How to Make Garlic Paste to Store & Use


Learn how to make garlic paste to store – it is a flavorful, healthy, time-saving cooking ingredient you can use in any recipe!

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After you’ve learned how to make this recipe you will find yourself using it all time when cooking. This how-to make garlic paste and store post is full of great information on not only how to make but also how you can use it and store it in your home.

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Making this paste is super easy, all you do is combine simple spices from your pantry and fresh garlic.

Though, I have to admit, making this paste has saved me some time for me while cooking. I need to get the paste from the fridge and add it to any meat or any dish I’m cooking. No more peeling, chopping, and crushing garlic over and over again.

This is a family recipe first shared by my grandma. She passed it on to my mom, who passed it on to me! My mom always cooked with this seasoning and was a staple in the fridge.

This is not an Indian recipe that is a homemade ginger garlic paste known to be used in Indian culture, this is a Spanish version my family has used for years.

You can still use this garlic puree in Indian dishes as we use this in small batches for all types of recipes.

The prep for this recipe does require you to peel garlic just once. But to save extra time you can prep this recipe while watching tv, get your kids to help, or listen to music.

What is Garlic paste?

It is a seasoning made beforehand, that usually contains garlic, oil, or some spices. The texture can be creamy, soft, or have a thicker consistency. It can be spread and added to certain dishes to provide more flavor.

Why make Homemade garlic paste?

  • Easy steps to follow that won’t take you much time to make this homemade paste
  • Cloves of garlic have many health benefits like reducing blood pressure
  • Making this is easy and the best way to save money than wasting it at grocery stores.
  • Your own garlic paste will be better tasting than store-bought.
  • Creating fresh garlic paste is a great way to get a stronger flavor
  • Commercial pastes don’t have much flavor since they use fresh garlic cloves

Main Ingredients 

  • 5 Garlic bulbs or about 30 pre-peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp of black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Salt: I use Himalayan pink salt, but you can use kosher salt, or any salt you have on hand.
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil: If you don’t like the texture of it you can always add more to change the consistency.

How to make Garlic Paste

  1. The first step is to break up the garlic head (s) into cloves and peel off the paper covers
peeling garlic

2.Place all the ingredients in your blender or food processor

garlic paste blending

3. Blend until you get a smooth paste. You may need to stop and scrape down the bowl periodically until a pasta/creamy consistency is achieved.

garlic paste in a blender

4.Pour the mixture into a glass or plastic jar and cover. Use or store

garlic paste

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Tips and Tricks

  • You can buy already peeled garlic if you don’t have time to peel garlic heads yourself.
  • For blending, you can use any of these kitchen appliances: food processor, blender, immersion blender
  • To peel garlic faster you can take a piece of garlic and move it in a twisting motion until the paper skin easily comes off.
  • Another garlic peeling trick is to smash down your garlic with the side of a knife ( be careful not to injure yourself).

Tips on How to Store Garlic Paste

  • This seasoning can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Ensure the paste is covered and only clean utensils are used to scoop out the paste.
  • Store in your refrigerator by placing garlic pasta in a glass container (my recommendation) or a plastic container.
  • You can freeze this garlic spread by placing some in an ice-cube tray to keep it frozen for up to a month
  • The more you blend, the smoother it will be
  • As always use your best judgment when food spoils in your refrigerator.

This homemade garlic paste recipe is one of the basic essential condiments used in Indian cooking, Hispanic recipes, and all types of meals.


How to Use Garlic paste?

You can spread this to season all types of meat like chicken, beef, pork chops, etc. Seasoning salmon, shrimp, or any type of seafood is also an option. Use this when cooking any recipe that calls for garlic!

How much garlic paste to use?

This recipe goes a long way when it comes to the amount you need. Use at least 1 tsp to season smaller meals and use a tablespoon when seasoning a large quantity of meat (for example, 6 chicken thighs or pork chops).

Side note, If you like garlic you can add as much as you want. This recipe is full of flavor and will give your food a garlicky kick of flavor to all your dishes. A little can go a long way!

Can I use garlic powder instead of garlic paste?

Yes! Use ¼ teaspoon garlic powder for every 1 teaspoon of paste needed.

How to make garlic paste by hand?

In order to make garlic paste by hand you have to peel garlic by hand by using a mortar and pestle to manually crush garlic instead of using a blender. Garlic paste is just a mixture of a couple of ingredients so it’s faster if you blend up everything instead of doing it yourself by hand.

How to make garlic paste fast?

You can make garlic paste fast by using a silicone garlic peeler or just buy a bag of already peeled garlic cloves and place all your ingredients in a blender. You do not have to cook anything to make garlic paste so by adding all your ingredients to a blender you can create that creamy mixture quickly.

What is garlic paste made of?

Garlic paste is made of garlic cloves and depending on the recipe a mixture of spices, as well as an oil base like olive oil. There are many ways to make garlic taste, as a lot of cultures have their own spin on it.

a kitchen spoon holding a tablespoon of garlic paste

Easy Garlic Paste Recipe

Learn how to make a garlic paste recipe at home and how to store it safely – it is a flavorful, healthy, time-saving cooking ingredient you can use in any recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course condiments
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • Blender
  • kitchen spoon
  • Glass container
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons


  • 5 Heads Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil


  • Break up garlic heads into cloves and peel off paper covers. 
  • Place all the ingredients in your blender of choice. 
  • Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and scrape down the bowl periodically until a pasta/creamy consistency is achieved.
  • Pour the garlic paste into a glass or plastic jar and cover.
  • Refrigerate.
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