Ever wondered how to make deliciously crunchy, aromatic, and golden Toasted Garlic Bits? Wonder no more! This simple tutorial will show you how to toast garlic and use it in your favorite recipes.
Toasted Garlic is one of the condiments I use heavily in my home cooking. It’s a great way to add deep flavor, aroma, and texture to your Filipino dishes. So keep a jarful handy to sprinkle an extra boost of yum on almost anything, from soups to dumplings!
Ways you can use toasted garlic
- Arroz Caldo– top a piping hot bowl of rice soup with toasted garlic for an extra layer of yum
- Pancit palabok– add toasted garlic to the wide array of toppings and expect a fiesta in your mouth.
- Pork Adobo-this is one dish that can’t have too much garlic!
What you need
- Garlic– peeled and minced
- Oil– use oil with a neutral taste and a high smoke point, such as canola, corn, vegetable, or safflower.
So how do we turn fresh cloves into these crisp, golden nuggets of aroma and flavor? Here are my tips on how to toast garlic below.
- Use a food processor to mince the garlic, especially if cooking in bulk.
- Add the garlic in warm oil (NOT hot!) and cook in low heat until golden brown. Garlic burns fast, and if you add it to already hot oil, the outside will brown before the inside sufficiently crisps.
- The key in cooking toasted garlic is low and slow. If you rush and cook it in high heat, the garlic will easily burn and end up with a bitter taste.
- Use enough oil to allow the garlic pieces to swim freely in the pan and ensure even browning.
- Cooking the garlic gently allows it to infuse the oil with flavor. Use the flavored oil in recipes such as beef salpicao or tilapia with black bean sauce.
- When you add the garlic to the pan, do not stir immediately as the garlic tends to stick together. Instead, move the pan around, tilting and swirling, until garlic bits are scattered evenly.
- Once the oil starts bubbling and the garlic is lightly golden, turn off the heat. The residual heat will continue cooking the garlic to that golden-brown perfection!
- To drain the oil completely, spread out the toasted garlic bits on the paper towel. Let it air dry until completely cool and crisp.
How to store
Store toasted garlic in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place for up to one week.
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
- In a pan over low heat, heat oil until warm (NOT HOT).
- Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- With a slotted spoon, remove garlic from oil and drain on paper towels.
- Allow to cool completely and crisp. Store in an airtight container.
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