30+ Recipes That Use Garlic As A Main Ingredient

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30+ garlic recipes that make garlic the star! Including simple DIYs, sauces, dips, pasta dishes, and more – to make a garlic lover out of anyone!

Eight full heads of garlic on a chopping board

Garlic is one of the most important ingredients in my kitchen. I could probably find an excuse to add it to every savory dish I make. It’s the perfect aromatic, flavor-boosting, finishing, and delicious ingredient to boost sauces, soups, and pasta dishes, enhance vegetable side dishes, and more. So, it’s high time I pull together this list of all my favorite garlic recipes that make this ingredient a star!

Cooking with garlic is not only simple. There are plenty of ways to introduce it into a dish for distinct flavor and textural differences.

And whether you’re a one-clove- or five-cloves-per-dish type of person, the garlic breath is more than worth it for the right recipes. I’m definitely in the “is there even such a thing as too much garlic?!” camp. Plus, it’s even pretty great for your health!

What Are The Benefits Of Garlic?

Along with tasting great, the list of health benefits of garlic is pretty impressive, too. Plus, it contains several plant compounds that contain medicinal properties such as:

  • Immune-boosting properties,
  • Antioxidant benefits to stave off chronic disease,
  • Detoxification of heavy metals in the body,
  • Blood pressure reduction,
  • Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol,
  • Performance-enhancing benefits for exercise and fatigue,
  • Stabilize blood sugar levels,
  • Main protect brain health and improve memory.

And if you’re wondering about the benefits of eating raw garlic vs. cooked garlic. Raw fresh garlic will contain higher levels of allicin, meaning that raw garlic may be best for maximum nutritional value in smaller quantities.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of interesting garlic ideas and cool garlic recipes. I fully admit I’ve struggled with not adding TOO MANY options to this list of the best garlic recipes. So, keep reading for fresh garlic recipes that highlight this ingredient!

A garlic head cut in two through the middle

How To Cook With Garlic: Top Tips

The most important thing to know about cooking with garlic is that the more you cut or mash the garlic, the stronger the flavor will be. This is because garlic contains flavor and aroma compounds (allicin) that are activated when cut. Therefore, adding whole garlic cloves to any dish will add a very subtle flavor. At the same time, garlic puree will have a very robust flavor and aroma.

The way you cook garlic also affects its flavor, as it decreases the allicin enzymes. For example, raw garlic is very pungent and spicy. So I usually use it in small quantities in sauces, etc.

Quick-cooked garlic (like sautéing it) mellows the harshest spice/pungency while retaining a strong flavor and slight bitterness. However, any slow-cooked garlic (like confit, roasting, in soups, etc.) will become wonderfully mellow and slightly sweet. And it will lose its bitter, harsh edge entirely.

Lastly, garlic burns quickly and easily. So if you plan to cook it in a pan, heavy-based ones are best for more even heat distribution. It’s also best to add garlic towards the end of cooking (both when pan-cooking and roasting in the oven). This will avoid burning it, which can make the entire dish bitter.

What To Do With Fresh Garlic

If you’re specifically looking for recipes that use a lot of garlic (whole heads of garlic), perhaps one of these DIYs is perfect for you.

Top Tips for Peeling Garlic

Peeled garlic cloves and their skins on the side

How to Peel Garlic (6+ Easy Ways to Peel Garlic)

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How To Crush, Chop, And Mince Garlic

Little bowls with sliced, crushed, minced and pressed garlic

How To Crush, Chop, And Mince Garlic

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Also check How Much Minced Garlic Equals a Clove.

How to Freeze Garlic

Garlic paste in chucks laid on parchment paper

How to Freeze garlic (whole, peeled, pureed)

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Homemade Garlic Paste

Garlic paste in a jar

How To Make Garlic Paste (Garlic Puree)

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Garlic Powder

Garlic powder in a jar

How To Make Garlic Powder

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Garlic Flakes

Garlic chips, flakes in a jar

How To Make Garlic Flakes

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Homemade Garlic Salt

A spoonful of homemade garlic salt

How to Make Homemade Garlic Salt

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How to Roast Garlic in the Oven

Roasted garlic in foil

How to Roast Garlic in the Oven (Whole Roasted Garlic + Cloves)

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Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Garlic oil in small bottles and garlic heads next to them

Garlic Infused Olive Oil

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Pickled Garlic

A jar with homemade pickled garlic

How to Make Pickled Garlic (Plain or Spicy)

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Garlic Confit (& Garlic Oil)

Garlic confit in a pan

How To Make Garlic Confit and Garlic Oil

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Roasted Garlic Butter

A container with roasted garlic butter

Homemade Roasted Garlic Butter (+ Flavor Variations)

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Black Garlic

Hand holding half a head of black garlic

How to Make Black Garlic (+ What is it | FAQs | Uses)

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Garlic Sauces and Dips

Sauces, dressings, and dips are a delicious way to enjoy raw or cooked garlic (usually minced garlic). They give any meal a powerful boost of garlic flavor.

Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum Sauce)
This Lebanese garlic sauce (Toum) is thick, creamy, and absolutely packed with fresh garlic flavor! Plus, this garlic recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan, and similar to garlic aioli but even more garlicky- yum!
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A small bowl with garlic sauce on a wooden surface

Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Garlic Cream Sauce (Garlic Alfredo Sauce)
If you want to make garlic dishes that are creamy and comforting, this 5-ingredients rich and creamy garlic alfredo sauce is a must try. With a base of parmesan cheese, butter, garlic, and cream at its base (+ several flavor variations!), it's perfect for adding to pasta, pouring over seafood, meat, and veggies, and more!
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A saucepan with garlic cream sauce

Lemon Butter Sauce

Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe
There is no lack of recipes with garlic and lemon and for good reason. This lemon garlic butter sauce is restaurant-quality, moreish, and perfect for serving over seafood, meat, vegetables, and pasta!
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A bowl and spoon with lemon butter sauce

How to Make Fermented Garlic Honey

Fermented Garlic Honey
Fermented garlic honey is a tasty 2-ingredient condiment with cold and flu combatting abilities, immune-boosting properties, and an impressive shelf-life; perfect for enjoying for years to come!
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ferment honey garlic in a jar

Garlic and Chili Infused Honey

Garlic and Chili Infused Honey (Spicy Honey Sauce)
Garlic and chili-infused honey sauce is perfect to use in garlicky dishes as a marinade, spread, drizzle, and more! All you need is just 3 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare it, too!
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A spoonful of honey garlic chili dip

Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing

Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing (Vegan, GF)
This creamy roasted garlic dressing uses just 5 ingredients, with a combination of naturally sweet, flavorful caramelized roasted garlic, zingy ginger, sweet honey (vegan optional!), and heart-healthy olive oil – you’ll want to eat it with everything.
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A jar with roasted garlic dressing

Garlic Aioli

Homemade Garlic Aioli
No list of garlic recipes would be complete without homemade garlic aioli. This recipe is made without eggs and is perfect for enjoying with French fries, burgers, sandwiches, and more!
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A small jar with homemade garlic aioli

Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

Roasted Garlic and White Bean Dip
Ditch fresh garlic for caramelized, sweet, mellow roasted garlic in this 5-ingredient, 5-minute roasted garlic white bean dip. It's a delicious appetizer or snack to serve alongside crudites and crackers or spread over wraps and sandwiches!
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White bean roasted garlic dip served in a plate

Creamy Hummus

Best Hummus Recipe (Soft and Fluffy)
Creamy authentic hummus is made with just a few ingredients, one of those being fresh garlic! Add as much or as little as you'd like, or even boost it further with the addition of roasted garlic. It's smooth, creamy, and delicious!
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A bowl with hummus topped with some oil, chickpeas, paprika and coriander

Garlic Bread Recipes

No list of recipes for fresh garlic would be complete without garlic bread, of course. But that isn’t the only way to pair the two ingredients for delicious results.

Quick Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe

Quick Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
Combine garlic, cheese, and parsley to make incredibly appetizing ciabatta garlic bread to add a WOW factor to any meal! Bake or air fryer methods included.
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A large piece of garlic bread being cut in two

Simple Roasted Garlic Bread

Simple Roasted Garlic Bread (with Roasted Garlic Butter)
This is another delicious garlic recipe for those who love the mellow, caramelized flavor of roasted garlic. By combining roasted garlic butter with the bread of your choice, you have a simple and flavorful side dish for tons of meals! Gluten-free and dairy-free methods are included.
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Roasted garlic bread in a little bread basket

Garlic Naan Bread

Homemade Garlic Naan (Indian Flatbread)
Make delicious, traditional garlic naan at home with just 10 ingredients and a super simple process. This Indian flatbread is simple, flavorful, and a delicious garlicky food for serving alongside curries and stews. Plus, this recipe is easily veganized too!
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A few naan breads on a flat surface

Garlic Croutons

How to Make Croutons
Avoid food waste and use your leftover bread and garlic to make simple and adaptable vegan garlic croutons to add to salads and soups.
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Homemade croutons topped with parmesan on a baking tray

Pan Con Tomate

Pan Con Tomate (Tomato Bread)
If you're looking for "new" and interesting recipes with garlic cloves, give this dish a try. Pan con tomate is a popular Catalan tapa dish made with crusty bread, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Prepared in just minutes, this tomato bread is both humble and incredibly delicious.
What makes it different? Rather than adding fresh garlic to the topping, this recipe has you rub fresh garlic cloves over toasted bread for the garlicky flavor.
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Pan con tomate - two tomato toasts

Garlic Vegetable Side Dishes

Preparing vegetables is one of my favorite ways of cooking with garlic to add maximum flavor but minimal ingredients and fuss. Here are just some of my favorite garlicky vegetables.

Garlic Sautéed Spinach

Easy Garlic Sauteed Spinach
Super simple and nutritious garlic sauteed spinach is perfect for boosting the nutrition of any meal as an immune-boosting side dish packed with delicious garlicky flavor.
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A serving of sautéed spinach

Garlic and Parmesan Sautéed Zucchini

The Best Pan-Fried Zucchini
Pan-fried zucchini is a quick, easy, healthy, versatile side dish for any meal made with garlic, lemon, and parmesan, and ready in under 10 minutes for a delicious low-effort option for cooking with garlic.
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Pan-fried zucchini in a pan

Simple Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic

Simple Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic
These 10-minute sautéed green beans with garlic (skillet green beans) are tender in the middle and lightly blistered outside for a simple, fuss-free, nutritious, and super tasty side dish! Gluten-free, low-carb, vegan, paleo, whole30, etc.!
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A pan with sautéed green beans

There are tons of veggie recipes with garlic, thanks to its versatility. Along with the recipes already mentioned, you might enjoy garlic sautéed asparagus or garlicky cauliflower steaks!

Oven-Roasted Corn with Garlic Butter

Oven-Roasted Corn in Foil with Garlic Butter
If you thought corn on the cob and butter were the perfect duo, just wait until you try this juicy treat with garlic butter! It's so good I could honestly enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Oven roasted corn on the cob in foil

Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Easy Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic
Within this recipe, you can learn not only how to sauté mushrooms to perfection with a simple process, but pair them with a garlicky seasoning for a delicious side or topping for tons of meals!
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A spoonful of sauteed mushrooms

Prefer something creamy? Check out these creamy, garlicky mushrooms on toast.

Garlic Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Potatoes
Garlic and potatoes are another pairing that works so well together, and these rosemary garlic crispy roasted potatoes are the perfect addition to a Sunday roast or Christmas dinner. Using just 5 ingredients and a simple recipe, you'll end up with perfectly crispy oven potatoes every single time!
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Oven roasted potatoes topped with parsley

Likewise, boost the flavor of creamy mashed potatoes with plenty of roasted garlic!

Authentic Chinese Eggplant Stir Fry

Authentic Chinese Eggplant Recipe
This Chinese eggplant stir-fry ditches meat by cooking tender eggplant in a super flavorful chili, ginger, and garlic sauce (using 5 cloves!) for a gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan garlic recipe!
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Chinese eggplant stir fry topped with red chili and cilantro

Pasta and Noodles

Here are some simple garlic dinner recipes where garlic takes more of a “star role.”

Easy Garlic and Olive Oil Pasta

Easy Garlic and Olive Oil Pasta (Pasta Aglio e Olio)
This easy garlic and olive oil pasta (pasta aglio e olio) is the ultimate simple mid-week garlic dinner recipe. It’s inexpensive, flavorful, and satisfying, with just 6 ingredients, no fuss, and ready in under 15 minutes!
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Garlic olive oil pasta topped with parmesan

Garlic Lemon Pasta

Easy Garlic Lemon Pasta (Pasta al Limone)
This 15-minute garlic lemon pasta (aka Pasta al Limone) is creamy, buttery, lemony, and wonderfully garlicky -ready to become your new favorite easy pasta dish! Enjoy the lemon spaghetti alone, add protein or veggies, ditch the cream, or turn it vegan – there are tons of ways to adapt this garlic meal.
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A serving of lemon pasta topped with chili flakes

Easy Garlic Chili Oil Noodles

Easy Garlic Chili Oil Noodles (10 Minute Meal!)
These easy garlic chili oil noodles combine your noodles of choice (gluten-free, vegan, low-carb) with an aromatic garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and chili oil sauce for a simple 10-minute meal! Top it up with extra veggies and protein for more of a meal if preferred.
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Chili oil noodles in a bowl

Le Mein Garlic Noodles

Vegetable Lo Mein (Chili Garlic Noodles)
This vegetable lo mein dish combines delicious Asian flavors like chili, ginger, and garlic coating noodles and versatile veggies, for a filling meal ready in under 20 minutes. It's a perfect 'clear out the fridge' dish. Plus, it's much healthier (and cheaper) than takeout!
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Dan dan noodles with bok choy and mushrooms in a bowl

Other Garlic Recipes

And just a few more garlic dishes to whet your appetite…

Filipino Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag)

Filipino Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag)
Rely on just four ingredients to make this aromatic garlic fried rice, perfect for enjoying as part of a Filipino breakfast or alongside lunch or dinner for any garlic lover.
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Garlic rice topped with green onion in a pan

Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato Soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato Soup (GF | Vegan Optional)
This roasted garlic potato soup combines three whole heads of roasted caramelized garlic with potatoes and (optionally) mushrooms in a fragrant vegetable broth and then blends it until smooth, velvety, and creamy. The results are a cozy, comforting, and hearty winter-ready soup!
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A pot with garlic soup

Turkish Poached Eggs with Garlic Yogurt

Çilbir (Turkish Poached Eggs with Garlic Yogurt)
Çilbir (Çılbır) is a simple Turkish poached eggs dish served with a garlic yogurt base and drizzled with aromatic melted paprika butter and Aleppo topping. The resulting dish is a hearty breakfast in 10 minutes, delicious with simit, pita, or crusty bread.
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Turkish eggs topped with dill in a plate

Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon

How to Cook Salmon in the Oven Perfectly
Make perfect oven-baked salmon in under 25 minutes with a simple lemon, garlic, and thyme flavoring! It's tender, moist, flaky, flavorful, and perfect for serving with veggies, grains, salads, and more!
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Oven baked salmon fillet with asparagus and potatoes

More Helpful Round-ups

If you try any of these top garlic recipes, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

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