How to crush garlic without a press

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How to crush garlic without a press
Separate the cloves from the garlic bulb before crushing. (garlic image by Norbert Tuske from

A fresh clove of garlic adds a distinctive flavour to both cooked and uncooked dishes. Crushing garlic releases the flavour so the sharp taste of the garlic can take centre stage in the dish. Commercial garlic presses are available that quickly crush the cloves, but you can crush garlic quickly without any special equipment. The peel on the garlic holds the crushed meat of the clove in place during the process, and is easily removed and discarded afterward.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cutting board
  • Chef's knife

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  1. 1

    Lay an unpeeled garlic clove on top of a cutting board. Crush one clove at a time.

  2. 2

    Lay a chef's knife flat on top the clove. Press down firmly on the knife with your palm, crushing the clove.

  3. 3

    Set the knife aside and pull the skin off of the clove. Lay the lightly crushed clove back on the cutting board.

  4. 4

    Chop the clove coarsely with the knife. Alternately, lay the flat of the blade over the clove a second time and press down to further crush the clove before chopping.

Tips and warnings

  • Sprinkling salt on the cutting board absorbs the garlic juice and prevents the clove from slipping.
  • Use the crushed garlic immediately or store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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