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charred grilled garlic scapes

What are your favorite garlic scape recipes? I only have one, grilled garlic scapes. They are incredibly simple to make, and it doesn’t matter what kind of grill you have, because nothing fancy is required. When we lived in Philly, our only backyard space was a fire escape five floors up. And our grill was a camping apparatus from the eighties that my dad found when he was cleaning out his attic.

This was the first grill I cooked garlic scapes on, so like I said, nothing fancy. A few moves and cities later and now we’re living in Dallas. Garlic scape season is short here since our winters are mild and short, and spring transitions to summer by April. So I love to make the most of them as best I can.

Grilled garlic scapes are my favorite.

If you’ve never worked with or eaten garlic scapes before, grilled garlic scapes are the best way to enjoy them. I feel pretty strongly that the best garlic scapes recipes are ones that leave the garlic scape whole. In my humble opinion, scapes have no business in pesto, hummus or compound butter. Okay, maybe compound butter.

Garlic scapes have a texture similar to asparagus with a pleasant garlicky flavor. If you love garlic you will love garlic scapes. If you don’t love garlic, you will probably still like garlic scapes because their garlic flavor is less pungent and more tolerable to appreciate.

What are garlic scapes?

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. Garlic scapes aren’t usually found at grocery stores, but you can find them at farmers’ markets or if you’re lucky in your CSA box.

The season for scapes is usually late spring to early summer. If you’re having a hard time locating them or if you feel lost in the process you can ask a farmer at your market how to track these babies down. Grilled garlic scapes are fun to cook, and super delicious to eat. I hope you love them as much as I do. 

garlic scapes ready to be grilled

charred garlic scapes on the grill

garlic scapes in a bundle

grilled garlic scapes on a plate with salt

Yield: 2 - 4 servings

Grilled Garlic Scapes with Sea Salt

grilled garlic scapes on a plate with salt

Grilled garlic scapes brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. A simple, vegan and gluten-free whole garlic scape recipe.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


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


  1. Heat the grill to a medium flame.
  2. Wash and dry the garlic scapes. Trim the ends and leave whole.
  3. Massage the scapes with oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  4. 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. 
  5. Serve the garlic scapes hot off the grill with salt if desired.

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Tuesday 12th of June 2018

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


Sunday 9th of July 2017

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!


Wednesday 19th of July 2017

Amazing - lol, I love that Lauren!


Sunday 5th of June 2016

I recently tried garlic scapes for the first time. I'm so glad I ate them simply grilled and salted because I was able to really taste them that way. I am in love!


Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

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.


Tuesday 17th of March 2015

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


Thursday 19th of March 2015

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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