How to Mince Garlic

Minced garlic is used in almost every savory recipe! Learn how to mince garlic perfectly with our tips and tricks.

For more tips and tricks in the kitchen, check out our posts on How to Cut a Watermelon, and How to Freeze Pancakes!

Three garlic bulbs on a table

Everything is Better with Minced Garlic!

I LOVE garlic. In fact, I consider it an essential ingredient. 😉 It elevates almost any recipe and gives it that extra flavoring that is so delicious. Nothing smells better than minced garlic cooking on the stove.

If you’re not familiar with how to mince a clove of garlic, then this post is for you! It’s super simple and you will be a pro with just a little bit of practice. So read on and get started mincing!

How to choose garlic:

When choosing a bulb of garlic look for ones that are firm, plump and have dry skins. They should be stored in a dry open aired section of the produce department.

Five peeled garlic cloves

How to Peel Garlic

To quickly peel a bulb using the shake method:

  • Firmly pound the bulb on the counter and separate all of the cloves
  • Place all of the cloves in a jar with a lid.
  • Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. The cloves will slide right out of their peels.
  • Pick out all of the cloves.

If you just need a few cloves, simply remove the desired number from the larger bulb. Using the side of the kitchen knife press firmly down on the cloves to loosen the clove from the peel.

Mincing garlic with a knife

Ways to Mince Garlic

There are several ways to do it! Here are our top ways to mince garlic.

  • Knife and cutting board: Use a large chefs knife to cut the cloves into small pieces
  • Garlic press: Place the peeled cloves in a garlic press. The garlic will be forced through the holes. Clear the scraps from the inside of the press and repeat as needed.
  • Grater: Use a rasp grater/microplane Just grate the cloves just like you would a small piece of cheese. This is a handy way to grate the garlic right over the pan.

Minced Garlic FAQ

Can I use garlic when a green root has begun to form? As long as the fleshy part of the garlic looks white and feels firm it is still ok to eat. Slice the clove and remove the small green root as it is a bit bitter.

How to measure minced garlic? Many recipes will ask for a certain measuring amount such as 1 tsp of minced garlic other recipes will state for you to use a certain number of cloves. Generally 1 medium-size clove of Garlic will yield about 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic.

What can I use instead of fresh garlic? If you do not have a bulb of fresh garlic you can use other types of garlic. For 1 clove of garlic, you can use any of the following:

  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic juice

Minced garlic on a cutting board

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How to Mince Garlic

5 from 4 votes

Minced garlic is used in almost every savory recipe! Learn how to mince garlic perfectly with our tips and tricks.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 4 kcal

Ingredients

  • garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. Peel the skin off the garlic cloves.

  2. Mince the garlic using any of the following methods:

  3. Knife and cutting board: Use a large chefs knife to cut the cloves into small pieces.

  4. Garlic press: Place the peeled cloves in a garlic press. The garlic will be forced through the holes. Clear the scraps from the inside of the press and repeat as needed.

  5. Grater: Use a rasp grater/microplane Just grate the cloves just like you would a small piece of cheese. This is a handy way to grate the garlic right over the pan.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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