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Frizzled Leeks

10 Minutes


4 Servings

These crispy Frizzled Leeks are a simple way to add a delicious, textural garnish and visual interest to dishes. Threads of leeks are quickly fried to create these crispy, messy tendrils with a toasted onion taste.


VegetarianLow Carb“Keto"Gluten-Free

Recipe Notes

I love a good garnish, especially ones that elevate the look AND taste of a dish. These crispy, Frizzled Leeks do just that. They add textural interest and a pleasing golden brown hue, and impart the flavor of toasted onions.

A pile of straw-like, crisy Frizzled Leeks piled on top of a salad of aruguala with fresh figs.

The Ingredients

Leeks have a long history and were widely cultivated by the ancient Egyptians and Romans. They were even considered a symbol of good luck by the Romans and were prized for their culinary and medicinal uses. Leeks are also a good source of dietary fiber, aiding digestion, promoting a feeling of fullness, and contributing to a healthy gut. They are rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin K and vitamin A, which support bone health and vision.

The leek holds special significance in Wales and is the country’s national emblem. (Did you know that I am Welsh?) This is argued to date back to a battle in the 7th century when Welsh soldiers are said to have worn leeks in their hats to distinguish themselves from their Saxon foes.

A leek on a marble board being cut into matchsticks in preparation for frying Frizzled Leeks.

What Are Frizzled Leeks?

Frizzled leeks are quite simply, thinly cut matchsticks of leeks which are fried in oil to produce crispy, messy tendrils in golden hues, looking similar to straw.

A close up of a pan of oil with thin matchsticks of leeks frying in preparation of Frizzled Leeks.

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few things that might help:

  • Make sure to rinse the leeks well as they can contain dirt.
  • Slice the leeks as thinly as possible to get the crispiest leeks.

Recipes To Top With Frizzled Leeks

Fig And Goat Cheese Salad With Arugula & Frizzled Leeks

Asparagus, Brie & Smoked Salmon Frittata

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If you make these Frizzled Leeks be sure to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. And if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see!

A pile of straw-like, crisy Frizzled Leeks piled on top of a salad of aruguala with fresh figs.

How To Make: Frizzled Leeks



Adjust Servings
2 Medium Leeks
1 Cup Olive Oil, For Frying
Nutritional Information
2.7 Grams Net Carbs
0.3 Grams Protein
1.2 Grams Fat
24 Calories


Prepare the leeks.
Cut the light green and white part of the leek into four sections. Thinly slice each of these into thin threads.
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Fry the leeks in batches.
Heat the oil in a large, deep-sided pan or skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering it is ready. Fry the leeks in batches, until they are light golden brown. Stir them a few times while frying so they don't stick and are evenly toasted. (Keep an eye on them as they fry quickly and can burn if unattended.)
When finished, transfer the leeks to a paper towel to drain. Serve.
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