When recipes call for one garlic clove, what size should you be using?
In the test kitchen, we use the guideline that one clove of garlic yields 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. This translates to a clove of garlic weighing 5 grams, which in turn translates to 1 1/4 inches by 3/4 inch by 1/2 inch. While we do not expect you to pull out a scale or ruler each time you mince a clove, this is relatively close in size to a Jordan almond.
THE BOTTOM LINE: A clove that’s 1 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inch by 1/2 inch should yield about 1 teaspoon minced. Or you can use multiple small cloves or part of a larger one—just measure after you’ve minced.