Add delicious garlic flavor to your favorite dishes with this homemade garlic confit recipe. It’s made with garlic, olive oil, and an optional selection of fresh herbs!
A nice, warm piece of toasted bread is often made complete with a dollop of butter smeared on top. But what if we had something with even more flavor to add delicious taste to your favorite bread… or pasta and soup, for that matter?
Lucky for you, we do! This delicious, spreadable mix is coming to you in the form of garlic confit.
I couldn’t be more excited about this recipe and the options for customization! We’re making it with 3 flavorful herbs, but you can also make it without for a more original-style garlic confit.
Then, you can take things further by choosing to remove or leave the garlic paper on! It’s a have-it-your-way garlic confit recipe that you’re going to be adding to all of your favorite dishes. Let’s get started!
What is garlic confit?
Garlic confit is a fancy name describing garlic that’s been cooked in olive oil. For this recipe, we’ll simply bake the combo to allow the garlic to “roast” to a golden brown color and absorb some of the flavors from the oil.
When all is said and done, you have a delicious confit to add to dishes like pasta and soup, or to use as a smashable spread for bread and toast! The process of roasting it cuts any bitterness and makes for a rich and flavor-packed confit.
And the best part? This recipe is actually two in one! You get the soft and spreadable garlic cloves (perfect for on toast or pizza), along with a powerful garlic infused oil (great in salad dressings or as a bread dip).
Ingredients in this garlic confit recipe
You need only 2 ingredients for garlic confit: garlic and olive oil. Then, you can optionally take things a step further by adding extra flavor with thyme, rosemary, and/or bay leaves.
- Garlic: First up, you will need 3 whole heads of nutritious garlic. We’ll be separating the individual cloves prior to cooking.
- Olive Oil: Next, you will need 1 ½ cups of good quality olive oil.
- Herbs: Optionally, you can choose to add herbs for extra flavor. I recommend 6 sprigs of thyme, 3 sprigs of rosemary, and/or 3 bay leaves.
How to make homemade garlic confit
We’ll start by removing the garlic cloves from the head of garlic, followed by adding it to a dish with oil. Then, we’ll let it bake!
Step 1: Prep the garlic
Preheat oven to 250°F (121°C). Either peel the garlic cloves completely, or separate the cloves from the head, leaving the paper on (if you go with this approach, you’ll just squeeze out each clove before serving).
Step 2: Assemble the dish
Add the garlic and oil to an oven-safe pan (like a cast iron or casserole dish). If the garlic is not submerged completely, add a bit more oil. If desired, add a few hearty herbs to the pan.
In the cast iron (above) we did just plain garlic with the papery skins removed. And in the baking dish (below), we left the papery skins on and added herbs!
Step 3: Cook the confit
Cook for 2 hours, or until the garlic cloves are golden brown and soft. Remove the pan from oven and let it cool.
Garlic confit storage
Garlic confit can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Be sure to use within that timeframe and discard if any signs of spoiled garlic appear.
Garlic confit uses
For delicious meals rich in herby flavor, consider adding your garlic confit to vegan garlic bread, pressed eggplant sandwiches, caprese paninis, or even buffalo tempeh sandwiches! You can add a dollop to cooked pasta (like veggie carbonara), or use it to add extra flavor to your favorite soup (like this acorn squash recipe)! It makes a great spread for adding flavor to many dishes, particularly sandwiches.
- 3 heads garlic
- 1 ½ cups olive oil 354 mL
- Optional Herbs: 6 sprigs thyme, 3 sprigs rosemary, and/or 3 bay leaves
- Prep: Preheat oven to 250°F (121°C). Either peel the garlic cloves completely, or separate the cloves from the head, leaving the paper on.
- Assemble: Add garlic and oil to an oven-safe pan (like a cast iron or casserole dish). If garlic is not submerged completely, add a bit more oil. If desired, add a few hearty herbs to the pan.
- Cook: Cook for 2 hours, or until garlic cloves are golden brown and soft. Remove from oven and let cool.