Garlic Confit Recipe

This recipe gives you step-by-step instructions for making garlic confit at home by slowly cooking cloves in oil until tender and sweet.


Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Slowly cooking the garlic at less than a simmer gives it plenty of time to grow sweet and soft.
  • Storing the garlic confit in the refrigerator, and only for a limited time, helps avoid any food-borne illness risks.

Making garlic confit is a great way to use up any extra cloves you have kicking around, and is as easy as slowly cooking them in oil. The firm and pungent cloves give way, turning as soft as warm butter and taking on a flavor that's mellow and sweet.

Recipe Facts

Cook: 65 mins
Active: 10 mins
Total: 65 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 2 heads of garlic, cloves peeled and root ends trimmed (see note)

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed (see note)


  1. In a saucepan, cover garlic with enough oil to fully submerge it.

  2. Set over medium heat and bring to a bare simmer. Lower heat to maintain the barest simmer, so that you see some tiny bubbles on the garlic, but it's not actively frying in the oil.

  3. Cook, adjusting heat as necessary to maintain this minimal level of cooking activity, until the garlic is buttery soft and tan in color, 1 to 3 hours (exactly how long it takes will depend on the garlic you're using, including it size and age, and how hot the oil is; raising the heat will move things faster but also shortchange you on the flavor development).

  4. Transfer garlic confit and the cooking oil to a clean heatproof container, cover with plastic, and refrigerate immediately.

  5. Refrigerated in its oil, the garlic confit can be kept for up to 2 weeks.


This recipe can be scaled up or down as desired.

We love the flavor of olive oil with the garlic, but you can use any neutral vegetable oil for this, such as grape seed or canola oil; you an also use a more affordable olive oil such as pure olive oil.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
35 Calories
2g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 35
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 40mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)