30 Recipes You Can Make With Fresh Garlic

Southern Living Garlic Bread sliced on serving board

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Garlic is in almost all of our savory recipes. The smell of onions and garlic cooking is synonymous with dinner being prepared, and lets everyone in the house know that something tasty is in the works. If you're anything like us, when a recipe calls for garlic we measure not with accuracy but with our hearts, often throwing in an extra clove (or two). Sure, garlic can be quite pungent, but roasted, sautéed, or pickled, it mellows and becomes one of the ingredients we truly can't live without. Try out these recipes where the humble pantry ingredient gets a chance to shine.

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Pickled Garlic

Pickled Garlic
Stacy Allen; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Lindsey Lower

The pickling process gives garlic a gentle vinegar acidity, and also tames much of its pungency.

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Garlic Bread

Southern Living Garlic Bread on serving board

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

No matter what you're serving tonight, add this bread to the lineup. There isn't really a dinner where garlic bread isn't welcomed, right?

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Roasted Garlic Duchess Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Duchess Potatoes

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

The two bulbs of roasted garlic in these pretty potatoes adds a deep savoriness and richness that almost makes this side a meal unto itself.

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Green Beans With Garlic

Green Beans With Garlic

Garlic is a great way to make any vegetable a smidge tastier, and these green beans are no exception.

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Roasted Artichokes With Creamy Garlic Dipping Sauce

Southern Living Roasted Artichokes with Creamy Garlic Dipping Sauce

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Two whole heads of roasted garlic turn mayonnaise into the creamy dip of your dreams in this recipe.

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Boudin-Stuffed Turkey Breast With Lemon-Garlic Butter

Boudin-Stuffed Turkey Breast With Lemon-Garlic Butter
Photographer: James Ransom; Food Stylist; Ruth Blackburn; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

Thanks to the lemon-garlic butter, you'll never suffer a dry and flavorless turkey breast with this recipe.

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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Garlic Butter Shrimp
Will Dickey

In just 20 minutes, garlic, lemon, and crushed red pepper transform shrimp into a delicious weeknight meal in this recipe.

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Garlic-Oregano Chicken with Grilled Leeks and Lemon

Garlic-Oregano Chicken with Grilled Leeks and Lemon
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Fire up the grill for these Greek-inspired chicken thighs, which get charred to perfection.

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One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Orzo

One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Orzo
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Something magical happens when you combine garlic and butter, and this one-pan shrimp recipe proves it.

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Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Becky Luigart Stayner

Garlic, lemon, and rosemary are a classic trio used in chicken recipes, and for good reason. Each ingredient plays off each other beautifully, for super flavorful chicken without much effort.

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Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce

Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

The honey and garlic balance each other nicely in this recipe, as the sweetness of the sticky sweetener helps mellow the garlic's sharp bite.

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Sautéed Mustard Greens with Garlic and Lemon

Sautéed Mustard Greens with Garlic and Lemon
Laurey W. Glenn

Sometimes simple is best, and this ultra-uncomplicated greens recipe exemplifies it.

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Lemon-Garlic Butter Shrimp with Broccoli

Lemon-Garlic Butter Shrimp and Broccoli
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

This garlic-forward recipe will soon become your new favorite weeknight go-to.

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Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Quarters

Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Quarters
Hector Sanchez

Why roast a whole chicken when you can get the same flavor in half the time with quarters? Seasoned with rosemary and garlic, it will taste just like the classic bird, but without the long trip to the oven.

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Lemon-Pepper Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Lemon-Pepper Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Scampi is a garlic lover's dream, and our version is loaded with six cloves.

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Spaghetti Pie

Southern Living Spaghetti Pie in cast iron skillet after baking

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Garlic and tomato are a natural combination, especially when it comes to spaghetti.

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Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons

Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Caesar salad dressing already uses garlic, so we thought we could amplify the flavor by adding a extra dose of it to the croutons as well.

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Greek Grilled Chicken Pita

Greek Grilled Chicken Pita
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Greek chicken wouldn't be the same without the aroma that garlic gives the dish.

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Southern Living Spaghetti Sauce plated serving over spaghetti with the pan of sauce beside

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Start frying your onions and garlic now, and a spaghetti dinner will be on the table in no time.

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Fettuccine With Collards And Bacon

Fettuccine with collards and bacon in Dutch oven

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Lydia Purcell; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Garlic is used in two ways in this pasta. It's both in the panko breadcrumb topping and in the pan sauce, for layers of garlic flavor.

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Roasted Lamb With Fresh-Herb Sauce

Southern Living Roasted Lamb With Fresh-Herb Sauce on serving platter

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Melissa Gray; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

The vampires will definitely stay away after serving this stunning lamb (it's loaded with eight cloves of garlic.)

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White Calzones with Marinara Sauce

White Cheese Calzones with Marinara Sauce
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Rich and creamy ricotta seasoned with lemon zest and grated garlic makes up the ooey-gooey filling in this pizza-pocket.

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Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

Hummus doesn't require many ingredients, but it certainly requires garlic, even the black-eyed pea versions.

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Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
Caitlin Bensel/Southern Living

Bacon does a lot of the heavy-lifting in this veggie side, but garlic is an important background flavor, helping add savory depth to the green beans.

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Collard Greens with Garlic and Sippets

Candy Roaster Squash with Sorghum, Black Walnuts, and Cranberries
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Loaded with 1/3 cup of garlic, you won't be kissing anyone after eating these greens.

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Mini Crab Cakes With Garlic-Chive Sauce

Mini Crab Cakes
Jennifer Davick

Garlic and chives are both members of the allium (onion) family, so naturally they go well together in this creamy sauce for mini crab cakes.

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Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread

Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Garlic bread is the perfect vehicle for sopping up every last bit of this tasty stew.

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Balsamic-Garlic Chicken Breasts

Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes: Balsamic-Garlic Chicken Breasts
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Chicken breasts can easily be boring, but honey, balsamic vinegar, and several cloves of garlic ensure your chicken dinner is full of flavor.

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Grilled Royal Reds with Lemony Garlic Butter

Grilled Royal Reds with Lemony Garlic Butter

These gulf shrimp are prized for their lobster-like sweetness—a flavor only enhanced by plenty of lemon and garlic.

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Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
Greg Dupree; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

A good yogurt-based garlic sauce like this is a great grilled meat accompaniment to include at your next barbecue.

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