Making this air fryer roasted garlic is much quicker than in a traditional oven, made in just 25 minutes. Roasted garlic has a beautiful depth of flavour and can be used in a variety of ways (homemade garlic bread springs to mind!). They are also a wonderful addition to pasta dishes, potato salad and so much more!
My method for air fryer garlic uses the entire bulb of garlic, drizzled in extra virgin olive oil and wrapped in baking paper and tin foil.
In 25 minutes you will have soft and golden brown garlic cloves that can be spread onto crusty bread or used in a range of different recipes like my Roasted Garlic Labneh. This definitely my new favorite way to make roasted garlic as it is just so quick and easy!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
You're going to love this easy air fryer recipe and here's why:
- roast garlic in less time than in an oven (almost half!)
- easily freeze leftover roasted garlic cloves for later use.
- easily add great flavors to your favorite recipes!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- whole head of garlic - you can also use whole garlic cloves with the skin on.
- extra virgin olive oil - swap for avocado oil or macadamia oil. Always use a good quality oil!
To make this air fryer roasted garlic recipe you will need:
- an air fryer - I've used my Ninja foodi but you can use any style of air fryer, including basket style air fryers and toaster style.
- tin foil - this is optional and I provide more details on how to make air fryer roasted garlic without foil further down in the post.
- parchment paper
- small jar, airtight container or ice cube tray
Step-by-Step Instructions with Pictures
I am all about creating recipes that are quick and easy to make and this recipe is no different. Here's how to make roasted garlic cloves in the air fryer:
Slice the top of the garlic bulb off so that the cloves inside are exposed.
Prepare the foil by laying a piece of baking paper over the top of the aluminium foil (both pieces need to be roughly the same size). Place the garlic onto the baking paper.
Drizzle the raw garlic head with extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice).
Create a foil packet by bringing each edge of both the baking paper and foil together over the top of the garlic. Fold them together and then repeat for the remaining edges to create the packet (it doesn't have to be super neat).
Place each packet with garlic into the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 200 degrees Celsius (392 F) and cook for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove the garlic (carefully!) from the air fryer and allow to cool to room temperature.
Pop out each of the garlic cloves into your container of choice for later use or use straight away.
How to Roast Garlic Without Tin Foil
I like to avoid cooking my food in aluminium to reduce unnecessary exposure. This is why I recommend placing a piece of baking paper on top of a sheet of foil (aluminium foil) before placing the garlic on top and wrapping. However, if you don't like using tin foil at all or you don't have any at the moment you can absolutely make the roasted garlic without it. Here's how:
- Place the garlic bulbs onto individual sheets of baking paper (parchment paper).
- Create a packet by bringing the edges of the paper up and folding together.
- Cook as per recipe instructions.
Tip: You may need to reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes or so, just check the garlic about half way to see how it is going.
There are a few different ways to store roasted garlic.
To freeze - place garlic cloves into an ice cube tray, cover and freeze. Once frozen, pop each of the frozen cloves into a freezer bag.
To refrigerate - place garlic cloves into a glass jar or container. Cover with extra virgin olive oil and place the lid on. Garlic will keep like this for around two weeks. Without covering the cloves in olive oil the roasted garlic will last around 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
How to Use Roasted Garlic
There are so many different ways to use roasted cloves. Here are some:
- Roasted Garlic Labneh
- Garlic aioli
- Add to salad dressings
- Mix through pasta sauces
- Mix through potato salad dressing
- Stir through cream cheese and spread onto toast
- Make garlic toast by spreading a roasted garlic clove over toasted bread
- Mix into softened butter to make garlic butter
- Air Fryer
- Parchment paper
- Tin foil
- Sharp knife
- Chopping Board
- Glass jar or container
- 4 heads garlic whole
- 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- Slice the top off each head of garlic so that the cloves are exposed.
- Prepare the foil packet by placing a sheet of baking paper on top of a sheet of foil (both roughly the same size). You will need to have four seperate sheets of each baking paper and foil, one for each head of garlic.
- Place a head of garlic onto one of the sheets of baking paper & foil. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Take the opposite edges and fold together to create a packet. Repeat this step with the remaining heads of garlic.
- Place each foil packet containing the garlic heads into the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 200 degrees celsius (392 F). Cook for 25 minutes.
- After 25 minutes, carefully remove from the packets from the air fryer and allow to cool to touch. Use straight away or store for later use.
- freeze - pop cloves out from skin, into ice cube trays. Cover and freeze. Once frozen, pop out into a freezer bag and place back into the freezer until needed. Freeze for up to one year.
- refrigerate - place into a glass jar with the lid fixed firmly on. Use within 5 days. Alternatively, cover the cloves in olive oil, place the lid onto the jar and use within 2 weeks.
How to Use
- pasta sauces
- garlic bread
- garlic aioli
- roasted garlic labneh