Easy Garlic Paste

Having discovered the convenience of homemade garlic paste, we’ve been using it constantly in our cooking. Preparing this paste in large batches and freezing it has become a game-changer in our kitchen, significantly extending its shelf life.

Garlic paste in a bowl with garlic cloves on chopping board

Crafting garlic paste

Garlic paste is straightforward: it’s just blended garlic and oil. This simple paste is a lifesaver for recipes that require garlic, significantly reducing prep time.

Homemade garlic paste wins over store-bought versions for us every time. Its freshness and flavor are unmatched, and we take comfort in knowing precisely what’s in it. If you have a food processor or a blender this is even easier to prepare in large batches at home.

Although ginger and garlic paste are popular combinations, we find it beneficial to keep garlic paste separate. Many recipes call for either garlic or ginger paste alone, and having them separately ensures versatility in the kitchen.

Selecting the right oil

We opt for vegetable oil when making this paste, but any neutral-flavored oil like grapeseed, canola, or sunflower oil works well. The goal is to choose an oil that won’t overpower the robust flavor of the garlic.

A bowl of garlic bulbs ready to be made into paste.

For the preppers

We like to make our garlic paste in large batches and freeze the portions in an; each cube will be roughly a teaspoon, making it super easy to throw in a few cubes as we’re cooking, especially if we’re making curries, soups, or sauces.

And if you’re in the business of meal-prepping and time-saving, check out our other paste recipe:

The possibilities are endless

Don’t just take our word for it; check out just how much time it can save you when you’re cooking - all these dishes require some amount of garlic, and that’s time (and energy) saved peeling and mincing.

  • Marinades: Add garlic paste into your marinade mix to enhance the flavor of meats, poultry, or fish.
  • Sauces and Gravies: Add depth to sauces and gravies for pasta, meat dishes, or stews.
  • Stir-Fries: A spoonful of garlic paste can elevate the taste of vegetables and meats in stir-fry dishes.
  • Salad Dressings: Mix it into vinaigrettes or creamy dressings for a garlic kick in salads.
  • Garlic Bread: Spread it on bread with butter, sprinkle with herbs and cheese, and bake for delicious garlic bread.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Toss vegetables with garlic paste before roasting to infuse them with garlic flavor.
  • Dips and Spreads: Mix into hummus, guacamole, or cream cheese for a flavorful spread or dip.
  • Soups: Stir into soups and broths for added richness and flavor.
  • Seasoning for Roasts: Rub onto meats before roasting to infuse them with garlic flavor.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Mix into mashed potatoes for a garlicky twist.
  • Rice Dishes: Add to rice before cooking to infuse the rice with a subtle garlic flavor.
  • Pizza Topping: Use as a base sauce or topping for homemade pizzas.

A clear jar of homemade garlic paste with a garlic cloves and bulbs scattered around it.

What's the ideal quantity of garlic paste to use in cooking?

For us, one teaspoon of garlic paste is equivalent to one garlic clove. We conveniently freeze our paste in one-teaspoon portions using an ice cube tray. Of course, you might prefer to use a smaller amount, such as ½ teaspoon, depending on your taste.

What's the shelf life of garlic paste in a refrigerator?

Garlic paste can be kept in the fridge for about 5 days in an airtight jar.

How long does garlic paste last when frozen?

Frozen garlic paste can be stored for up to 6 months, making it our preferred method for long-term storage. Freezing the paste in an ice cube tray tray allows for easy use and portion control.

Easy Garlic Paste

Ever since we started making this homemade garlic paste, there's been no turning back! We prepare it in large quantities and store it in the freezer, significantly extending its shelf life.



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11 kcal

A rustic bowl of garlic paste on a dark wooden kitchen surface, surrounded by whole garlic bulbs and individual cloves.


  • 7 ounces garlic cloves

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. Mince your garlic in a food processor or blender until finely minced. Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and mix together thoroughly until the mixture forms a paste.

  2. Store your garlic paste in an airtight jar. If you’re freezing your garlic paste, freeze the paste in an ice cube tray (roughly 1 teaspoon for each use).


  • Save some time with peeling garlic: fill a bowl with all of your unpeeled garlic cloves, place another bowl over the top and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. This loosens the peel on all of the cloves and often completely removes it.


  1. Calories 11 kcal | 
  2. Carbohydrate Content 2.2 g | 
  3. Cholesterol Content 0 mg | 
  4. Fat Content 0.2 g | 
  5. Fiber Content 0.1 g | 
  6. Protein Content 0.4 g | 
  7. Serving Size 1 portion | 
  8. Sodium Content 1.1 mg | 
  9. Sugar Content 0.1 g | 

About the author

Emma Donin is the culinary maestro behind this blog that serves as a melting pot of global cuisines and gastronomic adventures. Her culinary journey began in her grandmother's kitchen, where she learned the fundamentals of cooking and the importance of using fresh, quality ingredients.

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