If you are out of Garlic Powder, here are The Best Garlic Powder Substitutes. These are the preferred substitutions that you probably already have.

Close up image of garlic powder in a jar with a teaspoon on a cutting board.

The Best Garlic Powder Substitute:

Garlic Powder is dehydrated garlic and dried garlic. It is added to recipes because of its savory flavor of garlic. You will find garlic powder in most seasoning blends, such as taco seasoning or season salt.

We love to add garlic powder because of its unique flavor and health benefits. But it is hard to replace. These substitutes will help you find the right one for your recipe at the grocery store.

If you have garlic flakes, this would be the best substitution when you are out of garlic powder. Don’t throw out recipe, try these other options to save dinner time.

What does Garlic taste like?

We use garlic in a lot of recipes. My family loves the taste of it when I add it to our favorite recipes. Dry Garlic has a very powerful flavor if eaten raw, so cooking it mellows the flavor down. That is what most people do.

You can even use a Food Processor to after separating into bulbs to get the garlic powder consistency that you prefer and need for your recipes. If you make your own garlic powder, make sure to store in a jar and place in a cool, dark place.

We use garlic powder when making soups, garlic bread, and our favorite Mexican Recipes.

Close up image of garlic powder in a jar with a teaspoon on a cutting board.

Substitute for Garlic Powder:

1. Fresh Garlic:

Fresh garlic cloves is a great substitute. When we cook, we usually reach for the dried seasonings, but occasionally I will have fresh clove of garlic. Fresh garlic really enhances the flavor and has a longer shelf life.

  • Substitute 1 Medium Clove for ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder

2. Minced Garlic:

We love using small amounts minced garlic for sautéing purposes. The finely chopped garlic is a great option for using instead of garlic powder. This jarred minced garlic can be found in the produce section.

  • Substitute ½ teaspoon of minced garlic for 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

3. Granulated Garlic Powder:

Granulated Garlic is probably the closest you will get to garlic powder. So it is a great substitute. The main difference between granulated garlic and garlic powder is the texture.

  • Substitute 2 teaspoon of granulated garlic for 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.
Close up image of garlic powder in a jar with a teaspoon on a cutting board.

4. Garlic Puree:

If you are making pasta, sauces or salad dressing then garlic juice puree is a great substitute for garlic powder. It gives the same garlic flavor that garlic powder gives your favorite cream recipes.

  • Substitute ¼ teaspoon of garlic puree for 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

5. Garlic Salt:

Garlic salt is a combination of garlic powder and salt. So if you are substituting garlic salt with garlic powder, so you may need as much as salt.

  • Substitute 4 teaspoon of garlic salt to 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

6. Dried Garlic Flakes:

Dried Garlic Flakes is our favorite form of garlic. The taste is comparable to garlic powder so we can use it in most of our recipes.

  • Substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic flakes to ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
Close up image of garlic powder in a jar with a teaspoon on a cutting board.

7. Onion Powder:

If all that you have is onion powder it is a good option. Usually when using onion powder it is used with garlic powder. You may not have the garlic flavor that you desire but it is a good replacement for garlic powder.

8. Chives:

Chives is a good option as it tends to have that garlic flavor. It is part of the same onion family as garlic powder is. It will depend on the recipe that you need to substitute it with. If the recipe recipe calls for dry season blend, chives would not be a good substitute.

  • Substitute 1 tablespoon of chives to ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder.

9. Shallots or Onions:

Shallots is another good option, depending on your recipe. It has the garlic flavor that you are needing for a recipe. But not a good substitute if you are needing a dry season blend.

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