Braising leeks amplifies their silky texture—making for a melt-in-your-mouth side dish with savory depth of flavor thanks to brown sugar, fish sauce and toasted sesame oil. Plus, they're high in vitamin K and manganese, which are good for healthy bones., April 2022


Credit: Charlotte & Johnny Autry

Recipe Summary

10 mins
35 mins

Nutrition Profile:



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Instructions Checklist
  • Trim roots and dark green tops from leeks, leaving 5 to 8 inches of white and light green parts. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise. Keeping the layers intact, rinse well, taking care to remove any grit; pat dry. Whisk broth, brown sugar and fish sauce in a small bowl and place next to the stove.

  • Heat sesame oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add leeks to the pan, cut-side down, and cook, without turning, until starting to brown, 2 to 5 minutes. Pour the broth mixture around the leeks and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until the leeks are very soft and the liquid has completely evaporated, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the leeks to a serving platter, cut-side up. Add butter to the pan and scrape up any browned bits. Pour the sauce over the leeks. Garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 leek
97 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 8g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 5g; added sugar 3g; fat 7g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 2g; cholesterol 8mg; vitamin a iu 557IU; vitamin b3 niacin 1mg; vitamin c 3mg; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 20mg; vitamin k 14mg; sodium 378mg; calcium 25mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 17mg; phosphorus 29mg; potassium 121mg; omega 6 fatty acid 2g; niacin equivalents 1mg; selenium 1mcg.