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Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

Learn how to roast whole bulbs of garlic quickly and easily in your air fryer. Perfect to use in so many recipes, and so much quicker than oven roasting.
Close up of an air fried whole garlic bulb.

Last Updated on September 16, 2021 by Betty Davies

Using roasted garlic is such an easy way to add flavor to so many recipes, and when made in the air fryer it’s so quick and effortless. Ready to use in a fraction of the time, you won’t roast garlic any other way!

Air fryer roasted garlic bulb in front of a bowl with roasted garlic cloves.

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Roasted garlic is such a favorite ingredient. Still garlicky in flavor, but with a milder taste, and with a touch of sweetness from caramelization.

Roasting garlic in the air fryer is a much quicker method compared to traditional oven roasting, and the results are just as great. Use it in all of your favorite recipes to add a wonderful flavor.

Be sure to try my Pizza Dough Garlic Balls and Garlic Parmesan Rice too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Quick: This roasted garlic is ready to enjoy in half the time compared to oven roasting, and the prep takes minutes.
  • Simple ingredients: You only need 3 basic ingredients to make this recipe.
  • Dietary info: This air fryer roasted garlic is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and low carb.
Air fryer roasted garlic bulb with the out skin peeled away.

Ingredients

  • Garlic: This recipe is for a whole garlic bulb. When roasted, the sharp flavor becomes more mild and a wonderful sweet flavor is enhanced.
  • Oil: To help the tops of the garlic brown and caramelize. Any high heat oils like vegetable or canola will work.
  • Salt: Just a pinch is added to enhance the natural flavors.

How to make air fryer roasted garlic

Be sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

  • Cut off the top of the garlic and drizzle over oil and a little salt (photo 1).
  • Wrap the bulbs in foil and place in the air fryer basket (photo 2).
  • Cook til caramelized and tender (photo 3).
Three step by step photos to show how to make the recipe.

Recipe Variations

This air fryer roasted garlic is a pretty simple recipe! If you like, you could add some dried or fresh herbs, like thyme or rosemary to add more flavor. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can follow this recipe, but oven roast them at 400F / 200c for around 40 minutes instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you store roasted garlic?

Freshly roasted garlic, is best enjoyed within a few hours of making it, as the cloves can dry out if refrigerated for a couple of days, though it will still be good to eat.

Freezing however, is a great way to preserve it, so you can roast up a few bulbs and have them to hand. Remove the roasted cloves from the bulb and freeze them solid on a baking sheet before storing in a container or bag. They will keep well for several months and can be added frozen into recipes, or thawed in the fridge or at room temperature.

Can you roast garlic without foil?

In the oven, it is possible to roast garlic without foil, but in an air fryer the tops will brown too quickly and burn without it.

Can you roast single cloves of garlic?

To roast single cloves, rather than a whole bulb, peel the cloves (as many as you want), sprinkle over oil and salt and air fry at 400F for around 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how many you are cooking, til tender. Again, open the foil slightly for the last minutes of cooking to allow them to brown and caramelize.

Roasted garlic cloves in a white bowl.

Serving Suggestions

This air fryer roasted garlic is perfect to use in so many recipes! Add it into soups or stews, and use it for making these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. It’s great for a milder tasing garlic butter, or spread it right onto toast or crostini.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Larger bulbs of garlic can take slightly longer to cook, and smaller bulbs will require less time.
  • Use a fork or a toothpick to insert into the side of the bulb to check if it’s tender.
  • To remove the cloves, gently peel away the outer skin and the cloves will easily be removed whole.
Air fryer roasted garlic bulb with the skin peeled away and some cloves removed.

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Close up of an air fried whole garlic bulb.

Air Fryer Whole Roasted Garlic

Learn how to roast whole bulbs of garlic quickly and easily in your air fryer. Perfect to use in so many recipes, and so much quicker than oven roasting.
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Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 2 garlic bulbs
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Betty Davies

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic bulbs
  • pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut across the top of each garlic bulb, so that the top of the flesh of the cloves are exposed.
  • Place each garlic bulb on a piece of foil, add a pinch of salt and drizzle each with a teaspoon of oil.
  • Wrap the foil around each bulb and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 20 minutes. In the last couple of minutes of cooking time, carefully open the foil so that the tops brown.

Notes

  • Larger bulbs of garlic can take slightly longer to cook, and smaller bulbs will require less time.
  • Use a fork or a toothpick to insert into the side of the bulb to check if it’s tender.
  • To remove the cloves, gently peel away the outer skin and the cloves will easily be removed whole.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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