The Secret To Faster Roasted Garlic Is Your Air Fryer

Garlic is one of those ingredients that can elevate almost any dish. While in its raw form, it has a pungent taste and odor, the cloves transform when you sauté or roast them into having a soft texture and buttery flavor. This makes roasted garlic the perfect addition to creamy mashed potatoes, the sauce on a homemade pizza, and even mixed into hamburger meat before cooking it on the grill. However, the process of making the allium in the oven can be time-consuming because it typically needs to cook for 40 minutes or even longer.

Thankfully, we have an easy hack that will save you time, so you can incorporate that sweet and mellow flavor into your next meal quicker or even just enjoy it by itself as a savory snack. All you need to do is grab some whole garlic cloves, some olive oil, seasonings of your choice, and tin foil. Then set your air fryer at around 390 degrees Fahrenheit and roast them for 25 minutes until they turn a golden brown hue.

How to make roasted garlic in the air fryer

Once you've grabbed the items you need, slice the bottom brown part of the head of garlic (with the shell still on) so that you can now see the internal cloves. Next, put it on top of a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle it with high-quality olive oil. To amplify the flavors even more, try adding a bit of salt and freshly cracked pepper to your bulbs. Also, make sure your foil is large enough to wrap around the entire head of garlic, before placing it in the air fryer at 350 to 390 degrees Fahrenheit for around 25 to 35 minutes. You'll want to check it at the 20-minute mark to make sure it's not overcooking.

Once the allium looks properly caramelized, you can remove them from your air fryer with gloves or tongs and let it cool for roughly 10 minutes. Then it should be easy to just squeeze them, so the cloves fall right out of the shells. While this method is faster than cooking them in the oven and won't heat up your house in the same way, they do tend to come out a bit crispier which means they won't be quite as spreadable. So, this might mean if you use this technique that you'll want to skip spreading your garlic on bread, but it would be the ideal component blended into a tomato sauce of your favorite pasta dish.