What is a Clove of Garlic?

Recipes tend to call for one clove of garlic (or more!) but what is a clove of garlic? Here’s everything you need to know about garlic cloves for cooking!

What is one clove of garlic? Fresh garlic is sold in bulbs, this is an entire head of garlic that is covered in a paper-like coating. Each separate piece inside the bulb with its own paper-like coating is a clove of garlic.

How many cloves in one head of garlic? The amount of cloves in a bulb can vary, however, most bulbs will have between  10-12 cloves.

How many Teaspoons of minced garlic in one clove? A general rule of thumb is that 1 clove of garlic = 1 tsp of minced garlic.

How to Mince Garlic Remove the peel from the bulb. Separate the clove from the bulb and remove the peel from the clove. Cut off the root end of the clove of garlic. Mince using a knife or  garlic press.

If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can use garlic powder instead. 1 clove of garlic = 1/4 tsp of garlic powder