Food

What Are Leeks? How to Cook Leeks at Home

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 5 min read

Leeks are an edible plant used in many different cuisines. Closely related to onions, garlic, and scallions, the edible parts of leeks are the tightly bound leaf sheaths that form stalk-like bases, which transition into flat leaves. In the United States, they are most recognized in leek and potato soup, but they can be prepared and cooked in many different ways and are featured in a diverse array of dishes.