How to Alter the Bitter Taste of Garlic in Hummus

Updated July 20, 2017

Hummus is a chickpea dip that originated in the Middle East. It is typically served with a plate of vegetables, pita bread, nan flat bread or crackers. Garlic is always used to flavour hummus. At times, the garlic may seem overpowering or bitter and you may want to alter the bitter taste of the garlic to make the hummus more appealing.

Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste. Lemon juice will brighten up the flavour of the hummus and reduce the bitter taste of garlic. Start by adding 1 tsp of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, mix well and taste. Add more lemon juice if a more tangy taste is desired.

Roast a head of garlic. Roasted garlic is sweeter than raw garlic and does not have a bitter taste. Cut the top off the garlic head to expose the cloves, drizzle with olive oil than wrap in aluminium foil. Place the garlic in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven and roast for approximately 45 minutes or until the garlic is soft. Replace raw garlic with roasted garlic in the hummus recipe.

Add roasted red peppers. Process one or two slices of roasted red peppers in a food process. Add the peppers to the hummus and mix well. Adding roasted red peppers to hummus will incorporate a sweet flavour and detract from the bitter garlic taste.

Cut the garlic in half and remove the green shoot. The green shoot is located in the middle of the garlic clove. It is extremely bitter and should be removed. If making the hummus from scratch, adding less garlic will cut down on the bitter taste. Hummus always contains garlic; however, it should not be overpowered by garlic flavour. Start by adding 1 small clove of garlic, shoot removed, at a time and adjust the amount as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • Roasted garlic
  • Roasted red peppers, water-packed
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Jodi Buttarazzi has been writing professionally since 2008. She has contributed articles and content for online publications such as Merchant Circle, drawing on her experience of food and wine owning and operating a fine-dining restaurant in Houston. She is pursuing a career in the health-care industry and is working toward a Bachelor of Science in health-care management at the University of Phoenix.