Fifteen Fantastic Fennel Recipes
Unfamiliar with fennel?
Fennel is a member of the Apiaceae family, a group of plants known for their culinary uses and common medicinal properties. Plants produce both bulbs and seeds. The bulbs have white flesh, green stalks and dill-like leaves, while the seeds, with their minty flavour, are used mostly as a spice from dried seeds of the fennel plant.
How to cook with fennel
There are MANY ways to cook with fennel! You can boil it, braise it, sautee it, grill it, roast it, steam it or eat it raw. It's great combined with other fruits and vegetables including garlic, tomatoes, onion, asparagus, apples, arugula, watercress, pears, and potatoes.
Onto the recipes!
Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Fennel Soup
A creamy, healthy carrot soup, made with apples and fennel.
Normally fennel tastes like a cross between celery, cabbage, and licorice. Roasting, however, brings out an entirely new flavor – as if pine nuts decided to join the party.
Oven-Roasted Fish with Fennel
One of the classic dishes of the French Riviera is sea bass grilled with fennel fronds. That’s the inspiration for this simpler fish preparation. I use firm white fish fillets — those recommended by the Environmental Defense Fund include Pacific cod, Pacific halibut or striped mullet — roasting them in the oven with the fennel stalks trimmed from the bulbs on top. I serve them atop pan-cooked fennel.
Slow-Cooker Chicken, Fennel, and White Bean Soup
An easy weeknight dinner you can prepare the night before, stick in the fridge, then set to cook in the morning. A mellow fennel and high protein soup will welcome you home at the end of the day!
Lemon Fennel Slaw
This salad really shows off why fennel is one of my favourite vegetables. It’s loaded with crisp sweetness and subtle licorice flavours. Try it. Its simplicity will blow you away! It’ll soon be one of your favourites too.
Grilled Fennel Bulbs
Fennel and asparagus are perfectly suited to each other, and to the lemon and parmesan in this dish. Start with the fennel and add asparagus to the grill a few minutes before the fennel is done. Serve both veggies on a bed of arugula, and top with some pine nuts or chickpeas and you’ve got a great salad side or lunch!
Fennel, Green Bean and Mushroom Salad
A refreshing and light recipe perfect as a side or at a potluck!
Simple Blood Orange and Shaved Fennel Salad
A simple and lovely salad made only with three ingredients!
Red Rice with Roasted Squash, Fennel and Beets
The sugars in this dish caramelize to bring out their mild sweetness, and every vegetable has a taste and texture to complement each other. The flavour of the fennel mellows during cooking and the colours create a feast for the eyes!
Here is a dish from Putney Farm that doesn’t just use up fennel, it really rocks - you will actually want to buy fennel on a regular basis. And it is easy, too. You simply caramelize the fennel. That’s it. Fennel, olive oil, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. A sharp knife, a hot pan and 20 minutes. And you suddenly get a great snack or side dish that features sweet, crispy fennel with just a nice touch of the anise flavour.
Tomato Fennel Gratin
A warm gratin is a bubbling dish of soothing comfort, with the magic all happening as it bakes and bubbles in the heat of the oven. And really, gratins are all about the ingredients, and the creaminess that binds them together; this one is simple as can be.
Toasted Fennel Orange Morning Cakes
"From time to time I like to enjoy a sweet morsel at the start of my day, a morning treat of sorts to coerce me out of bed. I aptly titled these petite cakes "morning cakes" because the flavors are everything I need to awaken my palate after a long night's rest. I find that the sweet notes of orange and toasted fennel delectably baked into a spongy bundt easily warrants the noble title of breakfast ."
Molasses Fennel Rye Bread
Bread with a strong character, lovely with cheese and great with a nice hot bowl of soup!
Caramelized Fennel Tarts
Cauliflower Fennel Gratin
The fennel here is not too overpowering so if you’re new to fennel eating give it a try!