Creamed Leeks Recipe (2024)

by Scott Groth 19 Comments

This is the creamiest creamed leeks recipe. And it is so simple! All we need are leeks, butter and cream... with a pinch of salt. The result? A deliciously rich side dish ready in minutes.


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Mmmm... Creamed leeks. If you've never tried them, you're in for a real treat. Leeks have a mellow onion flavor that is truly unique. Here's the trick: pairing leeks with butter and cream elevates the mellow onion flavor to incredible heights. Your taste buds will thank you for making this recipe! The second best part to this recipe is its simplicity. Three ingredients! Super easy.

Selecting Leeks at the Grocery Store

I'm thrilled that you're going to try this recipe. Let's talk for a minute about leeks. So there are a lot of people who never buy leeks. I don't know if it is because they look weird or because they are a little dirty? Whatever the reason, I'm about to walk you through buying the best leek possible.

First, keep in mind that leeks don't come in any uniform size. So if a recipe calls for 4 leeks, it is difficult to determine how many servings you will get. At certain times, the leeks are HUGE and just yesterday when I was at the store they were super tiny. Four super tiny leeks will most likely feed one person.

When you buy leeks, make sure that you feel them before buying. You are looking for a firm leek up into the leafy greens. Typically, only the white and yellow part of the leek is used, which is the main part of the leek. Try to avoid super leafy leeks simply because there is a lot of product that won't get used.

Lasty, don't be afraid to pull one of the leaves down a bit to see just how dirty that bad boy is going to be. I like to save myself as much work as possible in the kitchen, so I avoid really dirty leeks. And believe me, leeks can get really dirty.

Preparing Leeks

Ok. Now that we know what to look for when buying leeks, let's take a quick run through on how to prepare them for this creamed leeks recipe.

First, take your knife and remove any of the roots, being careful to only remove the root. We want the end of the leek to remain intact. After the root is trimmed, hold the leek with your non-knife hand with the leaves pointing away from you over the garbage can. Now, use the knife to trim the leaves away from you as if you were sharpening a stick to roast marshmallows over a fire. You should end up with the white and yellow part of the leek remaining, as shown in the picture below.

Once you have removed the dark green leaves, it's time to split the leek lengthwise. After it is split, run it under cold water and separate some of the outer layers with your fingers, washing away the grit. In the picture below, it shows a split and cleaned leek, ready to be sliced. Super easy!

QUICK COOKING TIP:It's important not to cook your leeks too long or they will turn to mush in the pan. Like with so many things in life, nobody wants a mushy leek.

Yield: 4 servings

Creamed Leeks Recipe

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Creamed leeks are so very delicious and versatile. Pair this side dish with beef, pork, chicken or even fish! Did I mention they are delicious?

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time10 minutes

Total Time20 minutes


  • 3 Cups Chopped Leeks, white and yellow parts only
  • 3 tablespoon Organic Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ Cup Cream


  1. For this recipe, having a saute pan with a tight fitting lid is really important! Heat your pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter, leeks and salt. Mix and cover. Cook for about 3 minutes before stirring to build up some steam.
  2. Stir and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and stir every couple minutes until the leeks are soft and delicious looking.
  3. Turn the heat back to medium-high. Add in the cream and stir. Keep stirring until the cream has thickened.
  4. Remove from the heat and serve hot!

Nutrition Information


Amount Per ServingCalories 219

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Final thoughts on the creamed leeks recipe:

Let's talk about some delicious main dishes that would go really well with creamed leeks. The first one that comes screaming like a madman into my head is mypan seared steak recipewith rosemary and garlic. Oh yes. Leeks love beef. Another great main dish would be myslow cooked beef chuckroast recipe withsauteed mushroomsand onion pan gravy. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

If beef is not your thing, you might want to try itthe leeks with somecrispy oven roasted chickenor they go great with myeasy baked pork tenderloin. These creamed leeks are so versatile... once you try them you'll just want more!

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Reader Interactions


  1. April Anderson says

    Creamed Leeks Recipe (7)
    I'd like mine with a glass of white wine, please 🙂


    • Scott Groth says

      Me too!


  2. Terry says

    Creamed Leeks Recipe (8)
    So easy! So yummy! Perfect with pork chops. Whole family loved.


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Terry:
      Excellent pairing- thank you for giving me your feedback.
      Take care and happy cooking!


  3. Just Jo says

    Creamed Leeks Recipe (9)
    I lurrrrve leeks - they are always in my fridge although they normally go into dishes as a sofrito rather than as a dish in and of themselves. I haven't done this is years but now you've reminded me about creamed leeks, I'll have to try your recipe - thanks Scott!


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Jo:
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I'm glad to have inspired you to cook these- they're awesome!
      Hope you're having a great day today!


  4. Lorimaria says

    Creamed Leeks Recipe (10)
    I was looking for a recipe that was like the leek side dishes I'd had in Normandy, France. This one is terrific! Verrry easy to make and soooo delicious; I'll definitely be making it again! I paired it with duck leg confit (I was tired of my usual red sauerkraut side); it went together very well.


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Lorimaria:
      Sounds absolutely fantastic! I hope that you enjoyed them.
      Have a fabulous day-


  5. Caryn Sommersdorf says

    Creamed Leeks Recipe (11)
    They you for teaching how to trim the leek. I made a dish last week them. 1. I used to many, 2. I cut up the green part too! 3. I had way too many leftovet that I was looking for something to do with them. Which is how I stumbled across your recipe. There was a neighbor who has sinced moved. She made some and said she learned from her French husband. They were to die for. So if you have a good let me know. PS. I would rather be cooking too!


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Caryn:
      So happy that the post helped you out. Leeks are one of my favorites and I'm going to be posting up a number of new leek recipes I learned in France soon.
      Thanks for reading and take care!


  6. Anonymous says

    First time I've ever had leaks was making this recipe. I added chicken and it was an absolutely delicious meal



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