How to Fry Garlic Cloves

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Garlic loses its pungency when cooked over high heat.
Garlic loses its pungency when cooked over high heat. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

It may seem like an herb used only to flavor other recipe components, but garlic stands up to the task of a main ingredient when frying it. Cooking garlic affects the flavors by replacing the natural bitterness of cloves with a sweet taste. If garlic is a favorite element of yours, feature fried garlic cloves as a side dish or potential spread for appetizer breads to taste the true essence of the herb.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Serrated knife
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Plate

Remove the outer, paper-like peel from a garlic bulb. Place the bulb bottom-side down on a cutting board. Press down on a bulb of garlic with the bottom of your hand to separate the cloves.

Trim the roots of the garlic cloves off with a serrated knife. Peel off the skin that surrounds the clove with your fingers. Slice the cloves if you desire a mild flavor or leave them whole for bold flavor.

Heat 3/4 cup of olive oil per eight cloves of garlic in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic cloves when the oil begins to pop and sizzle at about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry the garlic cloves for about two minutes.

Remove the cloves from the heat when golden brown with a slotted spoon. Drain the fried garlic cloves on a paper towel-lined plate.

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