Main picture of black garlic next to white garlic. Several black garlic cloves have been opened to show the dark interior.

Black Garlic

Smooth and sweet, black garlic is packed with antioxidants and is the perfect addition to a healthy diet.
Course Condiments
Cuisine Asian
Keyword garlic
Special Diet Candida Diet, GF, Paleo, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 days
Total Time 28 days 10 minutes
Servings 145 cloves
Calories 3kcal


  • 12 heads garlic


  • If the garlic is fresh from your garden, make sure to clean and trim all garlic heads. If bought from the supermarket, it is likely clean and ready to go.
  • Wrap the garlic heads in parchment or freezer paper. Then, to help keep them sealed, you can wrap them again with aluminum foil over the paper.
  • Place the wrapped garlic heads inside a stainless steel pot, or into your slow cooker or rice cooker. If using a black garlic fermenter, follow the instructions that came with your particular fermenter.
  • If using a proofer, place the stainless steel pot into the proofer and set it to 60ºC/140ºF. If using a rice cooker or slow cooker, cover with the lid and set to "keep warm" setting.
  • It's a good idea to mark your starting date somewhere on the outside of your cooking appliance. (Yes, you can see we live a Spanglish lifestyle.) 😉
  • After a few weeks, you can begin checking on the garlic. Open a clove to check on the color and texture. You want to keep cooking until the cloves are dark brown to black.
    If yours are still lighter than that, re-wrap the garlic and cook for several more days/weeks. If you feel that it isn't cooking fast enough, you can slightly increase the temperature, keeping it within the range of 60-75ºC/140-170ºF
  • Once finished, you can remove the garlic and store wrapped, or you can peel the cloves and store them peeled in a sealed container.



Serving: 1clove | Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg