Fennel has more benefits than just its licorice-like taste. Every part of it is edible, so you get a lot of bang for your buck; it packs lots of Vitamin C, iron, and potassium; and its versatility means you can add its sweet anise flavor to a variety of dishes. Here are 25 ways to put this delicious cold-weather veg to use.


Baked Cod with Fennel & Lemon

baked cod with fennel and lemon
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

This dish is a like a goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Bright warm-weather ingredients like lemon, parsley, and cod mingle with heartier fennel and shallots for a balanced, between-seasons meal.

Fennel Chicken Kebabs

Fennel Chicken Kebabs

Fennel seed, rosemary, and garlic are an easy way to give chicken a fun twist. Skewers don't hurt, either!

Recipe: Try our Fennel Chicken Kebabs

Zucchini Soup with Fennel & Dill

Combine fennel seeds with zucchini and spinach for a sweet, herbal soup that'll warm you up without weighing you down.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Fennel with Balsamic Drizzle

prosciutto wrapped fennel with balsamic drizzle
Credit: Photography by Bobbi Lin

There's nothing not to like about this easy appetizer. Garlic and onion powder, broiled fennel, thin prosciutto, sweet and tangy balsamic glaze—we don't blame you if you're drooling just thinking about it. 

Chicken Ragu with Fennel

Chicken Ragu with Fennel

Don't toss those fennel fronds! In addition to chopped fennel bulbs in the ragu, this savory dish gets topped with a few feathery fronds for added flavor and texture. 

Recipe: Try our Chicken Ragu with Fennel

Tangerine Salad with Wild Rice & Fennel

tangerine salad wild rice fennel
Credit: Photography by Paul Sirisalee

If you're not a salad enthusiast, this one will change your mind. It's packed with all the goods: wild rice, toasted pecans, peppery arugula, zesty tangerines, and, of course, sweet fennel. 

Seafood & Fennel Cioppino

seafood and fennel cioppino in white bowl
Credit: Photography by Christina Holmes

An Italian-American dish that originated in San Francisco, cioppino is a hearty tomato-based seafood stew. This one, made with mussels, cod, and clam juice, is sure to hit the spot on a chilly night. 

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Fennel, Tomatoes & White Beans

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Fennel, Tomatoes & White Beans

This dish might sound (and look) intimidating, but it only takes seven ingredients. Plus, the 70 minutes of roasting time are a surefire way to warm up your home and fill it with delicious garlicky rosemary aromas. 

Sausage, Tomato & Fennel Shells

sausage tomato and fennel shells

A very Italian dish gets a sweet upgrade with sautéed fennel bulbs and fresh fronds. Make sure to get shells large enough for some of that sausage-veggie-parmesan mixture to nestle inside. 

Creamy Baked Fennel

creamy baked fennel

Fennel's the star of this cheesy, creamy bake. It's got bulbs, seeds, and fronds in it to give you plenty of the veg's sweet, springy flavor. 

Recipe: Try our Creamy Baked Fennel

Tomato-Fennel Soup with Parm-Crusted Grilled-Cheese Soldiers

tomato-fennel soup with parm-crusted grilled-cheese soldiers
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Tomato soup and grilled cheese are all grown up. Get transported to childhood one delicious dunk at a time!

Crispy Roasted Fennel

crispy roasted fennel topped with breadcrumbs and served with lemon wedges
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

If you're a fan of stuffed artichokes, you'll love fennel filled with a crispy parmesan breadcrumb mixture. They make for perfect appetizers or side dishes.

Recipe: Try our Crispy Roasted Fennel

Seared Halibut with Fennel-Olive Salad

Seared Halibut with Fennel-Olive Salad
Credit: Photography by Sarah Ann Ward

Toss together the salad while the fillets cook and have dinner on the table in a jiffy. 

Ratatouille with Fennel

Ratatouille with Fennel

Meatless Mondays might become a regular at your house once you taste this veggie-laden dish. Be sure to serve with bread so you can mop up all that herby-vegetable flavor.

Recipe: Try our Ratatouille with Fennel

Braised Fennel with Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf

braised fennel with lentil quinoa pilaf

Lentils and quinoa give this dish plenty of healthy protein, but don't take that to mean it's lacking in flavor. That buttery fennel is irresistible.

Bacon, Fennel & Chicken Ragu

Bacon Fennel and Chicken Ragu topped with fresh dill sprigs
Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

In the interest of giving you plenty of options, here's another chicken fennel ragu— this one with bacon and our favorite weeknight hero, rotisserie chicken.

Shrimp & Fennel Soup with Garlic Toasts

shrimp fennel soup with garlic toasts

Shrimp soup with cheesy, garlicky toasts—could this be any better suited for a cozy night in? We think not.

Pork Chops with Blood Oranges, Fennel & Olives

Pork Chops with Blood Oranges, Fennel & Olives
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Blood oranges are in season starting in December, so pick up a couple firm ones for this sweet and savory sheet pan supper. Their vibrant color and zesty flavor are a great mood-booster in late winter.

Fennel Carpaccio

fennel carpaccio

We skipped meat in this traditional Italian appetizer and gave it a Mediterranean twist with fennel, chickpeas, kalamata olives, and feta.

Recipe: Try our Fennel Carpaccio

Fennel-and-Herb-Rubbed Grilled Chicken Legs

fennel and herb rubbed grilled chicken legs

Chicken legs are anything but basic when coated in a fennel and herbs de provence rub. The best part? You can have these on the table in under an hour.

Caramelized Fennel with Parmesan & Almonds

Caramelized Fennel with Parmesan & Almonds
Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

No need for pasta or spinach when fennel's in season. Transform dinners by caramelizing the veg and topping with cheese and herbs for a flavorful side or even a meatless main.

Toasted Fennel & Golden Raisin Butter

toasted fennel golden raisin butter
Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

It sounds a tad bit unorthodox, we know, but trust us: One taste and you'll be spreading this sweet butter on everything.

Penne with Bacon & Fennel Sauce

Penne with Bacon & Fennel Sauce
Credit: Photography by John Kernick

Because you can never have too much pasta. Or bacon. Or fennel.

Sausage, Zucchini & Potato Stoup

Sausage, Zucchini & Potato Stoup

This soup-stew hybrid marries hearty Italian sausage and potatoes with loads of lighter veggies for a crowd-pleasing meal. Dare we say it's great for game day?

Fennel-Citrus Greek Tea Cookies

Fennel-Citrus Greek Tea Cookies
Credit: Photography by Ryan Liebe

Surprise! Fennel can totally become a dessert thanks to its sweet licorice flavor. Combine that flavor with lemon and orange zest for a light, tasty treat.