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Deep Fried Garlic Cloves. What!

Updated: Jan 12

Deep Fried Garlic Cloves: A Symphony of Flavor in Every Crunch.  Fire up your stove, grab some garlic, and get ready to experience the ultimate crunch and flavor explosion!
deep fried garlic cloves in canola oil.

Move over, potato chips! There's a new crispy, addictive snack in town, and it's packed with the potent punch of garlic. Deep-fried garlic cloves are a revelation for any garlicoholic, transforming the humble bulb into a textural and flavor sensation. So, ditch the store-bought, processed snacks and embark on a culinary adventure with this simple yet divine recipe.

The Quest for the Perfect Crunch:

Preparing deep-fried garlic cloves is a symphony of tasks, each contributing to the final harmony of flavor and texture. Here's your roadmap to crispy, golden perfection:

1. Gather your ingredients:

  • Garlic cloves: Choose fresh, plump cloves for the best flavor and texture.

  • Oil: Opt for a neutral oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable, canola, or peanut oil.

  • Coating (optional): You can go bare or add an extra layer of flavor and crunch with flour, breadcrumbs, or a tempura batter.

  • Seasoning: A sprinkle of salt or your favorite herbs like paprika, chili flakes, or garlic powder takes it to the next level.

2. Peel and prep:

  • Gentleness is key: Separate the cloves and remove the papery skin without bruising or damaging them.

  • Size matters: Slice or leave whole depending on your preference. Smaller pieces will cook faster, while whole cloves offer a delightful, garlic-infused surprise in each bite.

3. The deep-frying waltz:

  • Heat the oil: Aim for a temperature between 350°F and 375°F. Use a thermometer for precise control.

  • Fry in batches: Don't overcrowd the pan, or the temperature will drop, leading to soggy cloves.

  • Listen to the sizzle: The cloves will turn golden brown and sizzle merrily when ready.

  • Drain and rest: Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.

4. The ultimate reward:

  • Savor the crunch: The delicate exterior gives way to a soft, creamy garlic interior, bursting with flavor.

  • Spice it up: Sprinkle with your chosen seasoning or dip in your favorite sauce for an extra kick.

  • Versatility reigns: Enjoy them solo as a snack, sprinkle them over salads or pasta, or add them to your favorite stir-fry for a garlicky punch.

The Symphony of Flavor:

Deep-fried garlic cloves are more than just a snack; they're an experience. The symphony of textures starts with the satisfying crackle of the golden crust, followed by the yielding softness of the garlic within. Each bite is an explosion of savory, nutty, and slightly sweet garlic notes, leaving you wanting more.

Beyond the Basics:

Feeling adventurous? Experiment with different coatings like panko breadcrumbs or flavored tempura batter. Infuse the oil with herbs or chilies for a subtle twist. Get creative with seasonings like truffle salt or smoked paprika. The possibilities are endless!

So, ditch the bland and embrace the bold. Deep-fried garlic cloves are a testament to the transformative power of simple ingredients and a touch of culinary alchemy. With every crispy bite, you'll discover a world of flavor waiting to be explored. Now go forth, fry, and savor the symphony!

Bonus Tip: Don't discard the garlic-infused oil! Use it to dress salads, roast vegetables, or add depth to your favorite dishes. It's a flavor goldmine waiting to be tapped.

Remember, the key is fresh ingredients, careful frying, and a sprinkle of creativity. So, fire up your stove, grab some garlic, and get ready to experience the ultimate crunch and flavor explosion!

Deep-frying garlic cloves is a delicious adventure, but timing is key to avoiding burnt cloves and maximizing their sweet, golden bliss. Here's the scoop:

Cooking Time:

  • 2-3 minutes: This is the sweet spot for most cloves. It results in a light golden brown color and a tender but slightly firm texture. Ideal for enjoying as a snack or topping on dishes.

  • 1-2 minutes: Aim for this if you prefer your cloves extra crispy on the outside, with a still soft interior. Perfect for salads or adding a garlicky punch to dips.

  • 4-5 minutes: Push it here if you're seeking a deep caramelized flavor and texture. Think crispy nuggets of pure garlicky goodness, great for crushing over pasta or tossing with roasted vegetables.

Factors to Consider:

  • Oil Temperature: Maintain a steady temperature of 350°F (175°C) to ensure even cooking and prevent burning. Use a thermometer to keep an eye on it.

  • Clove Size: Smaller cloves will cook faster, so adjust the timing accordingly. Consider splitting larger cloves in half for quicker cooking.

  • Coating (Optional): If using a batter or breading, it may add a minute or two to the cooking time.

Pro Tip: Once the cloves reach your desired color, don't let them linger in the oil. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil and prevent further browning.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Start with a smaller batch and experiment with cooking times to find your ideal garlic goldilocks zone. Happy deep-frying! You're about to unleash a symphony of savory delight.

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Bears making Deep Fried Garlic. Hardneck Garlic Cloves

Written by Jere Folgert. Jere is owner of GroEat Farm, LLC which is a small, independently-owned grower and supplier of premium quality hardneck garlic (seed and culinary).    We provide exceptional quality hardneck garlic to nurseries,  market growers, home garden enthusiasts, chefs, and anyone else looking for better hardneck garlic.

Our mission at GroEat Farm, LLC is to grow premium hardneck garlic, preserve garlic varieties for the future (through propagation), and to provide others with the opportunity to grow garlic from our seed.   We help home gardeners, chefs, small-scale commercial growers, gardeners, plant nurseries, and anyone else looking for better hardneck garlic.  We are continuing a very long tradition of growing quality gourmet and seed hardneck garlic.   


GroEat Farm, LLC is a small, sustainable family farm located in Bozeman, Montana.  We’re located in the beautiful Hyalite foothills, below the Gallatin Mountain Range.  The hardneck varieties that grow at our farm (Ophioscorodon) flourish here, due to the combination of the cold winters, temperate summers, moist spring, and the dynamic alluvial soils, washed down from the Gallatin Range (comprised of Archean metamorphics, Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks, and Eocene volcanics).  Not only are the GroEat Hardneck garlic healthy and beautiful, the flavor’s are robust and delicate.


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