Can you substitute garlic powder for garlic?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you substitute garlic powder for garlic?”, and what are the best substitutes for fresh garlic?

Can you substitute garlic powder for garlic?

Yes, you can substitute garlic powder for garlic. Replace each clove of garlic with 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder. 

If you are allergic to garlic, you can compensate for it by adding a bit of cumin or ginger to your dish. The flavor profile of ginger and cumin is a bit different from garlic but their earthy tones balance the flavor of the dish.

Fresh garlic substitutes

A single clove of garlic yields about 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic or ½ teaspoon of minced garlic. To make sure your food does not taste overly garlicky, you will need to make certain adjustments when using garlic substitutes.

Minced garlic: Substitute ½ teaspoon of jarred minced garlic for every clove of garlic.

Garlic flakes: Garlic flakes are also referred to as dehydrated (or dried) minced garlic. Replace each clove of garlic with ½ teaspoon of garlic flakes. 

Granulated garlic: It is prepared by coarsely grinding dried garlic. Replace each clove of garlic with ¼ teaspoon of granulated garlic. Granulated garlic is best used in dry rubs, chowder, breadstick coating, and for sprinkling over pizza.

Garlic salt: Replace each clove of garlic with ½ teaspoon of garlic salt. Every half teaspoon of garlic salt adds ⅜ teaspoon of salt to your dish. 

To adjust the salt in your recipe, slightly cut back on the amount of salt called for in the recipe. Garlic salt is best used for seasoning ground meat, roasted veggies, and french fries.

Choosing the right substitute 

When you have more than one type of garlic substitute available, opt for the one that is closest to the fresh garlic in terms of flavor. 

Generally, minced and jarred garlic is considered the best substitute for fresh garlic as it closely resembles the taste of fresh garlic. 

But the solution in which the minced garlic is preserved may impart a flavor of its own that may interfere with the original flavor of your dish.

Garlic flakes are the best garlic substitute among the dried options. The flakes swell upon rehydration and act just like fresh garlic. 

Granulated and powdered garlic also provides a relatively similar flavor to garlic but the texture is absent. Therefore, granulated or powdered garlic is best used in marinades and sauces where it dissolves readily.

Cooking with substitutes

In most recipes, fresh garlic is sauteed in hot oil until it is fragrant. This helps bring out the natural flavors of the garlic. But you do not need to follow this step when using garlic substitutes in a recipe.

Minced garlic substitute can be sauteed for about a minute. But this is an optional step. Your best bet is to add the garlic substitute later in the recipe, along with the rest of the spices and herbs.

Sprouted garlic 

Sprouted garlic is safe for consumption. You can also use the green shoots of the sprouted garlic unless you are annoyed by its slightly bitter taste. 

Just peel the garlic, cut the green shoots and cut the clove into desired shape or size. To prevent the garlic from sprouting in the future, store the garlic heads in a basket placed in a cool and dry place.

How to make garlic powder at home?


  • 6 heads garlic


  1. Pull out the cloves from the garlic head and peel them one by one. Then cut each clove in not thin slices using a sharp knife.
  1. Drying in the dehydrator: Spread the thin slices of garlic on the dehydrator screen and dehydrate at 125˚F (52˚C) for about 12 hours or until crispy. During the drying process, rotate the screens occasionally to promote even drying.
  1. Drying in the oven: Preheat the oven at 150-200˚F (67-93˚C). Spread the thin slices of garlic on a baking tray lined with wax paper. Dehydrate the garlic slices in the oven for about 1-2 hours or until crispy.
  1. When the dehydrated garlic slices cool down to room temperature, finely grind them in a quality blender, spice grinder, or coffee grinder.
  1. Sift the ground garlic through a fine sieve to separate the large garlic particles. 
  1. Transfer the garlic powder to an air-tight container. Store the container in a dry and cool place.
  1. 6 large heads of garlic yield about ½ cup of garlic powder. Replace every clove of garlic called for in the recipe with ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder.

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In this article, we answered the question “Can you substitute garlic powder for garlic?”, and what are the best substitutes for fresh garlic?