Friday, July 16, 2010

Roasted Garlic 烘蒜蓉

My family except my husband loves garlic I will put lots of garlic in my cooking, if my husband is not eating, because the kids always fight for it. :)

They especially like fried garlic and and onion too! I always make these two items and sometimes ginger shreds.  I stock them up as you can add them to almost any food. Or for my kids, eat them as it is. :P

I prefer to oven roast minced garlic. It's less oily and you can keep it longer as they are much drier than if you fried them in oil. I can also removed those that have turned brown and let the others continue roasting. If you fry them in oil, you can't do that.

I spray some oil on my tray, spread the garlic and spray a little oil over the garlic. It's much easier if you use the oil spray but if you don't have one, you can use a brush to brush the tray then toss the garlic with the oil before spreading them flat. Just use enough oil to spread the tray so the garlic doesn't stick to it. You don''t need a lot of oil for this.

I roast it at 180C for a totally 20 minutes but checking in-between to give it a stir and spread them flat again so they will brown evenly and to remove those that have browned. You won't have this problem if your minced garlic are about the same size. With my 'kungfu', my minced garlic are still not quite uniform.  Hence, I need to do the in-between picking. :P

The roasted garlic will turn out very dry, crunchy and not oily at all. The minus point is it takes a much longer time to do it compare to oil frying.

I'll be using these for my next post, Cream of Mushroom with Roasted Garlic. :)


  1. Great idea...thanks for sharing this much more healthy version of fried garlic :)

  2. I also like the fried garlic but it;s too oily to take a lot.This is a very good idea indeed.

  3. Hi hi,

    I drop by on off to check out your interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing them!

    Do the lunch boxes you prepared for your kid turn cold by the time he took it at lunch time? What kind of container do you use? And do you need to allow food to cool down before putting on the lid cover?

  4. Dinah, I don't prepare lunch boxes for my son now. But when I did, I make sure the food I pack for him taste nice when it's cold. Yes, you have to cool down the food before covering. I use normal lunch box. However, I do use thermal pot sometimes to pack porridge/macaroni when he has just recovered from sickness. So if you want your kids to eat warm/hot food, pack using thermal pot/lunchbox. Otherwise, normal lunchboxes will do fine.

  5. Hello,

    I tried this roasted garlic on Wednesday. Really very nice and not oily. Haha tempted to eat it like tibits.