30+ EASY Fennel Recipes (Fennel Bulb Recipes)

Fennel, with its distinctive anise-like flavor and crisp texture, is a versatile vegetable that adds a unique twist to any dish. From salads to soups, to main dishes, the possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating fennel into your culinary repertoire.

In this post, we’ll explore 30+ fantastic fennel recipes that showcase the incredible flavors and textures this vegetable has to offer.

Prepare to be inspired by these delightful dishes and get ready to embark on a flavorful fennel adventure!

The BEST Recipes Using Fennel

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This Fennel Pasta recipe features fresh linguini tossed in a light lemon sauce with roasted fennel. It’s topped with dollop of ricotta cheese for extra richness. 
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This Fennel Celery Salad comes together quickly and has such a delicious light lemon-parmesan vinaigrette and wonderful crunch. It's the perfect side salad for rich and hearty dishes like pasta or braised short ribs.  
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Fennel salad with chickpeas in white bowl.
This Fennel and Chickpea Salad is tossed in a light citrus vinaigrette & topped with parmesan. It’s the perfect make-ahead salad for potlucks or lunches.
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Adored for its melt-in-your-mouth flavor and texture, roasted fennel is delicious and impressive yet crazy simple.
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Sausage & Fennel Ragout
This Sausage & Fennel Ragout is one of my favorite dishes. It’s got tons of flavor and is the perfect comfort food. Served over a bowl of hearty grains and topped with parmesan cheese.
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Slow Roasted Citrus Salmon with Fennel and Parmesan is the perfect winter dish! It's healthy, cozy, pretty, simple & most importantly – SO good!
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This speedy, easy gnocchi sauce recipe gets its magic from a few simple, powerful ingredients and is sure to please! Fennel bulbs sit right at the center of this recipe. They taste bright, herbaceous and springy and, best of all, are in season in the winter.
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This pasta with roasted fennel bulb combines that irresistible sweetness with white wine, heavy cream, lemon, and a little chili flake to make a simple pasta dish that feels very luxurious, with a very approachable cook time.
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This simple arugula salad with fennel and cheese is a creative salad recipe with just a few ingredients! It pairs with so many meals and is quick to make.
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This Thanksgiving stuffing recipe is made with sautéed sausage, fennel, onion, garlic, apples and kale for a twist on the traditional dish.
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This easy rustic roasted beet and goat cheese tart relies on store-bought puff pastry for an easy shortcut. The rolled out dough is topped off with crumbled goat cheese, slices of roasted beets, shaved fennel and walnuts for a creamy and earthy tart.
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This savory side dish of braised fennel goes well with any dish. Cooking the fennel gives it a mild flavor and makes it soft and tender.
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Creamy No Mayo 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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Fennel Juice is a mild green vegetable juice that you can make using a blender or a juicer. It has a mild licorice or anise flavor. Try this delicious green juice today!
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Mussels in Creamy Fennel Tomato Broth sounds complicated, but is ready in minutes and makes a perfect dish to impress dinner guests. Serve with spaghetti or crusty bread!
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This Roasted Fennel and White Bean Tomato Soup recipe makes for an easy pantry meal. Pair it with salad, sandwiches, or enjoy on its own!
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A gorgeous and flavorful dinner, this one pot olive oil braised chicken is packed with bright citrus flavor, fennel and eye-catching turmeric.
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Grilled shrimp salad is fresh and hearty and full of spicy arugula, creamy avocado, thinly sliced fennel all dressed in a citrus vinaigrette.
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Roasted Fennel & Potato Soup features wonderful roasted fennel and potatoes pureed into a delicious creamy soup! With just 7 simple ingredients!
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This Potato Leek and Fennel Gratin is loaded with fontina and parmesan cheese, tender creamy potatoes and golden crispy edges.
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A beautiful and fresh salad of roast cauliflower, fennel and white beans with a roast tomato salsa. Perfect for lunches, picnics or eating alfresco.
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Quick Pickled Fennel is easy and perfect for a tangy side to many dishes like salads, sandwiches, fish and just straight out of the jar.
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Warm Caramelized Fennel and Leek Cheese Dip is a perfect mix of creamy and sweet and very savory. I like to eat it with bread but crackers will do the trick too.
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Fennel sausage pizza starts with a crispy artisan pizza dough and it’s layered with garlic oil, caramelized fennel and spicy sausage.
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Fresh and light, this fennel cucumber salad with dill is perfect with summer BBQ food or picnic food and takes just 10 minutes to make!
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Harissa-Stewed Lentils with Pickled Fennel Salad is brimming with nutritious ingredients and will satisfy vegetarians and omnivores alike.
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Oven Roasted Potatoes and Fennel, a simple, delicious vegetarian dish combining two favorite vegetables and makes an excellent side dish to any main meal.
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Slow cooker cranberry pulled pork sliders are topped with a tasty apple fennel slaw for a delicious fall sandwich!
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This fresh limeade recipe is made naturally sweet and anise-y thanks to apple and fennel. It’s an inspired combination and can be made in a blender!
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This chicken with creamy fennel broth is so delicious, spicy, and rich. We topped it with a fennel gremolata so no part of the fennel goes to waste!
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This warm roasted fennel salad combines soft, caramelized fennel slices with sweet + crunchy apples, hearty farro, baby arugula, freshly-shaved parmesan, and a bright + simple lemon-garlic dressing.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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30+ Tasty Fresh Fennel Recipes

Fennel, with its distinctive anise-like flavor and crisp texture, is a versatile vegetable that adds a unique twist to any dish. Try his Fennel Pasta recipe. It features fresh linguini tossed in a light lemon sauce with roasted fennel. It's topped with dollop of ricotta cheese for extra richness. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings



  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high.
  • Pick off and mince a few of the fennel fronds. Cut off and discard the fennel stems. Halve and core the fennel bulb; slice into ½-inch-thick strips. Place the sliced fennel on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss thoroughly to coat. Arrange in a single layer and roast, 18-20 minutes, tossing halfway through, until tender and golden.
  • While the fennel roasts, combine the ricotta cheese and the juice of one of the lemon halves; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, shallot and half the parsley. Cook until fragrant and softened. Add the breadcrumbs and toast over medium heat, until browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and transfer to a small bowl. Wipe out the pan.
  • In the now clean skillet, combine lemon zest, juice of the remaining lemon half, ½ cup water, and 2 tablespoons olive oil; heat to boiling on high heat and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  • Boil the pasta until just short of al dente. Reserving ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain the pasta and add it to the skillet of sauce. Add the roasted fennel, minced fennel fronds and reserved cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is well coated in the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper, to taste, top with breadcrumb mixture, a dollop of the ricotta mixture, and remaining chopped parsley.
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Calories: 865kcal | Carbohydrates: 134g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 1012mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 4mg

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