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Instant Pot Roasted Garlic {Pressure Cooker Garlic}

Every home cook should know how to make roasted garlic for amazing flavorful cloves, soups, dips, and spreads.  Learn how easy it is to make Instant Pot Roasted Garlic, or use your toaster oven or oven.

roasted garlic on a leaf-shaped plate with heads of garlic and olive oil

This was the first year I ran out of garlic from my garden. I plant an entire 4×6 raised bed with of garlic each and every year.

Garlic is known for its antiviral and antibiotic properties and is a pretty rad and delicious healthy addition to a real foods diet. I haven’t been sick this winter AND I used up all our garlic by February. Happenstance? Perhaps. Delicious coincidence? Most definitely.

In addition to the methods listed below, you might also be interested in Air Fryer Roasted Garlic. And if you love onions (who doesn’?), check out Pressure Cooker Caramelized Onions.

Ready to be rocked? Making roasted garlic just takes two ingredients. TWO. Garlic (obvs) and olive oil.

three heads of garlic and a bottle of olive oil on a teal wooden background

How to Make Pressure Cooker Roasted Garlic – Step by Step

If you are new to pressure cooking and the Instant Pot, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

  1. Place the wire trivet and water in the Instant Pot.
  2. Remove the tops of your garlic with a sharp knife and place it on the trivet. two heads of garlic in an Instant Pot
  3. Lid on, then Manual>High>8 minutes.
  4. Natural release for 7 minutes and then do a quick release if needed.
  5. At this point, your garlic is soft and perfect for use in savory dishes. But if you plan to use the garlic to top something and want to ramp up the wow factor, I highly recommend carmelizing it. By caramelizing the garlic you’ll deepen the flavor even further and give it that amazing rich color that will make people stop and heap glorious amounts of praise upon you.
    1. To caramelize, place the garlic on an oven-proof baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and place under the broiler set to high and broil for 3-5 minutes. Keep a careful eye on it as it could burn quickly.
    2. To make it even more convenient, I simply use our toaster oven for this step.

How to Make Roasted Garlic in the Oven/Toaster Oven – Step by Step

  1. Preheat the oven/toaster oven to 400 degrees. Place a piece of foil on an oven-proof baking sheet.
  2. Remove the tops of your garlic with a sharp knife.
  3. Drizzle with 1/2 tsp of olive oil.
  4. Pull the foil up and over the garlic to make a small pouch.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.

garlic in a dish, garlic having oil olive poured over it, garlic in a foil pouch

How to Store Instant Pot Roasted Garlic

  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 mason jar.
  3. Cover with olive oil and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Do.Not.Keep.It.At.Room.Temperature. M’kay? You do not want to mess around with botulism.

A hand squeezing a garlic clove out of a head of garlic. Garlic cloves in a mason jar with olive oil

Recipes for Using Instant Pot Roasted Garlic

Instant Pot roasted garlic and oven roasted garlic on a bronze plate with a teal background

I’m not saying eating a ton of garlic over the last few months kept me from getting sick, but man what a delicious way to test a theory! Using logic and science to figure something out I guess that makes me an Elizabeth?

What is your favorite way to use roasted garlic?

Instant Pot Roasted Garlic WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Instant Pot Roasted Garlic has 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

10 minute instant pot roasted garlic
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Instant Pot Roasted Garlic {Pressure Cooker Garlic}

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Pressurizing/depressurizing time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Every home cook should know how to make roasted garlic. This simple process can take your savory recipes to the next level. Learn how easy it is to make roasted garlic in the Instant Pot, toaster oven, or oven.



Instant Pot Instructions

  • Place the wire trivet in the Instant Pot and add water.
  • Using your sharpest knife, remove the top section of the head of garlic and place it on the wire trivet.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the vent to sealing. Press Manual>High>8 minutes.
  • Allow for a natural release for 7 minutes and then perform a quick release if needed to remove additional pressure.
  • If you want to caramelize the garlic for presentation, carefully remove the garlic from the Instant Pot with tongs and place on a heat-proof baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and place under the broiler set to high for 3-5 minutes. Check often! Allow to cool considerably before handling.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking dish with a small piece of foil.
  • Using your sharpest knife, remove the top section of the head of garlic and place on the foil. Drizzle each clove with about 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Wrap the foil up and around the garlic to create a small pouch.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the individual cloves are soft and caramelized. Allow to cool considerably before handling.

Storing Roasted Garlic

  • After the garlic has completely cooled, remove the cloves from the heads of garlic by gently squeezing from the root end. If you have stubborn cloves you can gently remove them with a butter knife or chopstick.
  • Place all the roasted garlic in a small covered dish (a mason jar works great!) and cover with olive oil. Press the cloves gently to submerge if needed.
  • Store jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Do not store at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Roasted Garlic {Pressure Cooker Garlic}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 78
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments on “Instant Pot Roasted Garlic {Pressure Cooker Garlic}”

  1. Hello, yes to our little miss pygme goat sprinkles. If u get the chance to fulfil that dream I will invite you over to cuddle her.
    By reading your post you made me smile and giggle, you seem delightful. I just found your blog and will be exploring and will deff try this recipet. Have you ever tried cooking several bulbs at a time…like 6 or more? Can it be frozen after use or better not?
    Also I need to pick your brain about micro-gardening. I will see if you have posts on the subject.
    Thanks for your words.

    • OMG, let’s be best friends!!! So jealous of your goat.

      I have cooked a bunch at once and it works great. I’ve never frozen it but I feel like it would be ok.

      Let me know what kind of micro-gardening you’re interested in. We’ve done most of it!

    • Hi Sarah,

      I’m new to the pressure cooker world and look forward to trying your recipes!

      Question – have you tried freezing the leftover roasted garlic? If so, how and how long did it last?

      Thank you!

  2. I just came across this post on pinterest and I love it! My question is since I don’t have an instapot but I do have a slow cooker/crock pot is there a way for me to alter this recipe using that?

    • Hi Taigan, welcome! I have never made roasted garlic in the slow cooker before, but I have included instructions on how to make it in the oven or even a toaster oven.

      I’ll have to look into a slow cooker method. You have intrigued me!

  3. I can’t wait to try this. We have been experimenting with the instapot.  We love garlic in our family. My brother use to joke that we eat it in everything except cereal. Lol. And he is kinda right.  I also agree it seems to help us not get as sick.  Thanks for the recipe 

    • I think your family and I would get along very well. There are no vampires in our future, right Jennifer?

      There used to be a restaurant in Tacoma, WA that served flatbread with roasted garlic and cambozola cheese together. Goodness, my friend, it is like pure crack.