How to Cut Leeks

Wondering how to cut leeks? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you exactly how to clean leeks and cut them into half moons.

Video: How to cut leeks

Are you wondering how to cut leeks but not sure the best way? Alex and I love cooking with leeks; their flavor brings a flair that’s more unique than the standard onion. Here’s our method for how to cut leeks; we use it for recipes like our spinach and potato leek soup or quinoa with leeks and herbs. This method is slick and simple, and we hope you find it to be too! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut leeks, including a video of me cutting leeks in our kitchen.

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How to cut leeks step by step

Step 1

How to Cut Leeks | Slice off root

Using a large chef’s knife, slice off the root end of the leek.

Step 2

How to Cut Leeks | Slice off green top

Slice off the tough green top.

Step 3

How to Cut Leeks | Slice in half lengthwise

Slice the leek in half lengthwise.

Step 4

How to Cut Leeks | Cut thin slices

Place both halves cut side down, then use a circular motion to cut the leek into thin half moons.

Step 5

How to Cut Leeks | Place in bowl of water

Leeks generally have quite a bit of sand and dirt between the layers. To clean the leeks, place them into a bowl of water. The dirt will settle to the bottom. Use your hands to shake loose any visible dirt.

Step 6

How to Cut Leeks | Scoop leeks out

Scoop the leeks out of the bowl with your hands, allowing any dirt and sediment to stay on the bottom of the bowl.

And there you have it: how to cut leeks in 6 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our methods for how to cut leeks and how to clean leeks, and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

How to use leek greens

Since you remove the leek greens from the leek when you cut it, you might wonder how to use leek greens? Some people say you can use them for vegetable broth (here’s our Best Homemade Vegetable Broth recipe); others say that leek greens have the potential to add bitterness. So Alex and I simply discard them to our compost pile: they’re great for compost! If you’re wondering how to get started composting, here’s our Composting 101 tutorial.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

Video: Knife Skills, Gear, & How to Hold a Knife!

Looking for leek recipes?

Now that you know how to cut leeks, here are some of our favorite leek recipes for you to try:

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How to Cut Leeks

How to Cut Leeks


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 to 1 cup 1x

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Wondering how to cut leeks? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you exactly how to clean leeks and cut them into half moons.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 leek

Instructions

  1. Using a large chef’s knife, slice off the root end of the leek.
  2. Slice off the tough green top.
  3. Slice the leek in half lengthwise.
  4. Place both halves cut side down, then use a circular motion to cut the leek into thin half moons.
  5. Leeks generally have quite a bit of sand and dirt between the layers. To clean the leeks, place them into a bowl of water. The dirt will settle to the bottom. Use your hands to shake loose any visible dirt.
  6. Scoop the leeks out of the bowl with your hands, allowing any dirt and sediment to stay on the bottom of the bowl.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut leeks, How to clean leeks, How to use leek greens

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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