Roasted garlic is beautifully mellow and sweet, it’s a great addition to sauces, potatoes, and sides or even spread on bread.

Making roasted garlic in the air fryer is easy and so much quicker than making it in the oven. Simply drizzle with oil and air fry until golden and tender.

If you’ve never roasted garlic, it has a completely different flavor compared to fresh garlic. It doesn’t have that raw, strong bite the flavor is sweet and light.

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic with crostini

An Easy Way to Roast Garlic

  • Just like oven roasted garlic, it gets tender and soft with a sweet delicate flavor.
  • Air fryer roasted garlic uses an entire bulb. Each clove can be squeezed out to use in a recipe and the rest can be saved or frozen for later.
  • Need to fix up a bland salad dressing or soup? Stir in a little roasted garlic, or add some melted butter and make garlic toast.
  • Just 2 simple ingredients and an air fryer are all it takes to make this delish recipe!

Ingredients and Variations

GARLIC Choose bulbs that are heavy, unblemished, and still covered in their skins. Don’t peel them so the oil can get between the cloves.

OIL Olive oil is drizzled on top, any light flavored oil will work.

steps for making roasted garlic in an air fryer

How to Roast Garlic in the Air Fryer

This will easily become a favorite condiment in the kitchen.

  1. Slice off the top of the bulb (just enough to expose all of the tops of the cloves).
  2. Drizzle with oil and wrap in foil.
  3. Cook in the air fryer (as per the recipe below).

Kitchen Tip

Roast several bulbs of garlic at once. After cooking, cool and then gently squeeze the cloves out of their skins. The garlic can be place in a single layer in a freezer bag and stored for future use.

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic in foil in the air fryer

How to Use Roasted Garlic

Here’s our ‘best of’ list of recipes for using roasted garlic.

Spread it on bread or add it to butter for garlic toast. Up-level a burger, wrap, sandwich, or baked potato by mixing it into garlic aioli.

Zhoosh up a dressing like this Creamy Garlic Dressing or Creamy Italian Dressing by mashing the garlic and stirring it in.

Or make the air fryer pull double duty and cook Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, or mixed veggies like these Air Fryer Vegetables.

Storing Roasted Garlic

Keep leftover roasted garlic cloves in the bulb & cover them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Freeze roasted garlic by squeezing out the cloves from the skins and then freezing them in a zip-top bag for up to 4 months.

More Garlic Faves

What dishes do you add Roasted Garlic to? Leave us a comment below!

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Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic turns out creamy & perfectly caramelized every time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 bulbs



  • 3 bulbs garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • Cut the top ¼ of the garlic off so the cloves are exposed and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Wrap the garlic in foil and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook the garlic for 30-35 minutes or until it is tender and golden.
  • Remove the bulbs and gently squeeze each clove to remove it from the skins.


You can use just one bulb of garlic if you'd prefer, I do more at once and then store extras in the freezer.
Once cooked open the foil and check the garlic, it should be very soft and lightly golden brown. Large bulbs may need a little bit of extra cooking time.
Roasted garlic can be used right from frozen, it softens quickly.
Keep leftover roasted garlic cloves in the bulb & cover them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Freeze roasted garlic by squeezing out the cloves from the skins and then freezing them in a zip-top bag for up to 4 months.
5 from 16 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 84 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course air fryer, Appetizer
Cuisine American
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