A simple recipe for Leek Oil– a fragrant flavorful oil made with the green tops of leeks to drizzle over soups, stews, bread or pizza, dips, roasted veggies and much more. Never waste your leek tops again!

Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! A fragrant flavorful oil to drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. 

Here’s a very simple recipe for Leek Oil, that you can make using the green tops of leeks that often go unused. It is full of earthy umami flavor and we’ve been drizzling it over soups and stews, risotto, bread and dips.

You’ll find many uses for this!

Step 1: Slice off the green tops of leeks and wash them well.

Step 2: Blanch in salted boiling water for 90 seconds or until tender.

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Step 3: Drain and rinse in cold water.

Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! A fragrant flavorful oil to drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. #leekoil #leeks

Drain again and pat dry with paper towels.

Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! A fragrant flavorful oil to drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. #leekoil #leeks

Step 4: Place in a blender with a mild-tasting oil and salt and blend until fairly smooth- but not overly smooth.

Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! A fragrant flavorful oil to drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. #leekoil #leeks

Step 5: At this point, you can strain, but or for extra flavor let this sit for several hours (on the counter, covered) or overnight (refrigerated) for the best flavor.

Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! A fragrant flavorful oil to drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. #leekoil #leeks

Step 6: Strain and pour into a sealable jar.

Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! A fragrant flavorful oil to drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. #leekoil #leeks

It will be a beautiful shade of green.

Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! Drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. #leekoil

Store the Leek Oil in a jar in the fridge for 7-10 days, or freeze for later.

Use this flavorful Leek Oil with: 

 

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Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! Drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies. #leekoil

Leek Oil


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Never let those leek tops go to waste again, make this Leek oil! A fragrant flavorful oil to drizzle over soups, stews, bread, or roasted veggies.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 cups boiling salted water
  • 1 1/22 cup leeks tops, sliced
  • 1 cup light olive oil (or other mildly flavored oil, not bitter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water with 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium pot.
  2. Once boiling add the leek tops and simmer for 90 seconds, or vibrant green and tender.
  3. Strain and run under cold water for 30 seconds. Blot the leeks dry with paper towels.
  4. Place leeks and salt in a blender with 1 cup oil. Blend until fairly smooth (but not overly smooth- see photo), scraping down the sides and blending again.
  5. At this point, you can strain, but or for extra flavor let this sit for several hours (on the counter, covered) or overnight (refrigerated) for the most robust flavor.
  6. Strain, pressing it down with the back of a spoon, store in a sealed jar or bottle in the fridge for up to 10 days.
  7. This can also be frozen.

Notes

The oil will be most flavorful if you wait 12- 24 hours before straining.

Blending it too smooth will make it more difficult to strain. So blend, but you still want to see small particles.

Make sure your oil is not bitter or overly flavored. A lighter style olive oil or grapeseed oil works best here.

The leftover, strained leek paste can be used to flavor soups and stews, or slathered on bread.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 122
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 39.7 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Comments

  1. I made the leek oil. You have 2 differ Recipes. I bought the parsley after seeing it on the corn chowder soup recipe. However once ready to make I clicked on leek oil link and no parsley. Didn’t realize until I started making soup today. Bummer. Not sure if I should parboil parsley and put everything back to marinate for a few hours? Too much stress leaving the way it is for my party. So, leek oil with parsley or not?

    1. Hi Jamie, You can make it either way. If it tastes like it needs a little freshness, add the the parsley. You really can’t go wrong. Enjoy your party and sorry for the extra stress.

  2. Who knew? All these years (I’m 61) I have been composting leek tops. This oil is bright green, aromatic and delicious. I tossed it with veggies prior to roasting them. Great drizzled on soup. I also stirred the leek paste into soup and into veggie broth I was making. Big flavour boost!

  3. I want to try this, but I’m not sure what type of oil is lighter style. I normally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, first cold pressing. Is EVOO a lighter style oil? Thanks!

    1. Just taste it. 🙂 If your oil is overly robust, bitter or “strong” it may mute the leek flavor. This doesn’t bother me too much personally.

  4. Absolutely love this recipe, new way to get that garlic flavor I’ve missed so much. Question please, could I infuse ghee with the leek greens? Thank you…(: ♡

    1. Hi Kari- glad you are enjoying it. Give it a try in the ghee- sounds yummy!

      1. My leek oil turned out a milky coulour not the green in photo why might this be and is it still ok?

        1. Oh shoot Emily, that is strange. Was it milky right after blending? or after being in the fridge?

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