Confit Garlic Recipe

Indulge in the rich, caramelized flavor of homemade confit garlic, perfect for enhancing your favorite dishes.


4/7/20241 min read

flat lay photography of spices on plate
flat lay photography of spices on plate

Confited garlic is a luxurious and versatile culinary delight, prized for its rich, melt-in-your-mouth texture and deep, caramelized flavor. To make confit garlic, whole garlic cloves are gently poached in olive oil until soft and golden, resulting in a decadent spread that adds depth and complexity to any dish.

Why is confit garlic so popular and delicious? The slow cooking process allows the garlic to soften and caramelize, intensifying its natural sweetness while mellowing its sharpness. The result is a spreadable, umami-packed condiment that enhances the flavor of everything from roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes to pasta dishes and grilled meats (like our Guajillo Steak Recipe).

Confited garlic can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, submerged in olive oil, for up to two weeks. It can also be frozen for longer-term storage, extending its shelf life for several months. Use it as a flavorful spread for bread or crackers, incorporate it into salad dressings or dips, or add it to sauces and marinades for an extra layer of depth and complexity.


  1. 1 cup garlic cloves, peeled

  2. 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (organic, if possible)

  3. Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C).

  2. Place the garlic cloves in a small oven-safe dish or ramekin.

  3. Pour the olive oil over the garlic cloves, ensuring they are fully submerged.

  4. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil or a tight-fitting lid and bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the garlic cloves are soft and golden brown.

  6. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before using or transferring to an airtight container for storage.

  7. Enjoy your homemade confit garlic spread on bread, crackers, or as a flavorful addition to your favorite dishes!