Not many people know how to roast garlic without foil, so I’m going to show you how it’s done. The first time I had roasted garlic was when I was out West in Colorado skiing with my family. I was very young but I remember the restaurant served my family the most tender roasted garlic as an appetizer with crusty bread and the garlic melted like butter in our mouths. It was heaven! Ever since then I’ve wanted to recreate that buttery taste and this roasted garlic recipe is pretty darn close to it.

how to roast garlic without tin foil

Let’s talk about roasting garlic for a minute.

It’s not necessary to use foil.

I repeat, you do not need foil to roast garlic.

When you do use aluminum foil, you’re allowing heavy metals (from the tin foil) to leach into your food. If you want that, go for it. But, I am pretty sure you don’t.

I spent years trying to remove heavy metals from my body and they were insanely tough to get out so I highly suggest you opt out of the tin foil situation.

How to Roast Garlic without Foil (AUDIO)

Click the PLAY button below to hear me talk about the step-by step directions for making this garlic via audio.

A head of garlic in a large roasting pan ready to be roasted.

How to Roast Garlic without Foil

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Literally one step and you’re done!

  1. Drizzle olive oil over a head of garlic in a roasting pan and roast it!


Easy peasy, my friends.

Now, what do you serve this roasted garlic with?

Good question.

Serving Suggestions for Roasted Garlic

  • Serve as a topping for baked sweet potatoes.
  • Mix into salads.
  • Toss into soups.
  • Serve with my flatbread recipes.
  • Add to salad dressings with lemon, sea salt and pepper, then puree.
  • Serve as a topping for my pizza crust recipes.

p.s. I tossed in a large white onion in the image below to roast an onion with the head of garlic and it came out perfect…just in case you wanna try it.

Roasted garlic hot out of the oven in a large roasting pan.


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How to Roast Garlic without Foil
Serves: 4
Roasted garlic hot out of the oven in a large roasting pan.

Here's an easy way to roast garlic in the oven without using tin foil, which will leach heavy metals (aluminum) into your food.

Author: Amie
Recipe type: Entree



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. Drizzle olive oil over the head of garlic (skin on) in the center of a roasting pan or cast iron skillet. Roast for 20 minutes or until the garlic is tender on the inside.

  3. Remove from the oven, set aside to cool for 2-3 minutes then peel and serve.

Nutrition Facts
How to Roast Garlic without Foil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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