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Garlic-Scape Stir Fry

Garlic scapes are the stalks that grow from hardneck garlic. They have a mellow taste that’s somewhere between green onions and garlic. Available in the spring and early summer, you can chop garlic scapes like you would a green onion and add them to salads or frittatas; you can also grill them whole or cut them in 2-inch pieces and add them to a stir-fry.

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Garlic Scape Stir Fry

Garlic-Scape Stir Fry

Garlic scapes are the stalks that grow from hardneck garlic. They have a mellow taste that’s somewhere between green onions and garlic. Available in the spring and early summer, you can chop garlic scapes like you would a green onion and add them to salads or frittatas; you can also grill them whole or cut them in 2-inch pieces and add them to a stir-fry.

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Category: Entrées

Ingredients

Scale
    • 1/2 pound garlic scapes
    • 4 green onions
    • 1 red pepper
    • 1 yellow pepper
    • 1 carrot
    • 2 bunches of baby bok choy
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 pound shrimp (or chicken)
    • Salt and pepper
  • Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup water (or stock)
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon corn starch
    • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 tablespoon ground ginger)
    • 1 garlic clove, grated
    • 1 teaspoon sriracha (optional)
    • 1 8-oz can bamboo shoots
  • Main dish and Garnish:
    • 3 cups cooked rice
    • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Cut the garlic scapes, green onions, and peppers into 2-inch long pieces. Cut the carrot into 1/4-inch slices on the diagonal. Cut the bok choy into 2-inch chunks.
  2. If using chicken, cut into 1/4-inch slices.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a 12-inch frying pan. Season the shrimp or chicken with salt and pepper and sauté until cooked through. Remove meat from pan.
  4. Add second tablespoon of oil, and sauté the garlic scapes, peppers, carrots, and bok choy.
  5. While vegetables are sautéing, whisk together soy sauce, water, honey, sesame oil, rice vinegar, corn starch, ginger, garlic, and sriracha to make stir-fry sauce.
  6. Add meat, bamboo shoots, and green onions to the pan with the vegetables. Add stir-fry sauce. Let sauce come to a simmer so it will thicken.
  7. Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds.

Have you tried this recipe? It’s so easy and very unique—please tell us how it turned out for you.

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