Garlic Recipes

A little garlic goes a long way, but more is better

In small doses, garlic appears in a million dishes. Its flavor ranges from pungent and spicy when raw to sweet and nutty when cooked. A little of it goes a long way, but sometimes a little just isn't enough. From time to time, we like to go all in on the garlic flavor. From chicken with 40 cloves of garlic and garlicky wok-fried shrimp to creamy aïoli and garlic butter, we've rounded up our favorite garlic recipes.

We like our condiments assertive, so garlic is a natural choice. Make homemade mayonnaise with garlic and you have aïoli, a tangy sauce that's perfect as a sandwich spread or French fry dip. Simpler is the combination of garlic and butter. Mixing mashed garlic into butter gets you a luxurious condiment that begs to be melted onto a steak.

Garlic is great for adding a little kick to seafood. For a super easy weeknight dinner, stir-fry minced garlic and head-on shrimp in a hot wok. Next time you cook lobster forget the boiling water and use the grill—split the crustaceans in half and slather with garlic-parsley butter, which will melt down and poach the meat it its shell.

Find all of these recipes and many more in our collection of garlic recipes.

Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic

Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic
Head-on shrimp, quickly stir-fried with garlic, are sweet, spicy and succulent. Serve over rice for an easy weeknight dinner. Get the recipe for Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic »James Fisher

Sumac Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

Egypt, recipe, sumac roast chicken
Egyptians love tart flavors like the bracing, floral herb sumac, which is rubbed all over this juicy chicken.Helen Cathcart

DIY Garlic Aïoli

Garlic Aïoli
This quick and easy D.I.Y. pantry staple makes a great spread for sandwiches or dip for frites.Joseph De Leo

Lao Tomato Dip

Lao Tomato Dip
Penn Hongthong, the author of Simple Laotian Cooking (Hippocrene, 2003), taught us that charring the vegetables for this dip is the secret to its smoky flavor.Farideh Sadeghin

Braised Beef Stew with Garlic Cream

Braised Beef Stew with Garlic Cream
The silky garlic cream sauce at Las Cabras, Juan Pablo Mellado Arana's restaurant in Santiago, Chile, adds a welcome zing to this rich stew, but is also a great condiment in its own right—served with fries, slathered on sandwich bread, or spooned over meats. Get the recipe for Braised Beef Stew with Garlic Cream »Justin Walker

Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce

Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce
When buying leeks for this dish, cookbook author Amy Thielen says to look for ones that have all or most of their dark green tops still attached. If trimmed leeks are all you can find, use the dark and light green parts only.William Hereford

Grilled Lobster with Garlic-Parsley Butter

Grilled Lobster with Garlic-Parsley Butter
In this perfect summer recipe, lobster is flash-grilled, then poached in its own shell in a pool of melted garlic-parsley butter.Mark Roper

Garlic and Herb Sausage

Garlic and Herb Sausage
"Lovage has a mysterious quality," says chef Russell Moore (Camino; Oakland, California) of the underused herb, which "tastes like celery mixed with Middle Eastern spices." It's an unusual, delectable addition to this classic sausage mix.Joseph De Leo

Philippine Noodle Stir-Fry (Pancit Bihon)

Philippine Noodle Stir-Fry (Pancit Bihon)
"Eating this dish makes me feel like I'm at home. It's my mom's specialty, and I remember helping her prep this as a child. It is served at every party [my family throws] and is eaten on its own for merianda, the Filipino equivalent of British Tea Time." – Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao Get the recipe for Philippine Noodle Stir-Fry (Pancit Bihon) »Matt Taylor-Gross

Spaghetti with Anchovy Garlic Sauce

Spaghetti with Anchovy Garlic Sauce
Anchovy paste adds umami punch to an elemental garlic-and-butter sauce that's perfect tossed with a thin pasta like spaghetti.Helen Rosner

Hand-Chopped Garlic Herb Salt

Hand-Chopped Garlic Herb Salt
If your mother or grandmother is still using dried and granulated garlic instead of fresh, make them a batch of this hand-chopped garlic herb salt. It's the perfect gateway to the good stuff and will elevate their cooking immediately. Thanks to Sally Schneider and A Splendid Table for the introduction to this lovely seasoning.Nicole Franzen

Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini

Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini
Sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy come together on little toasts, which pair cubes of sweet potato with a flavorful spread featuring lemon zest, capers and sour cream.Helen Rosner

Chile-Garlic Shrimp (Gambas Al Ajillo)

Chile-Garlic Shrimp (Gambas Al Ajillo)
These shrimp are cooked in a hot cast iron pan with tons of garlic and red Thai chiles.Todd Coleman

Carbone's Garlic Bread

Carbone's Garlic Bread
In a breadbasket at Manhattan's Carbone, we discovered the Platonic ideal of garlic bread. With roasted garlic butter made from freshly chopped cloves that are by turns sharp and mellow, heat from red chile flakes, and a bit of funk from parmesan, each crunchy bite of baguette, scattered with parsley and chives and bathed in olive oil, is fiercely flavorful and craveworthy.Landon Nordeman

Clarified Butter with Garlic and Chiles

Clarified Butter
Crushed garlic cloves and red Thai chiles lend depth and heat to sweet, nutty clarified butter.Laura Sant

Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro

Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro
The recipe for this garlicky bread soup comes from Rosa Filipe of O Barro restaurant in Redondo, Portugal, who claims it is nicknamed "beggar's soup" because it contains no meat or fish. Get the recipe for Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro »Todd Coleman

Creamy Garlic Soup

Creamy Garlic Soup
A rich soup heavy with garlic and shallots makes a hearty first course or light main dish. Serve it with plenty of crusty bread. Get the recipe for Creamy Garlic Soup »Vanessa Rees

Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)

Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)
Copious amounts of lightly caramelized onions are piled atop pasta and served with yogurt and herbs in this recipe inspired by Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. Get the recipe »André Baranowski

Garlic Scape and Cannellini Bean Hummus

Garlic Scape and Cannellini Bean Hummus
With a bright, fresh garlic flavor that's like a cross between scallions and bulb garlic, garlic scapes add a pungent bite to this hearty hummus made with cannellini beans.Farideh Sadeghin

Torshi Seer

Torshi Seer Persian Pickled Garlic
For this sweet-tart Persian pickle, whole heads of garlic are fermented in a vinegar solution until the cloves are very soft.Romulo Yanes

Simple Garlic Confit

Simple Garlic Confit
Simmering garlic in fat turns them into a spreadable condiment perfect for crusty bread.Andre Baranowski

Garlic-and-Gruyère-Stuffed Mushrooms

Garlic-and-Gruyere-Stuffed Mushrooms
Garlic-stuffed mushrooms are enhanced with a little dry sherry and nutty Gruyère cheese.Romulo Yanes

Garlic-Steamed Manila Clams

Garlic-Steamed Manila Clams
This garlicky wine-sauced shellfish dish is served at The Stinking Rose, a garlic-themed restaurant in San Francisco.Romulo Yanes

Garlic Jelly

garlic jelly
Boiling garlic with apples yields this mild, sweet British condiment. Its honeylike consistency makes it perfect for drizzling over roast lamb.Romulo Yanes

Gemelli with Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower

Gemelli with Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower
Cauliflower roasted until sweet with garlic and cumin gets tossed with toothsome gemelli pasta, golden raisins, and slivered almonds for crunch.Helen Rosner

Roasted Garlic Ice Cream

Roasted Garlic Ice Cream
Roasting garlic brings out its sweetness, so the flavors meld beautifully in this simple vanilla ice cream inspired by one served at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.Romulo Yanes

Gremolata

Gremolata
Raw minced garlic combines with parsley and lemon zest in this vibrant garnish that cuts through the richness of grilled meats and fish, as well as osso buco, a specialty of its birthplace, Milan.Romulo Yanes

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)
Steaming eggplant, as opposed to deep-frying it, lightens this fragrant stir-fry adapted from a recipe in Grace Young and Alan Richardson's The Breath of a Wok (Simon & Schuster, 2004).Saveur

Filipino Garlic Fried Rice with Vinegar Sauce (Sinangag)

Filipino Garlic Fried Rice with Vinegar Sauce (Sinangag)
This garlicky rice is a popular breakfast dish in the Philippines and is delicious served with fried eggs and a drizzle of vinegar sauce.Romulo Yanes

Lahsun ki Chutney

Lahsun ki Chutney
Garlic is briefly cooked in hot oil to bring out its aroma and temper its heat for this Rajasthani chutney.Romulo Yanes

Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Thirty cloves of garlic go into this creamy side dish.Romulo Yanes

Garlicky Skillet Greens with Ham

Garlicky Skillet Greens with Ham
Garlic confit, a silky, spreadable condiment, relies on a French technique for gently poaching peeled whole cloves in oil or fat. The process caramelizes the cloves and draws out their sweetness, yielding a sumptuous spread. We love to use it in dishes like these skillet-cooked greens from Linton Hopkins, chef and owner of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta, which feature garlic confit and a piquant sorghum gastrique.Romulo Yanes

Georgian-Style Cornish Game Hen with Garlic Sauce (Tabaka da Niortskali)

Georgian-Style Cornish Game Hen with Garlic Sauce (Tabaka da Niortskali)
This crisp-skinned bird is cooked in a generous amount of butter and served with a delectable pan sauce of garlic and cilantro. A small chicken can be substituted for the Cornish game hen.Romulo Yanes

Chez Panisse Garlic Butter

Chez Panisse Garlic Butter
Set atop a sizzling steak, this restaurant classic melts luxuriously onto the meat. The recipe is adapted from Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Cooking (Random House, 1988).Romulo Yanes

Roasted Garlic and Dungeness Crab Soup

Roasted Garlic and Dungeness Crab Soup
For the recipe for this silky soup, store-bought stock can be used, but nothing matches the intense flavor of homemade crab stock.Ingalls Photography

Almond and Garlic Soup (Ajo Blanco)

Almond and Garlic Soup (Ajo Blanco)
Pungent raw garlic shines in this no-cook soup adapted from Claudia Roden's The Food of Spain (Ecco, 2011).Romulo Yanes

Roasted Garlic Focaccia

Roasted Garlic Focaccia
When garlic cloves are chopped, the sulfur compounds and an enzyme called allinase, usually held separate within the clove, come into contact with one another. The collision generates the compound allicin, which gives garlic its pungency, and pyruvic acid, which is responsible for its spicy heat. But left intact, so that its volatile compounds don’t interact, garlic offers an entirely different character; roasting the cloves whole draws out their sweetness, yielding the sumptuous confit that adorns this pretty focaccia. Cook the focaccia on a pizza stone, which will give the bottom crust a delicious crunch.Andre Baranowski

GGS (Ginger, Garlic, and Shallot) Dressing

GGS (Ginger, Garlic, and Shallot) Dressing
This handy aromatic dressing from Rachel Yang, co-chef at Joule in Seattle, adds a sweet, bright bite to stir-fries and soups.Andre Baranowski

Asian Greens with Garlic Sauce

Asian Greens with Garlic Sauce
If you can't find choy sum, whole baby bok choy makes a fine substitute in this recipes.Farideh Sadeghin

Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Olive Oil

Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Olive Oil
Simple roasted baby potatoes with whole garlic cloves are the perfect foil for a zesty lemon and olive oil emulsion.Ingalls Photography

Razor Clams with Chiles and Garlic (Navajas al Ajillo)

Razor Clams with Chiles and Garlic (Navajas al Ajillo)
Razor clams cook quick but look especially impressive, especially in this popular Spanish-style tapas preparation.Todd Coleman

Grilled Gremolata-Stuffed Sardines

Grilled Gremolata-Stuffed Sardines
Stuffing sardines with fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon before grilling suffuses them with zesty flavor.André Baranowski

Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad)

Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad)
This light, Lebanese lentil salad is flavored with lemon juice, cumin, allspice, and parsley.Todd Coleman

Mole Verde Zacatecano

Mole Verde Zacatecano
Lighter and simpler than the nut-enriched moles of Puebla and Oaxaca, this Zacatecan version is made with fresh tomatillos, cilantro, jalapeños, and garlic.Todd Coleman

Garlic and Red-Miso Porterhouse

Garlic and Red-Miso Porterhouse
A marinade of red miso, ginger, and garlic gives this steak a crisp, flavorful crust and a juicy interior.Todd Coleman

White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj

White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj
The famously smoky Middle Eastern eggplant puree reaches new heights of smoothness with the inclusion of white chocolate, which compliments the nutty flavor of tahini and the delicate spice of fresh garlic and paprika.Yossy Arefi

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Mayonnaise

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Mayonnaise
Roasted garlic, chili peppers in adobo, and lemon juice seriously kicks up a standard mayonnaise.Todd Coleman

Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic
Our version of this classic uses peeled garlic; after removing the chicken from the pan, keep cooking the garlic until the cloves have all but melted. Then, a quick spin with a whisk makes a smooth sauce well worth the effort of all that peeling. Get the recipe for Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic »Penny De Los Santos

Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo
This tangy, spicy curry from Goa, India, has roots in vinh d'alho, a stew brought to the region by Portuguese colonists. Now an Indian restaurant staple, it comes in countless variations—some fiery, some mild—from the subcontinent to the British Isles.Landon Nordeman

Triple Garlic Linguine

Triple Garlic Linguine
The pasta for this potent and luxurious dish is cooked in chile-spiked chicken stock and bolstered by three preparations of garlic: roasted, fried, and sauteed.Romulo Yanes