Garlic Confit Recipe

Appetizers + Side Dishes

Delicious, Buttery Garlic Confit

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Prep

10 minutes

Cook

30 minutes

Yield

1 Large Jar - as many as 40 servings

This delicious garlic confit recipe is versatile, and easy-to-make, plus you can eat it on just about anything.

This garlic confit recipe is so garlicky and delicious. It’s also so incredibly versatile because you can use it on ANYTHING!!! Seriously though, throw this garlic confit into wraps, sandwiches, pasta, salads, on toast, you name it, it’s delicious. I eat this stuff like butter and it’s so sweet and delicious.

I love to get the most out of garlic because it’s just so good on just about anything. This confit is one of the best things to have in the kitchen. Essentially what you do is cook it long and slow with generous amounts of oil so it turns into soft, rich and flavorful garlic that can be used on anything.

Why you’ll love this garlic confit recipe:

  • Versatile: It’s so versatile, you can eat it on everything. It’s perfect for the garlic-lovers in your house
  • Healthy: Garlic is loaded with health benefits and can boost your immunity
  • Flavor: Obviously garlic is super flavorful and this just takes it to the next level

Close-up of garlic confit in infused olive oil

What is confit?

Confit is a type of food that is cooked slowly over a long period of time as a method of preservation. This garlic confit utilized oil, however confits can be made with grease, or sugar water as well at a low temperature. The cooking method originated in the French cuisine and can range from fruit confited into a sugar syrup or meat cured in salt before being cooked in fat.

Historically, this process came before refrigerators. We needed a way to preserve food so it didn’t rot so hunters and cooks dating way back were using this method to preserve meats. What started from food security turned into a culinary technique that has been perfected by chefs and cooks around the world.

Ingredients:

Here are the key ingredients you’ll need to make this Delicious, Buttery Garlic Confit:

Ingredient Notes:

Garlic: Garlic has so many proven health benefits. Yeah, it may give you stinky breath, but it’s so delicious and good for you. Here are just some of those benefits it offers:

  • High in nutrition, but low in calories
  • Can combat sickness, including the common cold
  • The compounds in garlic can help reduce blood pressure
  • Can help lower cholesterol levels
  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Can help detoxify heavy metals from your body
  • Can improve bone health

The best part? Garlic is so easy to incorporate into your diet. Throw it in just about any savory dish you are cooking up, add it to salad dressings or dips, the list goes on, and on. What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Spices & Herbs: Get creative with the spices and herbs to try and get some different flavors. It’s hard to mess this garlic confit up. It’s delicious and totally versatile.

How do you make garlic confit?

This garlic confit recipe is so simple to make but is jampacked with flavor. God, I love garlic. Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients for garlic confit in pot

Ingredients for garlic confit in pot

Step One: To a medium-large sized saucepan/pot add all the ingredients and over on low (do not boil) for around 30 minutes or until garlic is perfectly buttery and creamy

Finished garlic confit in pot

Step Two: Use a slotted spoon to transfer the garlic to a large jar and store for up to 3 weeks in the fridge, or up to 10 days on the counter.

The best part of this garlic confit recipe (okay, well except for the garlic itself)? The leftover-infused garlic oil when you’ve finished eating all the garlic is a dream. You can throw it into anything you use oil in, like mayo or hummus, or drizzle it on a salad. It’s so flavorful!

TIP: Slow cook your garlic with anything you like. I did thyme and peppercorns, but you could do any spices, lemons, or even chilis!

FAQ & Expert Tips:

Storage: Refrigerate the garlic confit immediately once cooled. It will last weeks and months.

What should I use this on? Use this in things like butter, spread, dips, and sauces. Eat with salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta… honestly, the possibilities are limitless.

Get Creative: Slow cook your garlic with anything you like. I did thyme and peppercorns, but you could do any spices, lemons, or even chilis!

Tips: Cook it low and slow making sure to follow the cooking instructions. Be patient, let them cook till soft, golden and perfectly buttery!

Herbs: Add herbs and spices you love the most to get different mixes of this delicious garlic confit.

Is garlic confit safe? As long as you store your confit correctly, it’s like any other food product and you can avoid any bacteria growth. Make sure you follow the instructions for storage and shelf-life to avoid any issues with safety of consuming this.

Can you freeze garlic confit? Yes you can! Freeze it with the oil or puree it and freeze separately for up to 2 months. You can even freeze it into covered ice-cube trays for easy removal when you want some.

Jar of garlic confit next to jar of infused olive oil.

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Delicious, Buttery Garlic Confit

4.81 from 148 votes
This delicious garlic confit recipe is versatile, and easy-to-make, plus you can eat it on just about anything.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Vegan Appetizers, Vegan Comfort Food
Cuisine Mediterranean-Inspired
Servings 1 Large Jar - as many as 40 servings
Calories 51 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 heads of garlic cloves peeled, around 2 3/4 cups (I highly suggest buying pre-peeled garlic)
  • 8-10 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes - optional
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups pure olive oil

Instructions
 

  • To a medium-large sized saucepan/pot add all the ingredients and over on low (do not boil) for around 30 minutes or until garlic is perfectly buttery and creamy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer
    the garlic to a large jar and store for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Refrigerate garlic confit immediately once cooled.  It will last up to 2-3 weeks.  But honestly, you will eat it before week 1!
Use in things like butter, spread, dips, and sauces.
Eat with salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta... honestly, the possibilities are limitless.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Large Jar - up to 40 servings, depending on consumption | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.4g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 5.8mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 0.3g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Lanna

5 stars
I love the subtle sweetness of this garlic. It reminds me of something you’d buy at a gourmet market

Maria Koutsogiannis

So happy to hear Lana! I’m here to provide your delicious gourmet style recipes 😉

Rebecca Sanderson

5 stars
Seriously the easiest recipe EVER (only 2 steps) for the most delicious garlicky treat. I served this alongside my meats and cheeses on a charcuterie board and it was a hit!

Maria Koutsogiannis

That’s perfect Rebecca! I’m so happy you’re finding awesome ways to use it!!

Martina McKinney

5 stars
could I add onions or shallots to the garlic? would that work

Maria Koutsogiannis

You can confit anything you would like! Using onion or shallots would taste delicious Martina!

Greg

5 stars
My girlfriend and I used this as a base for our homemade pizzas instead of tomato sauce and OH MY GOD it was so delicious. I’m thinking it will be really good in a grilled cheese sandwich too. Thanks for the great recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome Greg! That’s an awesome idea, it’ll taste delicious for sure!

Paven K

5 stars
Mine is in the oven cooking right now in a Dutch oven! So excited!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I am so excited for you! You’re going to love it.

Janet

This pairs great with any salad or sauce. I’ve been trying ut with everything- and it all works. WOW. thank you maria

Maria Koutsogiannis

I love to hear that! SO happy you enjoy, and thank you!!

Tracey Eaton

5 stars
IM ADDICTED!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

ME TOO TRACEY! its always in my fridge and ready to use lol!

Heather

Hello
Just waiting for mine to cool. Do you jar it with the oil and refrigerate or jar just the garlic?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hi Heather! I usually jar the garlic with a little bit of oil to keep moisture, and then I save the remaining oil in a separate jar to use for cooking! Enjoy 🙂

Kim F

5 stars
I’ve had this before but didn’t know how easy it was to make! Should I refrigerate the left over oil as well?

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, kim!

Penny

5 stars
I have made with so many different herbs! I love adding chili peppers for an extra kick !! YUM!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES! great idea Penny!!

Fiona D.

5 stars
I made garlic bread with this- mind blown! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

GREAT IDEA!! Im going to do that now. so delicious!!

Karey

5 stars
This is delicious !!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you SO much Karey!!!

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