Fennel Recipes

With the flavor of sweet anise, fennel is a great addition in soups, pasta, salads, and more.

Staff Picks

Fennel in Wine and Honey

Rating: 4.02 stars
A great side dish for fennel lovers, originally from a friend in Israel. I have used water instead of broth, with some added salt and seasoning. I have also replaced the mustard seed with regular mustard.

Fennel and Watercress Salad

Rating: 4.69 stars
This salad would be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.
By Anonymous
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Fennel Risotto

Rating: 4.41 stars
Don't let the strong taste of fennel scare you: it fades down after cooking. This is a rich and creamy risotto, just like it ought to be! You can use chicken stock in place of the vegetable stock, as well as olive oil for the butter.

Potatoes Au Gratin with Fennel and Bacon

Rating: 4.07 stars
Delectable creamy Au Gratin Potatoes are enhanced with subtle flavors of fennel and bacon. Caution: this recipe will make people break your door down for some more. I never measure unless baking, always use eyeball judgement, so feel free to adjust to your personal feel and taste. To create a more crispy top, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs over the top when there is about 15 minutes left to cook.

Fresh Green Beans, Fennel, and Feta Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars
Fresh green beans and fresh fennel cooked until crisp-tender are then briefly sauteed in extra-virgin olive oil, along with fresh basil and crumbled feta cheese.

Fennel Cucumber Salsa

Rating: 4.8 stars
This is a fresh and unusual salsa. Use it as an appetizer or on grilled meats. The fennel has a surprisingly light flavour. Perfect for summer. Serve with tortillas or sliced baguette.

Carrot and Fennel

Rating: 4.41 stars
A great accompaniment for any dinner. It uses very basic ingredients and is slightly Indian-inspired.

Fennel Soup

Rating: 4.36 stars
This soup is so easy to prepare and tastes better than most soups you could buy. Mild onion and anise flavored - it's awesome!

Steamed Mussels with Fennel, Tomatoes, Ouzo, and Cream

Rating: 4.84 stars
Pick good fresh and alive mussels for this dish, preferably Penn Cove. The fresher the better. This recipe is simply amazing in flavor. You will love it. Serve with a slice of bread.

Fennel Coleslaw

Rating: 4.5 stars
Refreshing and easy. The subtle fennel flavor classes up an otherwise average summer picnic dish. It's cole slaw for those who don't usually like it! Save some fennel leaves for garnishing. Especially delicious with grilled tuna steaks.

Fennel and Onion Pot Roast

Rating: 5 stars
Roasted onions and fennel are made into a gravy served over a moist pot roast. We had a loaf of French bread with this, and it was a hit (even with the kids).
By Anonymous

Baked Rigatoni with Italian Sausage and Fennel

Rating: 4.62 stars
This is a deliciously sweet and spicy baked rigatoni recipe that I whipped up, and thought I'd share.

Inspiration and Ideas

Jennifer's Fennel and Grapefruit Salad
Rating: Unrated
"This salad was an adventure for me since I'd never had fennel before. Wow, yum! What a crisp, flavorful, refreshing salad! It's so pretty, too." – Dianne
Our Easiest Fennel Recipes
Fennel is very delicious and easy to use in recipes, so it's worthwhile to experiment with it in the kitchen. 

Fennel Soup

Rating: 4.36 stars

This soup is so easy to prepare and tastes better than most soups you could buy. Mild onion and anise flavored - it's awesome!