How to Make Garlic Confit

May 24, 2016

Garlic confit is a simple condiment that will add exceptional flavor to just about any meal.  This classic French technique helps preserve food in oil, from garlic cloves to whole duck legs.  Garlic cloves are gently simmered in oil until they become mild and buttery.  You can puree the confit and whisk it into your favorite vinaigrette or toss it with steamed vegetable.  A spoonful of garlic confit will make a world of difference for the flavor of mashed potatoes or slices of toasted French bread.  Garlic confit can be your secret weapon to add flair to all your dishes.

Garlic Confit


2 to 3 heads of garlic (approximately 1 cup of cloves)
1 1/2 cups olive oil


Step 1: Peel the whole garlic cloves and set aside.

Step 2: Heat the the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over low heat.  Add the whole garlic cloves and allow to gently simmer for 1 hour or until cloves are golden brown. 

Step 3: Pour the confit garlic into a sealable glass jar and let cool.  Once completely cool, store in the fridge.

Note: When preparing and storing your garlic confit, use your best food safety practices to prevent botulism.  This means using a sterilized container to store your garlic and keep it the fridge.  If preserved properly, garlic confit can last for months. 

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