Use this licorice-flavored member of the parsley family in a variety of tasty (and healthy) recipes.
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.
View Recipe: Warm White Beans with Roasted Fennel
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.
View Recipe: Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches
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
This entrée cooks in 7 minutes, with very little cleanup. The bags we used (Ziploc) are dioxin-free and food-safe in the microwave.
View Recipe: Cod with Fennel and Orange
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.
View Recipe: Fennel-Sardine Spaghetti
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
Dollops of ricotta cheese top this crispy pizza. Use a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet to ensure an extra-crisp crust.
View Recipe: Sausage, Fennel, and Ricotta Pizza
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.
View Recipe: Halibut with Lemon-Fennel Salad
This tomato-based soup is a satisfying meal on any night of the week. Serve with wedges of pita bread.
View Recipe: Roasted Fennel, Tomato, and Chickpea Soup
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