How to reduce the strong taste of garlic from food

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to reduce the strong taste of garlic from food

We admit it, we love garlic as a condiment in any kitchen recipe, but it must be remembered that it has a very powerful taste and smell that is not appreciated equally everyone alike. On this premise, and if you really love regularly using garlic for cooking, at OneHowTo we are going to share some tips to take away or reduce the taste of garlic from food. This way no one will complain, because the taste will be more subtle.

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Steps to follow:

One of the best ways to camouflage the strong flavour of garlic in food is to boil it and make a purée.


Another way of eliminating the taste of garlic from food and prevent it being hot is to remove the seed or green germ inside. To do so you will have to chop the clove in half and pick it out with a knife.

How to reduce the strong taste of garlic from food - Step 2

For example, if you wish to use garlic in a roast what is the best is to add it whole and not crush it. This way you could remove the whole garlic once the roast is cooked.

Another tip is it to fry the garlic before using.


Another form of relieving or reducing the strong taste of garlic is to put it in the microwave for at least one minute on the defrost setting.


The strong flavour of the garlic may also be softened if you crush it with a bit of salt. Leave to act a few minutes, after that scrape the garlic through a fine sieve and rinse with cold water. In this way, you are removing the pungent juice of the garlic.


You can also peel the garlic clove, cut it in half and soak it in cold water overnight.

Eating a lot of garlic will inevitably give you garlic breath. To learn how to get rid of garlic breath, click on the link!

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  • When cooking for others try to use less garlic than what you would usually use, you never know how others who you do not know so well will react.

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Paul Parrish
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Chris Buckingham
The garlic is in the stew!! So I need to add 'what' to reduce the overpowering taste.
OneHowTo Editor
Ginger or celery can reduce the taste of garlic. Hope this helps
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How to reduce the strong taste of garlic from food