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Beneficial Properties of Leeks and 8 Ways to Use Them in the Kitchen

Leeks in the kitchen

Leeks are a member of the allium family which also includes onion, garlic, chives and shallots. Leeks have a milder flavour than onions and are a good substitution for sensitive tummies. Vegetables from the allium family have a high content of organosulfur compounds which are essentially organic compounds that contain sulfur atoms. These compounds often have a pungent aroma, explaining the potent smell.

Research into organosulfur compounds has displayed their potential for a variety of beneficial properties, including:

  • Antibacterial properties

  • Anticancer properties

  • Antioxidant activity

  • Anti-inflammatory effects

  • Blood pressure lowering effects

  • Immune enhancing properties

For more information on these beneficial properties click the link below.

While the headline say 8 ways there are many, many more as you will find after reading the article.

Most of the ideas below can be used for onions as well as leeks so feel free to change and experiment as per your taste preferences, or to what you have available. Keep in mind that the ideas below are using dehydrated leek flakes, not fresh.

leeks in breakfast hash brown


Add to scrambled eggs, fried tomatoes or mushrooms or homemade hash browns for some extra flavour.

Salad Dressing/Topper

Add some dehydrated leek flakes to homemade or store bought salad dressing and let sit to rehydrate and allow the flavours to fuse or simply add the leek flakes to your favourite salad for a crunchy topper.

leeks in stir fry

Stir Fry

Sprinkle dehydrated leek flakes into your preferred stir fry while cooking or use them as a crispy garnish when serving.


Leeks and eggs are a good pairing as both have delicate flavour and texture. Mixing the dried leek flakes in with the egg mixture will rehydrate them so no need to soak them in water.

leeks in quiche


Including dried leek flakes in soup at any point of the cooking process enhances both the taste and consistency. Keeping dried leek flakes (as well as other dried vegetables) available during winter can be a time-saving practice.

Add to Dip

Whether you prefer store-bought dip or have a favourite homemade recipe, incorporating dried leek flakes is a great idea and adds variation.


Elevate your meal by incorporating dried leek flakes into your next rice dish, whether it's risotto or plain rice. Simply sprinkle them into the cooking water to enhance the flavor.

Blend to Make a Powder

Making leek powder is a simple process that involves using an electric chopper or blender. You can now enhance the flavour of various dishes with this delicious powdered seasoning, including guacamole, salad dressing, pizza or bread dough. Customise your blend by incorporating additional herbs and spices to suit your preferred protein or vegetable dish.

leeks or leek powder in bread

With your taste buds tantalized, the possibilities are endless! Leeks, a versatile ingredient often underestimated, can serve as a great alternative when onions are overpowering or unavailable. When replacing onions with leeks, a direct one-to-one substitution works well. If a recipe requires 1 whole onion, substituting 1 cup of dehydrated leek flakes should suffice.

There are a lot more of our products that can be used in similar ways or in like dishes, including spinach flakes, garlic slices, diced pumpkin and sun-dried tomato. Click the link below to explore our full range of products, access recipes and read other blog articles.


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