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Garlic Powder and Granulated Garlic: What's the Difference?

The main difference between garlic powder and granulated garlic is texture. Both are made of dehydrated garlic. Garlic powder has a very fine consistency, more like flour. Granulated garlic is coarser, more like the consistency of cornmeal.

 

Advantages of Granulated Garlic

  • Less likely to clump as compared to powder
  • Better for salad dressings, sauces and soups. It combines better with liquids
  • Better for spice rubs because it will mix more evenly with other spices
  • The preferable substitute to fresh garlic

Advantages of Garlic Powder

  • The powder form is more potent than the granulated form
  • Better for recipes with short cooking times. It will release flavor faster
  • Better for marinades
  • More intense garlic flavor

Substitution Recommendations

Because garlic powder has a finer consistency, the same amount of granulated garlic will be less potent. If your recipe calls for powder and you are substituting granulated you should increase the quantity.

1 fresh clove = 1/3 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 fresh clove = 1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic
1 teaspoon garlic powder = 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoon granulated garlic = 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder