How to Make Garlic Scape Compound Butter

This time of year, just before your garlic is ready to pull is the perfect time to harvest garlic scapes and make some delicious garlic scape compound butter!

scapes and butter

Garlic is seriously the best thing I can grow in my garden! There are literally so many different ways to us it and in varying stages of it’s growth is the best time to maximize it’s functions.

If you’re new to the garlic situation here’s the DL about When to Harvest Garlic, How to Store and Braid your Garlic, and even how to Make Garlic Powder! The possibilities are endless when you figure out How to Grow Garlic!

What is a Garlic Scape?

A scape is the botanical term for the floral part of the garlic. These are the curly part of the garlic stalk- see below photo. If you would leave the scapes on, the plant would focus its energy on the flower and the garlic bulb will be very small.

If scapes are not removed when garlic is grown in poor soil, total bulb production can be reduces by up to 30% In good soil, but production is only limited by about 5%.

Clipping a scape before the garlic blooms can do two things at once. One, you get to create something like this delicious garlic scape compound butter and two, you are helping the garlic focus on growing a larger bulb, under the ground.

The scape is that curly part.

In the past, I have loved bringing in the garlic flowers to add to my arrangements in the kitchen. It’s just such a lovely ‘gardeny’ smell especially when added with a few stems of dill and some rosemary!

The past few years, I have been snipping the scapes off mid-to late June just before they send a blossom up to use in a delicious herb infused butter.

How to make Garlic Scape Compound Butter the Video!

Why You’ll Love making Garlic Scape Compound Butter

  • Toss this with a pan of pasta.
  • Enhance your soup, stew and toast.
  • Would also make a lovely gift for a friend or someone moving into the neighborhood!
  • Our Favorite is to add it to the top of a delicious home grown steak!

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Materials you’ll need to make this Garlic Scape Compound Butter

  1. Bowl
  2. Plastic wrap
butter with scapes

Garlic Scape Compound Butter

This is a delicious way to use your garlic scapes and any other herb from your summer garden to enhance the flavors of your food and steaks.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American


  • 1 Bowl for mixing
  • 1 Garden snipes or scissors


  • 1 lb Butter unsalted- room temperature.
  • 10-12 Scapes
  • 1 bunch Chives
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 bunch Thyme


  • Once butter is at room temperature, wash and chopped up your herbs.
  • Fold the herbs into the butter.
  • Place butter on a piece of plastic wrap and roll up to form a long tube. Twist ends to seal.
  • Place in freezer to harden and form.
Keyword compound butter, herb butter, making garlic butter
pile of scapes

Questions People are asking about Garlic Scape Compound Butter

How long will my compound butter last?

Once it’s frozen, we bring it to the refrigerator. Once in the refrigerator, we will cut off what we need. It will last in the refrigerator as long as your regular butter will.

What can you add to compound butter?

You can all all sorts of things, pretty much the only thing I would not add to butter is fruit ;). Go wild! You can add every single herb you can find, if you like!

What do you do with compound butter?

Add it to a pasta dish, the top of a steak (try out this Cast Iron Steak and Smashed Potatoes recipe), fish, your spaghetti dish, spread it on your toast/ bread, potatoes or other veggies.

What else can you do with Scapes?

Cut them up similar to asparagus and grill them and add them as a summer side dish!

Tips about Garlic Scape Compound Butter

  • Rolling it up in some plastic wrap helps form it into a tube making it look nice and uniform, but you could also add it to an ice cream tray to make smaller cubes or freeze a single layer on a cookie sheet, then slice.
  • You can add garlic powder or even salt to this butter for some additional garlicy flavor for your garlic breads and toasts.
  • Once rolled and frozen, you can wrap it up in some brown kraft paper, twisting the ends with some twine to make a lovely addition to a hostess gift or welcome to the neighborhood, gift.

compound butter roll

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