How to Make Roasted Garlic in a Microwave Oven

By Morgan O'Connor

Roasted garlic offers a sweet flavor and gentle consistency that is quite different from garlic's typical feisty bite. It still maintains its garlicky flavor, however, making it an excellent choice when you need to satisfy avid garlic lovers and less enthusiastic consumers with one dish. Traditional oven-roasted garlic can take the better part of an hour to cook, which is quite impractical if you are short on time or need to use the oven for another dish. Fortunately, you have another option: you can roast garlic in the microwave.

  • Knife
  • Terra cotta garlic roaster
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Hold a full head of garlic over a trash can and rub it between your hands to remove the outer papery layer of skin. You do not need to attempt to peel each clove, just get rid of the skin that comes off easily.

Slice off the top of the head of garlic. This should expose the tips of most of the cloves. If a few of the outer cloves were too short for this to work on them, cut their tips off individually.

Place the head of garlic into a terra cotta garlic roaster. The exposed sides of the cloves should face up. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the head of garlic. Place the lid on the garlic roaster.

Microwave the garlic on high for 1 to 3 minutes. Check the head after 1 minute; if it is not done, microwave it in 1-minute increments until it is. When it is done, the cloves should be soft and almost gooey.

Allow the garlic to cool slightly, then enjoy.