Buttered leeks

Buttered leeks

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(14 ratings)

Ready in 25-35 minutes


Serves 8
A Scottish favourite, this is one of the best ways to cook leeks – slowly and gently in their own juice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy


  • kcal81
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.13g
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  • 1.8kg leek, trimmed



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 50g butter, plus extra for serving



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • thyme leaves for garnish


  1. The day before you want to serve this dish, cut the leeks from top to root and wash thoroughly under cold running water. Thinly slice them on the diagonal and put into plastic bags and chill until ready to cook.

  2. To serve, put a large pan over a medium heat, add the butter and let it melt over the base of the pan. Add the leeks and plenty of seasoning and stir to coat in the butter. Turn the heat down to low, cover the pan and cook the leeks gently for about 15 minutes, stirring half way through until they are tender. Serve with extra butter and a sprinkling of thyme leaves.

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Comments (17)

lizleicester's picture

These are simple and delicious although I couldn't see the point in making it a 2 day process...

grimcooking's picture

Excellent recipe. Hardest part is cleaning the leeks but the rest is a breeze. Dried thyme at the start of cooking works just as well.

Miffy and Di's picture

Simple and Excellent. Doesn't need the Thyme. Excellent without.

hazelsk89's picture

Very tasty reipe. Even my partner who doesn't like leeks actually tried them and liked it when he had this

freemanpresson's picture

I also considered celery, and I will probably try that at another time. I wanted it to be traditional, since I was taking it to a Burns Night potluck. I used white pepper and a modest amount of thyme. It was great!

freemanpresson's picture

I also considered celery, and I will probably try that at another time. I wanted it to be traditional, since I was taking it to a Burns Night potluck. I used white pepper and a modest amount of thyme. It was great!

carolineg's picture

Simple and gorgeous, added lots of black pepper and left out the thyme. A hit with everyone!

topcat554's picture

A delicious way to serve leeks. I grow my own and am always looking for ways to serve them. Who would have thought one of the lovliest would also be the most simple.

eeppee's picture

This is the first time I've had leeks cooked this way and they were beautiful! Whats more my other half and 21 month old enjoyed them too! Will be doing this one a lot more!

lilmiss_annie's picture

I made this and served it with a breast of chicken and a potato salad.. It was SO good ...

kimkap's picture

This side dish was so simple to do and went really well with smoked gammon. Will definitely be doing this again.

donaldsonfranks's picture

love leeks will certainly try

madambuttrfli's picture

Extremely easy to make and taste delicious.

benadam's picture

This was very simple and delicious. My husband told me he didn't like leeks but he will eat them now.

julianaiwg's picture

I am always looking for something to do with the green parts of leeks, which many recipes say to cut off and discard, so I tried this.

I made a much smaller batch, and added 1 teaspoon of "fond de vollaile" (chicken soup flavoring) for 400 grams of leeks, and it was fantastic! Has been added to the general rotation. Yum!

Munk's picture

I added chopped celery as well at the same time as the leeks. It was good, assuming of course that you like celery and leeks!

aberlorraine's picture

truely a simple yet tasty way to serve a seasonal veg

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