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Learn how to easily peel garlic for using in so many delicious recipes. This easy method to peel garlic is a timesaving dream for the cook!

Garlic adds such a scrumptious flavor to so many dishes! It can be a bit of a chore to peel if you don’t know an easy method. So learning how to easily peel garlic is one of those major timesaving gifts in the kitchen. Well, at least it was for me.

How to Easily Peel Garlic

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. Like a busy weeknight and I’m in a big  hurry to get supper on the table.

You can use this tip to peel your garlic cloves in just a jiffy. I love to use this method to peel some ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for making recipes later on that week. So easy!

Perfect for my making my Easy Garlic Shrimp, my Chicken with Garlic and Mushroom Sauce Recipe and so many more delicious and savory recipes!

I hope you find this easy tip helpful in your kitchen too!

5 from 2 votes

How to Easily Peel Garlic

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Cook Time 1 min
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American, Chinese, Italian, Seafood
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Learning how to easily peel garlic makes a cook's dream come true!


  • 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.

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  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. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!