This easy Air Fryer Roasted Garlic recipe brings out the sweet and nutty flavors of garlic with a hint of spiciness, all in a spreadable, creamy texture.
Roasted garlic is one of the healthiest pre-prepared ingredients to stock up in the fridge. It’ll bump up the flavor of quick soups, casseroles, or just a slice of toast.
- Garlic – This recipe only requires raw garlic bulbs. If the bulbs have dirt on their skin, you can brush them off with a toothbrush.
- Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest option, but it’s not fit for air fryers because of its low smoke point. On the other hand, olive oils labeled as “pure” or “regular” give a neutral flavor, but they’re not as healthy as virgin oils.
- Salt – You can add salt before roasting or skip it altogether.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
Cut the top off of the garlic bulb to expose the cloves inside.
Place each bulb onto a piece of tinfoil that’s large enough to draw up over the top of the garlic to form a pouch. Drizzle each with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Make a pouch of the tinfoil around the garlic.
Put the garlic in the air fryer and cook at 400° F for 30 minutes. The garlic should be tender and soft when it’s done. If it’s not, cook for 5 minutes more and test it again. You can really adjust the cook time to suit your preferences. If you like it more or less cooked, just keep an eye on it as it nears the end so you can adjust accordingly.
Let the garlic cool before using it. It will be almost molten hot when you first remove it. Once it’s cooled a bit you can squeeze the cloves out and use them however you like.
- You can replace olive oil with ghee if you’re not a fan of its slightly bitter taste.
- If you don’t have tin foil, you can directly place the garlic bulbs in the air fryer. Still, you’ll need to dip the whole bulb in a bowl of olive oil. This will prevent the skin from drying out and peeling off in the fryer.
- Parchment paper is another great alternative to tin foil, but make sure that it doesn’t reach up into the heating element or it could burn or start a fire.
Every air fryer is different. So, we don’t recommend going strictly by the book when it comes to the cooking time and temperature.
You can start with our suggestion for 400° F for 30 minutes to see how it does for you, then adjust the temp and time for next time. I know that my Ninja Max XL cooks very hot at 400° F so I always adjust down to 390° F instead.
It’s actually best to check if it’s cooked after 25 minutes have passed to prevent possibly burning it. You’ll know it’s done when you see the lovely golden-brown color on the exposed garlic parts.
Another sign of doneness is that the garlic cloves should slightly pop out of the skin. This tells you that the cloves will easily come out if you squeeze the bulb.
You can easily burn garlic on a stovetop. However, air fryers cook garlic slowly because they apply less direct heat to the food. Still, you’ll have to protect the garlic with tin foil and keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t get overcooked.
If you aren’t using tin foil, it is much more likely that the garlic could burn, because it’s in direct heat, so you’ll want to watch carefully.
Yes, you can roast a dozen garlic bulbs at once and then pack them in a sealed plastic bag or submerge them in a jar of olive oil, instead. Afterward, store them in the fridge for up to a week or keep them in the freezer for up to three months.
Don’t keep them at room temperature, though, as roasted garlic can support the growth of botulism when submerged in oil.
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Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
- 2 bulbs of garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- pinch salt optional
- Cut the top off of the garlic bulb to expose the cloves inside. Place each bulb onto a piece of tinfoil that’s large enough to draw up over the top of the garlic to form a pouch. Drizzle each with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Make a pouch of the tinfoil around the garlic.
- Put the garlic in the air fryer and cook at 400° F for 30 minutes. The garlic should be tender and soft. If it’s not, cook for 5 minutes more and test again.
- Let the garlic cool and then squeeze the cloves out.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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