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Fresh leeks that have been cut and are being cleaned in a bowl of water.
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How to Cut and Clean Leeks

Once you know How to Cut and Clean Leeks, you can add this slightly confusing vegetable to a variety of dishes. Learn to easily cut whole leeks, then clean them by following a few simple steps. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Author: London


  • Leeks


Cutting Leeks:

  • Cut off the root end of the leek.
    Trimming the root end of a leek.
  • 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.
  • For half-moon slices: Slice the leek in half lengthwise and cut into thin slices.
    A cutting board with a fresh leek on it and cutting it into thin slices.
  • 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 thin slices.

Cleaning Leeks:

  • Fill a large bowl with water and add sliced leeks.
    A bowl full of water showing how to clean leeks.
  • 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.
  • Drain the water carefully or use a colander.
    A colander full of thinly sliced and cleaned leeks for a potato leek soup recipe.
  • Pat leeks dry before using.


  • Nutritional information is for 1 leek.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1484IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg