Make Roasted Garlic in 15 Minutes with This Trick

updated May 1, 2019
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With its deep, rich flavor, roasted garlic makes anything it touches taste totally luxurious. While it requires some patience when it cooks in the oven, it’s a whole different story with the pressure cooker.

“Roasting” Garlic in the Pressure Cooker

There’s nothing particularly difficult about the traditional method of roasting garlic in the oven. In fact, it’s really pretty simple. The only thing going against it is the 45 minutes it takes to cook. When I think enough to plan ahead, I like to toss a few bulbs in the oven whenever I have something in there that takes a while to cook, like a whole chicken or lasagna. But that never actually seems to happen often enough.

More often it’s not until I’m deep into my meal prep that I want to get my hands on a few cloves of roasted garlic. Like when it’s 6 p.m. and I realize that my dinner could seriously benefit from its sweet, mellow richness. And with the help of the electric pressure cooker, that can become a reality in a matter of minutes.

While oven-roasted garlic needs about an hour of cook time, you can get the same tasty result in about 15 minutes from start to finish with the help of your pressure cooker, followed by a few minutes under the heat of the broiler. Technically this process is steaming, not roasting, but the results are deliciously similar and can be used in all the same ways.

Prepare the heads of garlic by slicing off the top quarter-inch, just as you would if you were cooking them in the oven. Add one cup of water, insert the steamer basket into the pressure cooker, and place the garlic on top (no need to wrap it). Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Once the pressure has been released, transfer the garlic to an oven-safe dish, drizzle with olive oil, and put it under the broiler for another five minutes to caramelize. The result? Mellow, soft, spreadable cloves of garlic that can be used immediately.

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