6 Ways to Cook Garlic Scapes


ways to cook garlic scapes

What Are Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are the stalks and flower buds of hardneck garlic plants. In early summer, gardeners remove the scape so that the plants can focus energy on producing a larger bulb rather than creating a flower. To harvest, use a sharp knife to cut the stalk where it emerges from the base of the plant.

How to Store Garlic Scapes

You can refrigerate your scapes (in a paper bag) for up to a month. You can also freeze garlic scapes (blanch first) for up to six months. Or what about dehydrating them? Dehydrated scapes sounds like a great soup addition to me!

Cooking with Garlic Scapes

Scapes have a pleasant, mild garlic taste and can be used in several ways. The most common culinary use for garlic scapes is pesto. I’ve included pesto recipes below, along with a few more adventurous options.

1 Pesto

Here’s a basic garlic scape pesto recipe, along with a couple of alternatives.
Naked Garlic Scape Pesto
Arugula & Garlic Scape Pesto
Pumpkin Seed & Garlic Scape Pesto

2 Hummus

We love hummus! Here’s a super-simple recipe.
Garlic Scape Hummus

3 White Bean Dip

Don’t have (or like) chickpeas? Try a twist on typical hummus by substituting white cannellini beans in the hummus recipe above.

4 Pickles

Here are two recipes. One of them is for refrigerator pickles. Refrigerator pickles = no canning equipment or knowledge required.
Garlic Scape Pickles
Spicy Refrigerator Scape Pickles

5 Steamed with Lemon Butter

This side dish is super simple and yummy.
Steamed Garlic Scapes

6 Scape Soup

If you love garlic, you’ll love this simple soup. If you don’t have or can’t find green garlic (which is simply immature garlic) you could substitute additional scapes.
Double Garlic Soup

Other Ways to Cook with Scapes

ways to cook garlic scapes

If you’re not keen on any of the recipes above, check out these simple ways to incorporate scapes into your meals:

  1. Sauté them and serve as a side dish
  2. Add chopped scapes to a stir fry.
  3. Serve them up in omelet.
  4. Add them to homemade pizza.
  5. Substitute for garlic or green onions in any recipe.
  6. Finely chop them, sauté until tender and then mix with cream cheese for a sandwich spread.


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