If you’re wondering how to use fennel, look no further than this collection of 25 of Fennel Recipes! You’ll find a number of recipes to inspire you, along with its nutrition benefits, how to cut fennel, and so much more!

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Fennel was never an ingredient that I sought out, or even heard of when I became a stay at home mom over 20 years ago.

I first learned about it in an episode of Barefoot Contessa when Food Network had just started. Ina Garten was roasting it, and she gushed about how amazing and underutilized it was.

I tried it soon after that, but it didn’t become a staple for me until I started cooking school. We worked with it a lot in class, and it quickly became one of my favorite ingredients. It’s been a staple in my kitchen ever since!

Last month when I was working on the photos for this post, I took a poll on my Instagram stories asking people if they use fennel.  60% said they did not, which got me thinking that most people probably have no clue how to use fennel at all.

I hope the information that I’ve included here, along with the 25 Fennel Recipes at the bottom of this post will inspire you try it, or use it more often.

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What is fennel?

Fennel is a bulbous vegetable that’s a member of the carrot family. It’s a very hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feather-like fronds, or leaves.

The bulb is in layers similar to cabbage, but the layers are thicker and harder. The fronds are very delicate and may be used as an herb would (think dill). While the stalks are edible, they’re quite tough and aren’t widely used.

The origin of fennel is the Mediterranean, and it has many culinary and medicinal uses. There are two types: Florence fennel has a white bulb, as pictured in this post, and Sweet fennel (anise) is used for seeds.

What does fennel taste like?

Fennel has a very mild, sweet anise flavor. It’s crunchy, crisp and bright when served raw, and like onions, it becomes very tender and the flavor mellows significantly when it’s cooked. It’s extremely versatile and pairs well with root vegetables, chicken, pork, lamb and fish.

Fennel fronds are aromatic, delicate and have a mild anise flavor. They’re great used as an herb or a garnish.
fennel bulb

What is fennel good for?

Fennel is used as a vegetable in a variety of dishes. It adds a crunchy, crisp texture when it’s used raw in salads or slaw, and the fronds may be used as an herb or garnish. Fennel is also amazing cooked and makes a great addition to soups and roasted vegetables.

The seeds of the fennel plant are widely used as a spice. Fennel seed is featured in Indian, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. In fact, fennel seed is one of the 5 spices included in Chinese 5 spice.

Fennel seeds are also used to make sausages and absinthe.

What are the health benefits of fennel?

Fennel is a good source of vitamins and minerals including iron, magnesium, zinc, niacin, calcium, potassium, vitamin K and vitamin C.

It also has many medicinal uses, and is used to treat anemia, indigestion and constipation. It’s also believed to reduce heart disease, regulate blood pressure and improve brain function.

If you’d like to learn more, talk to your doctor about any conditions that you may have.

How to grow fennel

Plant by seed in midsummer, or 60 days before first frost, for nice, full bulbs. Grow in full sun and in rich soil that gets plenty of moisture and has a near neutral pH. A combination of compost and organic planting mix is ideal.
Sliced fennel in a bowl

Choosing and storing fennel

Choose fennel that is firm with bright green stalks and fronds, and a bulb that’s free from discoloration.

It should be stored in the crisper drawer for up to 1 week. Remove the stalks to save space in the refrigerator if you’re not planning to use them. Just don’t forget to reserve the fronds!

I like to prep my fennel ahead and store it in an air tight container to add to my salads during the week.

How to cut fennel

(1) Place the fennel on a cutting board, and using a sharp knife, remove the stalk and the base of the fennel. If slicing the salads, remove the core. Leave the core intact if cutting into wedges for roasting. Stand the fennel upright and cut in half. (3) Slice thinly for salads, slaw and stir fries, or cut into wedges for roasting! See the video below for a full tutorial on how to cut fennel.

How to cut fennel

 25 delicious fennel recipes

There are so many delicious ways to use fennel, and I hope the recipes inspire you to to try it or use it a lot. more often!

Citrus Salad with Fennel and Avocado
Citrus Salad with Fennel and Avocado is a bright, refreshing winter salad that will brighten any day!  It's served with a tangy, sweet orange vinaigrette and comes together in minutes!
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Citrus salad layered on a white platter
Spicy Fish Tacos with Fennel Slaw
Easy grilled fish tacos are topped with a bright flavored cabbage and fennel slaw in these Spicy Fish Tacos with Fennel Slaw.
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Overhead view of a spicy fish taco with fennel slaw.
Italian Sausage Tomato Orzo Soup
Think of an Italian Wedding Soup with all-pork sausage meatballs. This savory, comfort soup is on the table in only 30 minutes.
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Radicchio Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Radicchio Salad with Avocado, Fennel and Orange is a winter salad bursting with sweet and savory flavor and tossed in a tangy citrus vinaigrette!
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Radicchio salad on a white plate with a fork
Easy Spatchcock Roast Chicken
Easy Spatchcock Roast Chicken is juicy, golden brown chicken over caramelized potatoes, carrots, parsnips and fennel. It's an easy one pot dinner that's ready in one hour!
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Spatchcock roast chicken in skillet with potatoes, fennel and carrots
Orange, Fennel, and Pickled Onion Salad
Fresh fennel, with its faint licorice flavor, sliced very thinly and served raw, is uniquely delicious, and this orange, fennel, and pickled onion salad is absolutely stunning.
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Roasted Eggplant Fennel Pizza with Whipped Garlic Feta
If you love white pizza, you’ll love this roasted eggplant fennel pizza! It has a whipped feta and ricotta base with toasted pine nuts, creamy roasted garlic cloves and an olive oil drizzle to top it off.
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A wood serving board with eggplant fennel pizza.
Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
You can't beat this Roasted Beet Salad! It's packed with tangy goat cheese, juicy oranges and is tossed in a flavorful blood orange dressing!
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Roasted beet salad on a plate with a fork
Spring Green Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Fennel
Spring Green Risotto with Peas, Asparagus and Fennel ~ this healthy risotto recipe with fresh spring vegetables will have you dreaming of spring!
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Two white bowls of spring risotto.
Creamy Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
Creamy Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is fresh, crunchy and utterly addictive! It's tossed with savory bacon, crisp apple and creamy coleslaw dressing for one delicious side dish!
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Shaved brussels sprout salad in a bowl with serving spoon
Olive Oil Braised Chicken with Citrus, Fennel and Turmeric
The full flavor of olive oil paired with a bit of the chicken’s fat creates a luxurious liquid that kept the protein incredibly moist and full of intense flavors.
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Overhead view of olive oil braised chicken in a cast iron skillet.
Italian Chopped Salad
The Ultimate Italian Chopped Salad is classic chopped salad with fennel, radicchio and a fresh, flavorful, homemade Italian dressing!
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Italian chopped salad in white bowl with wooden servers
Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Fennel, Lemon and Rosemary
This meltingly tender Pork Roast is flavored with fennel, lemon and rosemary. You will not believe how incredibly easy it is to slow roast a
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Overhead view of slow roasted pork shoulder that's been partially shredded.
Golden Beet and Fennel Soup
Golden Beet and Fennel Soup is an earthy creamy healthful soup full of nutrients and fiber.
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A bowl of beet and fennel soup next to a spoon.
Fresh Pink Grapefruit Fennel Salad
If you love fresh, beautiful salads, this simple pink grapefruit fennel salad is and easy salad to enjoy. Juicy pink grapefruit blends with the subtle licorice flavors from the fennel to make a surprisingly delicious salad.
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Red Kuri Squash and Fennel Soup with Savory Granola
Savory granola tops each bowl of warming squash and fennel soup.
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Easy Crock Pot Stuffing
Crock Pot Stuffing is golden brown, full of flavor, and frees up precious oven space! It's a delicious Thanksgiving side dish that's made completely from scratch and it can be prepped entirely in advance!
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Crock pot stuffing on a white serving platter
Tomato Herb and Beer Poached Cod with Caramelized Fennel
This simple dish features cod that’s been poached in beer and topped with a tomato-fennel mixture.
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Beer poached cod with caramelized fennel on a white plate.
Creamy Coleslaw with Apples and Fennel
Creamy Coleslaw with Apples and Fennel is a crunchy and addictive cabbage slaw with apples and fennel, tossed in a creamy no mayo coleslaw dressing!
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overhead shot of bowl of creamy no mayo coleslaw with gray linen
Oven-Roasted Orange Chicken with Fennel
This One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Fennel is a simple and comforting way to feed your family and friends. With some advance prep, it is ready in 45 minutes.
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Overhead view of chicken with fenenl and orange.
Italian Parmesan Baked Fennel
Italian Baked Fennel is an easy side dish, made with fresh Italian parsley, Parmesan cheese and a little Olive oil. So good and good for you!
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Healthy Baked Catfish
This healthy baked catfish recipe is definitely a winner! The fish cooks along with vegetables all in the same pan. An easy to make meal that’s healthy, full of flavor, and ready in minutes!
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Baked catfish topped with fennel fronds on a white plate.
Arugula Salad with Fennel and Blood Oranges
Peppery arugula, crisp fennel, juicy blood oranges, and crunchy walnuts are tossed with a light vinaigrette to create an explosion of flavors that you will enjoy anytime of year.
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One Pan Italian Chicken and Vegetables
This quick and easy sheet pan dinner chicken recipe results in tender Italian-spiced chicken, caramelized onions, peppers and fennel.
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A plate of chicken with fennel.
Holiday Slow Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes
Delicious Holiday Slow Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes and Carrots. Flavourful one pot Christmas roast or a classic roast with all the fixings!
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Slow roasted lamb with carrots and potatoes.


**This post was originally published in February 2019. The post has been modified to increase readability and include more information.

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