Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

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For a spreadable appetizer that doesn’t lack flavor, you should try out air fryer roasted garlic!

Easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser, these soft garlic cloves pack a punch and are super versatile.

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Air fryer roasted garlic is so good!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make roasted garlic in the air fryer, have a look through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect!

  • We like adding a little bit of oil and salt to the garlic bulbs but you can skip the salt if you prefer.
  • Don’t skip the aluminum foil as this will help keep the garlic bulbs from drying out. When you wrap the bulbs in the aluminum foil, you don’t have to scrunch the tin foil tight to the bulb. Leaving a little room – as long as the tin foil is closed – will work fine.
  • Your cooking time might vary because of your air fryer and the size of your garlic bulbs/heads. The garlic is done when a fork can easily pierce the cloves. If you’d like your garlic to be slightly more browned, you can leave it in for a few more minutes.

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Step by Step Instructions

If you want to make air fryer garlic, you can stay in this section to follow the recipe instructions with photos. This way, you can see just how we make ours.

For the detailed recipe card without visuals, skip to the bottom of this post.

garlic bulb with top cut off on wooden cutting board
Cut the tops of the garlic bulbs.

First, remove the loose papery skin on the outside of the heads of garlic.

Then cut the top of the garlic bulbs off so that the cloves are visible and the stem has been cut off.

raw garlic bulbs in pieces of tin foil on white counter top
Add oil and salt.

Next, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the meantime, place the garlic bulbs onto a small piece of aluminum foil (one piece of foil per bulb). The foil pieces should be big enough to enclose one bulb each.

Drizzle avocado oil on top of the garlic bulb, then sprinkle salt on top. Finally, close up the foil packet around the garlic bulb.

garlic bulbs wrapped in tin foil in black air fryer tray
Place the garlic bulbs covered in aluminum foil into the preheated air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, place the heads of garlic covered in foil into the air fryer tray. Make sure the aluminum foil is not touching the heating elements.

roasted garlic in tin foil packages in black air fryer tray
Cook the garlic until it is soft.

Cook the garlic for 22-27 minutes until soft and slightly browned.

You can check the tenderness of the cloves by piercing a fork into the garlic: if it goes in easily, the garlic is done.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer, the size of the heads of garlic, and your personal preference.

bulb of roasted garlic on plate with bread behind
This roasted garlic is ready for spreading!

When the garlic is done, remove the little foil packets from the air fryer with tongs and let them sit to cool for around 5 minutes (careful hot!).

Then open the packets and carefully squeeze out the individual garlic cloves. If the bulbs are still too hot to touch, let them cool further!

The roasted garlic tastes great when spread on crusty bread like baguette or on crackers. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

Once you’ve made garlic in the air fryer and the bulbs have cooled, you can pop the cloves out of the skin in the bulb.

That said, we’d recommend eating the roasted garlic right away when it’s freshly roasted. You can store leftover roasted garlic in a container in the fridge and consume within 2-3 days to be safe.

Important Note: Do not consume roasted garlic (or fresh garlic, for that matter) that has been stored at room temperature by submerging it in oil – even if it is only a few hours old.

This is because there is a risk of botulism, a serious illness caused by a bacteria in the garlic. Only ever consume garlic in oil that has been immediately refrigerated and, again, consume this mixture within 2-3 days maximum to be safe.

Alternatively, you can also freeze the roasted garlic in a freezer container if you want to keep it for longer. It will last a few weeks like this (when sealed properly to avoid freezer burn). Just thaw the garlic and use right away.

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For more air fryer appetizers that are sure to turn heads and taste buds, you can check out these creations below!

bulb of roasted garlic on plate with bread behind

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic is guaranteed to entice the taste buds! Ready in less than 30 minutes, this roasted garlic is perfectly spreadable on bread or crackers!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 bulbs of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, more to taste

Instructions

  • Remove only the loose papery skin on the outside of the heads of garlic. Then cut the top of the garlic bulbs off so that the cloves are visible and the stem has been cut off.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the meantime, place the garlic bulbs onto a small piece of aluminum foil (one piece of foil per bulb). The foil pieces should be big enough to enclose one bulb each. Drizzle avocado oil on top of the garlic bulb, then sprinkle salt on top. Finally, close up the foil packet around the garlic bulb.
  • When the air fryer is hot, place the heads of garlic covered in foil into the air fryer tray. Make sure the aluminum foil is not touching the heating elements. Cook the garlic for 22-27 minutes until soft and slightly browned. You can check the tenderness of the cloves by piercing a fork into the garlic: if it goes in easily, the garlic is done. The exact cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer, the size of the heads of garlic, and your personal preference.
  • When the garlic is done, remove the little foil packets from the air fryer with tongs and let them sit to cool for around 5 minutes (careful hot!). Then open the packets and carefully squeeze out the individual garlic cloves. If the bulbs are still too hot to touch, let them cool further! Enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 15kcal | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 42mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Lisa is the main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer almost 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested every single recipe on Simply Air Fryer.

2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Roasted Garlic”

  1. I notice that you mention storing the roasted garlic for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. The FDA recommends no longer than 1 week in the fridge to avoid botulism, and other research says only 2-4 days in the fridge for safe storing.
    https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/Can-you-get-botulism-from-garlic-in-oil
    https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/stinking_facts_about_garlic
    https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/documents/8836/sp50701herbsandvegetablesinoil.pdf

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