This Garlic Scape Herb Compound Butter is so very tasty and couldn’t be easier! It enhances the flavor of fish and seafood, vegetables, potatoes, pasta, just about anything you can imagine!
I am so excited about this post! Not because it’s anything terribly special or clever but because Garlic Scapes are my new, favorite food on the planet!
I have always been afraid to try planting garlic because we have very heavy, clay soil. Garlic prefers well drained soils, which we do not have here!
Every year I would go to the garlic festivals in August and just wish. Last year I got my husband on board (because he loves garlic too). So we got 3 or 4 bags of sand from the garden center. We also used peat moss, pea stone and some topsoil I had leftover from spring planting. He got out the backhoe and went to town.
How to plant garlic
Any excuse to get out the heavy equipment and he is in! I don’t know why I didn’t think about it before!!
So I planted 18 cloves from the garlic I got at the garlic festival; a variety of cultivars, just to see which ones liked our soil best!
I was so excited when I saw them come up this Spring! I watched for garlic scapes (the stalk of and flower bud) carefully. They can not flower or the flower will take the nutrients from the bulb and the bulbs will be smaller. So you cut off the buds and stalks.
Too my further delight, in mid June the scapes finally appeared. I have been looking at other bloggers’ posts with envy every year with all the garlic scape recipes. I have never found them at the farmer’s market. Apparently, the farmers don’t know there is a demand for them.
What are garlic scapes?
Garlic Scapes are the flower bud and the stalk (botanically known as the peduncle) of the flower of the hardneck garlic plants. If the garlic “scapes” are not removed from the leaves, the flower will take nutrients from the garlic bulb, so that the bulb of the garlic will be very small. Therefore, it is important to break or cut the garlic scapes off, before they flower.
You can find garlic scapes in the late spring or early summer at farmer’s markets, farm stands or Asian specialty grocers.
Anyhoo, enough about garlic planting.. on to my Garlic Scape Herb Compound Butter! Garlic Scapes have a very mild flavor. No bitterness to be found! Not exactly like roasted garlic, but reminiscent. It couldn’t be easier to make either.
What you need
- garlic scapes – use fresh or frozen scapes
- chives – use fresh chives
- parsley – use fresh
- butter – we use unsalted butter
- any additional herbs you would like
How to make it
- Let your butter come to room temperature. Cut off the bottom of the stems Chop the garlic scapes fairly small, both the buds and the stalks.
- Saute the garlic scapes for a few minutes in just a tad of olive oil, just to soften. You don’t want them to brown or lose their glorious color! Then let them come to room temperature.
- Chop a bit of chives and parsley.
- Chop basil. Oregano, sage and thyme would be great too, depending on the flavor profile you are looking for.
- Add herbs and cooled garlic scapes to room temperature butter in a bowl.
- Mix well.
- Place waxed paper on cookie sheet. Spread butter mixture evenly in a thin layer.
- Place another sheet of waxed paper on top.
Freeze Garlic Scape Butter overnight. Place in storage bag and freeze. Break off a piece, when needed, for cooking.
Instead of spreading the butter flat, you can roll it into a log, in a sheet of waxed or parchment paper, which gives a nice presentation. Slice before long term storage.
Culinary uses for garlic scapes
What to make with garlic scape butter
Use the Garlic Scape Herb Compound Butter on fresh vegetables, here on mixed summer squash. It is also great on fish, seafood, grilled steaks or chicken.
Quick and easy variation of bruschetta or garlic bread is also great! This Garlic Scape Bread is crunchy and delicious! Check out my friend Laura Tobin’s post from Your Guardian Chef, for a great tutorial on bruschetta!
What else to make scapes
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See our article How to store garlic scapes plus 16 free recipes article for more inspiration!
I hope you enjoyed the recipe today for garlic scapes compound butter. Leave a comment below and let me know if you have used garlic scapes and what your favorite recipes for garlic scapes are!
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Garlic Scape Herb Compound Butter
- 1 lb unsalted butter, softened to room temperature.
- 1/2 c garlic scape, buds and stalks, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 1 splash Olive Oil
- Chop garlic scapes roughly in food processor or with chef's knife. Chop herbs.
- Soften garlic in olive oil over medium low heat, watching carefully. Garlic should just soften, not brown. Once garlic has softened, allow to cool to room temperature.
- Add butter, garlic and herbs together. Mix thoroughly. Wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap. Cool in refrigerator or store in freezer to prolong shelf life.
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Originally published July 21, 2017. Updated with new text and photos September 21, 2021