Vegan Thanksgiving Idea: Braised Leeks


If you are looking for something to complete your vegan or vegetarian (or even more healthy carnivore) Thanksgiving, try braised leeks as an alternative to more traditional dishes. For my first vegan Thanksgiving a few years back, braised leeks were a bit hit.

This recipe is not difficult, but takes a bit of time, about 50 minutes in total, but is worth it. It will serve 4-8 people as a side dish, depending on how much other stuff you are serving.


  • leeks, rinsed and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp tarragon

Cooking Directions

  1. Choose leeks with a lot of white. The green bits will be too tough for this recipe.
  2. Make sure you leeks are cleaned well. Grit can get stuck in the layers. A trick is to cut them lengthwise, but not through the root just yet. Rinse well, then cut through the root. Cut off the roots and the greens.
  3. Heat some olive oil in a skillet over high heat, then place the leeks on the pan cut side down and sear.
  4. Once the leeks are seared, add the wine and let boil off.
  5. Add the vegetable stock and tarragon, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.
  6. Cook until tender, about 35 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid, bring liquid to a rolling boil and let boil until about half to a third of the liquid remains.
  8. Serve by drizzling the remaining liquid over the braised leeks.
Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons by snickclunk

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About the Author

I spent the last five years earning my PhD in Engineering. I enjoy all types of science and writing, so I am trying out a new career path in science publication and communication. Recently, I have moved to Oxford, England. As an environmentally-conscious person, Oxford is a great place to live...notably there is no car required. I love to talk about vegan cooking, plant-based diets and the benefits of such, so just ask if you are interested. I do ballet for fun and love kitties.
  • Oh man, if my menu weren’t already set, this would totally be on it. Next time the CSA delivers some leeks, this is definitely happening!