Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sautéed Leeks with Orange and Ginger #recipe by @Leslie Karst

I’m a great fan of leeks, and often roast them for a simple and flavorful side dish (see, e.g., here). But just as easy is sautéing the delicious allium in butter or oil with whatever flavor agent you choose to add. And this recipe with orange juice, butter, and ginger—with its notes of savory, sweet, and zest—is a real winner, indeed!

Sautéed Leeks with Orange and Ginger

(serves 4-6)


3 med. leeks

3 tablespoons finely chopped ginger (about 2” of the root)

2 oranges or 3 tangerines (about ½ cup, juiced)

3 tablespoons butter

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper


Cut the roots off the leeks, as well as any of the green leaves that look brown and/or wilted. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise, then wash off any dirt that’s nestled in between the leaves. Cut the leeks into pieces about an inch long.

Peel and finely chop the ginger.

Juice the oranges (I had tangerines on hand, so that’s what I used).

Place the leeks and the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally to keep from burning. 

Once the leeks start to soften, add the ginger and continue to sauté for 3-5 minutes, till some of the leeks start to brown.

Pour in the orange juice and continue cooking until the juice has been mostly absorbed by the leeks. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. Putting this early education to good use, she now writes the Lefty Award-nominated Sally Solari Mysteries, a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California.

An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

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  1. This sounds so interesting and healthy! I am thinking it woulld go great as the side with chicken, prepared simply with butter on the stovetop. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have in fact served it with roast chicken, Tracy, and it went great with it!

  2. Big fans of leeks in my family. This sounds like a great combination of flavors, Leslie. I love the three tablespoons of fresh ginger!

  3. This does sound like an unexpectantly tasty dish. Nice combination of flavors.
    Too bad leeks are often rather expensive.

    1. Yes, they can be pricey, Libby, but they are SOOOO delicious that I find it's well worth the splurge once in a while.

  4. hmm that sounds tasty! and a nice change from our usual cheese/white sauce.

    1. Nothing wrong with cheese and white sauce though! (Says the queen of anything cream...)

  5. Yum, I love everything about this dish, including the simplicity. Thanks, Leslie!

  6. That looks so good. Thanks for the recipe!!