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How to cut garlic

What a love I have for garlic. I like to use it in almost every dish.

I am going to show you how to cut garlic.

We are going to peel, cut, chop, and mince it. I have a little trick to show you on how to remove the skin easily off of the clove.

Don’t forget to watch my video to see all the steps.

How to Cut Garlic Video

garlic all chopped


  • Garlic cloves


  • Chef knife
  • Cutting board

4 Steps on how to cut garlic

These simple steps are real easy to follow.

Use the garlic that you learn how to cut in my recipe for texas toast.

1. How to separate garlic cloves

seperating garlic cloves

The easiest way to separate garlic cloves is to give it a good smack on the counter to break them up a little or you can use a knife and wiggle it between two cloves until it falls out.

You can see where each clove is by the bumps on the outside of the bulb. At this point, you are looking to see if your garlic is bad.

2. How to cut the ends off of garlic cloves

cutting the ends off the garlic cloves

Once you have all of your cloves broken up you want to cut the tips off from the ends.

This will help in the next step of removing the skin from the garlic. Use can minced garlic in my chicken Florentine recipe.

3. How to remove the skin from garlic cloves

Smush the garlic clove

smushing the garlic clove

Place your clove on the cutting board and lay your knife flat side down on top of it.

You want to squish the clove with the side of the knife.

Peel the skin off

You will see that giving it a good smush with the knife will just about bust all of the skin right off! I really cover this in-depth with my post on how to peel garlic.

4. Cut, chop and mince the garlic

Cutting garlic can be done in a few ways. It all depends on what you are using it for and the potency you want.

Most commonly, you are going to want to mince the garlic because it adds the most flavor and makes the garlic more evenly spread through your dish. Make sure you learn how to store your garlic.

Slice the garlic into thin slices, it doesn’t matter what direction you start with.

Then you are going to chop those slices going in the opposite direction that you sliced them before.

Now you can mince it up by rocking your knife back and forth over your pile until you get it to the mince you like.

Mince garlic really goes good in my meatball sub recipe.

You want to store your garlic in a dark dry area. Light and moisture will only cause your garlic to start growing mold. At all costs I try to avoid putting garlic in the fridge, this will make it soft really quickly.

A garlic clove is a part of the garlic bulb. Under the papery skin is where you will find all of the cloves of a garlic bulb.

garlic all chopped up

How To Cut Garlic (4 SImple Steps) Home Cook Basics

Learn how to cut up garlic for your next dish in 4 quick and simple steps.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
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Total Time 2 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 18 kcal


  • Chef knife
  • Cutting board


  • 4 Garlic cloves


  • Start by separating your garlic cloves from the bulb.
    Do this by smacking the bulb on the counter or you can use a knife and wiggle between the sections of cloves until one pops out.
  • Cut off the ends of each clove and then with the flat side of your knife you want to squish each garlic clove.
  • Slice, dice and then keep rocking the blade of your knife over the garlic until you have a mince.


Serving: 1gCalories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword How to cut garlic, How to cut garlic cloves, How to cut up garlic
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