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How to Cut Leeks

How to Cook Leeks

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x


There’s something about the flavor of leeks that makes them uniquely delicious! Here’s how to cook leeks, the sophisticated version of an onion. 


  • 3 large leeks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper


  1. Chop the leeks (watch the video!): Chop off the dark green stems of the leeks, then slice them in half length-wise. Place each leek half cut-side down, then chop it into thin slices, resulting in half-moon shapes. Rinse the slices thoroughly in a colander to remove any dirt. 
  2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil or butter over medium high heat. Add the leeks and cook stirring often, about 4 to 5 minutes, until they soften and just before they begin to brown.
  3. Season with a few pinches of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  
  • Category: Component
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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