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Grilled Garlic Scapes with Sea Salt + Black Pepper

Grilled garlic scapes seasoned with salt and pepper.
Simple Grilled Garlic Scapes with Salt + Pepper | Simple grilled garlic scapes with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and pepper. An easy, whole garlic scape recipe. Grilled garlic scapes make a flavorful side dish. #garlicscapes #grilledgarlicscapes

As you know.

I love living in Philly.

Some days I really love it here.

And some days I only just like it here.

But most days I’m perfectly happy here in my humble eight-hundred square foot apartment. Five floors up with no outdoor space at all except a platform on a fire escape. Which I’m fairly certain I should never be standing casually on. But we’re talking about grilled garlic scapes you guys. So I do and will.

My dad gave me a little camping apparatus from like 1987 that he found when he was cleaning out his basement last summer. It’s weird, and kind of clumsy but it fits our space. And for obvious reasons it’s a little complicated.

A tight squeeze, in the hot sun, many feet up in the air. The rickety cardboard box underneath the grill so burning embers of charcoal do not fall through the cracks set-up. The clean-up. The holy shit don’t look down because you are probably going to fall off this platform. But it’s all worth it.

I feel pretty strongly about garlic scapes. They have no business being in pesto. Or in hummus. Or in compound butter {well maybe compound butter}. Or in anything blended for that matter. I’m sure those recipes are delicious. But the stalks eaten alone are perfection. And we should honor the stalks. They have a texture similar to asparagus and a pleasant garlicky flavor less pungent than garlic.

For almost the entire month of June I receive garlic scapes in my CSA box. And this weekend I’m hoping to stock up on more at my farmers’ market. If you’re new to garlic scapes heading out to your local market is a great place to start. Ask a farmer for help sourcing them if you don’t see any around.

Simple Grilled Garlic Scapes with Salt + Pepper | Simple grilled garlic scapes with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and pepper. An easy, whole garlic scape recipe. Grilled garlic scapes make a flavorful side dish. #garlicscapes #grilledgarlicscapes

Simple Grilled Garlic Scapes with Salt + Pepper | Simple grilled garlic scapes with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and pepper. An easy, whole garlic scape recipe. Grilled garlic scapes make a flavorful side dish. #garlicscapes #grilledgarlicscapes

Simple Grilled Garlic Scapes with Salt + Pepper | Simple grilled garlic scapes with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and pepper. An easy, whole garlic scape recipe. Grilled garlic scapes make a flavorful side dish. #garlicscapes #grilledgarlicscapes

Simple Grilled Garlic Scapes with Salt + Pepper | Simple grilled garlic scapes with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and pepper. An easy, whole garlic scape recipe. Grilled garlic scapes make a flavorful side dish. #garlicscapes #grilledgarlicscapes

Grilled Garlic Scapes with Sea Salt + Black Pepper

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Serves 4

This side dish is naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 pounds garlic scapes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

Heat your grill to a low-medium flame.

Wash and dry the garlic scapes. Cut away the harder ends - as you would like asparagus and leave whole.

Massage the scape with oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Toss them onto the grill and brown both sides, remove them when they're soft on the inside and crispy green and golden brown on the outside. 

Serve the garlic scapes hot with more olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.

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18 Responses to "Grilled Garlic Scapes with Sea Salt + Black Pepper"

  1. Reply

    Kirsten @ Farm Fresh Feasts

    May 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with me for my garlic scape round-up! It’s now live, and I’m so inspired I cannot wait for my scapes to appear.

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    Rachel @ Grow a Good Life

    June 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Thank you for sharing this recipe for my garlic scape round up, Sherrie!

  3. Reply

    Anne

    June 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I received garlic scapes in my CSA, but I’m hesitant to use them because I always reek of garlic whenever I eat it. Do you know if eating the scapes has a similar effect?

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Hi Anne – so garlic scapes taste a lot like garlic. I would suggest giving them a try but eating them at at your own risk.

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        Anne

        June 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        Ahh, thanks for that! Maybe I’ll give them a try when I don’t have to be around people or better yet, if I want to repel obnoxious coworkers lol.

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast

    June 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Summer in the city and grilled garlic scapes – girl, you’re living the good life! I’m right there with you. I love pesto but these garlic scapes are like something out of a fairytale – way too pretty to be ground up!

  5. Reply

    Susan

    June 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Wow! This is a great post and a great way to treat scapes! Thank you!

  6. Reply

    Amy

    July 2, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I love your description of grilling in the city. My sister lives there, and its always fun to hear her and her friends talk about their cooking adventures in small kitchens and out-of-the-way places. I’m going to have to search out scapes so I can try this recipe.

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      Sherrie

      July 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Haha cooking {especially grilling} is certainly a challenge in the city. Go find yourself some scapes Amy, the season is now!

  7. Reply

    Olga

    March 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I am new at this. Where can I order garlic scape seeds or plants to grow? Thank you for your time in replying.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      Hi Olga – garlic scapes are harvested from the garlic bulb during spring. I find them at local farmers’ markets and in my CSA box. I hope this helps!

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    The Yummy Lounge

    April 5, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    I simply love recipes from garlic, due to their healthy and nutritious nature.

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    Charlotte

    March 22, 2016 at 2:10 AM

    I love them! I have a new baby so am (sadly) not making it to any markets to procure them this year. My standbys used to be salad dressing – just a simple vinaigrette with scapes done in a food processor. So good.

  10. Reply

    Christine

    June 5, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    I recently tried garlic scapes for the first time. So glad I ate them simply roasted and salted because I was able to really taste them that way. And I am in love! I’ll follow your tip and massage them with oil next time.

  11. Reply

    Lauren

    July 9, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    Tried these tonight — they were a BIG hit, even with my grandson who regarded then with suspicion until I compared them with eating snakes. Then, they were suddenly delicious!

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      Sherrie

      July 19, 2017 at 7:45 PM

      Amazing – lol, I love that Lauren!

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    Alisa

    June 12, 2018 at 8:08 PM

    I am going to try it when my garlic gets there. In the meantime, I will try it with my leek scapes. Thanks, Alisa.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 13, 2018 at 10:05 PM

      Oh, leek scapes – those sounds wonderful!

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