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How Much Minced Garlic Equals a Clove?

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Minced Garlic in a Bowl with Spoon and Text Overlay How Much Minced Garlic Equals a Clove

Garlic is a wonderfully versatile ingredient used in various dishes. In our opinion, you can never have too much garlic. As some say:

Don’t ever let a recipe tell you how much garlic to put in. You measure that with your heart. 💖

But, some recipes ask for a number of cloves when you may only have minced garlic on hand or vice versa, and it’s good to know the conversion. So how much minced garlic equals one clove? Keep reading to find out!

Equating Cloves to Minced Garlic

Here are common conversions related to cloves of garlic to minced garlic. When we are talking about minced garlic, we are referring to finely minced fresh garlic or jarred minced garlic with chopped garlic, water, and normally citric acid or phosphoric acid.

What is the difference between minced garlic and chopped garlic? Minced garlic is finer than chopped garlic, which is larger and more coarse.

How many teaspoons is a clove of garlic?

One Garlic Clove Equals Half or One Teaspoon of Minced Garlic Visual Graphic

1 garlic clove = 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of minced garlic

One clove of garlic is approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

If you look at the labels of pre-minced garlic, some jars will say 1/2 teaspoon, and some will state 1 teaspoon is equal to 1 clove.

How many teaspoons are 2 cloves of garlic?

Two Garlic Cloves Equals 2 Teaspoons Visual Graphic

2 garlic cloves = 2 teaspoons of minced garlic

Two cloves of garlic are approximately 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.

How many tablespoons are 3 cloves of garlic?

3 Garlic Cloves Equals 1 Tablespoon

3 garlic cloves = 1 tablespoon of minced garlic

Three cloves of garlic are approximately 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.

How many tablespoons are 4 cloves of garlic?

4 Garlic Cloves Equals 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Minced Garlic Visual Graphic

4 garlic cloves = 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic

4 cloves of garlic are approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic.


Free Printable Garlic Measurements Chart

We’ve created this fresh garlic clove to minced garlic conversion chart, which you can print out and keep handy in your kitchen, for the next time a recipe calls for cloves and you only have jarred garlic.

With this chart, you’ll always know how many cloves to use per teaspoon or tablespoon of minced garlic. Plus, it notes other common garlic substitutes like garlic powder and dried minced garlic.

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How Much Dried Minced Garlic Equals a Clove?

One Garlic Clove Equals 1/8 Teaspoon Dried Minced Garlic

When using dried minced garlic (or garlic flakes), the conversion will be much different from jarred or fresh minced garlic. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, dried minced garlic looks similar to dried onion flakes.

1/8 teaspoon dried minced garlic = 1 clove of garlic

Use 1/8 teaspoon of dried minced garlic for every one garlic clove a recipe calls for.

This type of garlic is great to keep on hand in case you run out of fresh or jarred minced garlic or need a quick sprinkle of garlic flavor.


How Much Garlic Powder Equals a Clove?

One Garlic Clove Equals 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder Visual Graphic

When substituting garlic powder for garlic cloves, it is best to use less garlic powder than the recipe calls for garlic cloves. This is because garlic powder is more concentrated than fresh garlic. If you use too much powdered garlic, the garlic flavor may overpower your dish.

1/4 teaspoon = 1 clove of garlic

Use 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder for every 1 clove of garlic called for in a recipe.


Other Common Questions

Here you’ll find answers to related questions about garlic and how to use this vegetable when cooking.

Bulbs of Garlic

What can I substitute for garlic cloves?

Pre-minced garlic, garlic powder, garlic salt, granulated garlic, garlic paste, crushed garlic, and dried minced garlic are great substitutes for garlic cloves. These alternatives will achieve a comparable flavor. Other common substitutes for garlic include chives, shallots, fennel, or cumin.

What is a garlic clove vs. bulb?

Garlic cloves are the small, tear-shaped sections of garlic that make up the garlic bulb. Garlic bulbs are the large, rounded heads of garlic that we see in the grocery store.

What is a head of garlic?

A garlic ‘head’ is made up of many garlic cloves and can also be called the ‘bulb’ or ‘knob.’ Garlic cloves are the small, edible parts of the garlic plant. They are encased in a thin layer of skin and contain a garlic bulb.

How do I peel garlic?

Garlic is one of the most commonly used ingredients in cooking, but peeling garlic can be challenging. There are several methods that you can use to peel garlic, but the most important thing is to start with fresh garlic cloves. If the garlic cloves are old or dried out, they will be more difficult to peel.

To peel garlic, start by removing the papery skin. Then break the head of garlic into individual cloves. Then use one of the following methods to remove the peels.

  1. Knife method: place the blade of a chef’s knife on top of a few garlic cloves, and tap the knife gently. Then you can easily remove the skin from each clove. This will slightly crush the clove.
  2. Garlic peeler: use a garlic peeler, which is a small kitchen tool designed for peeling garlic. Start by putting the garlic cloves inside the peeler and then roll or knead the peeler back and forth on the countertop. This will break away the skin and peel the garlic.
  3. Bowl method: for larger amounts of garlic, you can use two bowls (placing one on top of the other with the garlic cloves inside – metal bowls work great) and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds until all the skins are removed. You can also use a bowl with a plate on top.

How should I store garlic cloves?

Store fresh garlic in a cool, dry place like a cabinet or shelf in your pantry or kitchen. Place in a mesh or brown paper bag, avoiding any containers that will trap air and moisture, causing the garlic to rot faster.


Final Thoughts

If garlic is an ingredient you often use, it’s essential to know the conversions from fresh cloves to minced garlic in teaspoons or tablespoons. We encourage you to sign up and download our free printable garlic measurements chart to keep in your kitchen for easy reference.

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