Sauteed Garlic Scapes


Garlic is not used in traditional Japanese food. As a matter of fact, it is one of the food items that has to be avoided in zen culture. However, the modern Japanese use garlic in food and eat garlic scapes.

When I saw curled garlic scapes in the United States, I didn’t recognize that they are the same vegetable I used to eat in Japan, because Japanese garlic scapes were straight.

Sauteed garlic scapes is not that much of a recipe, because just sautee in a pan with oil and season with salt. However, the naturally sweet flavor and crunchiness of garlic scapes is so wonderful that this kind of simple cooking method really brings out the wonderful characteristics of the vegetable. They also go well with ginger pork. You can either cook together with pork or cook separately.

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • A bunch of garlic scapes
  • A pinch of salt


Garlic scapes are difficult to cut with a knife, because they are curled so much. Use a pair of scissors instead. Cut the stems about 1" length and discard the buds. Heat a pan over medium heat with a small amount of oil, sautee the garlic scapes. Fry 3~5 minutes and sprinkle a pinch of salt before turning off the heat. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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