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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 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.

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 is 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.

For example, moving to tarragon and fennel instead of pepper and thyme if you are serving it with pan fried salmon.

Portrait image of fish cakes served with leeks served on a white plate.

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 creamed leeks excel 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 slow cooked pork loin with a cider and mustard glaze served with leeks on a white plate.

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 a great steak as it would with poached salmon.

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!

Square image of classic creamed leeks served in a pan
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!


  • 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:



Serving Size:


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.

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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

Lesli Schwartz

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

I absolutely love leeks! I use them a lot in soups, but as a side they would be terrific! Will be trying your recipe soon!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Thanks Lesli, enjoy :)


Saturday 9th of November 2019

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.

Brian Jones

Sunday 10th of November 2019

It is amazing how some old fashioned recipes go missing, this is a really classic idea and one of my favourites really versatile too :)


Tuesday 5th of November 2019

This is such a delicious way to enjoy leeks! I served with broiled salmon and it was the perfect side! Thanks!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Thanks Beth, yes this is wonderful served with a nice oily fish.

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