Sautéed Leeks in Butter and White Wine


Leeks are a "cousin" of onions and garlic, and they are all part of the allium family. Leeks look like a very large scallion or green onion, but the resemblance stops there. They have a mild, sweet flavor, and for that reason, sautéed leeks are quite delicious as a side dish, or as a garnish for steak or chicken. Normally the green sheaths are not eaten. However, they may be cleaned and frozen for seasoning, later—just remove before serving.

Sautéed Leeks in Butter and White Wine
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
17 mins


  • 3 large leeks

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine

  • salt to taste

  • 1 sprig fresh parsley for garnish, or as needed (Optional)


  1. Cut leeks about 1/4 inch above the roots and inspect for any soil. If soil is found, make another cut about 1/4 inch above the first one.

  2. Trim away the dark green sheaths, and again, inspect for soil. Tear away the outer layer of the white part of the leek, as it will be tough. Clean and reserve sheaths for seasoning, if desired.

  3. Cut leeks lengthwise, making narrow cuts, about 1/4 inch wide (julienne cut). If any soil is found, place cut leeks in a colander and submerge in a bowl of water. Swish gently, allowing any sediment to settle to the bottom. Remove leeks from the water, drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until foamy. Add leeks and cook, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes. Pour in wine and cook until leeks are tender, about 1 minute.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter. Season with salt and garnish with fresh parsley.

Cook's Note

Sometimes leeks are already quite clean and will not require rinsing. If soil is found along the length of the leek and cannot be cut away, rinsing will be an important step, as soil will be gritty.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Potassium 140mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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