Buttered leeks

Buttered leeks

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(30 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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19th Jun, 2011
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!
6th May, 2011
I made this and served it with a breast of chicken and a potato salad.. It was SO good ...
29th Mar, 2011
This side dish was so simple to do and went really well with smoked gammon. Will definitely be doing this again.
3rd Mar, 2011
love leeks will certainly try
23rd Apr, 2010
Extremely easy to make and taste delicious.
18th Jun, 2009
This was very simple and delicious. My husband told me he didn't like leeks but he will eat them now.
26th May, 2008
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!
12th May, 2008
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!
30th Nov, 2007
truely a simple yet tasty way to serve a seasonal veg


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