Garlic Confit and Garlic Oil

Make this easy Garlic Confit recipe and transform your everyday meals with the delicious, subtle, savory taste of garlic oil. If you want to know how to make garlic oil recipes, and how to use garlic that’s been slowly roasted in garlic, this is the recipe for you!

A mason jar holds many cloves of cooked garlic sitting in olive oil. There are cloves are garlic beside it along with green herbs.

If there’s ever a recipe that has changed my life, it’s this garlic flavored olive oil. Well, and also the Chocolate Cheesecake. Oh, and I can’t forget the Frozen Banana Bites.

OK. Truth be known, lots of recipes have “changed my life.” But garlic olive oil recipes are special because they aren’t your typical “stand-alone waiting to be served and then gone in a few minutes” meal.

This is the recipe that keeps on giving because of its potential for use in so many other dishes.

I found it when leafing through The Breakaway Cook by Eric Gower. The concept here is garlic – lots and lots of garlic – slow-cooked in oil. A more technical definition of a confit is meat cooked slowly in its own fat. Since I have been a vegetarian now for oh-so-many years, I’ve not been exposed to a lot of confits in my life. Thanks to Mr. Gower I didn’t have to live with that disappointment one more minute.

What is Garlic Confit?

Confited garlic consists of peeled garlic cloves cooked slowly over low heat in olive oil. Other seasonings can be added, like fresh thyme, but the simple approach of cooking garlic in olive oil is amazing!

Your kitchen will benefit from this garlic-infused olive oil for many reasons. Imagine the slowly cooked garlic that you can add to recipes like veggie burgers, lentils loaves, salads, and more. You’ll also love having this delicious homemade garlic oil on hand.

Here’s another amazing factoid. You’ll need only two ingredients: garlic and olive oil!

The thing is, we love garlic. It’s like the “dark and stormy night” of cooking; so many of our meals begin with sauteing garlic in olive oil. I even find ways to sneak a clove or two in dishes that may not traditionally call for it; like my garlic mashed potatoes.

Now with this garlic olive oil recipe, that sneaking around has become even more delightful. That’s because Garlic Confit results in succulent, roasted, oil-infused cloves just waiting to be included in favorite recipes.

The garlic is so tender it can be smashed with a fork and added to sauces; left whole on a pizza; sliced in salad dressings; and yes, even whipped into our favorite mashed potatoes.

And if you’ve ever wondered how to make garlic oil for cooking, the oil from your garlic confit works perfectly.

A clove of garlic sits by a knife.

A Garlic Confit is stored in the fridge in its oil. You won’t want to let any of it go to waste because the oil is left with a delicate garlic flavor that can be used in a variety of ways — like cooking veggie burgers or adding to salad dressings.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Garlic cloves
  • Olive oil

How to Make Garlic Confit

If you’re wondering how to make garlic-infused olive oil, I’ve got answers. This garlic-infused olive oil recipe is easy to make.

Step One: Peel the Garlic

Peeled garlic is in a bowl next to a measuring cup full of olive oil.

Begin with peeling the garlic and use a knife to cut the brown root off each peeled garlic clove. In fact, when making garlic olive oil, peeling the garlic can be the hardest part.

Step Two: Add Garlic and Low Simmer

A glass measuring cup is pouring olive oil in a saucepan full of garlic cloves.

Place the peeled garlic in a medium saucepan. Then pour oil over the garlic; enough to cover it. Stir the olive oil and garlic to ensure all the garlic is coated.

Then turn the heat up to medium-low. You want it to reach the point where there are small bubbles in the oil, but not so much that it’s technically boiling. Continue cooking garlic slowly in the oil for roughly 45 minutes. Not only will the oil be garlic-infused, your house will be, too. It’s a wonderful and intense aroma.

Step Three: Cool, Store, and Refrigerate

Once the garlic is done, turn off the heat but allow the pan to sit on the burner until it’s completely cooled. Next place the garlic confit in a jar and refrigerate.

Store the confit in the fridge in its oil. It will keep up to 2 months if stored properly. Add this roasted garlic to your favorite dishes, and you won’t have to worry about storing it because it will be gone much sooner than that.

Some farmer’s markets will sell bags of peeled garlic, but it was a little too early for that at mine. So I was lucky that Costco was having a sale on bagged, peeled garlic. I was able to double the batch without the hassle of peeling the garlic myself. And having a double batch of confit garlic in the fridge is not such a bad thing, either.

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A mason jar holds garlic confit with a spoon. There are green herbs on top of and beside the jar.
A mason jar holds garlic confit with a spoon. There are green herbs on top of and beside the jar.

Garlic Confit

Make your own garlic confit following this simple recipe.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 50 medium garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil

Instructions

  • Peel the garlic and use a knife to cut the brown root off each peeled garlic clove; then place them in a medium saucepan. Then pour oil over the garlic; enough to cover it.
  • Turn the heat up to medium-low. You want it to reach the point where there are small bubbles in the oil, but not so much that it’s technically boiling. Continue cooking garlic slowly in the oil for roughly 45 minutes. Not only will the oil be garlic-infused, but your house will also be too. It’s a wonderful and intense aroma.
  • Once the garlic is done, turn off the heat but allow the pan to sit on the burner until it’s completely cooled. Next, place the confit in a jar and refrigerate. 
  • Store the confit in the fridge in its oil. It will keep up to 2 months if stored properly. Add this roasted garlic to your favorite dishes, and you won’t have to worry about storing it because it will be gone much sooner than that.

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Nutrition Facts
Garlic Confit
Amount Per Serving
Calories 16 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

11 Responses to Garlic Confit and Garlic Oil

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJason (j) Reply

    I have used this technique for peeling large quantities of garlic. It works.

    http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/video-How-to-Peel-a-Head-of-Garlic-in-Less-Than-10-Seconds

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I love any instructions that end in “shake the dickens out of it.” Great link!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBev Weidner Reply

    I am so in love with garlic and I would wear its letter jacket.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      We could start a fan club! We ❤ garlic.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCassie l Bake Your Day Reply

    I’m so in that fan club. These photos are fantastic, Marly!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGeorgia Pellegrini Reply

    Oh the memories you’ve just ushered in for me… I used to make this all the time in professional restaurants. It makes everything taste better. Especially when pureed! Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJeanette Reply

    We are huge garlic lovers in our house – now I know what to do with those giant bags of garlic from Costcos!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySam Smith Reply

    Fabulous…am a big lover of garlic and this garlic confit looks are fantastic and sounds too delicious..i also try it few days later…Thanks for sharing…!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Sam! So glad you like this!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyweight machine price Reply

    Gracious the recollections you’ve recently introduced for me… I used to make this all the time in expert cafés. It makes everything taste better. Particularly when pureed! Much obliged for the update!
    I am so infatuated with garlic.

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDavid Reply

    Fabulous…am a big lover of garlic and this garlic confit

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