garlic on everything: recipes for garlic lovers

Michelle Liu
April 18, 2024

When I eat hot pot, I usually throw garlic right into my broth and sauce. At steakhouses, I think roasted garlic cloves are the perfect topping for steaks, while my husband eats it straight. We’re strictly cheese pizza people, but if the restaurant has garlic on the menu, we’ll order that, too. Basically, we love garlic.

It may be known as the stinking rose, but this fragrant plant is one of the most used ingredients to flavor food. Garlic also has some health benefits and may lower the risk of lung cancer, protect the heart, and improve high cholesterol and high blood pressure. In honor of National Garlic Day on April 18, here are some dishes garlic lovers won’t be able to resist!

These noodles pack a punch of heat and garlic. They went viral on social media and for good reason – it’s spicy, flavorful, and it takes just 10 minutes to make. Typical toppings include cucumbers, green onions, and a fried egg, but feel free to customize to your tastes.


  • 2 servings of your choice of noodles (we used udon)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. chili oil
  • 2 Tbsp. shoyu
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tsp. sesame seeds
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 Japanese cucumber, sliced
  • 1 stalk green onion, sliced
  • 2 eggs, fried

Prepare noodles based on the package instructions.

In a medium bowl, mix chili oil, shoyu, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and minced garlic. Heat avocado oil in pan and pour on top of mixture. Let oil sizzle and mix.

Add drained noodles into bowl and mix. Top with sliced cucumbers, green onions, and fried eggs.

Try a healthier version of takeout with simple, fresh ingredients. This stir fry has a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup, which the balsamic vinegar balances out nicely. Even better, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it a great option for an easy weeknight dinner.


  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Black pepper and sea salt to taste
  • 2 medium heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • ⅓ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 15-oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained


  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. shoyu
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and all the spices. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add broccoli florets and vegetable broth. Cook until broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes.

While broccoli is cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk.

Pour sauce into the pan and add chickpeas. Bring to a boil until sauce simmers. Cook for another 3 minutes. Serve alone or with cooked rice.

The tomatoes and garlic are equally the stars in this tart, which is light, refreshing, and perfect for spring. We went with mixed-color heirloom tomatoes to add a pop of color. They were sweet, juicy, and complemented the garlic well.


  • 17.3-oz. package of ready-roll puff sheet pastry (2 sheets)
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 small heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and unroll puff sheet pastry on top. Create a border by folding in edges by ¾-inch. Using a fork, pierce pastry a few times. Spread garlic on puff sheet pastry.

On a separate baking tray, place tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Place both baking trays in oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until pastry is golden.

Remove trays from oven. Lay tomatoes in an even layer over pastry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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