Get The Most Out of Your Scallions from Backyard Eats
When It’s Ready
- When the scallions are about the diameter of a dime
- When the stalks are firm and tall
When It’s Too Late
- When the scallions have begun to brown and shrivel up
- Using a garden trowel, or your hands, gently dig up the entire plant from the soil
- The stalks may bruise if compacted, so be sure to handle them gently
Scallions, also known as green onions, are a member of the onion family and have a mild, sweet flavor. They have long, thin green stalks and small white bulbs. Scallions are commonly used in Asian and Mexican cuisine. They can be used raw in salads or as a garnish for soups and stews. Scallions are also a great addition to stir-fries, fried rice, and noodle dishes. They can be thinly sliced and added to sandwiches, wraps, and tacos for a fresh crunch.
Fresh Storage: Scallions can be stored fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or in a glass with an inch of water on the bottom.
Long-Term Storage: Scallions can also be hang-dried and stored in a cool dry place for longer use.
Cooking With Scallions
- Scallion Pancakes: Mix chopped scallions into a pancake batter made with flour, water, and a pinch of salt. Cook the pancakes until golden and crispy for a savory and flavorful appetizer or side dish.
- Scallion Stir-Fry: Sauté sliced scallions with other vegetables, such as bell peppers, snap peas, and carrots, in a hot pan or wok. Add soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for a quick and tasty stir-fry.
- Scallion Dip: Blend chopped scallions with sour cream or Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to create a creamy and tangy dip. Serve with chips, crackers, or vegetable sticks.
- Scallion Noodle Soup: Add sliced scallions to a hot broth along with cooked noodles, vegetables, and your choice of protein. The scallions add a fresh and mild onion flavor to the comforting soup.
- Grilled Scallions: Brush scallions with olive oil and grill them until they are slightly charred and tender. Grilled scallions make a delicious side dish or can be used as a flavorful topping for grilled meats or salads.