How to Chop Garlic

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4-05-2021, 10:40
Since garlic is used in so many recipes, it's vital that you know how to chop it! Fortunately, all you need to do is smash a clove in order to peel it. Take care to hold the knife so you don't accidentally cut yourself and then chop the garlic clove until it's as fine as you want. The more you practice, the faster you'll be, so get chopping!

Separating and Peeling Garlic Cloves

  1. Push the flat side of a knife on the clove to loosen the peel. Take a chef's knife and lay it on the clove so the flat side is resting on top of it. Hold the knife handle with one hand and bring the palm of your other hand down on the flat blade. The pressure of your palm will smash the clove.
    • You don't need to flatten the clove of garlic as you smash it. Just apply enough pressure to loosen the peel.
  2. Pull the peel off of the garlic clove. Grasp the end of the peel with your thumb and index finger. Then, you can either shake the clove out of its peel or gently tug the peel off using your fingers.
  3. Smash a whole head of garlic if you need several cloves. If you're going to chop more than 3 or 4 garlic cloves, speed up the process. Instead of pulling off individual cloves, place both of your palms on a whole head of garlic and push down so the cloves separate.

Chopping the Garlic by Hand

  1. Trim off the dry stem end of the clove. If you look at the peeled clove of garlic, you'll see a narrow tip at one end and a wide, dry end where it used to be connected to the stem. Use the knife to cut just the dry bit off.
    • Although the dry stem end is edible, it will be tough and won't cook down in your dish.
  2. Slice the clove into thin pieces. To prevent cutting yourself, tuck your thumb and fingers towards your knuckles as you hold the garlic clove in place. Hold the chef's knife in your other hand and slice across the entire clove, making the pieces as thin as you like.
    • If you're planning on mincing the garlic, make the slices as thin as possible. For roughly chopped garlic, it's fine to leave the slices a little thicker.
  3. Turn the knife 90-degrees to cut the garlic into pieces. Keep one hand on the handle of the knife and position the fingers of your other hand so they're resting on the top of the knife blade near the tip. Rock the blade of the knife back and forth so the blade doesn't come away from the cutting board and your fingers stay out of the way. Cut the garlic in the opposite direction to chop it into rough pieces.
    • If your recipe calls for coarsely chopped garlic, you can use the pieces now.
  4. Keep chopping if you want minced garlic. If your recipe calls for finely chopped or minced garlic, scoop the garlic back into a pile and continue to chop it until the pieces are as small as you like.
    • If you'd like to make a rough garlic paste, sprinkle a little kosher salt over the minced garlic. Use the flat part of a knife blade to smash and spread the garlic until it turns into a paste.


  • You may have seen garlic peelers. Typically, you place a garlic clove into a silicone cylinder and roll it against a counter to loosen the peel.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
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