You open your spice cabinet to find that you are out of garlic powder. You still have granulated powder, can you use that instead? Most of the time the answer is yes. 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 because 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 because it will release flavor faster
- Better for marinades
- Will provide a more intense garlic flavor
Keep in mind that 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 and if the reverse is true, you should reduce the amount.
1 fresh clove = 1/4 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