Grilled Fennel


Grilled fennel is delicious served hot as a side dish, or let cool and serve as a salad. This tasty recipe with an olive oil, basil, and lemon dressing is my favorite way to prepare fennel.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 fennel bulbs


  • 2 fennel bulbs

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch dried thyme

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Slice a very thin layer from the bottom of each fennel bulb using a vegetable peeler or paring knife; leave core in place to hold bulb intact. Remove fennel stalks, reserving fronds. Slice bulbs vertically into 1/4-inch slices. Brush slices with 1 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle ground black pepper and salt on each side.

  3. Grill fennel slices on the preheated grill until charred, about 5 minutes per side; transfer to a serving platter.

  4. Whisk remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, basil, parsley, lemon juice, lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper, thyme, and reserved fennel fronds together in a bowl.

  5. Sprinkle fennel slices with Parmesan cheese and drizzle lemon mixture on top.


When zesting lemon, make sure to get just the yellow part of the rind, and none of the white pith.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

110 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 246mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 504mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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