The past few weeks I’ve been eating garlic scapes from my CSA and the farmer’s market. Garlic scapes are the greens that garlic bulbs grow in the spring; many farmers trim these so that the garlic beneath will continue to grow as a bulb rather than divert its energy into greens and flowers.
Garlic scapes are absolutely delicious! I add them to pesto, salads, and stir fries, but I wanted to share this quick preparation. Grilled garlic scapes are a fantastic side vegetable with a grilled meal – texturally they’re like a grilled asparagus but have a lovely, subtle garlic flavor. I had these as an accompaniment to grilled scallops seasoned with sesame oil and it was an excellent and easy side veg.
This week I picked up a few bunches of garlic scapes from Hope Ridge Farm at the Fells Point Farmer’s Market. Hope Ridge grows beautiful produce, and I got a few other veggies from them as well that I used for a Spring Sprout Kimchi – that recipe, and another use of garlic scapes, coming soon! Grilling recipe below.
- 1-2 Bunches garlic scapes
- Use 2 bunches if the scapes are your only veg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- dashes of salt and black pepper
- Pre-heat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat.
- Rinse garlic scapes and pat dry. Optionally, trim very thin, wispy ends – these will likely char while grilled.
- Toss with the olive oil until the scapes are coated. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Grill for 2-3 minutes until the scapes are just tender. Serve as a side or a snack.