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Best Leek Substitute
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Leek Substitutes

When it comes to leek substitutes, there are a few options that can work well in its place. garlic, onion, shallot, and chives are all good choices. Each of these options will provide a similar flavor to leeks, albeit with some subtle differences.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time1 minute
Course: Substitutes
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 1
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Elle John


Best Leek Substitute

  • ½ each Red Onions
  • ½ each Scallions
  • ½ each Shallot

Other Alternatives

  • ½ each Sweet Onions
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • ½ clove Wild Garlic
  • ½ cup Chives
  • ½ each Celery
  • ½ each Fennel
  • ½ each Turnips


Best Leek Substitute

  • Onions: 1 cup of chopped leek = ½ cup of chopped red or white onion.
  • Scallions: Use one scallion for every two leeks.
  • Shallot: Use one shallot for every two leeks.

Other Alternatives

  • Sweet Onions: 1 cup of chopped leek = 1 cup of chopped sweet onion.
  • Garlic: Use one clove of garlic for every one leek.
  • Wild Garlic: Use one-half cup of chopped wild garlic for each cup of chopped leeks.
  • Chives: Use ½ cup of chopped chives in place of 1 cup of chopped leeks.


Depending on the recipe you're making, one of these substitutes may work better than the others.
For instance, if you're looking for a leek substitute to use in a soup or stew, garlic or onion may be your best bet. If you're looking for a leek substitute to use in a salad or as a garnish, shallots or chives may be a better option.


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 877IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg