How to: Peel Garlic

How to: Peel Garlic

Learning how to peel garlic, or to chop and onions, or strip thyme from the stem, or anything else that falls into the preparation category of cooking is very important.

If you want to cut down your prep time, or save money by not buying prepared foods (chopped garlic, peeled onions, chopped butternut etc) this is a skill you will just have to learn.

garlic bulbs on brown surface
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Watching a video online to see how an onion is chopped is easy, but mastering the skill takes time. In the long run, however, this will definitely save you time and frustration.

Even though I had hospitality as a subject in high school, and I was taught how to chop an onion and peel garlic in Grade 8, it still took practice to master it.

Patience is the name of the game here, we can all do with a little more patience. And once you have mastered some basic cooking skills, you can bump up your game and start to add ingredients into food without any effort.

Garlic is a fantastic ingredient that goes with just about anything, like my lemon-garlic pasta dish, garlic rolls or garlic naan.

With some patience, you can learn how to do it too! Below is just a simple method of peeling garlic, it is the method I use at home, but if you are interested in watching a video, check out this cool video that sums it up perfectly.

How to Peel Garlic

As useful skill for anyone who loves to use fresh garlic cloves.
Active Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins


  • Chopping board
  • Knife


  • Separate the cloves from the head or knob.
  • Using the flat edge of your knife, press down on each individual clove.
  • This will loosen the skin and make it easy to peel and chop.


Even if you have garlic cloves that are already peeled, you should still press the garlic with the flat edge of your knife, this is called “bruising´´ and it releases the flavour of the clove.

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