How to Roast Garlic Perfectly without Oil

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

When you’re roasting a head of garlic, do you douse it in olive oil, smother it with salt and pepper and wrap it in chemical-ridden foil before placing it in the oven? That’s generally the accepted, old-fashioned procedure to roasting garlic, but let’s face it—it’s outdated and unhealthy. Salty, fatty and packed with calories, the cloves are hardly worth consuming. Luckily, there’s a fresh, cleaner method. In this easy, step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to make perfect roasted garlic without any oil or salts. Spread this flavorful roasted garlic on bread or crackers, sprinkle atop salads, blend into hummus, eat straight from the bulb—the possibilities are endless and delicious!

How to Roast Garlic Perfectly
Roast safely! Avoid chemical-ridden foil and use non-toxic parchment paper instead.

How to Roast Garlic Perfectly without Oil


6-8 heads of garlic


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Peel the loose outer layers of each head. Trim the top of each to expose the cloves.
  3. Place top-down on prepared baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
  4. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slowly removing each clove from the bulb.
  5. Store cloves in a mason jar in the fridge for a week.
  6. Serve on bread, in sauces or atop your favorite meals.