How to Make Roasted Fennel (With Variations)

Roasted Fennel
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Serving: 1 to 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
151 Calories
14g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 to 2
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 377mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fennel, also known as sweet anise, is most commonly served raw, usually sliced very thinly and tossed with a bright dressing as a salad or added to green salads for a bit of extra crunch and light anise flavor. Roasting this bright bulb softens its crunchy nature and turns it meltingly tender. It also brings out its inherent sweetness, dramatically softens its already gentle licorice flavor, and gives it nice browned, caramelized edges. Serve with roasted meats, roast chicken, stews, or other roasted vegetables.

The roasting technique used here can be applied to one bulb of fennel or 10. The only limits are the size of your oven and how many people you have to feed.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 bulbs fennel, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into spears or bite-sized chunks

  • 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for roasted fennel
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  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  3. Put fennel in a roasting or baking pan or on a baking sheet. Drizzle fennel with olive oil and toss to coat all pieces lightly but evenly with oil.

    Put fennel on pan
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  4. Sprinkle with salt.

    Fennel in pan
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  5. Cover loosely with foil or a lid set ajar, and roast for 20 minutes.

    Cover with foil
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  6. Uncover and continue roasting until fennel is tender and browned—about 20 more minutes—this might take longer, depending on how fresh the fennel is. Drizzle with additional olive oil and season with freshly ground black pepper.

    Roast
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Variations

  • Add a tablespoon or so of butter to the pan about 10 minutes before the fennel is done; let it melt in the pan and toss to coat the fennel with the melted butter for a richer final dish.
  • Toss the roasted fennel with a small handful of chopped herbs before serving—parsley, dill, chervil, and thyme are all good choices.
  • Make it fruity by adding in wedges of chopped peeled pear with the fennel.

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