to spread it underneath the sauce.
- Stir into vegetable side dishes with butter.
- Blend into your favorite salad dressing recipe.
- Pair it with quick cherry tomato confit and crusty bread.
how to store and reheat
Store. Store the peeled cloves in a jar covered with a layer of extra virgin olive oil. You can add flavorings to make your own garlic-infused oil as well! Just make sure if you use the oil, you are always topping off the jar so the cloves are submerged. The cloves will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
You can also add the whole heads to a ziplock bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freeze. Freeze in littler ziplock bags or jars. It will last in the freezer for about 4 months.
Finally, if you make this air fryer roasted garlic, please be sure to give this recipe a rating or leave a comment! I love to hear when you all make recipes, and I do take the time to respond to every single comment. Feel free to drop questions below too, if you have them!
Oh and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make the recipe! I love being able to see these recipes come to life in your homes – it’s my favorite thing to look through those photos. It really means the world to me!
- 1 garlic bulb
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Cut the top of the garlic bulb off with a sharp knife, making sure to cut off the tops of every clove.
- Place the bulb on a small sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with oil.
- Wrap the bulb in aluminum foil and place in your air fryer basket.
- Set air fryer to 390˚F. Air fry for 20 to 25 minutes, until the garlic begins to caramelize and the top turns golden brown.
- Remove from the air fryer carefully with oven mitts or tongs. Once cool enough to handle, remove from foil and squeeze out clove to store or use immediately.
- Serve in pasta dishes, dips, salad dressings, sandwiches, garlic bread, and more.
To preserve and store: Place whole head in a ziplock bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also preserve the whole cloves in oil in a jar with herbs, chili pepper flakes, and lemon zest. The cloves will last up to 20 days this way. Finally, the roasted garlic cloves can be preserved in the freezer in a ziplock bag for up to 4 months.