Fennel Recipes

Use this licorice-flavored member of the parsley family in a variety of tasty (and healthy) recipes.

Facts About Fennel

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Facts About Fennel

Divine either raw or cooked, some fennel varieties are grown for their bulbs, while others are grown more for their foliage. Be certain of which variety you're picking up (or growing!) before you incorporate it into your favorite dish. (See our Guide to Fennel.)

First up is our Warm White Beans with Roasted Fennel. If you’re anise-averse, roasting it may be what it takes to convert you. The caramelized flavors mixed with hearty beans and spinach create a filling and nutritious cool-weather dish. Try it with your own dried beans rehydrated and cooked for a richer flavor. Substitute kale if you don’t have fresh spinach on hand.

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Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches

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Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches

These sandwiches are a nod to low-and-slow Southern barbecue–using just a little bit of pork shoulder. And just like traditional pulled pork, the meltingly tender vegetables and pork are piled high on toasted buns, slathered with a Greek yogurt mixture, and topped with shredded cabbage.

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Shaved Fennel Salad with Orange, Green Olives, and Pistachios

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Shaved Fennel Salad with Orange, Green Olives, and Pistachios

This fennel salad has a zippy crunchiness with a potentially addictive anise flavor. It marries citrus, briny olives, and the crunch of green pistachios. Harvest or buy whole stalks of fennel for this recipe, as you use the fernlike fronds as well as the bulb. A mandoline is ideal for shaving the fibrous bulbs into delicate, thin slices.

View Recipe: Shaved Fennel Salad with Orange, Green Olives, and Pistachios

Cod with Fennel and Orange

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Cod with Fennel and Orange

This entrée cooks in 7 minutes, with very little cleanup. The bags we used (Ziploc) are dioxin-free and food-safe in the microwave.

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Fennel-Sardine Spaghetti

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Fennel-Sardine Spaghetti

Easy to make in just four simple steps, this Mediterranean-inspired spaghetti recipe is perfect for dinner during a busy week. Look for imported sardines in the Latin or Mediterranean section of your supermarket.

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Pasta Risotto with Fennel

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Pasta Risotto with Fennel

The entire fennel plant is used in this recipe, so purchase one with fresh-looking fronds. The bulb adds flavor, while the feathery green fronds finish the dish. The wine is added with a broth to keep more of the wine flavor and balance the licorice hint from the fennel.

View Recipe: Pasta Risotto with Fennel

Sausage, Fennel, and Ricotta Pizza

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Sausage, Fennel, and Ricotta Pizza

Dollops of ricotta cheese top this crispy pizza. Use a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet to ensure an extra-crisp crust.

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Halibut with Lemon-Fennel Salad

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Halibut with Lemon-Fennel Salad

The spice rub used on the Halibut in this dish is not overwhelming, but only serves as a flavor enhancer. Paired with a light and refreshing salad of sliced fennel bulb and tangy red onion tossed in a reserved portion of the spice rub, lemon juice, and oil, this is a superfast meal that will not disappoint.

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Roasted Fennel, Tomato, and Chickpea Soup

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Roasted Fennel, Tomato, and Chickpea Soup

This tomato-based soup is a satisfying meal on any night of the week. Serve with wedges of pita bread.

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Shrimp and Fennel Kebabs with Italian Salsa Verde

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Shrimp and Fennel Kebabs with Italian Salsa Verde

Italian salsa verde tastes tangy-briny—totally different from the spicy Mexican salsa of the same name.

View Recipe: Shrimp and Fennel Kebabs with Italian Salsa Verde

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