Inside the Spice Cabinet: Garlic Powder

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While not a direct substitute for fresh garlic, a few pinches of this fine-textured powder can still help produce a more full-flavored dish.

What Is Garlic Powder?

Taste: Savory, sweet
Most Popular Use: Spice blends, meat, vegetables

Garlic powder is made from garlic cloves that have been dehydrated and ground into fine particles. The flavor is garlicky but vastly different than fresh-chopped garlic. It tastes sweeter and much less assertive than fresh garlic, but also without the caramelly undertones that you get from roasted or sautéd garlic.

How To Use Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is a popular ingredient in spice blends and dry rubs. It’s used to season meat and veggies, and proves a welcome addition in snacks like popcorn and roasted nuts. Garlic powder can even be used to get brighter flavors in low-sodium dishes.

Recipes for Cooking with Garlic Powder