12 Easy Fennel Recipes
For some, fennel can be an intimidating ingredient to work with. Not everyone is familiar with the taste of this veggie, and don't feel confident in knowing how to prepare it. But in reality, fennel is very delicious and easy to use in recipes, so it's worth the while to experiment with it in the kitchen. Fennel tastes like a cross between onion and celery with a dash of licorice, and is perfect in salads, dips, soups, and more. To get you started, we've gathered our 12 easiest fennel recipes to try.
Could it be simpler? Just sauté fennel for an easy side to pair with fish, meat, or any other protein this spring. You can cook with just salt and vinegar to keep it basic but delicious, or you can add in more herbs or spices for extra flavor.
Sweet Potato and Fennel Hash
Spice up your basic breakfast hash by adding in some flavorful fennel instead of onions and swapping white potatoes for sweet potatoes.
Fennel soup has a nice velvety mouthfeel when blended with creamy ingredients. If you have other spring ingredients on hand that need using up, like peas or fresh herbs, they make wonderful additions to the soup.
You can pan fry fennel for a nice crispy texture and charred flavor. Use high quality olive oil and you won't need extra seasoning, you'll want the fennel's natural flavor to shine through.
Apple Fennel Casserole with a Coconut-Turmeric Twist
Bright in color and flavor, this unique casserole is ready in under an hour. Plus it keeps well, meaning you can prep a big batch ahead for the week.
Spring Salad with Fennel and Orange
An easy salad to have for springtime barbecues, this recipe is fresh and floral, thanks to herbs, the fennel, and oranges. You can make a large batch at once to serve at potlucks or keep throughout the week.
Cream of Fennel Soup (Fennel Vichyssoise)
This silky smooth soup is potent with wonderful flavors. Serve hot or cold!
Roasted Beets, Apples, and Fennel
A great fresh recipe that is sweet, savory, and a little tart. Add in protein for a main salad or enjoy as an easy side dish.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Fennel Soup with Citrus
Two fall favorites, fennel and butternut squash pair up for this creamy soup. Serve with a dollop of sour cream to complete the meal.
Roasted Carrot and Fennel Pork
Pork and fennel taste amazing together. The meatiness pairs well with the licorice flavors for a stand out dish.
Baked Fennel with Gorgonzola
Crispy, creamy, and cheesy, this baked fennel makes for an impressive side dish that guests will never know was easy to make.