How to Fry Garlic Cloves

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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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