How to Substitute Garlic Powder for Fresh Garlic Cloves in Recipes
Although both garlic powder and fresh garlic cloves are available in North American and European grocery stores year-round, it is quite common to find yourself in a situation where you just realized you don't have the right amount of this highly aromatic herb in the right form to complete a specific dish. In such a situation, you can usually substitute garlic powder for fresh garlic cloves, or vice versa, provided that you use the appropriate conversion ratio. HealWithFood.org recommends the following ratio for converting fresh garlic cloves to garlic powder:
1 clove equals 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
If you have granulated garlic instead of garlic powder, the recommended ratio is 1/4 teaspoon of granules for every fresh clove. If you are using garlic flakes (dehydrated minced garlic) instead, substitute 1/2 teaspoon of flakes for every clove.
When substituting powdered or granulated garlic for raw cloves in recipes, use the above conversion ratios only as a general rule. Your taste buds should be the ultimate judge of what the appropriate amount of dried garlic should be. And don't forget, the longer dried garlic sits on the pantry shelf, the more flavor it will lose! Therefore, it is a good idea to purchase garlic powder or granules in the smallest amounts available in order to make sure you can use your spices before their flavors diminish.
What to Do When You Have No Garlic at All?
The above tips are helpful if you are in a situation where you don't have any garlic bulbs or cloves at hand but have garlic flakes or garlic in a powdered or granulated form. But what if you have neither fresh nor dried garlic at home? In such a situation, you may be happy to learn that there are a few other aromatic plants that can be substituted for garlic cloves or powder in many recipes. The most common substitutes include onions, shallots and garlic chives.