Garlic Scape & Lemon Butter (and 6 More Ways to use Garlic Scapes)

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Compound butter, or “finishing butter”, can be stored in the freezer or the refrigerator, and used at will! It’s such an easy way to brighten your kitchen and cooking, and will impress anyone when you put out a loaf of fresh bread and gorgeous green butter!


  • Garlic scapes – 6 wands, or 1 cup coarsely chopped
  • Unsalted butter – 2.5 sticks
  • Lemon zest – 2.5 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons, freshly-squeezed
  • Sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon


  1. Add the garlic scapes to a food processor or blender and mince.
  2. Add the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and sea salt and blend until thoroughly mixed. The butter will be a gorgeous bright green color.
  3. Transfer the butter to a piece of foil or plastic wrap, and roll it like a burrito. Store the butter in the refrigerator to harden, and keep for up to 2 weeks, or store the butter in the freezer and slice off a dab whenever you need it.