Garlic scapes are the flower stalks that need to be pruned from garlic plants in the spring so they don’t divert energy from the garlic bulbs. If you don’t prune them, your bulbs will be small and measly. The good news is that garlic scapes are delicious and there are many ways to use them in the kitchen. They are milder than garlic and pack less “punch.” And if you aren’t growing your own garlic, you can find garlic scapes at farmer’s markets in the spring and early summer. Here’s a few ideas on how to use garlic scapes.
GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
One of the most popular ways to use garlic scapes is to make garlic scape pesto. See our Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe to learn how.
Use more mature garlic scapes in stir fry dishes just as you would use garlic.
USE LIKE GARLIC
Use in any recipe calling for garlic. The result will be milder than regular garlic.
USE LIKE SCALLIONS
Use very young garlic scapes in place of scallions. They’re great sprinkled in salads, Asian dishes, on baked potatoes, or in soup.
DIPS AND SALSAS
They add a nice, mild garlic flavor to dips, salsas, and guacamole.
You can pickle garlic scapes for a delicious snack.
You can freeze garlic scapes for later use. They don’t need to be blanched and you can enjoy them all year rather than just the early summer.
Do you have other ideas on how to use garlic scapes? Let us know in the comments section below.