September 22nd, 2014

Sauteed Buttered Leeks (Market Monday)

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I love leeks! Which is no surprise, since I’m a huge fan of garlic and onions. They are such a wonderful addition to so many dishes. I especially like them in soups and salads. But I never suspected something as simple as Sauteed Buttered Leeks could be so delicious.


I confess, I’ve never thought of leeks as a stand-alone sort of vegetable. But I came across a recipe for buttered leeks and I was intrigued.

When it comes to fresh produce, simple preparation often yields the tastiest results, so I figured that sauteing leeks with some butter, salt and pepper was probably worth a try.

Turns out sauteed leeks are quite delicious! I really, really liked them. In fact, I can see myself serving them on a regular basis.

I can’t say all of my kids liked them, but some did. And of course, I can never mention leeks without them quoting that line from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. “There’s a leek in the boat!”

My husband even admitted they were pretty good for a relative of the onion (he can’t stand onions). Even if you don’t like leeks, I’d give these a try.

They don’t look like much to get excited about, but this recipe might just win you over!

Sauteed Buttered Leeks

Preparation 5 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 10 mins


  • 4 small leeks
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cut the leeks from top to root and wash thoroughly under cold running water.
  2. Remove the roots from the bottoms of the leeks, and about 2 inches from the green tops. Slice leeks thinly on the diagonal.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the leeks, salt and pepper.
  4. Saute until leeks are tender, 5-7 minutes.
2 reviews

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from BBC Good Food.



  1. This sounds like a wonderful side; perhaps over rice. Blessings, Catherine

  2. Now this recipe takes me back. When we visited my parents-in-law in Germany my Mother-in-Law served this up. I loved it. I must cook it again. It’s a lost love but now I think you just may have rekindled my love affair with leeks. Thanks again Danelle.

  3. I love your market monday recipes!! I look forward to finding time to look through them all! Hope you are doing well adjusting back to normal life 🙂 Take care, Becky

  4. These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them 🙂 Your pictures are amazing!!


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