Pan Blistered Garlic Scape Bits


Serves: 1 - can easily be multiplied. 
garlic scapes


By Alysha Melnyk

Garlic scapes are the trimmed stalks that grow from hardneck garlic bulbs. If left unharvested, these stems will eventually flower. Garlic scapes are harvested from the hardneck garlic bulb to encourage larger bulb growth. Enjoyed cooked or raw, garlic scapes are incredibly versatile and can be used as a substitute for garlic cloves. They have a lighter garlic flavor compared to garlic cloves, and can be enjoyed whole or trimmed into bite sized pieces as prepared in this recipe. 


Garlic scapes before trimming to cook.

Pan Blistered Garlic Scape Bits

  1. First, trim your garlic scape using kitchen shears or a knife into bite sized pieces. You can use the whole scape.
  2. Next, combine garlic scape bits and olive oil in a sauté pan. Heat over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes (tossing occasionally) until garlic scape bits are lightly browned.
  3. Serve immediate as a topping to eggs, toast, meat, salad, etc.

Close up shot of garlic scapes cooking in a pan.

*Tip: I topped a slice of local toasted bread (Daily Loaf) with local butter (Goose Lane Egg Farm) with the pan blistered garlic bits, salt, and pepper. Tasted like a lighter garlic bread! 

A detail shot of toast with garlic scapes on top.

Alysha Melnyk is the Founder and Content Creator of The Kitchenologist©, a food blog dedicated to healthy eating and kitchen experiments. Alysha combined her background in biology with her passion for making food delicious, eye-catching, and accessible. When she’s not cooking in the kitchen or dreaming up a recipe, Alysha works full time as an Implementation Specialist at ECRI, an international medical nonprofit located in suburban Philadelphia that is dedicated to improving patient safety worldwide. Alysha finds her many career passions revolve around the power of knowledge and that equipping people with the right tools and resources will help them make better informed decisions.

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