Spicy Creamed Leeks

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This spicy leek dish pairs beautifully with beef, pork, or even some pan-fried fish.  Spicy creamed leaks have a smooth texture with that delicious bitter saltiness of parmesan. This recipe dresses up a run-of-the-mill vegetable into something fit for fine dining.

Spicy Creamed Leeks
Spicy creamed leeks – ready to serve

You can season with salt and pepper according to your own taste, however, consider using white pepper. Color wise, it works well with the cream and allows the color from the red chilies be the real star.

The red chili pepper offers the leeks just a hint of heat which you can intensify by using two peppers or upgrading the pepper used. You can use a habanero or scotch bonnet here if you’re one for extreme eating. Malagueta and Thai peppers work well for some extra heat. Or use red jalapeño or Fresno for something on the lower end of medium.

Note, the peppers are a true part of the eating experience, so their unique flavors are part of the dish. For instance, red jalapeños will have a slightly sweet, bright flavor while habaneros will bring a more fruity sweetness. Keep that in mind while you’re considering which chilies to use.

Transform spicy creamed leaks from a side dish into the star of the show by serving it with grilled chicken breast. It’s easily turned into a delicious full meal.

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Spicy Creamed Leeks

Spicy Creamed Leeks

3.90 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side
Servings 4 servings
Calories 110 kcal



  • Clean and chop the leek into slices around 1/3 inch wide.
  • Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add the butter and crushed garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  • Add the leeks and stir often for 5 minutes until they start reducing.
  • Add the chopped red chili pepper.
  • Stir the leek mixture to avoid sticking and reduce the heat to low.
  • Add flour and stir well to ensure no lumps form.
  • Add the parmesan and milk and stir continuously until the liquid thickens.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


When choosing the pepper to use, consider both the heat and overall flavor. They will both impact the eating experience in this recipe. Some good options:
  • Red jalapeño: Lower medium heat, slightly sweet and bright
  • Fresno pepper: Lower medium heat, sweet, fruity, and slightly smoky
  • Malagueta pepper: Upper medium heat, sweet, and tangy
  • Thai pepper: Upper medium heat, fruity
  • Habanero: Extra-hot, fruity, and tropical sweet


Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1070IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Habanero Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper, Malagueta Pepper, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Thai Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on December 18, 2023 to include new content.
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