In this post, we'll show you how to make Roasted Garlic in the oven using muffin tins. This cheap and easy-to-make food can amplify the flavor of any savory recipe. Enjoy it spread on toast, in hummus, on meats, appetizers, or alone. The creamy, rich, roasted garlic flavor is delicious without the pungent taste.
Garlic is an important recipe ingredient in many cuisines around the world, including Portuguese, which is my heritage. We love it in all formats, but there is nothing quite as gourmet as a roasted bulb of garlic. From the heavenly scent, it produces while baking, to the rich, nutty, taste.
Roasting garlic in the oven takes about 45 minutes. That might sound like a long time, but it's so worth it for the POP of flavor it adds to almost any dish.
Best of all, it is so simple to make without foil thanks to two muffin tins. You all know how much we love muffin tins around here, so it was only natural to share this kitchen hack for roasting garlic bulbs without aluminum foil. Let's explore everything you need to know!
Before starting this recipe, you'll want to verify that you have the following simple ingredients:
- Garlic - This recipe requires full garlic bulbs. I always look for firm, large bulbs with no greenery growing out from them. You want it to be as fresh as possible. Older garlic will start to sprout and be dehydrated looking.
- Olive Oil - Extra Virgin Olive Oil and garlic pair together like peanut butter and jelly. They are a match made in foodie heaven. While you can technically use any oil, E.V.O.O. brings out the flavor of the roasted, sweet garlic.
- Spice - Sticking to the basics of sea salt and freshly crushed pepper is all you need for basic roasted garlic.
Equipment and Supplies Needed
We used the following equipment and supplies to make this recipe. Items that are optional or can be substituted will be noted.
- Chef's Knife - You will want to use a large, sharp knife to cut ½" of the pointed side top of the garlic. This will expose all the beautiful garlic bulbs.
- Cutting board - The surface needed to cut your garlic on.
- Two (2) 6 or 12-count muffin tins - *We roasted 4 bulbs of garlic and found two of the 6-count muffin tins worked perfectly to roast our garlic without foil.
- Oven - This bakes on the center oven rack at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This recipe is easy to make if you know the right tips and tricks! Here are my tips for ensuring your Muffin Tin Roasted Garlic comes out perfectly.
Opt for Olive Oil
As mentioned, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and garlic pair together like peanut butter and jelly. They are a match made in foodie heaven. While you can technically use any oil, E.V.O.O. brings out the flavor of the roasted, sweet garlic. Canola, Vegetable, Avocado, Coconut, etc. are all okay to use but may affect the final flavor.
Use 2 Muffin Tins Instead of Foil
Here's a tip to roast garlic without aluminum foil:
You'll need 2 muffin tins that are the same size. One muffin tin will hold the garlic bulbs and the second muffin tin will be flipped over on top like a lid to hold the heat during roasting.
Since you are using muffin tins, there is no need to wrap each garlic bulb fully in foil.
If you want to store your Roasted Garlic just follow these easy steps.
Store whole heads of roasted garlic for short-term use (up to 4 days) in an airtight jar or bag.
To preserve them longer, squeeze out roasted bulbs into a small mason jar and top the jar off with Extra Virgin olive oil. Cover the jar tightly and store for up to 2 weeks.
Once cooled, gently squeeze out bulbs, and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze cloves fully and then store them in an airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.
Follow the recipe below to make roasted garlic in the oven! This recipe makes 4 bulbs, but you can adjust the recipe card for other serving sizes.
Oven-Roasted Garlic (Made in a Muffin Tin)
- (2) 6-count muffin tins
- cutting board
- 4 bulbs whole garlic
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- On a cutting board, cut off ½" from the pointed end of each garlic.
- Add the cloves cut side up to the muffin tin spaces.
- Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to the tops of each bulb. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cover the muffin tin with the opposite end of the other to enclose the garlic. Place in the oven on the center rack and bake for 40 minutes. Cool before enjoying.