This is a simple tutorial to show the easiest way to peel garlic cloves and prepare them for almost all dishes!
If you're like any other human who likes garlic, you've had at least one experience when you just got fed up with peeling your garlic. I've purchased some easy-peel garlic, and some ridiculously challenging, hair-pulling heads of garlic with tons of tiny little cloves. You know what I'm talking about.
I've attempted the mason jar technique where you put a whole head of garlic in the jar, seal, and shake like crazy. It can take a while before the skin starts coming away, and if you shake too hard then you get halfway peeled, broken cloves, that have little pieces of skin stuck to them. Not my favorite method. My technique shown here is the easiest way to both peel and prepare garlic!
Best Method for Peeling Garlic
I started using this technique and I haven't looked back.
- Separate the cloves of garlic from the head, using as many cloves as you need.
- Keeping skins on, lay the clove on a cutting board and lay your knife horizontally on top.
- Use the heel of your hand and gently smash down on top of the knife.
- Peel the skin away.
Best Method for Preparing Garlic
- Thinly slice your peeled garlic lengthwise.
- Use as is in any dish.
- If you want smaller pieces for soups or similar recipes, dice after thinly slicing.
Why This Method Works
When you lightly smash the garlic, it not only makes it easy to peel, but it releases so much more flavor and oils.
Unless you're preparing a dish that requires you to have perfectly round shaped slices of garlic, it doesn't matter that they're not completely in tact.
Thinly slicing the cloves lengthwise gives you a great size for an even cook when you sauté. When you mince and finely dice garlic for sautéing it's super easy to burn it. With this size you can get a perfect caramelization without it being too small or too thick. When you cut large chunks of garlic you can get a caramelization on the outside with an uncooked middle.
Enjoy using this method with your next dish!
Best Way to Peel and Prepare Garlic Cloves
- 1 head of garlic
- Remove 1 head of garlic with skin still on. Place the clove on a cutting board and lay your sharp knife horizontal on top of the clove. Use the palm of your hand and lightly smash the knife down.
- Easily remove the skin.
- After you've done a light smash on the garlic and peeled the skin, thinly slice lengthwise. This method releases the most flavor and oil in the garlic when cooking. You also get the most even cook whether you're caramelizing the garlic or lightly cooking.