June 18, 2014 17

Grilled Garlic Scapes with Black Pepper + Sea Salt

Grilled Garlic Scapes | @withfoodandlove

I talk a lot about my experience living in the city. Some days I love it here and some days I hate it here. But most days I’m perfectly content – in my humble 800 square feet abode, 5 floors up with no outdoor space at all except a platform on a fire escape, which I’m fairly certain I shouldn’t be hanging out on, but every once and a while a girls gotta grill. Even if it’s on a little camping apparatus from 1987 that your dad gave you when he was cleaning out his basement late last summer – I’ll take it!

About three times a summer Chris sets this bad boy up for me. For obvious reasons it’s a little complicated, a tight squeeze in the hot sun many feet up in the air. The set-up, the clean-up, the holy shit don’t look down you are definitely not about to fall – it’s all worth it. And we do it all for the sake of the grilled garlic scape.

As Chris prepped the grill for me, I sat comfortably in my air-conditioned apartment, giddy like the little vegetable obsessor I am – reading Kimberley Hasselbrink’s new book, Vibrant Food. Everything  I love about eating, about cooking, about living, she sums up perfectly in this book of beautiful brilliance.

Grilled Garlic Scapes | @withfoodandlove

Grilled Garlic Scapes | @withfoodandlove

Such creative recipes + vibrant photographs leaping off every page. Baked Eggs with Polenta + Ramps, Rhubarb Compote with Cacao Nibs and Summer Squash Pasta with Green Goddess Dressing – holy cow, yes yes yes. I don’t even know where to start first.

If food and texture and colors excite you like no other – you must own this book.

After a nice little sit down with Vibrant Food my thoughts were certainly confirmed. Garlic scapes have no business being in pesto. I know, I get it, that stuff is super tasty, but you can achieve a garlicky taste by just using garlic. I mean, right? Since garlic scape season is incredibly short, shouldn’t we revel in their wonder? The stalks alone are perfection, shouldn’t we honor that – I think yes.

I got these scapes in my CSA box from Philly FoodWorks – but this weekend I’m hoping to stock up on more at my farmers’ market. This time of year I cannot get enough. And there’s so much more to garlic scapes than pesto, hummus or compound butter. Let them stand on their own…

Like these awesome Egg Salad Sandwich with Miso + Caramelized Garlic Scapes from Grace, and the grilled garlic scapes below. There’s something so magical about them simply grilled and seasoned with a high quality sea salt, you will stun your dinner guests, I promise.

Grilled Garlic Scapes | @withfoodandlove

Grilled Garlic Scapes {print me!}

Notes: garlic scapes are so simple on the grill. This recipes takes just about 10 minutes to cook + will serve about 4 people.


  • 4 small bunches of garlic scapes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • a few heavy pinches of quality sea salt
  • plenty of coarse ground pepper

Heat your grill to a medium to low flame.

Wash and dry your scapes. Break off the harder ends {as you would like asparagus} and leave whole.

Massage the scape with oil and sprinkle it with sea salt and pepper. Toss them onto the grill and brown both sides, remove them when they’re soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, a lighter shade of green and golden brown in parts.

Serve scapes as is or with these additional touches:

  • sprinkled with lemon zest
  • chopped fresh herbs like basil or oregano or cilantro
  • with chopped olives
  • truffle salts

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

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    Kirsten @ Farm Fresh Feasts

    May 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with me for my Garlic Scape Recipe 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

    Sherrie, Thank you for sharing this recipe for my garlic scape round up! It’s now live.

    I can’t wait for my scapes to grow so I can try some of these. Thanks again.

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    June 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    YES to vegetable obsessors! :) And thank you for your kind words. It’s just the best to hear.

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      June 25, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Your book is tops Kimberley!!

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    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?

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      June 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Hey Anne! So garlic scapes taste just like garlic – but kinda better ;) So if eating garlic bothers you, these probably will too. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news…BUT they’re so tasty, so for me, the smell, it’s allllll worth it. Thanks for stopping by, xo.

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        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 :-)

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast

    June 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

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

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      June 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      They’re just the best and so are you!! Glad I could feature your beautiful work on this one :))

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    June 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

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

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    Amy | Salt and Honey

    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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      July 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Hahaha cooking {especially grilling} is certainly a challenge in the city. Go find yourself some scapes Amy, the season is now. Enjoy + thanks for stopping by, xo!

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    March 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Am new at this, where can I order Garlic Scape seeds or plants to grow..
    Also are there “RAMP” plants available to grow.. Thank you for your time in replying..


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      March 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      Hi Olga, garlic scapes are harvested from the garlic bulb during spring. Ramps are traditionally a foraged food. I’ve find them at local farmers’ markets + in my CSA box. 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 its healthy and nutritious nature.

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    March 22, 2016 at 2:10 AM

    I LOVE them! 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 Dijon vinaigrette with scapes done in a food processor. Also a pasta sauce: saute scapes, add some lemon zest and herbs of your choice, toss with pasta and some extra olive oil and Parmesan. You can get fancy and add whatever veggies you have on hand if you like, but it’s almost better not to. Thanks.

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