Garlic Scapes 12 Ways

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are a lot like asparagus — in season around springtime, spear-like and pointy, crispy but tender, and gets tougher towards the root end. It is naturally fragrant when fresh but releases an agreeable mild garlic aroma once a bit of heat is applied.

Garlic scapes have an eye-catching curliness that makes you want to pick up a bundle and whip it around just to see if it springs back to shape. Don’t flog it too hard — the shape of the garlic scape stems is a good indicator of freshness. The more it resembles a pig’s tail or corkscrew, the younger and more tender it is. Avoid garlic scapes that have almost straightened out if you don’t feel like gnawing on green curly chopsticks.

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12 Uses for Garlic Scapes

  1. Use as you would asparagus. I bet you saw that coming.
  2. Add to an omelet or a frittata, a.k.a. the ultimate refrigerator velcro.
  3. Makes salads and pasta a bit more interesting. It has “secret ingredient” potential.
  4. Grill, roast, or broil with olive oil and salt.
  5. Keep it raw and make some garlic scape pesto.
  6. Garlic scapes sautéed in butter are excellent with mashed or lightly browned diced potatoes for a quick side dish.
  7. Creamy garlic scape soup seems right up my alley but I have yet to try it.
  8. Pickles! This Korean recipe for pickled whole garlic will work beautifully with scapes.
  9. Puree with your favorite dips to give it a subtle garlicky punch and a cool shade of green.
  10. Stir-fry with rice, noodles, vegetables, or meats.
  11. Deep-fried with a light tempura-like batter maybe?
  12. Add finely chopped garlic scapes to bread dough. Yeah, that’s a bit of a stretch so I’m stopping here.
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26 Responses to “Garlic Scapes 12 Ways”

  1. Kalyn says:

    So many good ideas for garlic scapes. I’m one of those people who loves to try unusual ingredients like this.

  2. Ivy says:

    Those are wonderful ways to use the garlic scapes. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Núria says:

    The omelete and the creamy soup are my favourites!!!

  4. Eddie @ Culinary Studio says:

    I had never had (or heard of) garlic scapes until this season, but I have been enjoying their versatility and deliciousness. Thanks for the ideas on how to use them!

  5. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Jude I’ve been seeing these garlic scapes now since I started reading blogs but never found them in my stores. Wonder if that Asian market might have these? Some of not finding them could be I’ve been in the wrong markets in the season.
    Love your opening photo! That really is the best I’ve seen. Great ideas.

  6. kat says:

    I just got a bunch of these from my CSA so its fun to see all the ideas, we did stir-fry last night & it was great. I’m really tempted by the bread idea….

  7. bee says:

    thanks for the introduction to garlic scapes, and for dropping by. you have a beautiful blog.

  8. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen says:

    What a gorgeous picture. I wish I could try some – didn’t see them at my farmers market this season. :(

  9. Nate says:

    Stir-fry with some ground pork…mmmmm…

  10. maybelles mom (feeding maybelle) says:

    Thanks for visiting my place. I have indeed doing many of these scape things recently. They are so yummy, hunh.

  11. sher says:

    Thank you for the beautiful picture–and the yummy suggestions.

  12. Cheryl Harris says:

    how funny, I just posted on scrapes for WHB too. I’ve never done them pickled before and will have to try! Thanks for the thought.

    last blog post: Garlic Scrape Pesto

  13. Christine says:

    I’m glad to read about garlic scapes. I just bought some from the Asian supermarket. I think it is the same thing though the flowers have been chopped off. I’m going to try one of your suggestions.

    last blog post: 110. Winter Melon Soup 冬瓜盅 – Recipe

  14. Thanks guys. It’s always fun to use new ingredients
    I tried the garlic scape soup… Delicious.

  15. Y says:

    What a glorious photo. I’ve never used garlic scrapes before. Thanks for all the cooking ideas!

    last blog post: Daring Bakers Challenge : Cherry and Cream Cheese Danish Braid

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