20 Great Leek Recipes to Patch the Holes in Your Spring Diet

Sweeter and subtler than onions or garlic, leeks can be used in everything from classic potato soup to braised pork belly

A cousin to onions and garlic, but with a sweeter, more subtle flavor, leeks are less brashly assertive than many of their allium cousins. As suitable as the center of a dish as it is as a supporting player, leeks are endlessly versatile. Many hearty winter soups and stocks call for leeks—what combination is more classic and comforting than creamy potato and leek?—but their subtle flavor plays just as nicely in a lighter spring soup.

First things first: check out our all-inclusive guide to buying and preparing leeks before placing them in your stockpot. Once you've made your grocery trip, it's time to get creative. Stuff them with raisins and blue cheese before roasting for a wonderfully fragranced stuffed leek recipe. Or cook the leek tops briefly for a bright onion-flavored green dish. From Swiss cheese soup to braised pork belly with leek and ginger, here are the 18 best leek recipes in our arsenal.

Crab, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip
Crab, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip
Crab dip is made even better when mixed with artichokes and spinach and topped with crispy pepperoni and cracker crumbs. Get the recipe for Crab, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip »Farideh Sadeghin
Spanish Fish Stock
Spanish Fish Stock
Homemade stock infuses the deepest flavor into paella. In Spain, a classic fish stock—the kind used in shellfish paella—is typically made from a combination of small bony, non-oily soup fish (such as little red mullets), the heads and bones of larger species (such as monkfish or cod), and often a handful of Mediterranean galeras (mantis shrimp) or small crabs, and simple aromatics. This recipe doubles easily if you prefer to make a big batch and store it. Get the recipe for Spanish Fish Stock »Marcus Nilsson
Stuffed Leeks with Blue Cheese, Raisins, and Almonds
stuffed leeks with blue cheese, raisins, and almonds
The bold flavors of blue cheese, anchovies, and Worcestershire sauce—plus a little kiss from the flame—make otherwise mild-flavored leeks just the thing for a cold night by the fire. Roasting them under sealed parchment paper allows the leeks to steam, tenderizing them before they char. Get the recipe for Stuffed Leeks with Blue Cheese, Raisins, and Almonds »Christina Holmes
Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa)
Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa)
This creamy, rich soup is a favorite in Mexico City. In summer it's usually chilled like a vichyssoise, but it's also served hot, especially in the cooler months. Get the recipe for Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa) »Joseph De Leo
Swiss Cheese Soup
soupe de chalet
A traditional dish enjoyed year-round in the Alps of southern Switzerland, this homey soup takes its name from the mountain huts where it's commonly made. Typically incorporating cheeses from the region, this version is fortified with L'Etivaz (which can be found at specialty cheese shops) and heavy cream. If you can't find L'Etivaz, substitute Gruyère instead. Get the recipe for Swiss Cheese Soup »Christopher Bagley
Braised Pork Belly with Leeks and Ginger
Braised Pork Belly with Leeks and Ginger
Awamori, a lightly sweet rice distillate, is used to blanch and cook—as well as coat—tender pork belly, resulting in a sticky, umami-rich sauce. Get the recipe for Braised Pork Belly with Leeks and Ginger »Matt Taylor-Gross
Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth
Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth
For this deconstructed noodle soup, dip cold noodles into the hot broth, then slurp them quickly—the technique preserves the integrity of the tender, fresh noodles. Get the recipe for Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth »Dylan + Jeni
Chicken with Cauliflower and Leeks in Red Wine Sauce
chicken
Cauliflower, leeks, and bay leaf infuse this chicken dish's luscious, reduced red wine sauce with flavor. Get the recipe for Chicken with Cauliflower and Leeks in Red Wine Sauce »Beth Galton | Food Styling: Mariana Velasquez
Clam, Leek, and King Oyster Mushroom Foil Yaki
Leek and Clam Foil Yaki
Clams, leeks, and king oyster mushrooms get cooked in a foil pouch that resembles a Jiffy Pop. Get the recipe for Clam, Leek, and King Oyster Mushroom Foil Yaki »Matt Taylor-Gross
Mustard Tart
Mustard Tart
Two kinds of mustard bring bright, tangy, and savory notes to this quiche, which is full of vegetables and less heavy than the standard. Get the recipe for Mustard Tart »Farideh Sadeghin
Verjus-Brined Pork Chops with Marinated Leeks
Lummi Island, Verjus-Brined Pork Chops with Marinated Leeks
These verjus-brined pork chops are accompanied by charred leeks, which are drizzled with vinaigrette and wrapped in foil before they hit the grates. Get the recipe for Verjus-Brined Pork Chops with Marinated Leeks »Charity Burggraaf
Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce
Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce
When buying leeks for this dish, cookbook author Amy Thielen says to look for ones that have all or most of their dark green tops still attached. If trimmed leeks are all you can find, use the dark and light green parts only. Get the recipe for Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce »William Hereford
Cream of Fennel Soup
Cream of Fennel Soup
This rich, smooth soup balances the gentle flavor of fennel with spices and a bracing addition of Pernod. Get the recipe for Cream of Fennel Soup »Vanessa Rees
Marinated Leeks with Herbs (Poireaux Vinaigrette)
Marinated Leeks with Herbs (Poireaux Vinaigrette)
For a simple and delicious side dish, try poaching leeks in a mustardy dressing. Get the recipe for Marinated Leeks with Herbs (Poireaux Vinaigrette) »Todd Coleman
Leek Bread Pudding
Leek Bread Pudding
The chewy sourdough bread cubes in this savory dish soak up custard for a creamy interior and toast to a golden brown for a crunchy topping, perfect for a slow morning. Get the recipe for Leek Bread Pudding »Ariana Lindquist
Six-Onion Pizza
Six-Onion Pizza
Top your pizza with the unexpected combination of six different types of onion, including leeks, shallots, and red onions, for a sweet-savory delight. Get the recipe for Six-Onion Pizza »Todd Coleman
Cong Bao Rou Si (Stir-Fried Pork with Leeks)
Cong Bao Rou Si (Stir-Fried Pork with Leeks)
Asian flavors such as soy sauce and sesame oil marry well with savory leeks and pork in this simple stir-fry. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Pork with Leeks (Cong Bao Rou Si) »Kat Craddock
Leek Terrine with Goat Cheese
Leek Terrine with Goat Cheese
The striking geometry of this terrine—an elegantly simple pairing of leeks and goat cheese—makes for a visually arresting presentation. We like it served with dark pumpernickel bread and some briny cured salmon at brunch, or as part of a cheese plate with a casual dinner. Get the recipe for Leek Terrine with Goat Cheese »Helen Rosner
Hummus with Pan-Seared Duck, Leeks, and Tapenade
Hummus with Pan-Seared Duck, Leeks, and Tapenade
Alon Shaya, chef at New Orleans' Shaya, tops hummus with baroque toppings like fried eggplant, romanesco, and dates; here, he opts for serving the creamy spread with duck, leeks, and tapenade. Get the recipe for Hummus with Pan-Seared Duck, Leeks, and Tapenade »Farideh Sadeghin
Leek and Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)
Leek and Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)
This herb-laced frittata of eggs, potatoes, and leeks is a popular Iranian side dish. Get the recipe for Leek and Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi) »Todd Coleman