Garlic Scape Coconut Curry Soup With Summer Vegetables & Tofu

garlic scapes coconut curry soup


Garlic scapes are the curly green shoots that grow on young hardneck garlic and are harvested for a short time in early summer. I first encountered them in my farm share a few years ago and have been seeing them more and more at the farmer’s markets.

garlic scapes


The scapes prevent the garlic bulb from growing further so they are cut off in this season.  I kind of look at them as a cross between a green onion and garlic – fresh, crunchy and green with a subtle garlic flavor.  I’ve enjoyed them in pestos and curries before and thought this time, I’d make a coconut curry out of them along with some of the vegetables I received in the share this week.

I got this tangle of small broccoli heads.

broccoli florets


And I also got some sugar snap peas.

sugar snap peas


I combined the garlic scapes and vegetables into a curried coconut soup flavored with Indian spices, shallot, ginger, green chilies, lime and soy sauce.  I paired it with some udon noodles, but I’m sure the soup would go nicely with spinach or egg noodles too.  I also had some baked tofu (am a little addicted to this stuff) on hand so threw that in but you can also just lightly fry up some plain tofu and add that in to the soup.

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  • Shruti@Part Time Chef

    I love tofu..and coconut ..such a flavourful soup!

  • Viswa

    This is so different.. Very nice

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    I never know what to do with garlic scapes, aside from putting them in pasta. This is such a great idea!

  • Tasha @ terrabites

    Just came across your blog today! This looks delicious – will have to try making it this weekend!