How to roast garlic fast (No microwave!)

February 9, 2017
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I feel the need…the need for speed. That’s why I’m sharing the quickest, easiest ways to tackle everyday cooking tasks. First is how to roast garlic fast.

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It’s February so time to check in on your NYE resolutions. How’s it going? When you think about it, resolutions are really about one thing: habits. As in, either you’re looking to:

  • get new ones
  • eighty-six the old ones that aren’t working for you or
  • return to the ones you ditched back in December (temporarily).

If you’re in the midst of a change on the habit front, then you might be feeling the pain. Still, play through it and eventually you’ll find yourself the proud owner of a few shiny new habits. And really, habits are where it’s at cuz habits are easy. No one really thinks too hard about brushing their teeth (except for four-year-olds) or putting the white wine immediately into the fridge on a Friday night, amiright?

One of my (more redeeming) habits is always trying to find a faster way to do something. Sure, it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m a wee bit impatient, but that’s irrelevant—all you need to know is that this habit is helpful for ultra-busy cooks who aren’t home all day and need to go from zero to dinner in less time than it takes to Uber Eats yo pizza (which, of course, is totally unnecessary with Deb’s pizza dough for busy people).

That’s why I’m finding a faster way to tackle everyday cooking tasks.

First up?

How to roast garlic fast.

Now, it’s important to flag that what I’m about to share isn’t necessarily a better way. The original method is (likely) fiiiine, it’s just a wee bit slow for moi. Therefore, consider my method an alternative option that you can choose…depending on what you’re cooking, or you’re feeling, or the day of the week.

The typical approach: As a refresher, the common method is to lob the top off an ENTIRE bulb of garlic, drizzle some olive oil and roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes.

A faster approach: Fortunately for y’all, there is a quicker way to roast garlic that involves no oil, no oven and no microwave (which, I am not afraid of, per se, but it’s never a bad idea to avoid either). Magic you say? Nope, just a little trick from our friends down in Mexico. They’ve been rolling with this method for YEARS but I’m thinking we take it global. Yes?

Here’s the ‘recipe’:

How to roast garlic fast (No microwave!)

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Serves: 1-10


  • Individual garlic cloves (as many as you want)



Pop the individual cloves in a dry pan.


Fry for about 15 minutes until you can smell the roasty goodness.


If the garlic cloves are different sizes, remove them from the pan individually as they're ready.

Beyond the obvious, here’s why Imma fan of this method for how to roast garlic fast:

  • No oil means less mess.
  • You can roast as many garlic cloves as you want.
  • There’s no need to turn the oven on. Or PEEL the cloves.
  • It’s flexible so you can leave them on a bit longer for a darker colour/deeper roast.

Well folks, that’s all she wrote for this first attempt to share with you quicker and easier ways to master everyday cooking tasks. Lemme know if there’s something you want to do faster (ahem, in the kitchen).

Happy cooking!

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