Air Fryer Roasted Garlic makes the creamiest, most tender, caramelized garlic cloves. Add a little flair and flavor to your cooking with roasted garlic in air fryer, once you try it you won’t go back to cooking it in the oven.
We love making simple recipes in the air fryer just like this roasted garlic in the air fryer. Another quick recipe idea for the air fryer is Frozen Dinner Rolls in the Air Fryer, they cook up warm and toasty. Or try Air Fryer Squash and Zucchini, a yummy vegetable side dish.
Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
I might be a bit of a garlic lush. I just can’t seem to get enough of it, I can eat all things garlic! Then there was the day that I met roasted garlic…what a life changer.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I will eat this stuff straight up, right out of the husk with a spoon.
One of the very best aromas I can think of is the scent of garlic cooking. For me it triggers thoughts of a delicious home cooked meal.
That is why one of my favorite recipes to make in the air fryer is roasted garlic. While the garlic is baking it will make your home smell like garlic heaven. An added bonus, it will keep the vampires away!
Of course, another reason I love this recipe is how quickly it cooks in the air fryer. Normally when you roast garlic in the oven it takes about an hour, now you can make it so much faster when you make air fried garlic.
Roasted Garlic Air Fryer
Once the garlic bulb bakes, the cloves become very delicate and creamy. Since the cloves are so super soft, it’s easy to use as a spread or mix into your favorite dishes. It’s creamy and dreamy and spreads as easily as butta.
Roasting garlic also takes away that astringent, sharp flavor and replaces it with a mild, sweet, calm taste that will add complexity to any dish. The olive oil helps keep the garlic coated and adds to the delicious caramelization.
Typically, garlic gets wrapped up in aluminum foil when it’s being roasted so that it doesn’t dry out while being cooked. I try not to cook with aluminum foil except on occasion because it may increase the risk of Alzheimers (we don’t know for sure, but I’d rather be safe than sorry).
So, what I like to do is to wrap the garlic heads with parchment paper and then wrap that with aluminum foil to reduce the direct contact of it to the food. FYI, if you only use parchment too close to the heating element in the air fryer it may cause problems. That’s the only reason I’m not just using parchment paper in this recipe.
Can you Roast Garlic in Air Fryer?
You can definitely cook garlic in the air fryer and I am here to show you how to do it. It’s such a super simple recipe, you are going to be amazed at how easy it is. Soon you will be adding roasted garlic into all of your cooking.
A garlic roaster could also be used in the air fryer if you have one. They come in ceramic, stoneware, cast iron, and terra cotta. Or use a ramekin for each garlic head, place oiled/salted cut side down and cover tightly (but not touching) with tin foil.
How to Use Roasted Garlic?
There are so many ways to use air fryer garlic. Here are some of our favorite ideas! What are some of your favorite ways to use garlic?
- Mashed Potatoes. My most favorite way to use roasted garlic is to add some to mashed potatoes.
- Dips. Make this magical aioli dip, you can replace the raw garlic completely or add in both roasted and raw. Add it to this chipotle mayo recipe or salsa. Or just use it straight up with nothing else added to dip your fries into.
- Salad Dressing. Mix some freshly roasted garlic into your favorite vinaigrette or homemade ranch.
- Spreads. Schmear (yes, I said schmear) the soften cloves over a bagel with some cream cheese, onto a toasted baguette with butter to create garlic bread, or just add to a piece of toast (or make it even more fancy and add it to avocado toast).
- Sauces. Mix this into so many different sauces like alfredo sauces, tomato sauces, or even enchilada sauce.
- Condiment. Have some roasted garlic beside the main dish like air fryer chicken breast or air fryer cornish hen. Use in pasta dishes or on top of pizza.
- Butter. Make a roasted garlic compound butter to serve smothered on a filet mignon or ribeye.
- As is! Eat as is, with a spoon (personal fave).
Different Types of Garlic
There are two main types of garlic that we use the most. One of them, the more flavorful of the two, is called hardneck garlic. It typically has a hard stalk (the scape) in the center that is surrounded by garlic bulbs. The other type of garlic is the softneck garlic. It has a garlic clove in the center rather than the hard woody stalk.
Either one will work in this recipe.
Did you know that Elephant garlic isn’t garlic at all? Even though it looks like a giant head of garlic, it is actually a type of leek. Although Elephant garlic does have an oniony garlic flavor if eaten raw, it is so mild that the flavor basically disappears when cooked.
How to Buy Garlic?
Look for a head of garlic that looks relatively clean, with no visible mold growing anywhere on it especially around the root area. It should feel firm and not squish when you squeeze it. The cloves inside should be nice and white, not yellow. Also, look out for any green sprouts, this indicates that the garlic is old.
Garlic bulbs can be found at local farmers markets if you have one or most grocery stores in the produce section.
Air Fryer Roasted Garlic Ingredients
- Garlic: I used 4 heads of garlic, but you could make a couple or even more. Make sure the garlic is fresh, no need to waste time cooking old garlic.
- Oil: Olive oil is the best to use in this garlic recipe, but vegetable oil will work also.
- Salt: I like to use coarse or flakey sea salt or kosher salt.
- Pepper: A quick turn of the pepper grinder to add some freshly ground pepper.
- Fresh Herbs: If you desire to infuse the garlic with some herb flavor, add in a sprig of fresh herbs under the garlic bulb. This is optional.
How to Roast Garlic in Air Fryer
Here are the basic instructions for garlic in air fryer. For the full step by step instructions check out the recipe card down below this post.
- Preheat. Preheat the air fryer. Prepare four 8 x 12 inch sheets of aluminum or tin foil and four 8 x 12 inch sheets of parchment paper.
- Cut garlic. Remove a couple layers of dry skin from the garlic bulbs, leaving a layer or two. Cut about 1/4 inch off of the tops of the garlic heads.
- Place garlic. Lay down one of the rectangle sheets of aluminum foil down and lay parchment paper on top. Place garlic bulb on top.
- Add seasoning. Drizzle or brush on olive oil. Add salt and pepper and herbs if using.
- Make packets. Pull the parchment paper up around the garlic, twisting at the top to close it. Close up the foil around parchment.
- Cook. Cook the garlic.
- Cool. Let garlic cool for about 10 minutes before using it.
- Get cloves out. Remove cloves with a small fork or squeeze them from the base.
- Refrigerate. Put any unused garlic cloves into olive oil and make sure to refrigerate promptly so there is no risk of food poisoning.
Air Fryer Garlic Tips and Variations
- Fresh herbs. If you like you can add fresh whole herbs in with each garlic bulb. Just add a small sprig of herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, or sage into the packet to infuse the garlic with herby flavor.
- Make it spicy. Add some chili pepper flakes to the packets.
- Use more roasted garlic. If you are wanting to replace roasted garlic for raw garlic in a recipe, make sure to use extra because the roasted garlic is much milder in flavor.
- Air fryer. This recipe can be made in the basket style air fryer or the oven style air fryer. I use the Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer that has a basket.
- Don’t eat too much of it. It can be easy to eat a lot of this garlic. Try not to over do it because eating too much can upset your stomach.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is roasted garlic? Garlic that is cooked, makes it softer and easier to digest. It gets all caramelized and delicious when roasted.
Is roasted garlic good for you? Garlic can offer a variety of health benefits. It has a small amount of a lot of different vitamins, minerals, can combat the common cold, may even be able to reduce blood pressure, and can help with cholesterol levels.
Can you freeze roasted garlic? Yes, garlic that has been roasted can be frozen. I have provided the instructions below.
Is garlic an herb? Even though garlic seems like an herb, botanically it is a vegetable.
When is garlic done roasting? Once garlic has fully cooked it will be very soft and a golden brown color. If you don’t think it is done after 20 minutes, cook it for another 5 minutes and check it. Cook for an additional 5 minutes if needed. I cooked mine for 25 minutes and it was perfect. The longer it cooks the more mellow the flavor will become.
How to Store Roasted Garlic
Roasted garlic can be stored in a small airtight container in the refrigerator for about 4 days. It can also be frozen by removing the garlic from the bulb and placing into a freezer safe airtight container. Make sure to label with the recipe and the date. It should be good in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen garlic in the fridge or add directly into recipes.
Try these other air fryer recipes!
- Air Fryer Frozen Breaded Shrimp
- Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds
- Turkey Breast in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Potato Skins
- Squash and Zucchini in the Air Fryer
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Roasted Garlic in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer
- 4 large garlic bulbs whole
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper freshly ground
- Preheat the air fryer to 390° F. Prepare four 8 x 12 inch sheets of aluminum and four 8 x 12 inch sheets of parchment paper.
- Remove a couple layers of dry skin from the garlic bulbs, leaving a layer or two. Cut about 1/4 inch off of the top of the garlic heads. You want to expose the garlic inside. Lay down one of the rectangle sheets of aluminum foil down and lay the parchment paper on top of that.
- Place one garlic bulb (cut side up) onto the center of the parchment paper and aluminum foil. Drizzle or brush on olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (and herbs if using). Close up the parchment by twisting it. Then close foil around parchment paper.
- Cook garlic for 20-30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to see if it is cooked to your liking. If it is not done, cook for another 5-10 minutes.
- Let garlic cool for about 10 minutes. Remove cloves with a small fork or squeeze them from the base. Make sure to refrigerate any unused garlic promptly.
- Add in fresh thyme, oregano, or sage into the packet to infuse the garlic with herby flavor. Or add some chili pepper flakes to the packets.
- If you are wanting to replace roasted garlic for raw garlic in a recipe, make sure to use extra because the roasted garlic is much milder in flavor.
- This recipe can be made in the basket style air fryer or the oven style air fryer. I use the Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer that has a basket.
- It can be easy to eat a lot of this garlic. Try not to over do it because eating too much can upset your stomach.
- Refrigerate unused garlic promptly so there is no risk of food poisoning.
- Store leftover garlic in olive oil in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
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Love roasted garlic! Never though to try it in my air fryer…can’t wait to try 🙂 Thanks!
It’s so quick in the air fryer, hope it works out great for you Heather!
I am absolutely going to try this today. I am cooking up a storm with my newest air fryer and this looks perfect for today’s pasta recipe. Thanks for sharing
Isn’t the air fryer the best? Hope you love it, Megan!!
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing roasted garlic recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!
You are so welcome! Glad you enjoyed this recipe, Allyssa.
Love roasting these garlic in an air fryer. So easy to make and delicious for a spread
Mmm, it is so good spread on some crackers or toast! Thanks Linda!
Roasted garlic is such a wonderful flavor addition to any recipe and it truly enhances a recipe beyond what you imagine. This is a pretty simple method.
I agree, it is so simple to cook the garlic in the air fryer and adds such a delicate flavor. Thanks Mikayla!
I am insanely excited to try this! I love roasted garlic. I mean, who doesn’t? I’m going to air fry several heads and freeze what I don’t use for later. Game changer – I had no idea you could do that!!!! Thanks!
OOOh, I can’t wait for you to try it also Jessica. You’ll have to let me know what you think!
I have never roasted a whole head of garlic and enjoyed your post on how to do this and then what do with the garlic. I am giving this a try.
I can’t wait for you to try this Jere! Hope you love it!
I made a big batch of this roasted garlic in my Air Fryer last night. The garlic turned out perfect! It was creamy, soft, and flavorful. It was so easy to do in the Air Fryer!
That is so great, Katie!
Great idea to make it in the air fryer. I often use roasted garlic for other recipe too. I now know a better way.
It is the easiest to make the roasted garlic in the air fryer. Hope you enjoy this method, Aditi.
Love love roasted garlic in my dishes, but never roasted in an air fryer. Thanks for this detailed post on how to roast garlic in the air fryer. So easy and quick recipe.
Oh yes, me too. You are so welcome, Hayley!
This is such a genius way to cook garlic! I tried it last night; I love the herbs and seasoning in your recipe. The garlic was so good and creamy, I spread some on warm crusty bread, and it was amazing! I will be using your recipe all the time. I will add this heavenly garlic to my soups!
Isn’t roasting garlic in the air fryer the best? I loooove it on crusty bread, too! Thanks Jenny!
Isn’t making roasted garlic in the air fryer the best?! I also love how much quicker it is compared to making it in the oven. Thanks for the tip on adding red pepper flakes. The next time I make it, I’ve got to try that. Thanks, Nadine!!
Made this with the Roasted Garlic Soup. Roasting garlic also seemed like a long time consuming process, but doing it in the air fryer was so quick and easy that I will be doing this recipe regularly. Added some fresh rosemary to one and crushed red pepper flakes to another one. Wow!! The flavors and ease of this recipe makes it a winner.