This Roasted Leeks recipe is super easy to make and goes well with just about anything. This recipe requires a few staple simple ingredients that you likely will already have on hand. Roasted leeks go great with just about anything, from eating them alone to adding them to pasta, eggs, and just about any main dish. The best thing is this recipe only requires 10 minutes of hands on time and it can literally elevate any dish.
My fascination with leeks grew when I was doing the Autoimmune protocol back in 2019 when I made this Roasted Cauliflower Leek Soup with extra cauliflower I had on hand. I added simple roasted leeks to many recipes to help elevate the flavor. Leeks are part of the allium family aka the onion family. Leeks are larger than green onions yet have a milder taste while still having an oniony flavor. While they are two very different kind of vegetables, one may try to substitute one for another. While leeks are larger, they have a milder flavor which means you will likely need more leeks to get a similar affect.
Why I Love This Recipe
- This recipe only requires 10 minutes of hands on time and can elevate any dish.
- I love topping off homemade soups with roasted leeks. A few of my favorite soups to serve with leeks are my Thai Chicken Soup, Pumpkin Slow Cooker Soup, Instant Pot Turkey Soup, and Gluten Free Tomato Soup.
- This recipe is naturally Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy free, Whole30 friendly, Autoimmune Protocol friendly, Soy Free and Nut Free.
- This roasted vegetable also makes for a perfect side dish with a few of my favorite main dishes like my Date Night Steak or it can be topped off on my Chicken Piccata.
Simple Roasted Leeks Recipe Ingredients
- Leeks:If you have never bought leeks before, you can find them in the produce department at the grocery store. They look like giant green onions.
- Cooking oil: I like to use olive oil, clarified butter or avocado oil. While clarified butter is my favorite, it can be expensive to buy in the grocery store. This is why I love my make my own. I have a Homemade Clarified Butter recipe on my blog. It is just like butter, except the milk portions are removed.
- Sea salt or kosher salt: To taste.
- Black pepper: To taste.
- Fresh garlic: For flavor.
- Lemon zest snd lemon juice: For flavor.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Cheese: If you like a little parmesan cheese, you can sprinkle it on top!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Tip #1: Wash your leeks prior to chopping them. They are a lot easier to clean when they are whole.
- Tip #2: When shopping in the grocery store for leeks, buy ones that are tall, straight, and sturdy. Stay away from ones where the leaves at the top are wilted. This would mean they are bad.
Leeks are like green onions in the sense that dirt can easily hide in them. You have to wash the whole leek carefully, especially the dark green parts at the top which can host a lot of dirt. I like to wet them, then wipe any access dirt with a paper towel.
The bottom white stems with the hairy ends part of the leeks and light green parts are the parts that you will eat and cook. The dark green portion of the leeks is waste. If you like to limit waste, you can add it to freshly squeezed juice. I sometimes do this if I have a lot of extra produce on hand that will go to waste if it is not being used. Check out my favorite Freshly Squeezed Juice recipe on my blog.
I like to eat mine golden brown with a little bit of a crunch. The little crunch makes them great as a salad topper. I love adding them on top of my favorite salads on my blog like my Kale Blueberry Salad, Panera Inspired Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, and Sweet Potato Fig Salad. Leeks also go great with any sort of sheet pan meal like my Honey Garlic Sheet Pan Meal. Recently I even roasted them with sweet potatoes in my Sweet Potato Bacon Sheet Pan breakfast meal.
Yes, you can eat raw leeks, however, I do not recommend it as they taste a little funny raw.
We love using our air fryer in my house. It is a lot easier to clean up and you do not have to turn your oven on. I love my 11 in 1 Ninja air fryer. It has multiple other functions aside from the air fryer. You can also make this recipe on a sheet pan.
This recipe lasts in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air tight glass container.
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- Sheet pan or air fryer
- 4 large raw leeks
- 1 tbsp cooking fat I like olive oil or ghee
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 whole lemon juiced
- Preheat the oven or air fryer to 425 degrees F. Wash the leeks with water and a paper towel. Chop off the bottom inch of the leeks with a knife and dispose of them.
- Slice the leeks into 1/4 inch pieces up until you get to the leafy part. You will want to remove that part. Toss the leeks with the remaining ingredients in a bowl and roasted on a sheet pan or in the air fryer for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.