25 Recipes With Leeks We Love
Leeks are more versatile than you probably give them credit for. Craving comfort food? Look no further than our Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms. If you're looking for a healthy side to go with it, this Brussels Sprout-and-Leek Slaw with Bacon, and Pecans is just the ticket. No matter what you're in the mood for, you're going to want to bookmark our collection of best leek recipes.
Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
You might have a go-to green bean casserole recipe, but you have to try this one. These thin, crispy fried leeks are an absolutely delicious casserole topper and look way more elegant than the canned fried onions. The leeks fry up very quickly; keep a close watch on them as they cook.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms
We’ve combined one of our favorite comfort foods with our favorite kitchen staple: a skillet. This Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms is creamy and flavorful. The chicken starts out in the slow cooker allowing it to develop rich flavors.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Leeks, Peas, and Bacon
You will never buy jarred Alfredo sauce again when you see how easy it is to make homemade. Pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce is a simple weeknight meal that feels downright indulgent, especially when bacon is involved. Slowly simmer the cream and be sure not to boil it or it will scorch.
Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata
Bacon-Leek Mashed Potatoes
Boring potatoes these are not, thanks to flavor-packed stir-ins. Leeks add gut-friendly prebiotic fiber to this dish; a smart amount of center-cut bacon imparts smoky, salty undertones. Be sure to pick up Yukon Gold potatoes; their higher starch content yields a fluffier, creamier mash.
Grilled Lemon-Rosemary Chicken and Leeks
Chicken cutlets get great flavor from a lemon-rosemary marinade while the leeks cook into a silky, caramelized vegetable side dish. If you’ve never enjoyed the darker green leek tops, give them a try in this recipe.
Shrimp and Leek Spaghetti
Light and lemony, this pasta provides nearly a third of your daily fiber goal. Thanks to prepeeled shrimp and frozen peas, it’s the epitome of weeknight-fast. Dress it up with a glass of crisp white wine.
Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup
Many lettuces are grown in sandy soil, so thoroughly wash and dry your greens to remove any grit. If you don't have an immersion blender, process the soup in batches in a blender until smooth.
Herb and Leek "Orzotto" with Fried Eggs
We give quick-cooking orzo pasta the risotto treatment—toasting the grains first, then slowly incorporating hot liquid until creamy and starchy—for a comforting "orzotto." The rich egg yolk ties it all together.
Fingerling Potato-Leek Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs
To trim Swiss chard for this main dish, pull or cut the stems out of the leaves.
Add the dried cherries to the cooking liquid with the couscous so they can plump, soften, and flavor the grains. Leeks are slightly milder than green onions; they become tender and silky when sautéed. Serve the couscous mixture with roasted pork or chicken.
Tomato-Leek Pie with Quinoa Crust
The two-slice portion on this summer pie is nice and hearty: For a lighter lunch or brunch for eight people, serve one slice with a simple spinach salad. For extra flavor, try tossing 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme into the crust.
Brussels Sprout-and-Leek Slaw with Bacon and Pecans
A tip from the test kitchen: While all these ingredients are easily found in any grocery store or farmers market (or already in your pantry), look for smaller Brussels sprouts in the produce section — they’ll be more tender to trim, shred, and enjoy. If you’re looking to add some interest to your menu, this slaw can dress things up or down.
Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks
Spiced Zucchini, Leek & Pea Fritters
These Spiced Zucchini, Leek, and Pea Fritters have fewer than 150 calories, but you'd never know it by the rich flavor. The best part? It's amazingly simple. This recipe feeds two and comes together in 20 minutes.
Mini Meatloaves with Potatoes, Leeks, and Brussels Sprouts
Full of savory ground beef and vegetables and topped with a tangy soy-ketchup glaze, these mini meatloaves bake up tender and delicious along roasted red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. This hearty dinner comes together in an hour with only 15 minutes of hands-on cooking time.
Baked Eggs with Leeks and Mushrooms
Enjoy this dish hot from the oven, with crusty bread to soak up the runny yolks. For firmer yolks and whites, leave the eggs on the rimmed baking sheet for 4 to 5 minutes before serving.
Shrimp with Grilled Citrus and Leek Relish
Roll the citrus between your palm and the cutting board before slicing and juicing—it crushes the pulp a little and makes it easier to extract juice. The 16-20 count for shrimp refers to how many shrimp make a pound, which is helpful since the designations “medium,” “large,” and “extra-large” can vary from market to market.
Chicken with Lemon-Leek Linguine
Creamy Butternut-Leek Bisque
Quinoa thickens and enriches this cream-free bisque. For the prettiest appearance, go with beige-colored quinoa and skip red or tricolored varieties. Don't be afraid to let the blender go for a couple of minutes; that's the path to supersmooth results.
Potato and Leek Gratin
A mandoline will slice the potatoes quickly and to the same thickness, though a sharp knife will also work. Instead of being buried in cream, the potatoes and leeks are simmered in and drizzled with milk so the potatoes get wonderfully crisp and tender and the cheeses form a melty, golden crust.
Braised Leeks with Parmesan
Wash leeks after they’re halved by dunking them in a bowl of cold water and vigorously swishing to dislodge dirt and grit trapped between the layers. You may need to repeat the process once or twice, depending on the level of grit. We love the simplicity of this dish.
Caramelized Leek and Spinach Dip
Beautifully caramelized leeks and onions cannot be rushed; resist the urge to crank up the heat. Leeks become especially silky and sweet when left to cook awhile. If they start to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a tablespoon or two of water, and stir (the liquid will evaporate during cooking).
Simple Leek Frittata
Feel free to toss in other sautéed veggies such as spinach, mushrooms, or red bell peppers. Elegant enough to serve at a brunch gathering, yet simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner, frittatas are the way to go when you need something to whip up fast.