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Whole Roasted Garlic

by Adrianne

Whole Roasted Garlic will melt like butter in your mouth. Serve it with Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken, and a side of Skin on Roast Potatoes for the complete meal! Using whole garlic bulbs this easy recipe will blow your mind! 

Whole roasted garlic bulbs on a white plate with a pair of serving tongs just visible at the top

For dinner recipes to look forward to combine our chicken wings with a simple salad or side dish and our whole roasted garlic.

You can pop the garlic from the bulbs and eat fresh from the oven, it is SO good! 

Garlic is such a unique and versatile ingredient, bringing flavour and texture to so many dishes.

In this recipe it gets to be the star of the show!

The individual pieces are the cloves and the whole garlic is the bulb or head. There are usually 10 – 15 cloves of various sizes  in each whole garlic head.

For side dishes that are easy and delicious, I’ve got you! 

This recipe is as simple as seasoning olive oil, preparing our garlic bulbs, brushing them with the oil mix and oven baking them. 

How to roast garlic in a pan?

To roast garlic in a pan, we need to cut the top off, season the cloves with oil, thyme, salt and pepper, then roast in the oven. This is an easy recipe with fantastic results! 

How to roast garlic fast?

Our recipe for oven roasted garlic is quick and easy. It takes 30 mins to roast, we start with 20 mins cut side facing up, then rotate the garlic heads to face down and roast for a final 10 mins. 

Ingredients for whole roasted garlic

The photo below shows you the simple, easy to find ingredients you will need for this recipe. 

Ingredients set out with text overlay for roasted garlic

As you can see we have:

  • garlic heads
  • olive oil 
  • thyme 
  • salt 
  • pepper 

How to roast garlic without foil?

We roast our garlic in a pan (cast iron skillet is perfect), and use no aluminium foil.

The photos below show you this process:

Whole roasted garlic process shots 1-4 with text overlay
We season the oil simply by adding salt, pepper and thyme, then whisk or stir to combine. Next we cut the tops off our garlic to remove some skin and expose the garlic cloves. 

Then we use a pastry brush to coat the seasoned oil over each garlic head. Followed by pouring the leftover oil into the base of your pan. 

Whole roasted garlic process shots 5-8 with text overlay

How to store roasted garlic?

If you are going to use your garlic in the next (up to 3) days, it is fine to keep in a sealed container. Any longer than that and you are best to remove the bulbs from the skin and store in a sealed air tight container (up to a week).

If you won’t be eating the garlic with a week, then simply freeze and use as needed (it will defrost quickly as the pieces are so small).

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Side dishes to serve with roasted garlic

Chicken recipes to serve with roasted garlic:

This recipe is perfect as a vegetable dish, a side dish, pairs well with chicken, fish, beef and pork and is super easy to make! 

Whole roasted garlic on a white plate

Whole roasted garlic is going to be your NEW favourite vegetable!

Here is the fill list of chicken recipes to serve with your roasted garlic 

Whole Roasted Garlic quick info:

About the recipe:

  • we need 1kg garlic for this recipe
  • the oil is seasoned with thyme, salt and pepper
  • whisk or stir the above ingredients into your oil to combine
  • we roast our garlic in a pan without using aluminium foil

FAQs about Whole Roasted Garlic

  1. it is best to get garlic bulbs that are similar in size so they cook evenly
  2. the garlic is soft, buttery and tastes AMAZING!
  3. you can switch out the thyme and use rosemary if you prefer
  4. the garlic will last for a couple of days in the fridge 
  5. this recipe is freezer friendly
  6. This is an EASY recipe

Roasted Garlic Pro tips:

These additional tips are so that you can master this recipe from the 1st time you make it:

  • cut the tops of the garlic heads with one slice per head 
  • brush the oil directly onto the cut garlic to get the flavour right in there
  • start roasting your garlic cut side up, then flip and complete cut side down in the oil
  • you will literally be able to push the garlic cloves out of their skin, starting at the base

Whole roasted garlic heads with cloves pushed out of their skins on a white plate


Roasted garlic is good for any occasion. It also works for special occasions and festive times. If you are having a get together, you might like to try some of the appetizers below:

  1. Grazing Platter (perfect for a crowd)
  2. Spinach Cob Loaf (dip in a bread bowl)
  3. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers (no bake appetizer)
  4. Baked Brie with Garlic (this is INSANELY delicious!!) 
  5. Coconut Prawns (shrimp for my American friends) 
  6. Mini Quiches 12 ways (both vego and non vego options)
  7. Honey Soy Chicken Wings (family favourite recipe)
  8. Chili Lime Chicken Wings (oven baked recipe)
  9. Baked Chicken Meatballs (with homemade satay sauce)
  10. Easy Crab Cakes (with dipping sauce)

Whole Roasted Garlic

Whole Roasted Garlic will melt like butter in your mouth. Serve it with Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken, and a side of Skin on Roast Potatoes for the complete meal! 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: garlic
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Skillet or fry pan


Whole Roasted Garlic

  • 1 kg whole garlic bulbs Note 1
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp thyme Note 2
  • salt and pepper to taste


Whole Roasted Garlic

  • Preheat oven to 200°c/400°F, gas 6
  • Combine olive oil, thyme, salt, pepper and whisk to combine
  • Use a knife to cut the tops off the garlic bulbs Note 3
  • Place your garlic bulbs into an oven proof pan cut side up Note 4
  • Use a pastry brush to coat each bulb with the seasoned oil. Pour the remaining oil into the base of the pan.
  • Cook for 20 mins, use an oven mitt to remove your pan from the oven, then use tongs to turn each garlic head cut side down. Return pan to oven and roast for a further 10 mins
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool for 1-2 mins and serve Note 5



  • Note 1 you can usually buy a 1kg bag of garlic at the grocery store or fruit shop. This is a good way to purchase your garlic as the bulbs are usually around the same time so they will cook consistently across the batch. 
  • Note 2 An Australian tablespoon measured 20ml. A half tablespoon measures 10ml. 
  • Note 3 You will be able to cut across the bulb in 1 cut. It will cut the top off each garlic clove, but they will still be connected at the root and will stay together. Make the slice the thickness that you need so that each bulb just gets the '1' cut. 
  • Note 4 I use my cast iron skillet for this and it is perfect 
  • Note 5 You can serve the garlic in the bulbs like seen in the photos or 'pop' each garlic clove out of the skin and serve. The cloves will come out very easily with a little 'push' from the base. 


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg
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Sides and vegetables

If there is any recipe on the blog that you are skeptical about it is probably this one!!

It is funny that 1 vegetable with some simple additional can taste so darn good. But OMG, it is delicious. You might suprise yourself how quickly you will eat a roasted garlic head, popping the bulbs out one by one! 

This is the type of recipe you can serve as is, with a side or with meats and salad for a feast. 

Enjoy the making, don’t stress that you will ooze Garlic Eau_de_toilette for days after eating. Your home will house the delicious aromas as they linger, my you, my friend will not (haha). I also had this thought way back before I began to realise the delight of roasting whole garlic heads.

Give me a shout if you have questions, I am only a knife and fork away. 

Adrianne xx

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Angela Allison November 22, 2019 - 12:20 pm

5 stars
Absolutely gorgeous! Is there anything better than roasted garlic?! I love to add this to everything I make. Thanks for showcasing this!

Adrianne November 22, 2019 - 7:38 pm

No worries Angela! Thanks for your positive feedback, it is lovely to hear!

Chris Collins November 22, 2019 - 1:08 pm

5 stars
I never thought of roasting garlic with thyme, but I’m totally doing it this way from now on!

Adrianne November 22, 2019 - 7:40 pm

Sounds great Chris! Its delicious and gives it that touch more than just salt and pepper.

kim November 22, 2019 - 1:16 pm

5 stars
What a great idea! I love garlic and there are so many uses for roasted garlic!

Kelly Anthony November 22, 2019 - 1:18 pm

I don’t need potatoes or even chicken for this Whole Roasted Garlic! Bring on the bread and I’m a happy girl! Ha! Looks so yummy!

Adrianne November 22, 2019 - 7:43 pm

Oh a fellow garlic lover that is great to hear Kelly!! Yum, now I’m craving garlic bread haha.

Michelle November 22, 2019 - 1:26 pm

5 stars
Love this! I’m already dreaming of spreading that garlic on some good bread and over some roast potatoes! The list is endless, such a great idea, thanks for sharing it!

Mimi November 22, 2019 - 1:52 pm

I like that you seasoned the oil. I sometimes use oil and butter. However, I don’t roast garlic enough. for some reason I forget about doing it. I should make a whole pan of roasted garlic heads. So smart!


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