It’s so easy to make Roasted Garlic in the Air Fryer instead of the oven!

Roasting garlic in extra virgin olive oil gives it a new depth of creamy, sweetened flavor, perfect to use in everything from dips to salad dressings, and sauces to main dishes.

Using roasted garlic cloves in recipes is a culinary game-changer. And this recipe for air fryer roasted garlic makes it quick and easy to do, without heating up a traditional oven.

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic on a plate

Air Fryer Roast Garlic

  • Roasting whole garlic turns it from a bitter bite to a flavorful addition to all kinds of food!
  • Air frying bulbs of garlic is the perfect way to get the most flavor out of this amazingly versatile member of the onion family!
  • Roast several heads at a time and freeze entire heads or individual cloves for future use!
Garlic bulbs with the tops cut off

Ingredients & Variations

GARLIC Choose bulbs of garlic that are heavy and covered in layers of white, papery skin. There will be about 12 to 18 cloves in each head of garlic.

OLIVE OIL Extra-virgin olive oil has a mild flavor and is ideal for roasting garlic. Or, switch it up and use chili oil, sesame oil, or even leftover bacon grease for different flavor profiles.

OPTIONAL SEASONINGS Sea salt, black pepper, dried rosemary or thyme, or red chili flakes can be used to season roasted garlic.

Roasted Garlic wrapped in tinfoil in an air fryer basket

How to Roast Garlic in the Air Fryer

Roasted garlic is super easy to air fry:

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut off the top of the whole head of garlic, revealing the top of the garlic bulb.
  2. Drizzle oil over the top.
  3. Wrap the bulbs in tin foil and place foil packet in air fryer basket.
  4. Air fry (per recipe below) until golden and tender.
Roasted garlic in foil in an air fryer basket

Recipe Tips

Here are some great ideas for using up roasted garlic.

Keep air fryer roasted garlic in a zippered bag or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Squeeze out a clove or two as needed. Freeze whole roasted bulbs that have been cooled for up to 8 weeks.

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Air Fryer Roasted Garlic

Air Fryer Roasted Garlic will give garlic a new depth of creamy, sweetened flavor.
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 4



  • 2 bulbs garlic more if desired
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • Cut ¼-inch off of the tops off of the heads of garlic exposing the tops of the cloves.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Wrap the garlic bulbs in aluminum foil and place in the air fryer.
  • Cook for 22-26 minutes or until the garlic is golden and tender.


Roasted garlic will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for 8 weeks. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 62kcal | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Staples
Cuisine American

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