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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 2 months ago

Is there a huge difference between spring onion and leeks ?

I am making a pie with chicken and was meant to use leeks but they were all sold out so I bought large spring onions instead. Is there a big difference between them when they're cooked? Will spring onions be an okay substitute? 

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  • Rita
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Leek is larger than spring onion. Leeks have a much milder flavor than spring onions. Spring onions are an integral part of the Chinese cuisine whereas leeks are used more commonly in the Italian cuisine.

  • 2 months ago

    They are not the same. Spring onions have a stronger onion taste.  

    Chicken and leek is good, chicken and onion..... Not so good

    I suggest you use veg or mushrooms instead

    If you really want to use the spring onions, then don't use too many

  • denise
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes they will be a fine substitute, In fact I prefer them. 

  • 2 months ago

    There really isn't going to be much of a difference since you are going to have them cooked with other ingredients, but typically, to me leeks have a bit less 'burn' than a spring onion when you eat them alone, or in something like a salad where they would be raw and fresh.

  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The common Leek will be a bit milder in taste than a spring onion. And actually a leek requires more work-to clean the sand out of it. 

    A large spring onion is sometimes called a Bulb onion, in that the bulb is quite large, unlike  leek. But also unlike a leek, the entire thing can be used, not just the white parts of it. 

    So while the taste will be a bit stronger, it will not be as strong as say a red onion or even a Spanish onion. 

  • CB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There is a difference in taste and texture but not a deal-breaker, I would use the spring onion (not too much of the green) and sweet onion or yellow onion for better texture and balance (add) flavor.

  • 2 months ago

    Spring onions have a sharper taste than leeks. 

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