How to Easily Peel Garlic

Learning how to easily peel garlic is one of those major ah ha moments in the kitchen. Well, at least it was for me.

I use garlic in so many savory recipes that sometimes, it is just great to have peeled garlic on hand that I can just grab and go for super quick meals — or when I’m feeling extra lazy.

Wanna know the secret?

Well, today is your lucky day. Here’s my little tip on how to easily peel garlic.

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How to Easily Peel Garlic

Learning how to easily peel garlic makes a cook's dream come true!
Cook Time1 min
Total Time1 min
Calories: 0
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • garlic bulb


  • Wrap the garlic bulb in a damp paper towel and place into the microwave. Microwave on high for 15-20 seconds, then remove from the microwave and rub lightly with the paper towel. Garlic cloves with easily emerge from their skins.
  • To store: place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for later use.

Perfect for my Chicken with Garlic and Mushroom Sauce Recipe and so many more!

Robyn xo

12 comments on “How to Easily Peel Garlic”

  1. I crush the bulb with the flat side of a knife, put all the pieces in two medium/large bowls (held together so it makes a sphere) and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Voila! Peeled garlic. It’s crazy easy.

  2. How have I not been doing this?! I absolutely hate peeling garlic but now it’s so easy!

  3. YES!! I despise peeling garlic and am so excited about this tip. Thank you!

  4. Wow. I learn something new every day! Of course I knew the shake-the-garlic-in-two-bowls trick but never liked that because it does bruise the cloves. I can’t wait to try this! It’s the little tips and tricks like this that make cooking so much more enjoyable.

  5. Thanks so much. Ah ha!

  6. This is genius! I am always making a mess trying to peel my cloves!

  7. Thank you, Robyn. Good to know. Have a great day!

  8. I love all your recipes & great advice – always look forward to all you offer. Thanks for all the hard work. Good luck on the next year!

  9. I can’t wait to try this! I use a ton of garlic and now I am smashing it to release the peel, or rubbing it in this tube thing that works great, but your way seems to enable me to work faster!!

  10. This is good to know. Thanks! You know I’m pinning it!

  11. Worked okay. The peel is damp and doesn’t fly all over the place. Will use this tip again.

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