A blue plate topped with two golden fritters, green leaves and a fork

Leek fritters

  • serves 4-6
  • Easy

Softened leeks and cheddar cheese come together in these golden fritters – serve with a watercress salad for an easy veggie dinner, or top with avocado for a weekend brunch


Try these leek fritters, then check out our courgette fritterscauliflower fritters and chickpea fritters.



  • unsalted butter 2 tbsp, plus a knob
  • leeks 2, washed, halved lengthways and thinly sliced
  • eggs 3
  • self-raising flour 200g
  • mature cheddar 100g, grated
  • wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp
  • whole milk 75ml


  • shallot 1 long, finely chopped
  • red wine vinegar 2 tbsp
  • Dijon mustard 1
  • extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp
  • watercress 90g
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, leaves torn


  • Step 1

    Heat the butter in a non-stick frying pan over a low-medium heat and gently fry the onions with a pinch of salt for 10 minutes until softened. Tip into a large bowl and cool. Whisk in the eggs, flour, cheddar, mustard and plenty of seasoning, then gradually stir in the milk until you have a thick batter.

  • Step 2

    To make the salad, whisk together the shallot, vinegar, mustard, oil and a little seasoning in a separate bowl.

  • Step 3

    Heat a knob of butter in a non-stick frying pan and drop in 2-3 heaped tbsp of batter. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden, then flip and repeat. Put the cooked fritters on a baking tray and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the rest (you should get about 12).

  • Step 4

    Add the watercress and parsley to the dressing just before serving, and toss well. Divide the leek fritters between plates and serve alongside the salad.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 334
  • Fat 17.9g
  • Saturates 8g
  • Carbs 28g
  • Sugars 2.5g
  • Fibre 3.9g
  • Protein 13.2g
  • Salt 1.1g