Spicy Pickled Garlic Scapes #SundaySupper

Spicy Pickled Garlic Scapes | www.kimchimom.comWhat are garlic scapes? They are the curly tops or stalks of a garlic plant. They are usually trimmed to help in the growth of a larger garlic bulb. Garlic scapes are typically at their peak in late spring, but it seems that everything is a bit delayed here in the Northeast this year. The longer the scape, the more fibrous and spicier it will be. Cooking them will help make them more palatable. To trim the scapes, snap the stalk at its natural breaking point at the base much like an asparagus, and cut off the buds or flowers from the top.

Curly garlic scapes.

I don’t remember when I first I had this pickled scape dish, but I could not stop eating it. This is the the only way I’ve had garlic scapes. It is a dish that is often served as a side dish or banchan. There’s a hint of garlic flavor, a bit of heat, and some sweetness to round out the bold flavors. It is perfect with a bowlful of steamy rice.

Spicy Pickled Garlic Scapes | www.kimchimom.com

Spicy Pickled Garlic Scapes #SundaySupper
A traditional side dish or banchan. A great way to use garlic scapes.
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Korean
  • 2 pounds garlic scapes (2 bunches)
  • 1 cup kochujang (red pepper paste)
  • 2 Tablespoons kochugaru (red pepper powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Trim the scapes of the tougher portions. Cut into 2-inch sections. Rinse and drain. Place in a large heat-proof bowl.
  2. Garlic scapes in a bowl.
  3. In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water to a roiling boil. Add ¼ cup salt and stir until dissolved. Take the pot off the heat.
  4. Carefully pour the hot water over the scapes. Make sure the scapes are submerged. Cover the scapes with a plate and set aside for 3-4 days at room temperature. This will take away some of the bite and bitterness and soften the scapes. Once the scapes start turning yellow, they are pretty much ready.
  5. Garlic scapes submerged in hot water.
  6. Sample one of the scapes. It should be slightly salty. If it's too salty for you, then give it a a quick rinse under cold water. If it's okay, just drain the scapes in a colander and set aside.
  7. In the same large bowl that you used for the scapes, mix the remaining ingredients for the sauce until thoroughly combined.
  8. Spoon the red pepper mixture into the bowlful of scapes. Stir until the scapes are thoroughly coated. If you have food-safe gloves, put a pair of those on and get your hands into the mixture.
  9. Mixing the garlic scapes with red pepper mixture.
  10. Keep those gloves on and start packing a large clean jar with the scapes. There will be an excess of the red pepper mixture. Just pack the remaining mixture on top of the scapes. If you don't have gloves, you can use tongs to transfer the scapes from the bowl into the jar.
  11. The scapes are ready to eat right away. Keep the scapes refrigerated and they will last you a long time!

A jar of maniljjong kochujang jjangatchi.

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