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The ultimate guide to dehydrating garlic in the air fryer. If you want to dry garlic cloves and have a dehydrator setting on your air fryer, then this is for you.

We are using the Ninja Foodi dehydrator setting to transform garlic cloves into garlic chips and then using the Ninja Blender to turn the garlic chips into dried garlic powder.

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Dehydrate Garlic In Air Fryer Recipe
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Dehydrated Garlic

We are so pleased to be back with another dehydrator recipe for you. Dehydrating has become one of my favourite uses of the air fryer and a fantastic way to stop food waste, when food is on its way out. Or just for food when its out of season.

Yesterday, for our dehydrate week we showed you how to dehydrate marshmallows and below you will find even more dehydrated air fryer recipes.

Check out dehydrated peaches, dehydrated raspberries, dehydrated blueberries, dehydrated watermelon, dehydrated strawberries, dehydrated bananas and of course we have many more.

We loved the idea, that we could use our air fryer we a dehydrator. And you could too if you have an air fryer that has a temperature of 55c/130f.

Though today is all about dehydrated garlic. Getting that garlic bulb that is sat in your kitchen not doing a lot and then transforming it into dried garlic and even blending it into garlic powder.

You can do 1 bulb or even two and you can do as much garlic as you want. It also keeps for a long time and is perfect for cooking with.

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Can You Dehydrate Garlic?

Yes, you can dehydrate garlic and I highly recommend doing so. And OMG it’s a total money saver too.

Just think of how much money you currently spend of garlic puree, minced garlic, chopped garlic, garlic powder, garlic granules etc.

Then also think of how often you buy a garlic bulb, and a recipe calls for 1 clove and the rest gets wasted.

With dehydrated garlic you have a supply in your cupboard that you can use quickly and easily each time a recipe calls for garlic.

Can Garlic Be Dehydrated Whole?

Yes, you can grab some garlic cloves, peel them, and dehydrate them whole in the air fryer. BUT it takes forever compared to quickly slicing the garlic.

The garlic doesn’t need to be perfectly sliced either. Just loads of medium garlic slices from your cloves and you are good to go!

Is Dehydrated Garlic As Good As Fresh Garlic?

Yes, it is. And that is because dehydrated garlic is the same ingredient as fresh garlic. You have just dried it out, so that your dried garlic will last much longer than fresh garlic.

I know many are worried when they buy garlic powder or puree, that other ingredients are added. By dehydrating garlic, yourself you know exactly what is included.

Can I Make Garlic Chips In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you sure can. Check out this picture below of my garlic:

Can I Make Garlic Chips In An Air Fryer

As you can see it looks just like garlic chips. It is then dried out and you can then add it to your recipes and even add it to the air fryer with your other ingredients.

Is Dehydrated Garlic The Same As Garlic Powder?

Yes, it can be. You see when you dehydrate garlic in the air fryer you are creating dried garlic. It then looks like little garlic chips.

Put this through a blender (such as this Ninja one) and pulse it into powder. You have then created your own garlic powder.

Though what I do is partly blast it so that I still have some big bits depending on what I am using the dried garlic for.

How Do I Dehydrate Garlic In My Ninja Air Fryer?

You use the Ninja Foodi dehydrator accessory. (more about it here) Of course, you don’t have to, but when you do it allows you to dehydrate quite a lot of garlic at the same time. Because it is a stackable unit that turns your ninja foodi into a classic dehydrator machine.

Then you simply place the Ninja Foodi (with the air fryer lid) on the dehydrate setting and you have transformed your Ninja into a dehydrator.

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Dried Garlic Ingredients

Dried Garlic Ingredients

Garlic – I used two garlic bulbs and discarded of any garlic cloves that were tiny. These two garlic bulbs made enough to fill my Ninja dehydrator. You can do the same or less or more.

Dehydrator – We also used my stackable dehydrator that I bought specifically for the Ninja Foodi. If you are dehydrating garlic with an air fryer, I recommend something similar. I love this one because it allows you to have several racks of garlic dehydrating at once.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this dry garlic air fryer recipe it has just been our Ninja Foodi. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of recipes including dehydrating.

Plus, we recommend you head over to our air fryer recipes category as we have more than 500 tried and tested air fryer recipes and have been air frying for 10 years. And nearly all are suitable for the Ninja Foodi air fryer setting.

How To Dehydrate Garlic?

dehydrate garlic in air fryer step by step
  • Slice. Peel, chop the ends off and medium slice your garlic cloves.
  • Load. Add your sliced garlic to your dehydrator shelves. Start at the bottom, clipping on each shelf as it fills up.
  • Load. Then add your stackable dehydrator into the Ninja Foodi and place the air fryer lid down.
  • Cook. Set the temperature to 55c/130f and the function to dehydrator and then dry your garlic for 4.5 hours or until fully dried.
  • Finish. Then once the dehydrator is done, remove the dry garlic and load into an airtight container. Keep in the cupboard for up to 1 year.   
  • Optional. Or move the dry garlic from the Ninja Foodi into a blender and pulse to make garlic powder.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to make garlic cloves to powder and why you should be doing it too!

How Long Does Dehydrated Garlic Last?

Dehydrated garlic chips can last up to 2 years, depending on how you look after them. Just like a jar of garlic powder can, that you bought from a supermarket.

Though in the Milner house, we are lucky if our garlic lasts more than 3 months. Of course, this depends on how much garlic you cook with.

Garlic Cloves To Powder

Dehydrating garlic for powder is so easy and probably the reason most people dehydrate garlic.

All you do when the garlic has been dehydrated is pulse in a blender and it transforms into garlic powder.

The more you pulse the finer it gets or you can only slightly pulse for lumps and chunky bits like I do.

What You Need To Dehydrate In A Ninja Foodi?

In a traditional dehydrator you have a lot of shelves that you can fill with food you want to dry. Of course a Ninja Foodi is one big pot so how do you do it? You buy the Ninja Foodi dehydrator accessory and it is a stack of shelves just like a traditional dehydrator and can store a lot on it and then place it inside of your Ninja Foodi cooking pot.

Dehydrating Garlic Tips & Tricks

  • Opt for garlic cloves that you can slice. This will speed up the time much quicker and produce perfect garlic slices.
  • Check your garlic at the halfway point. You can then see if any are stuck to the dehydrator or if any have stuck to one another or got too close.
  • You can do as many garlic slices that will fit in your dehydrator.
  • We found that two garlic bulbs made about 3 tablespoons of dried garlic.
  • You can store both dried garlic and dried onions together in the same container. We do this all the time.

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How To Dehydrate Garlic In Air Fryer

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How To Dehydrate Garlic In Air Fryer

The ultimate guide to dehydrating garlic in the air fryer. If you want to dry garlic cloves and have a dehydrator setting on your air fryer, then this is for you.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 3 Tbsp
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  • 2 Garlic Bulbs


  • Peel your garlic cloves. Chop off the ends and then slice into medium slices.
    How To Dehydrate Garlic?
  • Get out your dehydrator accessory and load up the shelves with sliced garlic cloves. Start at the bottom and work your way up and clip each shelf into place as you do it.
    How To Dehydrate Garlic?
  • Once the dehydrator is full then load into the Ninja Foodi. Place the air fryer lid down on the Ninja Foodi and set it to the dehydrator setting.
    How To Dehydrate Garlic?
  • Dehydrate for 4.5 hours at 55c/130f or until the garlic is fully hard and breaks when you apply force.
    How To Dehydrate Garlic?
  • Then load into an airtight plastic container such as a plastic mason jar and store in a cool place for up to 1 year.
    How To Dehydrate Garlic?
  • Or optional – load into a blender and pulse until it makes garlic powder.
    How To Dehydrate Garlic?


Hard. Your dry garlic are dehydrated when they refuse to bend and are rock hard on touch.
Overcrowding. Make sure you don’t have any garlic pieces on top of each other and that they are spread out when dehydrating. Otherwise, they will stick together.
Quantity. We found that our 2 bulbs of garlic made approximately 3 heaped tablespoons of dried garlic. You can do more or less depending on what your needs are.
Thanks for reading our dehydrated garlic in air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious dehydrator recipes in the air fryer, then do check out our air fryer dehydrated beets recipe next.


Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.01g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

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