How to Use a Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster

Updated April 17, 2017

There's nothing like roasted garlic to make your kitchen smell so good that you'll have your entire family salivating before dinner. Whipping up a batch of roasted garlic is so easy that nearly anyone can do it. Terra cotta garlic roasters are perfect for the job because they are made of clay, a material that will transfer heat evenly to the entire head of garlic. Simple models can start out at £6 or less.

Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius.

Prepare a garlic head by peeling away any loose, excess layers of skin but leaving the head intact. Use the knife to slice the thick end off the head of garlic, so the individual cloves are partly exposed.

Place the prepared head of garlic in your terra cotta garlic roaster and drizzle the head with olive oil. If you wish, add a sprinkling of salt and herbs to add more flavour to the dish.

Put the lid on the garlic roaster and put it in the oven for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until the garlic is soft. Use the oven glove to remove the garlic roaster and allow the garlic to cool until you can safely handle it.


You can also use a terra cotta garlic roaster in the microwave. Just put the roaster in the microwave and cook the garlic on high heat for about two to three minutes, or until the garlic is soft.

Things You'll Need

  • Terra cotta garlic roaster
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings (optional)
  • Knife
  • Oven
  • Oven glove
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Angela Grant has written articles and produced video stories for major Texas newspapers and international news wire services since 2005. Her work has appeared in the "San Antonio Express-News" and the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram." She has a Bachelor of Arts in government and a Bachelor of Journalism with a multimedia concentration, both from the University of Texas at Austin.