Celebrate leek season with this collection of 23 of the best Leek Recipes! You’ll find recipes for potato leek soup, mushroom risotto and pasta, along with handy info such as nutrition information, how to cut them and more!
Leeks always make me think of spring. They’re one of my favorite ingredients because of their delicate onion flavor, and they truly make every dish even more special.
I think they’re underused because people just haven’t been exposed to them outside of classic potato leek soup, and they’re great prepared so many other ways!
They’ve been a staple in my kitchen for many years, and I hope that the information and recipes provided in this post will inspire you to use them more often. 🙂
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Leeks are vegetables in the Allium ampeloprasum family, which also includes varieties of onions and garlic. While onions and garlic form tight bulbs, leeks grow in long cylinder shapes comprised of bundled leaf sheaths or layers.
They look similar to green onions but they’re much larger. They’re often 1 – 2″ in diameter and up to 12″ long.
What part of leeks are edible?
While the dark green parts are edible, they’re not often used because they’re quite tough. The white and light green parts are great raw or cooked, and you can save those dark green parts for your homemade vegetable stock.
What do leeks taste like?
Leeks have a very mild onion aroma and flavor, and they’re a bit sweeter than regular onions. They’re delicate flavor will never overpower your dish, and they won’t make you cry when you cut them either. 🙂
Choosing and storing
Select leeks that are firm and straight, with no signs of discoloration, wilting or cracking. It’s best to choose ones that are untrimmed as the dark green leaves promote longer life.
The younger the leek the more delicate the flavor, so look for leeks that are no less than 1/2″ in diameter and not much larger than 1 1/2″ in diameter. You should also look for some that have at least 2-3 inches of white/light green parts since those are the parts that you’ll be using in your recipes.
Store leeks in the refrigerator untrimmed and unwashed for up to 5 days to 2 weeks in the vegetable crisper drawer, depending on their freshness. They have a strong aroma that can be absorbed by other foods in your refrigerator, so you can wrap them in plastic wrap to avoid this (I’ve never wrapped my leeks and have never had a problem with this).
Freezing leeks isn’t recommended as their delicate flavor will turn bitter and the texture can be mushy.
Leeks provide the same nutrients and health benefits that garlic and onions do. They’re high in Vitamin A, C and K, and are good sources of iron, calcium, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and thiamin.
Alliums like onions, garlic and leeks are known for their cancer and disease fighting compounds, and they also contain diuretic, laxative and antiseptic properties.
How to cut leeks
1. Remove the dark green tops. 2. Trim the “hairy” end off of the bottom of the leek, being careful not to remove the entire base Slice the leek in half lengthwise, leaving the base intact. 3. From there, clean the leeks. My favorite way to do this is to gently spread the layers and hold upright under cold running water. Be sure to spread each layer well to allow the water to rinse away all the grit. Blot dry before slicing. 4. Place cut-side down on the cutting board and cut into thinly sliced half moons. Once prepped, use within 1-2 days.
23 Best Leek Recipes:
30 Minute Skillet Pasta Primavera Skillet
One Pot Pasta Primavera is packed with veggies, fresh basil and cooks up in a creamy sauce. It's a vegetarian dinner the family will love, and it's on the table in 30 minutes!
Spring Potato Salad- a combination of spring’s best produce tossed in a simple vinegar dill dressing. (vegan, grain-free + gluten-free) Growing up in Florida, I never imagined Georgia to be a particularly special place. We often drove through on our way up to North Carolina and to be honest, there j…
22 Comments on “23 Best Leek Recipes (+ Produce Guide)”
I LOVE leeks! This is such an excellent guide. I love how versatile they are and how much buttery onion flavor they add to a meal. Thanks so much for including my recipe, m’dear! xoxoxox
Thanks so much Julia and I have got to try your hash! 🙂
This guide reminds me I should just keep leeks in the fridge drawer so I have them when I want them! I Pinned a bunch of these recipes to save for later! Thank you Marcie for including my leek and collard dirty rice and Irish potato soup in this awesome roundup of recipe inspiration!
I forget about leeks sometimes too and your recipes look so delicious Letty — I need to try them!
I love leeks so much! This post has me craving them now. Thanks for including my potato salad! <3
You’re welcome…I need that potato salad! 🙂
Oh leeks, how I always forget about you! haha I love them and have such a tendency to forget about them! So bad. Love this post Marcie!
Ugh I hear you on the pollen – I’m all for spring but it is making me sneeze like crazy lately!
I forget about them sometimes too then once I remind myself I go crazy cooking with them! haha I’m sneezing like mad too…’tis the season!
I love this post, Marcie! And I love leeks, but you’re right, I don’t have many ideas on how to cook with them outside of soup. Such great information and I love the recipes you provided! I’m definitely going to cook with leeks more often now!
Thanks Gayle! 🙂
I am so excited for spring too, Marcie! Bring on all the leeks! They are so delicious and really don’t get enough love! Obviously I am just swooning over this post! So informative and filled with great ways to use up those lovely leeks! Pinning! Cheers!
Thanks so much Cheyanne! 🙂
They’re very similar Puja, but leeks are so much larger! And thank you, my friend. 🙂
You’re so welcome Robyn — those pickled leeks are brilliant!
I love cooking with leeks! They add such a great flavour to a variety of dishes. And the health benefits are a bonus. Such a helpful guide Marcie. Especially appreciate the guidance on what to look for when buying leeks. Great recipe round up too!
Thanks so much Leanne!
I love leeks and would like to use them more often! This guide is great and the recipes sound delicious!
Thank you Mira!
Great post, Marcie!! I will admit I”m a little clueless when it comes to leeks, especially about cleaning them! Thank you for all of the tips – you’re even inspiring me to consider growing them this year 🙂
Thanks so much Katherine! My culinary instructor enlightened me on how to clean them standing them upright in water — I love that method! I’ll let you know how I fare growing them this year. 🙂
I just used leeks last night in a soup recipe! I like how mild they are. Do you know, even though it’s probably what most people think of when they hear leeks, I’ve never made potato leek soup… I think I might have to try that soon!
They are nice and mild aren’t they? Potato leek soup is super delicious and I bet you’d love it!