20 Garlic Recipes That Bring Big Flavor to the Table
From simple appetizers like garlic bread and bruschetta to braised chicken dishes and lamb chops, make garlic magic happen with these delicious recipes.
Garlic is an essential ingredient in so many recipes; from simple salad dressings and weeknight pasta dishes to elegant, elevated holiday recipes. Even one clove of garlic adds so much flavor to your favorite meals. But why do we all love it so? That's because it's versatile, inexpensive, easy to find, and always brings extra oomph. And in these 20 recipes, garlic is the star of the show.
Garlic is not a seasoning; it's not even a second cousin to salt and pepper. It is an allium that is related to shallots, onions, leeks, and chives—and a pugnacious bulb at that. Although you can find fresh garlic year-round in any grocery store, it's at its peak between February and June. When shopping for garlic, look for firm, plump bulbs with dry white or purple papery skins. Avoid yellowing skin or bulbs that are shriveled; feel hollow, light, or have brown spots; or those with green sprouts.
Store fresh garlic in an open container (away from other foods) in a cool, dark place. Unbroken bulbs can be kept up to eight weeks. Once broken from the bulb, individual cloves will last three to 10 days.
See how garlic works its magic in the recipe you see right here for Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil, and Chile. In this 25 minute pasta dish, thinly sliced garlic is cooked in extra-virgin olive oil until it starts to release its aroma. Then, starchy pasta water, fresh sage, and thinly sliced chile peppers are added to the mix to form a sauce that's loaded with flavor. Cooked spaghetti is twirled into the sauce along with plenty of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano for a decadent dish that the whole family will love.
One of everyone's favorite recipes that uses the staple allium is garlic bread. We have several recipes that run the gamut from upgraded store-bought bread with garlic to homemade loaves with garlic baked right in.
Garlic-Herb Dinner Roll Wreath
Slow-Cooker Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic
Roasted-Garlic Toast with Tomato
Herb-Coated Beef Tenderloin with Roasted-Garlic Aioli
Garlic-Thyme Mashed Potatoes
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread
Not only is this garlic bread look totally fun to unravel, but it's also absolutely delicious. Despite the long prep time, there's not much hands-on work needed from the chef; most of the time is reserved for letting the dough rise into a pillowy loaf.
Confit means to cook something in fat—in this case, we're slow-roasting whole garlic heads in olive oil with thyme. Serve the confit with cheese and charcuterie, stir it into pasta, or smash the softened cloves over toast—no matter how you use them, you'll love the saturated, savory flavor of garlic confit.
Grilled Garlic Bread with Herb Butter
The charred flavor of grilled ciabatta bread is delicious on its own, but pair it with homemade garlic-herb butter and you're in for an extra-special treat.
Sautéed Asparagus with Garlic and Thyme
Rosemary-and-Garlic Lamb Chops
Pasta with Salmon, Broccoli Rabe, and Garlic
This is no ordinary weeknight pasta dish—it's a garlic-packed bowl bursting with color, texture, and flavor. And the best part is that it comes together in 30 minutes.
Roast Chicken with Paprika and Roasted Garlic
To accompany paprika-spiced chicken, an entire head of garlic roasts with carrots and sweet potatoes for a cozy, hearty dinner.
Mustard Green and Roasted Garlic Pesto with Pecorino-Romano Cheese
Shaved Kohlrabi and Arugula Salad with Chunky Garlic and Pimenton Dressing
A combination of raw, shaved garlic and roasted garlic bring new life to a traditional Dijon vinaigrette, which is dressed over a simple salad of very thinly sliced kohlrabi, arugula leaves, and toasted sliced almonds.
Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage
Roasted Potatoes with Preserved Lemon, Garlic, and Chiles
For this deliciously garlicky version of roasted potatoes, chopped Yukon golds are roasted with homemade preserved lemons, jalapeño peppers, and red onions. The result is a colorful, zesty bite.