Garlic Scape Butter

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Garlic Scape Butter- Do you have some garlic scapes or you want to buy some, but you are searching for a new way to cook with this iconic Framers Market item? This easy butter is the answer you seek! I’ll not only show you how to make this easy 3 ingredient no cook recipe, but I’ll give you a number of ways to use it!

Compound butter with garlic scapes.

Garlic Scape Compound Butter

Butter is wonderful. How can you make it even better? Throw some fresh herbs and garlic scapes in there, that’s how! Sauces are not the only way to add flavor and depth to a dish, compound butters like this one are great for that too!

You’ll like this recipe because not only is it yet another way to utilize garlic scapes, but because garlic scape season is so short this butter will make anything you use it on taste just like Summer! If you are not that familiar with garlic scapes, I have a whole blog post with info all about scapes you should definitely check out!

On this blog, I love using seasonal ingredients to make cooking interesting and fresh throughout the year, and using products found at Farmers Markets, CSA box, and the produce section of the grocery store. If you’d like to find out more info on how The Copper Table can help you cook seasonally with fresh items, be sure to head over to my bio page!

What Is Compound Butter?

Compound butter is a simple and no fuss way to add flavor to your recipes. This is done by adding fresh herbs, garlic, or even roasted peppers or chiles to softened butter and then using it in the dish in various ways (more on that further down in the post). In this case, we are using garlic scapes in the butter. 

Ingredients For Garlic Scape Compound Butter

As said before, this is a three ingredient recipe! Also, it is no cook! I love that don’t you? Here are a few notes regarding some of the ingredients:

Butter- You want to use unsalted butter here, and buy the best quality butter you can afford.

Garlic Scapes- You want scapes with a vibrant green color that don’t look like they are going bad. Avoid scapes that have any browning or yellowing. 

I’ve got all the details you need on how to make garlic scape butter down in the recipe card.

Garlic scape butter ingredients.
Butter, parsley, and chopped garlic scapes in a bowl.

How To Use Garlic Scape Butter

  • Use on grilled corn on the cob
  • Jazz up a baked potato
  • Stir into cooked pasta and add parmesan cheese for a simple sauce
  • Spread onto bread
  • Use on grilled steak or chicken
  • Makes a great butter for all types of fish and shellfish
  • Use on roasted or grilled vegetables

This butter would also be wonderful to toss with these ravioli. I hope these ideas are useful for you, and if you come up with more ways to use this butter I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Storing Leftover Butter With Garlic Scapes

This is very easy to store. It will keep well for up to a week refrigerated in a container that has a tight lid. You can freeze garlic scape butter, but the flavor of the garlic scapes will not be as prominent, they tend to lose flavor after freeezing. If you are going to try freezing it, I recommend using it within two weeks.

I hope you love this recipe for garlic scape butter, and if you tried it I’d love to hear from you. If you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, I’d love for you to sign up for all the latest updates!

Butter with garlic scapes on a wood background with a spoon.
Yield: 8 Servings

Garlic Scape Butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Garlic Scape Butter is a fresh and easy way to brighten up your Summer pastas, chicken, and seafood! This is a wonderful and simple no cook recipe I know you'll love!


  • 1/2 cup (2 sticks) of Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Garlic Scapes
  • 1/3 cup of chopped Fresh Parsley


  1. Chop the parsley until you have 1/3 cup and set aside.
  2. Cut the ends from the garlic scapes at the top and at the bottom and slice the scapes very thinly.
  3. Soften (don't melt) the 2 sticks of unsalted butter by placing them in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving only until soft enough to stir with a spoon.
  4. Add the chopped parsley and the chopped garlic scapes to the softened butter and stir well.
  5. The butter can be used right away, but it is better to refrigerate for at least a few hours before using to allow the flavors to develop.


This butter can be stirred into cooked pasta, used to butter corn on the cob, spooned into baked potatoes, and many other uses. For more ideas, please see the blog post for some great suggestions.

Garlic Scape Butter is best when it has been allowed to refrigerate for a few hours once it is made.

Unsalted butter is best for this recipe because it will not add any additional salt to any dishes you use it with. Get the best quality butter your budget will allow. It will taste better!

You can add other fresh herbs to this butter as well if you want a different flavor profile. I have included ideas for that in the blog post!

This butter can be frozen in an airtight container. Use within two weeks to avoid freezer burn and the risk of the butter absorbing any odors or flavors from your freezer.

If you want a stronger garlic scape flavor in your butter, feel free to cut back a bit on the parsley and add one or more additional garlic scapes to the butter for a more intense flavor.

For a spicier flavor profile, try adding some chopped jalapeno, serrano, or other chilis you love.

This recipe is very easy to double or make in a large quantity.

You can try using vegan butter for this recipe if you prefer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 10Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

All information presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist or registered dietitian and any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline. Statements within this site have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is provided for recipes contained on this site. This information comes from online calculators. Although The Copper Table attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. I just used all my scapes!! I’m pinning this so I remember to make it next year. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope to see you again at tomorrow’s party!

  2. This looks and sounds delicious! I love garlic butter and the scapes would add an extra flavor! Thanks for joining in on Home Matters Linky Party! I will be featuring your post this week! #HomeMattersParty xx

  3. This looks so good! I already enjoy flavouring my butter. I didn’t know what scapes were though. I have learnt something! #MMBC

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