18 Delicious Recipes for Ramps

Last updated: March 30, 2022
In this post I'm sharing 18 ways to cook with ramps, which make their appearance in Spring. Choose from recipes like risotto with ramps to ramp butter, ramp pasta dish, tacos, scrambled eggs, and scones. Whichever you make, you'll discover just how delicious these wild onions are!

I discovered ramps, also known as wild leeks, shortly after I started writing this blog. Skipping down the aisles of the Minneapolis Farmers Market, there seemed to be a hoard of people around what I thought were just spring onions or young garlic. Part of what makes them so special is that they are foraged and wild, which makes their short season a draw. I love using them during spring for a seasonal flare in gluten-free dinners.

What do ramps look like?

  • Their leaves were shaped much like that of tulips, soft and delicate to the touch.
  • Their bulb (which grows from the root) was a gorgeous light pink, turning to white as they stretched to the leaves, a natural ombre effect.
  • And the aromatics…. like sweet, pungent garlic that you just began to sauté in a hot pan, tempting you to bite into one raw.

They have a fresh perfume that lingers when you cut into them, a gentle garlic/onion flavor when softly cooked. And they bring a grassy freshness to any dish, subtly sweeter than their spring onion and leek cousins.

What to look for when buying ramps:

Bright green leaves and no wilting.
Lightly wash them with cold water and dry before wrapping them in a slightly moist paper towel and placing in a plastic bag.

How to store ramps to keep them fresh:

Store them in the door of your refrigerator so they don’t get too cold. They’ll last about three days, so if you don’t have to cook them in a meal, use of the condiments below to preserve them.

simple asparagus soup in a white bowl
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Simple Asparagus and Ramp Soup

The return of foods so brightly colored just lifts my spirit, a departure from all the things roasted that we embrace during winter. Laura combines two perennial favorites in this creamy soup, seemingly perfect for a rainy day and the smell of spring hitting the ground.
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ramp pickles in a glass jar
2

Zingy Ramp Pickles

I love pickles, and the quick type that require no canning are great for extending vegetables that have such a short season. Ramp pickles can be used on salads, sandwiches, and on toast!
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Grain-Free Risotto with Asparagus Ramp Sauce
3

Rice-Less Risotto with Ramps and Asparagus

You can make “rice” out of asparagus by cutting the spears into grain-sized pieces! Combined with caramelized shallots, olive oil and some sheep’s milk cheese, it was a creative, light take on one of my favorite comfort foods. If you can’t find white asparagus, you can make cauliflower rice instead, and proceed with the recipe.
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ramp butter in glass jar
4

Creamy Ramp Butter

If this is your first time trying ramps and you’re stumped on what to do with them, condiments are always a great option. Imagine the flavors of buttery, garlic chive biscuits and that’s what one swipe of this green beauty will bring.
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wild garlic ramp scones
5

Wild Ramp Scones

These tender and flaky ramps scones are unapologetically garlicky and make an irresistible breakfast served warm from the oven with a generous smear of butter. A great side for soup, too!
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spaghetti with ramps on white plate, with silver fork
6

Easy Ramp Pasta

Spaghetti with Ramps is a tasty, quick weeknight dish. Pasta, ramps, lemons and good quality parmesan are basically all it takes. And a little hot red pepper if like a kick!
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warm corn and ramp salad in a white bowl
7

Warm Corn, Bacon, and Ramp Salad

Fresh yellow corn kernels are sautéed in bacon fat until tender and golden, then tossed with cherry tomatoes, ramps, crisp bacon and chopped parsley. Ramps, a seasonal favorite of mine, have a delicious garlic flavor. The white part is cooked in with the corn, and the greens are chopped up and mixed in at the end.
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chicken with ramps and lemon, in white platter
8

Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Ramps, and Olives

Ramps join tart lemon and briny green olives in a chicken dish that might become your new favorite. Can’t find ramps? Scallions work just as well!
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Ramp Chimichurri Recipe
9

Ramp Chimichurri

Few sauces pack the punch of chimichurri, hence why it’s in my fridge most days of the week. I made this ramp version last year and when the last of it was finished, I swore I’d make more next time and freeze it to use throughout the year. Bracing and bright, a little bit spicy, I’ve deemed it liquid gold.
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10

Sea Salt & Lemon Grilled Ramps

A simple yet delicious grilling recipe that highlights ramps! A squeeze of lemon and a dash of sea salt is all you need to bring out the delicious flavor of these wild onions.
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11

Beer Battered Fried Ramps

Ramps are nature’s ultimate onion ring. Both the green leaves and the ramp stalks are edible so you can fry the entire thing whole. The beer batter gives a great crust on the outside, texture and crunch.
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12

Sour Cream and Ramp Gnocchi

This gnocchi dish has similar flavors to perogies, especially paired with crispy bacon and loads of sour cream. A generous helping of ramps replaces the traditional onion topping, and a quick sauté of kale brings a little balance to a rich dish.
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13

Pressure Cooker Ramp Rice

Fluffy, perfectly cooked rice spiked with the flavor of wild ramps, a versatile side dish! The ramps give white rice a delicious garlicky flavor. Can be made with only ramp leaves or ramp leaves & bulbs.
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ramp morel soup in a pink bowl
14

Morel Mushroom and Ramp Chowder

The best soup of Spring! Easy Morel Mushroom and Ramp Chowder only takes minutes to make but tastes like a gourmet treat with sautéed morel mushrooms and ramps swimming in a creamy parmesan cheese spiked broth.
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ramp pancakes on white plate
15

Flaky Chinese Style Ramp Pancakes

Scallion pancakes (or rather, ramp pancakes, as this variation should rightfully be called), might just be the most perfect vehicle for showing off the pungent, garlicky bite of fresh ramps, with their crisp golden-speckled outside and flaky multi-layered inside.
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16

Savory Steel Cut Oats with Ramps

The creamy, mild oats are the ideal vessel for the garlicky ramps and salty soy sauce. It satiates every comfort food craving – and remains relatively healthy to boot. Here’s a dish that's gluten-free, vegetarian, whole grain – and delicious!
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17

Ramp Tacos

These are fast, easy, and delicious spring tacos. They really allow the oniony-garlicky flavor of ramps to shine through. For a die-hard ramp lover, that's pure bliss. Look how nice and crispy the bulbs get in less than two minutes.
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scrambled eggs with ramps on white plate
18

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Ramps

Buttery soft scrambled eggs with fresh spring wild ramps and tangy goat cheese. A simple, yet decadent, breakfast. Only four ingredients, 5 minutes from start to finish. 
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April 25, 2015

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16 comments

  1. Thanks for the delicious ramp recipes. We can use the ramps with pizza and egg also. Wild ramps contain valuable minerals as selenium, chromium, and iron. Wild ramps grow slowly and taking more than 4 years to flower and reproduce. We rarely find wild ramps in the market.

  2. I adore onions of any feather and appreciate all these fresh recipes. The rice-less risotto is especially appealing with all the spring vegetables. Love love love vegetables. How’s AIP going? Keep us updated on the good, the bad and the ugly:)

  3. I’ve heard so much about ramps but have yet to try them. Thanks for sharing such beautiful, inspiring recipes to explore with them!

  4. YUM!! All of these look so delicious. Is the ramp that tall, skinny chive looking thing up there with the purple bulb on top? If so, I think I have them growing wild in my yard. I grabbed some a couple of weeks ago just thinking it was chives planted from the previous owner??

  5. I love ramps (or wild garlic as it’s called in the UK) although interestingly, you rarely see it with the bulbs attached over here. I’m not sure why! I generally make it into a quick pesto but it’s great as a butter/spread too – I like to keep it in my freezer to keep the ramp deliciousness going well beyond it’s season.

    • Kathryn,
      You probably do not see the bulbs on due to sustainable harvesting practices.
      Here in The States it is becoming endangered.
      The popularity of this plant (due in part to delicious flavor, but mostly scarcity) has led to to being over harvested.
      If foraging, it is advised to harvest on of the two leaves. If taking both and stalk, you are supposed to cut under soil line but, leave roots undisturbed. And only take a portion of the patch, so that it will be there next year.