Quick and Easy Creamed Leeks

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

Portrait image of classic creamed leeks served in a pan

Leeks, The Overlooked Onion.

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 chicken piccata and my stuffed leeks!

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

I like to pack my creamy leeks with lots of black pepper to give them a spicy edge.

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.

For example, moving to tarragon and fennel instead of pepper and thyme if you are serving with fish.

Portrait image of classic creamed leeks served on a white plate with fishcakes

Recipe Tips & Techniques.

My version of this classic European side dish blanches the leeks before frying.

This helps lock in the colour of the leeks and mellows some of that front end harshness.

It takes just a couple of minutes, it also helps speed up the overall cooking time of the recipe.

Side dishes that can be prepared in advance are always welcome and this recipe shines on that front.

You could cook this the morning before serving with no issues and reheat later.

If you are doing this reduce the amount of cream in the first cooking cycle by 50ml and add this back in when you reheat.

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

This recipe serves two but it can be scaled up or down with no difference in cooking times.

Portrait image of classic creamed leeks served on a white plate with glazed pork loin

Perfect Pairings.

The thing that I really love about this recipe is its diversity.

It really does match with anything, you can see in the picture above that I serve it with anything from my salmon fish cakes to my slow cooker glazed pork loin.

It would be just at home with any seared meat or fish, as it would with poach meat or fish.

It’s mellow onion flavour and creamy texture means that it also contrasts and complements spice perfectly.

I would personally avoid serving it alongside other creamy dishes to prevent an overload of richness.

Having said that you could gimme a bowl and a spoon and I would call it a meal!

Landscape image of classic creamed leeks served in a pan
Silky Creamed Leeks Recipe

Silky Creamed Leeks Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings
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!


  • 250 g Leeks
  • 25 g Butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Sprig of Thyme
  • 150 ml Double Cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.
  2. Wash and cut the leeks into 5mm coins.
  3. Drop the sliced leeks into the water and blanch for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the leeks.
  5. Finely dice the garlic.
  6. Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat and add in the butter.
  7. When the butter begins to foam add in the garlic, and fry for a minute.
  8. Then add the leeks and the leaves from the thyme, then fry for 2 minutes.
  9. Pour in the cream and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 6-8 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 405mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

8 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Wow! I would never have thought to prepare leeks like this. It really does feature how delicious they really are. A perfect pair with salmon.


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