How To Cook Leeks 6 Different Ways

Discover the versatility of leeks with our guide on how to cook them in 6 different delicious ways.

miso braised leeks on a bed of noodles

How To Prepare Leeks:

Preparing leeks is easy. Start by trimming off the dark green tops and the root ends. Slice the leeks lengthwise and rinse thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt or sand trapped between the layers. Once cleaned, slice or chop the leeks according to your recipe's requirements.

How To Cook Leeks:

Leeks are very versatile. You can sauté them in a bit of olive oil or butter until they are soft and slightly caramelised, perfect for adding to soups, stews, or as a side dish. They can also be boiled or steamed until tender and then used in various recipes like casseroles or quiches. For a roasted option, toss them with a little oil, salt, and pepper, and roast in the oven until golden and crispy.

Lunch Leek Recipes:

Spice up your lunch routine with one of these tasty leek lunch recipes. These dishes are sure to add a delicious twist to your midday meal.

A plate of crispy leek pakoras surrounding a bowl of coconut herb chutney.

Crispy Leek Pakoras w/ Coconut Herb Chutney

The beauty of these pakoras is that they can pretty much be made with any of your favourite veggies – they are so crispy, fluffy and delicious. Leeks work wonderfully, as when they cook, they turn lovely and sweet. You can swap them out for grated squash, cauliflower, spinach or potatoes.

Potato, carrot and leek galette in Oddbox plate

Potato, Carrot and Leek Galette

A cheesy potato, carrot and creamy leek galette using flakey, buttery, puff pastry (or vegan puff pastry). The potatoes and carrots are very thinly sliced. Super easy to do and it's served topped with honey/maple and a pinch of flaky sea salt for a sweet, and salty touch.

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One-pan Leek Miso Butterbeans

A simple, nutritious and packed with flavour meal that is perfect for any weeknight or busy lunch time. If you have any on hand we recommend adding mushrooms which pairs beautifully with leeks and miso paste. 

Dinner Leek Recipes:

Spice up your dinners with one of our leek recipes. These flavorful dishes promise to bring a delightful twist to your table, making every bite a joy.

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Spicy Miso Braised Leeks with Noodles

Ready in 20 minutes, these braised leeks with garlic and miso tossed in ramen noodles tick all the boxes.

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Leek Pilaf with Toasted Nuts and Feta

Turmeric fluffy rice, creamy leek slices, crunchy nuts and tangy feta cheese.

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Creamy Leek Pasta

Creamy leek fondue makes the best pasta sauce. Try this quick recipe packed with flavours. 

How To Grow Leeks:

Growing Leeks From Seed:

Start by planting seeds indoors in early spring, then transplant the seedlings to your garden once the soil warms up. Ensure they have plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil, and keep the soil consistently moist as they grow.

Growing Leeks From Scraps:

Growing leeks from leek scraps is a fun and easy way to propagate them. Cut the leek about an inch above the root base and place the base in a shallow dish of water, ensuring the roots are submerged. Place the dish in a sunny spot and change the water every few days. In about a week, you'll see new green growth. Once the roots are well-developed, transplant the leek into your garden or a pot with well-drained soil, and keep it well-watered as it grows.

If you prefer convenience, you can get fresh leeks and other fruits and vegetables delivered straight to your door from Oddbox. Oddbox rescues surplus and wonky produce directly from farms, ensuring you receive high-quality, delicious leeks while also helping to reduce food waste. Simply sign up for a subscription, and enjoy a regular supply of fresh, rescued vegetables.