Low Sodium Sauteed Leeks



Serving size

about 1 1/2 cups
30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied and leftovers are fair. Try the leftovers, cold, in sandwiches or salads.

Low Sodium Sauteed Leeks


2 medium (about l2 ounces) Leeks
1 spray Spray olive oil
1 to taste Black pepper


Rinse the leeks well. Cut the stem end off and any dried leaf tips of the dark green tops.

Slice in half lengthwise. Rinse again to remove any dirt from the inside of the leeks. Slice the leeks crosswise to separate the dark green tops from the white.

Slice both the tops and the bottom part of the leeks lengthwise into strips 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wide. Keep the dark green tops and the bottom part of the leeks separate.

Spray a large skillet with olive oil and place the pan over medium-high heat. Add the dark green part of the leeks. Let the strips cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. They should brown only slightly.

After they have wilted somewhat, add the light green-white bottoms. Simply place them on top of the cooking dark green strips. Reduce the heat slightly. Let them cook for about two minutes and they will steam slightly, then begin to toss them to mix together with the dark green tops.

Add the salt and pepper. As you toss the leeks, adjust the heat to be hot enough to wilt the leeks and brown them only very lightly. They are done when the dark green tops are easily cut with a dinner knife -- about 20 minutes total cooking time.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

This is a deceptively simple recipe. Often the easiest and least complex dishes are. Leeks are so fantastic and cooking them like this where they slightly caramelize brings out the natural sweetness. This goes great as a side dish with almost any savory meal.

"Persons living entirely on vegetables are seldom of a plump and succulent habit."

William Cullen, Physician