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A mini enameled cast iron dutch oven filled with garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme and dried pepper pods in avocado oil.

How to Make Garlic Confit

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  • Author: Kyndra Holley
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Take your food to the next level with this homemade Garlic Confit recipe. Infuse garlic cloves with aromatic herbs and spices, creating a versatile condiment that adds rich, mellow garlic flavor to a variety of dishes, from pasta and mashed potatoes to grilled meats and salad dressings.


  • 1 cup peeled garlic cloves 
  • 1.5 cups avocado oil or olive oil (This is my favorite olive oil) code kyndraholley for $5 off
  • fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme, optional 


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. 
  2. Add the garlic cloves and herbs, if using, to a mini dutch oven or other oven proof dish. 
  3. Pour the olive oil over top, completely submerging the garlic cloves.
  4. Cover, and bake for 2 to 2.5 hours, or until the garlic cloves are soft and are a light caramel color. 
  5. Discard the herbs and strain the oil through a fine mesh sieve. Transfer the cloves to a jar, and pour the strained oil over top, completely submerging the garlic cloves. Put the lid on and store in the fridge. 


  • Refrigeration: Store garlic confit in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cold temperature helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Submerge in Oil: Ensure that the garlic cloves are fully submerged in the oil to create an airtight seal and prevent spoilage. Always check the oil level when you use some confit, and top it off with more oil if needed.
  • Use Clean Utensils: When taking some of the garlic confit out of the jar, use clean and dry utensils to avoid introducing contaminants into the jar.
  • Separate Containers: If you make multiple batches with different flavorings, store them in separate containers to maintain their distinct flavors.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprigs of fresh thyme, rosemary, sage, or oregano can infuse the oil with aromatic herbal notes. It is also wonderful with a couple bay leaves added.
  • Black Peppercorns: Whole black peppercorns provide a mild peppery flavor and a hint of spice to the oil.
  • Peppers: A pinch of red pepper flakes or dried chili pods add a subtle heat to the oil, giving your garlic confit a little kick.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Condiment Recipes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: French