Easy fennel recipes
Use this aniseed-flavoured root in our top fennel recipes, from a creamy bake to crisp, refreshing salads and as the base to a comforting seafood risotto
Whether you prefer this bulb raw for its crisp, aniseed-like character, or cooked for a softer texture and more subtle flavour, we've got the recipe for you.
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This seriously simple recipe sees fresh fennel paired with a pomegranate molasses, lemon and sumac dressing. Use a mandoline or sharp knife to slice the fennel as thinly as possible.
Put fennel at the heart of this easy Italian bake, the ideal indulgent side to serve with a Sunday roast.
Fennel joins an abundance of veggies in this hearty minestrone soup, topped with crispy pancetta and ready in under an hour.
Thin slices of raw fennel add a crispness to this salad, which also contains a brilliant medley of broad beans, peach, basil and courgette. It's dressed in a lemony red chilli dressing for extra zing.
A super-quick green salad doesn't mean relying on a bag of leaves. This one, with finely sliced fennel and cucumber, is fresh and clean with a kick of chilli.
This quick confit salmon with pickled fennel delivers big on flavour but takes less than an hour to prepare. Perfect for a posh midweek meal for two.
A sliced blub of fennel (as well as fennel seeds) create the base for our best seafood risotto. With a little bit of know-how (and some soothing, meditative stirring), a creamy, umami-rich risotto with perfectly cooked rice is guaranteed – we'll help you get there with our top tips.
Sabrina Ghayour's punchy salad is inspired by her travels in Bangkok. She matches pan-fried lamb leg steaks with pomegranate seeds, fennel, fresh mint and a rose harissa dressing.
Check out this fresh and vibrant cured salmon recipe with crunchy fennel remoulade for an easy dinner party centrepiece.
This warming recipe pairs fennel with pumpkin or squash and is ideal to serve on a wintery day, either as a vegetarian main or as a side dish.
Check out this easy mussels recipe with fennel and white wine, which comes from chef Jess Dennison of Edinburgh restaurant, 27 Elliot's.
A creamy fennel and potato dauphinoise makes the perfect bed for cooking John Dory on. This easy white fish dish is great for a satisfying Saturday night dinner.
Fennel has long been used for liver and detoxification support. Its aniseed flavour is balanced by the tang of the green apple and kiwi in this smoothie recipe.
This recipe for mangetout buddies fennel up with pea and smoked trout to pack in lots of big, fresh flavours and is ready in just 20 minutes.
Try this moreish pizza with a garlic base smothered in thinly sliced fennel and courgette, with salty capers and a burst of lemon.
This is a very simple but stunning dish. Cooked and served whole, the fish look really impressive. Buy the freshest fish you can and ask the fishmonger for smallish bream – you want one-per-person size.
Chargrilled asparagus and fennel salad
This delicious summer salad with fresh fennel, grilled asparagus, Parma ham and a crunch of almonds can be prepped in advance, then once the griddle is hot it won't take long at all. Great for entertaining.