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A bunch of garlic scapes in a jar of water

Garlic Scapes Recipe with Lemon Butter

  • Author: Emilie Raffa
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Vegetable Side Dish
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Perfect vegetable side dish? This is it. Garlic scapes are the shoots that grow out of garlic bulbs. They’re super simple to prepare — saute with lemon and butter and savor every last bite!


  • 1 bunch of garlic scapes
  • 1 tb. unsalted butter
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • salt & pepper


  1. Trim the ends and tips off of your garlic scapes. Cut into manageable pieces that will fit into a large skillet.
  2. Over medium heat, warm the butter and a splash of olive oil.
  3. Add your garlic scapes to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and sautee for about 3-5 minutes. Add a splash of water and cover with a lid. Continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Your garlic scapes are finished when they are crisp tender.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and squeeze over some fresh lemon. Add salt and pepper to your liking.