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Roasted Garlic in the Air Fryer

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic is so simple to make, and even better, cooking it won’t heat up your house! Packed with flavor, roasted garlic cloves add a delicious and mellow garlic flavor to so many dishes. 

two heads of roasted garlic with fresh herbs on a marble surface

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Roasted garlic is one of those cooking techniques that can make you feel like a total kitchen pro. Unlike raw garlic, roasted garlic is milder, with a deeper, almost sweet flavor.

If raw garlic has you running for the hills, roasted garlic cloves might just be the solution you’ve been searching for.

Using an air fryer for roasting garlic means you can roast as little or as much as you’d like, all without needing to use your oven. We love our air fryer (we have this model) for its efficiency and for the fact that it doesn’t heat up our kitchen.

If you don’t have an air fryer, this post on Instant Pot Roasted Garlic has pressure cooking and conventional oven instructions. You’ve got options and are out of excuses – roasted garlic is happening in your house! 

We love garlic so much that we dedicate an entire raised bed in our garden to growing it each year. If you have some garden space of your own, check out this post on How to Plant Garlic. It’s a step by step process to help you plant this super easy crop.



Having some roasted garlic ready to go can help streamline your easy meal prep and fast weeknight meals.

  1. Allow the garlic to fully cool before handling! Nobody wants hands that smell like garlic and roasted fingers.
  2. Squeeze the cloves into a container with a lid, like a small mason jar.
  3. Cover with olive oil and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
  4. Tofreeze roasted garlic: gently mash the cloves and add to sections of an ice cube tray. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top and freeze. Remove and store in freezer storage (we love these reusable silicone storage bags).

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Roasted Garlic in the Air Fryer

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time29 mins
Total Time34 mins
Air Fryer Roasted Garlic cloves add a delicious and mellow garlic flavor to foods.




  • Cut the tops off of the garlic heads, exposing the individual cloves. 
  • Place the bulbs in the middle of a piece of foil and drizzle olive oil over the tops of the garlic bulbs. Pro tip: the amount of olive oil needed will depend on the size of garlic heads you are using. On average, you'll want at least 1/4-1/2 tsp per head.
  • Tightly wrap up the garlic in the foil and place in the basket of your air fryer.
  • Bake for 27 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  • Optional: carefully remove the foil from around the garlic and bake with the heads exposed for two minutes at 400 degrees. This gently browns the top of the bulbs.


The garlic is fully roasted when you can easily pierce the largest clove with the tip of a sharp knife.
For average to large heads, cook for 27 minutes at 400 degrees. For smaller heads of garlic, check for "doneness" at 22 minutes.
To store: squeeze the cloves into a container with a lid like a mason jar. Cover with olive oil and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Garlic in the Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (0.5 head of garlic)
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 comments on “Roasted Garlic in the Air Fryer”

  1. A simple and easy to make roasted garlic recipe i have ever tried. Thanks for sharing this amazing air fryer roasted garlic recipe with all of us. 5 stars

  2. Hi Sarah! ( waving) we just discovered your wonderful website and alllllll the yummy recipes. We are roasting garlic right now for our pizza tonight. Homemade pizza dough with a Caesar dressing and chicken, roasted garlic, kale and roasted tomatoes. Thank you for the recipe… Paul n Jaci from Imperial MO