What Do You Do With Pickled Garlic?

Last Updated on May 29, 2023 by Lauren Beck

As a self-proclaimed food enthusiast, I’ve had my fair share of culinary adventures with pickled garlic. 

In this article, we’ll dive into the exciting world of pickled garlic and explore creative ways to incorporate it into your dishes. 

Get ready to unlock the tangy potential of pickled garlic and elevate your meals to new heights of flavor!

10 Things To Do With Pickled Garlic

  1. Add it to Salads: Toss pickled garlic into your favorite salads for a zesty twist and an extra flavor.
  2. Use as a Pizza Topping: Slice pickled garlic and scatter it over your pizza for a tangy and aromatic addition to your favorite slice.
  3. Mix in Pasta Sauces: Chop or mince pickled garlic and stir it into your sauces to elevate the taste and give it a unique twist.
  4. Make Pickled Garlic Butter: Mash pickled garlic into softened butter and spread it on bread, use it as a flavorful topping for grilled meats, or melt it over steamed vegetables.
  5. Blend into Dips and Spreads: Add pickled garlic to hummus, guacamole, or cream cheese-based spreads for an exciting flavor boost.
  6. Garnish Soups and Stews: Float a few slices of pickled garlic over your favorite soups or stews to infuse them with a tangy and aromatic note.
  7. Use in Stir-Fries: Toss pickled garlic into stir-fries and your favorite vegetables and protein for a burst of tangy flavor.
  8. Incorporate into Sandwiches: Slice pickled garlic and layer it in your sandwiches for a punch of flavor that complements other ingredients.
  9. Blend into Salad Dressings: Puree pickled garlic and incorporate it into your homemade salad dressings for a unique and tangy twist.
  10. Enjoy as a Snack: Indulge in pickled garlic straight from the jar as a flavorful and savory snack.

What is Pickled Garlic?

Pickled garlic is garlic that has been preserved in a vinegar-based solution. The pickling process enhances the garlic’s flavor, giving it a tangy, slightly acidic taste that pairs well with various dishes [1].

How To Make Pickled Garlic?

Making pickled garlic at home is relatively simple. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:

  1. Peel the desired amount of garlic cloves.
  2. In a saucepan, combine equal parts vinegar and water. Add a pinch of salt and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Add the garlic cloves to the boiling mixture and let them simmer for a few minutes until they become tender.
  4. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the garlic and liquid cool.
  5. Transfer the garlic cloves and the pickling liquid into clean, sterilized jars, ensuring the cloves are fully submerged.
  6. Seal the jars tightly and refrigerate for at least a week to allow the flavors to develop.

Tips for Pickling Garlic:

  • Use fresh, high-quality garlic cloves for the best results.
  • To vary the flavor, experiment with different types of vinegar, such as white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Add herbs or spices, like chili flakes or peppercorns, to the pickling liquid to customize the taste.
  • Allow the pickled garlic to sit in the refrigerator for at least a week before consuming it to allow the flavors to meld together.

How Long Does Pickled Garlic Last?

pickled garlic on a jar

Properly stored, homemade pickled garlic can last several months in the refrigerator. However, the texture and flavor may change over time.

Can You Freeze Pickled Garlic?

While it is possible to freeze pickled garlic, the texture may become softer upon thawing. Freezing is not recommended for maintaining the original texture of the pickled garlic.

Can You Pickle Garlic Without Vinegar?

Yes, you can pickle garlic without vinegar. Alternate methods include fermenting garlic using a saltwater brine or a combination of lemon juice and salt as a pickling agent.


In conclusion, pickled garlic is a versatile ingredient that adds a tangy and flavorful punch to various dishes. 

Whether used as a pizza topping, blended into dips, or enjoyed straight from the jar, its unique taste elevates the culinary experience. Embrace creativity and experiment with pickled garlic in various recipes to discover new and exciting flavor combinations. 

So, grab a jar of pickled garlic, let your taste buds guide you, and embark on a delicious journey that will enhance your meals with its zesty allure. Don’t be afraid to pickle and play!


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