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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

I’ve talked about it before.

And so you probably already 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 content in my humble seven-hundred square foot apartment. Even though it is five floors up and with no outdoor space at all. Except a tiny platform out on a fire escape. Which I’m fairly certain I should never even be standing casually on, let alone grilling on. But we’re talking about grilled garlic scapes you guys. Which I cannot resist. And so I do it all for them.

My dad gave me this little camping apparatus from like the eighties that he found when he was cleaning out his basement last summer. It’s a weird contraption. It’s definitely very awkward. And for obvious reasons it’s also a little complicated to use. But it fits our space pretty well because it’s tiny.

Our fire escape is a a tight squeeze. In the hot sun. Many feet up in the air. We put a wax-covered rickety cardboard box underneath the grill to protect the people below us so burning embers of charcoal don’t fall through the cracks of the fire escape. The clean-up process. The holy shit don’t look down because you are probably going to fall off this platform. It is all worth it.

If you’ve never worked with or eaten garlic scapes before. Grilled garlic scapes is a very good place to start. I feel pretty strongly that garlic scapes have no business being in pesto. Or in hummus. Or in compound butter. Okay, maybe compound butter. But basically leave them alone. They don’t need to be blended or processed.

I am sure that those recipes can be delicious. But garlic scape stalks eaten on their own are perfection. And we should honor the stalk. They have a texture similar to asparagus. And a slight, but pleasant garlicky flavor. If you love garlic you will surely love garlic scapes. If you don’t love garlic, you will probably still love garlic scapes. Because their garlic flavor is less pungent and thus more tolerable to appreciate.

Garlic scapes are the flowering bud and whiplike stalk that grows out of the the top of the garlic plant. The bud and stalk is removed to encourage the bulbs to thicken up. They can be cut up and used in exactly the same way as garlic in any recipe. Or, like me, you can grill them.

Garlic scapes are not typically found at conventional grocery stores. They often come in CSA boxes or you can find them at your local farmers’ market. If you are having a hard time locating them or if you feel lost in the process you can ask a farmer at your favorite farm stand how to track these babies down. They will most likely have a really great idea of where to get them.

Garlic scapes are fun to cook.

And super delicious to eat.

I hope they inspire you to try something new.

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

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

Alternatively you can also roast garlic scapes. Follow the same preparation instructions but roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound garlic scapes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Directions

Heat the grill to a low-medium flame.

Wash and dry the garlic scapes. Cut off the ends, as you would asparagus and leave whole.

Massage the scape with oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.

Toss them on the grill and brown both sides, they're done with they are soft on the inside and golden brown and bright green on the outside. 

Serve the garlic scapes hot with more olive oil, salt and 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!

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    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.

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    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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