Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stir Fry Garlic Scapes With Shrimps

Garlic tops, called  flowers or garlic scapes are a gourmet delight . The entire stalk and flower are edible.  They have a delicate flavor which gives a subtly different and delicious flavor and they are wonderful additions to stew, roasts, marinade, salads, sandwiches, sauces, bread, pasta, pesto, stir fry, roasted and it can be either  steam whole and serve with melted butter like the asparagus or stir fry with shrimps. The possibilities are endless and this time, I decided to stir fry them with shrimps.  Lovely flavor..simple to prepare , tasty and the natural sweetness from the shrimps and garlic scapes were the reason for me to have to two servings of rice  :)

Garlic grows underground as a bulb. In its early stage, the bulb is soft and onion-like, but as it grows, it gets harder and pokes a shoot through the ground. Later on this shoot develops into a flower stalk that is the garlic scape. Harvesting the scape helps the garlic plant put more of its energy into the bulb (and become the garlic that we all know).

Do not overcook the garlic scapes or the nutrients will be lost in the process. Garlic scapes contain Vitamin C, Iron and Calcium .  Love the crispness of  garlic scapes and its subtle aroma of mild garlic .  I have not eaten this for some time now and eating them again was sheer delight :)   Garlic scapes are seasonal veggie , I saw lots of them in the market last Saturday and bought some home. I added more shrimps for WB because he love shrimps :)  

Stir Fried Garlic Flowers With Shrimps   


150g fresh garlic flowers, cut into 2 inches lengths
15 pieces of shrimps – remove shells and leave tail intact , devein
3 pips of garlic, finely chopped
A tablespoon of premium oyster sauce
* pinch of salt – depend on one’s taste
3 tablespoon of water 
1 tablespoon of chinese cooking wine
2 tablespoon grapeseed oil


Heat up wok or frying pan with 1 tbsp of  grapeseed oil  . Add in the chopped garlic and sauté till fragrant.  Add the shrimps and continue frying until shrimps are cooked. Dish up and set aside.  Add 1 tbsp of oil to the wok and add in the garlic flowers and stir frying to coat with oil, then add the water and continue frying till water is almost dry. The purpose of adding water is to create hot steam to cook the garlic flowers faster.  Add in the cooked shrimps wine, oyster sauce and salt to taste and dish out.  Serve this with rice. 

Have a nice day....

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  1. Looks so delicious and tasty! They are just the best prepared this way :)

  2. I love love love garlic scapes! This looks fabulous, a great dinner mmm.

  3. Ah! Haven't had this for a long long time...

  4. This dish is getting bookmarked!! Thank you for sharing =]

  5. I love garlic scapes too. Normally I stir fry mixed vege

  6. delicious! i love this too! sometimes stir fry with roast pork too!

  7. Yum! I love these. I usually fry them up when I have leftover roast pork.

  8. I haven't been able to find garlic scrapes around here in FL...maybe we don't have a garlic season. I love this dish though, it looks fantastic. I've made something similar with garlic chives, I could use that for this dish!

  9. This is an elegant, classy dish, and perfect for summer!

  10. I like garlic scrapes and they are great with pork belly or even eggs.

  11. It's very sweet. Not always can find it in the Market or hypermarket.

  12. DD....thank you :)

    Biren..yea best prepared this way for a flavorful dish :)

    Trix....me too...love this but this veggie is seasonal :)

    Arthur....it is seasonal..I guess now is the season :)

    Juju....yea you better...it is the season now :)

    Kathy...oh try it this way..you get the full taste if you just stir fry with shrimps:)

    Lena...ohhhh that is a good idea !!! thanks.... shall stir fry with roast pork the next cooking :)

    Ping....awww that would be nice..I just found out :)

    Lyndsey...I understand garlic scapes are seasonal :) garlic chives can be cooked this way too :)

    Cakelaw...yea great summer dish :)

    Angie...stir fry them with pork belly or roast pork would be nice too :)

    Little Inbox...this is a seasonal veggie..now is the season..you should be able to find them in the supermnarket or wet market :)

  13. I've never heard of or cooked with garlic scapes, but love garlic! I cannot wait to try this recipe. It looks fantastic!


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