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What are leeks? About the ingredient leeks. Including 611 recipes with leeks, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Leeks are related to the onion, shallot and scallions (green spring onions) family and exhibit a more delicate flavor than onions.

They are in season from fall until spring they are generally available year round at your local markets.

The white and tender part of the leek is considered to be the most desirable. The tougher green leaf parts can be used to enhance vegetable or chicken stock.

Be certain to rinse throughly to remove any grit that can sneak in between the ribs. One of the most effective ways to ensure grit free leeks is to cut each leek in half lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise into thin half-rounds. Place them in a colander thoroughly washing and rinsing with running water.

Usually leeks are eaten cooked, either hot or cold but can be finely shredded raw in a salad.

Leek soups are possibly the most popular culinary use. Greek Emperor Nero had leek soup served to himself every day while in France. The leek has been used for centuries in many classic soups.

Look for leeks that are as fresh as possible, smooth, fresh color and erect foliage.

Preparation involves removing the roots and base and cutting off the tough green part (save for use in stocks).

Leeks can be served hot with a béchamel sauce or white sauce, with cream (Creamed Leeks), au gratin or braised. Cold they can be served with a vinaigrette or flavored mayonnaise.

Other culinary uses are in tarts, fritters and à la grecque. They pair equally well with chicken, lamb and fish, sometimes even with beef.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (89g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 54Calories from Fat 2
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12.6g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars 3.5
Protein 1.3g
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 5% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Leeks are usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Leeks are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do leeks weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 89
1 leek 89
1 slice 6

In Chinese:韭菜
British (UK) term: Leeks
en français:poireau
en español:puerro

Recipes using leeks

There are 617 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Alpine Baked Pasta
Artichoke, Leek, Potato and Garlic Soup
Arugula, Potato and Leek Soup
Aunt Ann's Creamy Potato Soup
Authentic Chinese Dumplings
Beef Goulash Soup
Best Acorn Squash Soup
Best Curried Leek and Potato Soup
British Whiskey Chicken
Broccoli and Swiss Cheese Soup
Cabbage and Shiitake Pot Sticky Buns
Cabbage Bean Soup

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