How to make garlic paste | Julie Blanner

Learn how to make a fresh and incredibly easy one garlic paste. This is a wonderful addition to so many recipes and will definitely speed up your cooking time.

It’s easy to make, and even easier to make ahead and store!

You all know I’m a fan of shortcuts in the kitchen. There’s no shame in my game when it comes to certain tips and tricks I’ve used for years!

One of these tricks is to buy pre-chopped garlic in the produce section of your grocery store. Is it *as delicious* as freshly minced garlic? Of course not. But does it work in a pinch or when you’re in a hurry? Absolutely!

I am a realist and I am a mother of three. When it comes to busy dinner parties, I’ll take all the help I can get!

But when I realized how easy and convenient it is to make my own garlic paste at home, it was a game changer! Why not move on since it stores so well? It was like a light bulb going off in my brain.

We’ve talked a lot about garlic in the past – I’m an eternal fan of this pungent addition to your cooking! It is used throughout a wide range of cultural foods and we especially love it in our Italian meals.

Learn How to peel and chop garlic here, and don’t skip my complete Garlic Conversion Guide! Garlic is a fabulous fragrant and flavorful addition to so many meals, and this little garlic paste trick might just change your life.

A white bowl full of homemade garlic paste resting on a marble surface

What is garlic paste?

Garlic paste is simply a mixture of cloves of garlic pureed with olive oil. It’s a great prep option that you can store and use when a recipe calls for garlic!

The best part? It stores beautifully! I will walk you through the quick and easy process and share storage instructions as well.

Why you’ll love it

  • Cheaper than store bought
  • More flavor
  • No additives or preservatives
  • Incredibly easy
  • Shops so well!
A close-up of garlic paste.

Ingredients and Substitutes

  • Garlic Heads – Peel and cut into individual cloves for processing. Learn How to peel and chop garlic here.
  • Olive Oil – We usually have extra virgin olive oil on hand so that’s what we use. Feel free to try an avocado oil or rapeseed oil.
A small bowl of garlic cloves and a bottle of olive oil.

Variations

  • Fresh herbs – Parsley and chives are popular options.
  • Spice – Add 2 teaspoons to 1 tbsp Italian seasoning.
  • Black pepper – Add thick flakes of freshly ground black pepper for even more flavor. Perfect for use on steaks and rolls.
  • Parmesan – Fold in 1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan.
  • Lemon – add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice for a vibrant citrus flavor.
Three full cloves of garlic, placed on a marble table top.

How to make garlic paste in just four easy steps

  1. Peel garlic into individual cloves, chop the ends to make a smooth garlic paste. A white bowl full of freshly peeled garlic cloves resting on a marble table top
  2. Add garlic cloves and oil to your food processor (or blender). Looking inside a food processor filled with garlic cloves for a tutorial on how to make garlic paste.
  3. Blend until a smooth paste forms. Scrape down the sides as needed and remove any remaining lumps. A food processor filled with homemade garlic paste The inside of a food processor filled with homemade garlic paste
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer as directed.

Tips

  • A clove of garlic corresponds to approximately ½ teaspoon of garlic paste.
  • Garlic paste is slightly more concentrated than minced garlic, so be sure to use a little less paste if a recipe calls for minced garlic.
  • If you add frozen garlic paste to a recipe, it can be added directly to your recipe without thawing!
  • Top your garlic paste with a thin layer of olive oil before refrigerating, which will help preserve it for longer.

Scale up, down or replace? You will love this printable Measurement conversion chart!

Frequently asked questions

Is garlic paste the same as minced garlic?

No, it’s not quite the same – although it can be used interchangeably in many recipes. Minced garlic is garlic in tiny uniform pieces, whereas garlic paste is completely pureed.

What is the difference between garlic cloves and cloves?

Garlic cloves (also called a garlic head) are the large white garlic bulbs, covered by a papery skin, consisting of many individual cloves of garlic. A traditional head of garlic will contain between 10 and 12 cloves.

A copper teaspoon filled with homemade garlic paste, resting on a white surface

How to store

  • Room temperature – Your garlic paste can sit at room temperature safely for up to two hours.
  • Refrigerator – Store your garlic paste in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks. *To preserve for even longer, add a thin layer of olive oil over the top of your container before sealing.
  • Freezer – This is the easiest way to store your fresh garlic paste! Freeze it for up to four months. We like to freeze it (in 1-2 teaspoon amounts) in an ice cube tray for easy use – just pop out a cube and you’re good to go!

Dietary considerations

  • Gluten free
  • Free of nuts
  • Vegetarian
A white bowl full of homemade garlic paste resting on a marble surface

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How to make garlic paste

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Learn how to make a fresh and fabulous garlic paste. This is a wonderful addition to so many recipes and will definitely speed up your cooking time.

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Instructions

  • Peel garlic into individual cloves, chop the ends to make a smooth garlic paste.

  • Add garlic cloves and oil to your food processor (or blender).

  • Blend until a smooth paste forms. Scrape down the sides as needed and remove any remaining lumps.

  • Store and use as directed.

Tips

To store:

  • Refrigerator – Store your garlic paste in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks. *To preserve for even longer, add a thin layer of olive oil over the top of your container before sealing.
  • Freezer – This is the easiest way to store your fresh garlic paste! Freeze it for up to four months. We like to freeze it (in 1-2 teaspoon amounts) in an ice cube tray for easy use – just pop out a cube and you’re good to go!

Notes:

  • A clove of garlic corresponds to approximately ½ teaspoon of garlic paste.
  • If you add frozen garlic paste to a recipe, it can be added directly to your recipe without thawing!





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