How to Saute Garlic Scapes + Scrambled Eggs - Buttered Side Up

How to Saute Garlic Scapes + Scrambled Eggs



Garllic Scapes
Garllic Scapes
Garllic Scapes
Garllic Scapes
Garllic Scapes

Before this week, I had never cooked or eaten garlic scapes. I overheard some relatives talking about how delicious they were, and of course I wanted to taste them. So when Reuben's family offered us some fresh from their garlic plants, I accepted them readily. 

I knew I wanted to keep things simple and just fry them in some butter and season them with salt and pepper. 

I did a bit of digging on the old internet because I was confused as to how to prepare the scapes. Some places advocate cutting off the entire bulb, and others say you should just cut off the stringy portion above the bulb. I opted to save the bulb, and I'm glad I did.

They were a lovely, mild side dish. Don't worry about the garlic flavor being too powerful - it's quite subtle.

The leftovers were amazing in softly scrambled eggs. It was so good that I ate two whole eggs. Which is a big deal for me - I'm not a huge egg fan (though Whole 30 helped a bit).

The recipes I'm sharing below are super simple, but sometimes it's nice to see how someone else cooks with an ingredient that I've never used before. I've also heard that garlic scapes are great made into a pesto.



How to Saute Garlic Scapes | PRINT

Ingredients:
  • butter
  • garlic scapes, trimmed just above the bulb and a bit off the cut end, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add some butter. When it's melted, add you garlic scapes. Saute on medium to medium-low for 5 minutes, or until tender crisp. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Soft Scrambled Eggs with Garlic Scapes

Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • salt and pepper
  • butter
  • leftover sauteed garlic scapes

Directions:
Whisk the eggs with the milk until very uniform. Season with a couple of pinches each of salt and pepper.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add about a tablespoon of butter (you need more for a stainless-steel skillet, less for a cast iron skillet). Once it's melted, pour in the eggs. Immediately start pushing the eggs around in the skillet with a metal spatula. 

When the eggs are nearly set, push them to one side and add the garlic scapes. Let them warm up a bit, then mix in the eggs and cook just until set. Serve with extra salt and pepper if needed.




5 comments

  1. Garlic scapes are so good! I've never made them scrambled eggs (this will change...) but I've put them in soups many times. They are especially good if you are making your own ramen broth. It's an easy way to make something that's really not healthy a little healthier.

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    1. Mmmm...that sounds lovely in ramen. Now I'm craving ramen. :D

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  3. It is a traditional Chinese dish. It tastes good with sliced pork or beef too. Add some salt and Chinese soy sauce. I wish I can find this veggie in my local area. I only saw it once at the farmer's market.

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    1. That sounds delicious! Yes, make sure you snap it up garlic scapes if you see them at a local market! :)

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