Baked Garlic

Baked Garlic
Baked Garlic
Whitney Wasson

Baked Garlic

When garlic is baked whole, it has a milder, sweeter flavor than raw garlic, making it a delicious accompaniment to beef, especially steak. If you’re a garlic fan, baked garlic is addictive; Nick and I can each eat a whole head. — Kerry Dunnington, Tasting the Seasons.


  • 4 heads garlic, cut in half width-wise
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the garlic halves on a rimmed baking sheet, facing the cut side up.

Drizzle some olive oil over the garlic and sprinkle with salt. Bake for about 10 minutes. Turn the halves over so the garlic side is facing down and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until fork-tender and lightly browned. Watch closely once the garlic begins to brown; it darkens quickly. Serve immediately.

Garlic Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Garlic Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.