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Creamed Leeks an Easy Side Dish

Creamed Leeks are a rich and indulgent mellow onion flavoured side dish that cooks in less than 20 minutes.

This silky smooth and mellow onion side dish is perfect with everything from fish to chicken and steak to pork.

Creamed leeks with thyme and pepper.

Easy Creamy Leeks

When I say overlooked, I mean by others of course! I use leeks all of the time here on my site and this leeks recipe sees them wrapped in butter and cream is one of my favourites.

But you can also find them in recipes as diverse as my sausage and apple casserole, smoked mackerel kedgeree and my leek wrapped skinless sausages!

This creamy leeks recipe is incredibly simple and cooks in less than 20 minutes.

Regular cooks from my site know that I am a spice fiend and add loads of black pepper to my creamed leeks.

That mild onion flavour and silky texture are contrasted perfectly by pepper, but you can of course scale this back.

My version gets rounded out with a little garlic and some thyme, although you could change out these to match them with the main that they are served with.

Close up creamed leeks with thyme and pepper.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to blanch the leeks?

Blanching the leeks in this recipe helps on many levels and as a result, I consider it pretty essential here.

First of all, it helps “lock in” the colour and leads to a vibrant-looking dish. Blanching also mellows out that initial harsh “alium” flavour leaving a lovely mellow vibe going through the dish.

Finally, it also helps speed up the cooking of the dish, blanching the leeks reduces the cooking time by 10 minutes over cooking them straight in the frying pan.

Can I prepare this in advance?

Yes, this dish will be fine sitting in the fridge for up to 24 hours, although it is marginally better if cooked and eaten immediately.

If you are cooking this in advance reduce the amount of cream in the first cooking cycle by 50ml (3 tbsp) and add this back in when you reheat them.

You can reheat it either on the stove or in the microwave with no problems.

Can I scale this recipe up or down?

This recipe serves two but it can be scaled up or down with no difference to the cooking times. It scales linearly in terms of ingredient amounts.

Pan fried salmon fillet with crispy skin served with creamed leeks and parmentier potatoes.

Serving Suggestions

The thing that I really love about this recipe is its diversity, creamed leeks are great with everything from fish to pork and chicken.

My personal favourite thing to serve with creamed leeks is fish. It is pictured above with some pan fried salmon fillet and below with my salmon fish cakes.

When it comes to pork, this dish is just as awesome served with roasted pork belly slices or slow cooker pork loin as it is with bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.

Simply cooked chicken works equally well with this dish, it doesn’t matter if it is a whole roast chicken or something altogether smaller like these thyme-baked chicken drumsticks.

But this recipe is wonderfully flexible and can sit happily alongside so much more.

Everything from fidget pie to roast partridge and even a perfectly cooked rump steak are great served with creamed leeks.

Crispy golden salmon and sardine fish cakes served with creamed leeks.

Equipment Used

I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • 28cm or 11″ frying pan.
  • 17cm or 7″ saucepan.
  • Sieve or colander.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring jug, cups and spoons.
  • Stirring and serving spoons.
Quick and easy creamed leeks side dish.
Yield: 2 Servings

Silky Creamed Leeks Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Creamed leeks are a classic European side dish that is often overlooked, silky, luxurious and packed with that mellow onion flavour we need to eat more of this!


  • 300g (2½ Cups) Leeks
  • 35g (2 Tbsp) Butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Sprig of Fresh Thyme
  • 175ml (¾ Cup) Double Cream
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Black Pepper


  1. Wash and cut the leeks into 5mm (¼") thick coins.
  2. Drop the sliced leeks into boiling water and blanch them for 2 minutes, then drain the leeks.
  3. Peel and finely dice the garlic.
  4. Heat a 28cm or 11" frying pan over a medium-high heat and add in the butter.
  5. When the butter begins to foam add in the garlic, and fry for a minute.
  6. Then add the leeks and the leaves from the thyme, then fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Pour in the cream and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 6-8 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 734mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Monday 1st of April 2024

Just a tip: this tasty dish can be fully cooked the day before,refrigerated,and reheated successfully in a saucepan over a low heat the next day. I kept yesterday's leftovers in the fridge and reheated it today and wouldn't have known the difference. When I make it again for guests I'll have no qualms about cooking it the day before.

Brian Jones

Sunday 21st of April 2024

Thanks Diana...

I've never made and reheated this, leftovers or day before prep is not something I do very often, so it is useful info.

Thanks again.



Friday 22nd of September 2023

One of my favourite recipes, I make this lots; so tasty and easy to cook. You can prepare in advance the day before you cook it. My next meal using this recipe is my Sunday dinner. Slow cooked brisket, creamed leeks, steamed tenderstem broccoli, roasties, Yorkshire pud, carrot & swede mash. Maybe going over the top, but who cares!

Brian Jones

Sunday 1st of October 2023

It's great isn't it Sue, it's one of our favourites too :)


Sunday 11th of September 2022

We had creamy leeks with a roast last week snd they were delicious. I would like to make it at home but can you use frozen leeks.

Brian Jones

Monday 12th of September 2022

In theory yes, the only "hurdle" you face is moisture, you would need to defrost them first and drain them well. A little water is not an issue I blanch mine first before frying in butter, but if you cook them from frozen it will be way too wet,

Enjoy :)


Tuesday 30th of August 2022

I LOVE this idea! I would think it would finish off a rather plain meal, like pork chop or roast beef with mashed potato, so much better than regular gravy! A beautiful creamy side dish this time of year is so comforting and homey.

Brian Jones

Sunday 11th of September 2022

I agree, I wish I could claim it but this is a proper old school recipe that I remember from my yoof, it is simple delicious and allsorts of yummy.


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Love this combo of flavors for these creamed leeks! So tasty!

Brian Jones

Thursday 14th of November 2019

Thanks Julie

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