No… we haven’t become a mechanic blog, this post is about making Fried Leek Rings. A few years ago I saw Alton Brown make some delicious looking Leek Rings. I was inspired, but never got around to making them myself, until this week!

Jessica picked up some beautiful leeks from the Union Square Farmer’s market, and asked me to make dinner last night, while she trained for her upcoming triathalon. She had defrosted some Mahi Mahi (from Trader Joes) and that was the protein, and sitting next to it in the fridge were some mini bell peppers — I was getting inspired.

Raw Leek Rings Drying

I didn’t care much for Alton’s recipe (sorry Alton, you’re awesome anyway), so I made my own. Here it goes, my recipe writing is still in practice mode, so my measurements are not nearly as accurate as Jessica’s…

Fried Leek Rings


  • 2 large leeks, sliced into 1.5 inch rings (well rinsed, separated into rings, and patted dry)
  • 2 cups A.P. flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1.5 cups Whole Milk
  • Vegetable Oil


  1. Heat half a large sauce pot of vegetable oil over medium-high.
  2. Sift flour, corn meal, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to taste. I added a good 2 tbsp of granulated garlic and 2 tsp of cayenne.
  3. Whisk milk and eggs in a separate large bowl.
  4. Toss about 1/3rd of the leeks at a time in the dry mix, then the wet, then back to the dry.
Leek Rings in Dry Mix Leek Rings in Dry Mix

5. Fry the leeks for about 2.5 -3 minutes until golden. Remove to a sheet pan covered in paper towel. Season immediately with salt. Repeat with remaining leeks.

Fried Leek Rings

These were exceptionally delicious!! Jessica ate half of them as they came out of the oil… and her stomach hurt later (a rarity). I finished up quite a bit more. This recipe makes enough to be a side dish for at least six people.

Mahi Mahi with Fried Leek Rings

I served them with the mahi mahi, which I topped with a sauteed mixture of leeks, mixed mini bell peppers, bacon, black pepper, parsley, and white wine vinegar. It was a wonderful dinner that filled us both!

For more delicious pictures of dinner, check out the Flickr set.

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