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An image showing how to cut fresh leeks to use the white part for soup and discard the green part.
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How to Cut and Clean Leeks

Learn How to Cut Leeks and then clean them by following a few simple steps.  After slicing and cleaning fresh leeks you can use them in healthy soup recipes, roast them in the oven, or cook them in a pan.  #leeks #cutting #cooking #howto #cutleeks #leek

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 54 kcal


  • Leeks


Cutting Leeks:

  1. Cut off the root end of the leek.
    Trimming the root end of a leek.
  2. Locate the intersection of the light green stem and dark green leaves. Make a cut and discard the green leaves.
    The green leaves of a leek being cut off and discarded.
  3. For half-moon slices: Slice the leek in half lengthwise and cut into thin slices.

    A fresh leek that is being cut down the middle lengthwise.
  4. For round slices: Starting at one end cut the leek into round slices.

    A cutting board with a fresh leek on it and cutting it into round slices.

Cleaning Leeks:

  1. Fill a large bowl with water and add sliced leeks.
    A bowl full of water showing how to clean leeks.
  2. Toss leeks around in the water until all of the dirt detaches from the leeks.
    A hand picking up sliced leeks out of a bowl of water after cleaning them.
  3. Drain the water carefully or use a colander.
    A colander full of thinly sliced and cleaned leeks for a potato leek soup recipe.
  4. Pat leeks dry before using.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information is for 1 leek.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cut and Clean Leeks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 54 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1484IU30%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.