Recipe By Allrecipes Member
Published Jan 25th
Mediterranean Style Leeks with Lemon
Prep 15m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 45m
Servings 8 servings Calories 140

Greek-inspired, this is for leek and lemon lovers everywhere. A tasty, full-of-flavor side to accompany a myriad of main dishes. Complements fried and/or grilled fish to a ‘T.’ Can use some of the tender green parts if necessary.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 pounds leeks, white parts only, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat; cook and stir garlic and sugar in the hot oil until garlic is lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix leeks into garlic mixture; cook and stir until leeks are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  2. 2 Drizzle lemon juice over leek mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cover pan and cook over low heat until leeks are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 140
  • Carbohydrate 18 g
  • Fat 7.3 g
  • Fiber 2.1 g
  • Protein 1.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 1 g
  • Sodium 22.9 mg
  • Sugar 6 g


  1. The lemon added a nice freshness; otherwise was just an okay dish— very similar to sautéed onions.
  2. Lovely recipe. I had 4 smaller leeks and it came up 1lb. It was a little sour for me so I added just a touch of agave. My teenage boys even liked it. Thanks Don for another keeper!
  3. Loved this simple recipe. It was hard to determine how many pounds of leeks to buy to get 2-lbs. of whites. I didn't buy enough so I just made a half a batch. I really enjoyed the subtle taste of the fresh lemon in this recipe. Thanks Don for sharing your recipe.
  4. I really didn't think this would be so tasty. I was very surprised that it was so good! We ate it with teriyaki chicken and rice. Will make this again for sure!
  5. My son gobbled it up! If a recipe can make a teen eat leeks it's a keeper!
  6. Hate leeks. Love leeks cooked this way. Great recipe.
  7. This is truly yummy. I have given the recipe to several friends. The leeks cook down quite a bit so it's better to have too much than too little.
  8. I really like leeks so I was prepared to like this dish but Holy Cow! This is really really good and so simple. Bueno! Mucho gracias Don
  9. This was a very nice side dish. So simple and yet lots of flavor. I will definitely be making this one again.