Infuse Your Oil for Better Flavor. As you prep your ingredients, start by chopping the garlic, then place it in a small bowl and pour the oil you’ll be using on top of it. Let it sit while you prep the rest of your ingredients. When you put the oil in your pan you’ll have garlic-infused oil that will impart depth and dimension to your dish. PLUS, on a nutrition note, it takes at least 10 minutes for garlic’s antioxidant compounds to release and be beneficial to the body. Double the reason to follow this simple step.