How To Make Garlic Confit

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The most amazing and simple oven garlic confit recipe! It uses just a few ingredients, but packs a ton of flavor. Roasted garlic is truly an unmatched flavor, and this garlic confit that is simmered and slow-baked in olive oil is just divine.

What is garlic confit?

Garlic confit consists of roasting garlic in extra virgin olive oil on a low heat, slowly, until tender, and browned. The taste of garlic confit is nutty and silky, and it has so many different ways it can be used!

For more confit recipes, you can also check out our tomato confit recipe!

How To Make Garlic Confit

What ingredients do you need for this oven garlic confit?

Peeled raw garlic cloves: You can use already store-bought peeled garlic cloves, or peel your own. Pre-peeled garlic ahead of time is totally fine!

Extra-virgin olive oil/pure olive oil: garlic and olive oil are just a match made in heaven. We’re adding a generous amount to cover the garlic completely and simmering until super tender. You can also use other oils like grapeseed oil or vegetable oil.

Seasonings we’re using: black peppercorns, kosher salt to taste, pinch of chili flakes

Optional fresh herbs you can add: thyme, fresh thyme, bay leaves, oregano or rosemary

What are some ideas to serve with this recipe?

Recipes as simple as salads, salad dressings, dips, over roasted potatoes, smeared on toast, mixed in sauces, made into garlic confit butter for garlic bread, for roasted vegetables, in soups, using the oil for garlic oil, a pasta dish, mixed in hummus and sandwiches – just as some thought starters as amazing ways to use his! (Clearly, the list goes on!)

How To Make Garlic Confit

Instructions to make garlic confit

How to make garlic confit in the oven

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Place garlic, oil, salt, pepper, chili flakes and any herbs you desire (we’re using rosemary) in an ovenproof saucepan or oven-safe dish, I’m using this mini Staub dish. Add oil until all the garlic is submerged.

Bake until the garlic cloves are tender, and golden, about 1 hour-1 1/2 hours depending on your oven, uncovered. Transfer garlic cloves and oil, or use a slotted spoon and store separately in a container, and transfer right away to the fridge or freezer.

How to make garlic confit in a pan (stovetop garlic confit)

In a saucepan or deep skillet, place your peeled garlic cloves, and cover completely with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, a pinch of red chili flakes as well as rosemary sprigs (or any fresh herb of choice).

On low heat, cook and confit the garlic. You will slow cook the garlic until it is completely jammy, and easily spreadable. Don’t boil the oil, you want this over low and a gentle, soft simmer. This will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes depending on your desired doneness/color. It should be creamy, buttery and silky, and the garlic cloves should be a little darker in color.

Use a slotted spoon to place your confit garlic to a jar, along with the garlic oil (or store garlic oil separate if you want it separate). Store in the fridge right away for up to a week, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

How To Make Garlic Confit

Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

Tips for storing garlic confit, store immediately in the fridge or freezer!

Fridge: Garlic is a low-acid ingredient, which means it can’t be stored at room temperature. To eliminate any errors for bacteria like botulism, make sure you are placing immediately in an air tight glass jar/ container in the refrigerator. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days-1 week.

Freezer: The confit can be placed in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can you save the oil from garlic confit?

Yes, absolutely! Just be sure you are storing the oil in the fridge per food safety guidelines.

Is confit safe?

Yes, as long as you store the confit correctly in the fridge or freezer after making it, you will be golden!

How To Make Garlic Confit

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5 from 5 votes

How To Make Garlic Confit

The most amazing and simple garlic confit recipe! It uses just a few ingredients, but packs a ton of flavor. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 large container

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups peeled garlic cloves, around 8-10 heads of garlic
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil/pure olive oil
  • black pepper, kosher salt to taste
  • pinch of chili flakes, optional
  • fresh herbs of choice, we're using 2 sprigs of rosemary

Instructions 

How to make garlic confit in the oven

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Place garlic, oil, salt, pepper, chili flakes and any herbs you desire (we’re using rosemary) in an ovenproof saucepan or dish. Add oil until all the garlic is submerged.
    How To Make Garlic Confit
  • Bake until the garlic cloves are tender, and golden, about 1 hour-1 1/2 hours depending on your oven, uncovered. Transfer garlic cloves and oil, or use a slotted spoon and store separately in a container, and transfer right away to the fridge or freezer.
    How To Make Garlic Confit

How to make garlic confit in a pan

  • In a saucepan or deep skillet, place your peeled garlic cloves, and cover completely with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, a pinch of red chili flakes as well as rosemary sprigs (or any fresh herb of choice).
  • On low heat, cook and confit the garlic. You will slow cook the garlic until it is completely jammy, and easily spreadable. Don’t boil the oil, you want this over low and a gentle, soft simmer. This will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes depending on your desired doneness/color. It should be creamy, buttery and silky, and the garlic cloves should be a little darker in color.
    How To Make Garlic Confit
  • Use a slotted spoon to place your confit garlic to a jar, along with the garlic oil (or store garlic oil separate if you want it separate). Store in the fridge right away for up to a week, or up to 3 months in the freezer.
    How To Make Garlic Confit
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  1. 5 stars
    I did the recipe with five bulbs. It was enough for two small jars. One goes to my boyfriend’s family, as part of a gift basket for Christmas 😛