In this guide, we will answer the question, “3 cloves of garlic are how many teaspoons?” Also, we will see 4 easy recipes to use the garlic for its maximum potential.
3 cloves of garlic are how many teaspoons?
3 medium-sized cloves of garlic are equal to 3 teaspoons of minced garlic. as 1 clove is equal to a teaspoon of minced garlic, so 3 cloves are equal to 3 teaspoons or a tablespoon of minced garlic.
Garlic is an irregularly shaped object which cant be measured whole. For measuring it needs to be diced, chopped or minced.
What is garlic?
Garlic (Allium sativum L.) is a plant belonging to the onion family. It is quite a popular cooking ingredient because of its strong smell and delightful taste. Might be small in size, but this vegetable packs in a lot of flavors.
Like an onion, garlic also has dominant sulfur compounds owing to its smell. Other than sulfur, garlic has a predominant compound called allicin that is responsible for most of its health benefits.
Garlic is one of the best-researched herbal remedies and holds a unique position in history, traditionally employed to treat infection, colds, diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other disorders. Clinically, it has been evaluated for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose concentration, as well as for the prevention of arterio-sclerosis and cancer. Epidemiologically, garlic consumption inversely correlates with the risk of oral, stomach, esophageal, colon, and prostate cancers. In addition, it has many biological activities, including antibacterial, antithrombotic, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and antidiabetic actions (1).
How to use garlic in cooking?
Despite having a smell that some people love while others find it offensive, garlic is unique to its flavor. It has an interesting flavor profile so is its nutritional and health profile. Garlic is considered a rich source of volatile compounds, which are responsible for the distinct flavor and the bioactive properties of dry bulbs. There is also a high content of non-volatile compounds with well-known medicinal and therapeutic properties, such as amides, nitrogen oxides, phenolic compounds, especially flavonoids, proteins, saponins and sapogenins, as well as antioxidants, minerals (especially P, K and Se) and vitamins (especially vitamin C and vitamins of B complex). According to Koch and Lawson, dry garlic bulbs mainly consist of water (62–68%) and carbohydrates (26–30%), while proteins are detected in relatively less amounts (1.5–2.1%). Moreover, protein contents of 4–6% are also very common in various cultivars, considering the high dry matter content of the bulbs, while ash content ranges between 0.6% and 1.0%, and energy content is around 140 kcal per 100 g (1).
Below we have 4 easy ways to use garlic in cooking.
Confit garlic for garlic bread grilled cheese
For confit you’ll need;
- 2 garlic bulbs (whole garlic)
- Any vegetable oil
- Separate the cloves out of the bulb and peel them.
- Place the peeled garlic in a pan and cover it with any neutral vegetable oil.
- Place the pan over the lowest heat maintaining the temperature of less than 90 degrees C.
- Allow the garlic to cook and soften. Takes about 30 minutes.
- Empty the pan into a glass jar and let it cool completely before placing it in the fridge.
Garlic bread grilled cheese
For garlic bread grilled cheese, you’ll need;
- 2 cloves of confit garlic
- Soften butter
- Mixed herbs
- 2 slices of bread
- 1 slice each of cheddar and mozzarella cheese
- Take 2 tbsp of soft butter and mash in the confit garlic.
- Place a slice of bread, your cheese slices and some mixed herbs. Cover with the other slice.
- Butter the outside of your sandwich and place in a pan over medium-low heat.
- Flip when one side browns up.
- When the cheese is melted, remove and enjoy.
Pan-fried garlic for topping
For this you need;
- A few cloves of garlic
- Neutral oil for frying
- Thinly slice your peeled garlic.
- Heat up some oil in a pan and fry your garlic till it gets a beautiful golden brown.
- Top your soups, ramen bowl, fried rice, khaousey or makhni daal and enjoy.
Stir-fry broccoli with minced garlic
Breakfast or as a side dish everyone loves this. For this you’ll need;
- 250 gms broccoli
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp of neutral oil
- Remove the florets from the stem.
- Heat a pan with oil over high heat. Add in your garlic.
- Saute till the garlic becomes fragrant, which takes about 45 seconds.
- Add in your florets of broccoli and move your pan in back and forth motion.
- When the florets are cooked, take about 3-5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and serve.
Garlic compound butter as finishing butter
The best and most versatile form of butter. For this you will need;
- ½ cup or 1 stick of softened butter
- 1 tbsp of minced garlic (3 cloves)
- 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
- Salt to taste
- Ground pepper to taste
- 1 tsp of paprika
- In a small bowl take your soft butter.
- Add in your garlic, herbs and seasoning.
- Mix till homogenize.
- Take a parchment sheet and place the butter on top of it.
- Roll the butter in a log with the help of a sheet.
- Place in the fridge and use as needed.
- You can use this to finish off your steaks, your burger patties, your pasta, stews or anything you want to. You can also dip your cooked lobster in it and enjoy.
Other FAQs about Garlic that you may be interested in.
In this guide, we have answered the question, “3 cloves of garlic are how many teaspoons?” Also, we will see 4 easy recipes to use the garlic for its maximum potential.
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- Tsai, Chia-Wen, et al. Garlic: Health benefits and actions. BioMedicine, 2012, 2, 17-29.
- Petropoulos, Spyridon A., et al. Nutritional value, chemical characterization and bulb morphology of Greek garlic landraces. Molecules, 2018, 23, 319.