Auld Ian's Buttered Leeks from Dragonfly in Amber

Ian's Buttered Leeks

“I remember, when they were young, auld John told Ian it was his job to stand to Jamie’s right, for he must guard his chief’s weaker side in a fight. And he did— they took it verra seriously, the two of them. And I suppose auld John was right, at that,” she added, snipping off the excess thread. “After a time, nobody would fight them, not even the MacNab lads. Jamie and Ian were both fair-sized, and bonny fighters, and when they stood shoulder to shoulder, there was no one could take the pair o’ them down, even if they were outnumbered.”

She laughed suddenly, and smoothed back a lock of hair behind her ear.

“Watch them sometime, when they’re walking the fields together. I dinna suppose they even realize they do it still, but they do. Jamie always moves to the left, so Ian can take up his place on the right, guardin’ the weak side.”

Dragonfly in Amber (Chapter 33 – Thy Brother's Keeper)


Leeks are in season across most of the northern hemisphere at the moment, and I can think of no better way to serve them in all their glory. Fresh out of the pan and sitting beside a roast chicken or beef, don't be surprised if these unassuming babies emerge from the shadows to become dinner's star.

If there are any leftover, finely chop and stir into butter for the next night's steak, stuff them into a nice fresh trout before frying, or add them to a pot of homemade soup bubbling on the stove.

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05 May 2014 - 1:20pm


This is one of my favourites of Ian and Jamie. It just makes me feel wonderful to read it. <3 Leeks are awesome, especially in soup! Thanks!!


I love Ian and Jamie too, Jennifer! Their time together is always too short!

05 May 2014 - 8:12pm


Hello Theresa ! It has been a long time since I posted something. How are you ? Leeks are one of my favorite green vegs, they are delicious in soups yes ; I sometimes just cook them " la vapeur" (steam) and eat them as a salad with a little olive oil and lemon juice or a few drops of balsamic vinegar. The "fondue de poireaux" (=leeks) is my fav with a little fresh cream. Christiane

28 Jun 2015 - 7:35pm


Cock-a-Leekie soup Dragonfly in Amber, ch 32. Field of Dreams You, Kincaid' He turned to one of the younger men, and waved off in the direction of the small cluster of cottages under the trees. "Go and tell everyone it's potatoes for supper!" And so, with the assistance of Jenny, ten pails of milk from the dairy shed, three chickens caught from the coop, and four dozen large leeks from the kailyard, I presided over the preparation of co**ck-a-leekie soup and roasted potatoes for the laird and tenants of Lallybroch. Any other recepts?


Cock a Leekie is coming in the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook...2016

28 Jun 2014 - 5:44am

claudia Lewis

Must fix these. Going to farmers market Saturday

10 Jul 2014 - 3:21am

Chris bent

Bought some leeks today! I will be making these tomorrow for dinner with a roasted chicken (just like your picture!). I hope they turn out as lovely as yours!

09 Dec 2014 - 1:24pm

Linda Strate

My friends loved the shortbread. It's very tasty and easy to make. I'm going to try the leeks. I like the short list of ingredients for a recipe. There is a good chance I have most of them at home. Nice to here how the recipes relate to the Outlander books & show.


Glad they liked it, Linda...and enjoy the leeks -- they're a favourite around here!

17 Aug 2015 - 2:13am

Becky Chapman

I had a good cock a leekie at the cafe by Holyrood Palace. I'm hoping you will have a good recipe!

15 Sep 2015 - 1:29am


I love leeks. I make mine the same but add a splash of white wine. So looking forward to your cookbook!

15 Sep 2015 - 2:45am

Anna Lapping

I have leeks ready now and was thinking of this recipe yesterday to go with my pork tenderloin, but decided to wait until next weekend to serve with my birthday dinner.

19 Dec 2015 - 4:16am


I had never had leeks before and came across your recipe while browsing the website. Made them the other night and they were absolutely delicious. Husband asked why I had never made them before. Definitely a repeat recipe.


I love hearing things like that! Glad you enjoyed them

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