Do you dread the mess and fuss of peeling garlic? It’s actually easier than you may think. Discover the 3 best ways for how to peel garlic fast with these simple kitchen hacks.
We use a lot of garlic in our cooking. On our sister site Urban Bliss Life, we’ve got recipes for everything from pillowy soft Garlic Parmesan Knots to Honey Garlic Chicken to Lemon Garlic Scallop Pasta.
All those recipes require a lot of chopped garlic, but peeling the cloves can be tricky. Unless you know some time-saving tricks. These 3 methods for peeling garlic are fast and clean-up friendly!
Peeling garlic: the bowl method
This technique causes the least amount of mess and you can peel several cloves at the same time.
- Separate the cloves from the garlic bulb by pressing down on it with your palm and rolling it back and forth.
- Add the cloves to a large bowl and cover with a plate or lid.
- Shake the bowl vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Remove the lid. The cloves should now be separated from their skins. Remove any loose skin. That’s it!
⏱ Total time: 1 minute
Peeling garlic: The crush method
You can peel your garlic in just a few seconds this way, but you can only do 1 or 2 cloves at a time.
- Separate the garlic cloves from the bulb.
- Take one clove and place it in the center of your cutting board.
- Grab a chef’s knife and place the flat side of the blade on top of the clove.
- Press down firmly on the clove until it crushes slightly. You may need to punch down on the flat blade with your palm. You want to press hard enough so the skin separates from the clove.
- Remove the separated skin and discard.
⏱ Total time: 30 seconds
Peeling garlic: the microwave method
This takes just a bit longer than the other two methods, but you can easily peel the whole bulb with this technique.
- Place a few cloves or the whole garlic clove in the microwave.
- Zap it for 20 seconds.
- Let cool for 30 seconds.
- The skin should come off easily by just pulling it off with your hands.
⏱ Total time: 1:30
Start with a sharp chef’s knife. Then place your garlic cloves in the center of your cutting board. Place the knife over the clove and cut into it, then use the curve of the blade to rock the knife back and forth. Repeat until the clove is chopped thoroughly.
Store chopped garlic in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep well for up to a week. After that, it may lose some of its flavor.