How to Cook Fennel Bulb

Written by tiffany silverberg
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A fennel bulb is the root of a fennel plant. It has a strong liquorice flavour, similar to anise. Even those who dislike black liquorice, however, should give cooked fennel bulb a chance. As it cooks, the flavours softens and warm. Fennel is most available in the summer and makes a great side dish with pastas or meats. It also is a good source of vitamin C. When you remove the bulb from the stems and fronds, you can save those to be used in soups or as garnish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fennel bulb
  • Olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven

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  1. 1

    Choose a fennel bulb that is heavy and firm.

  2. 2

    Preheat the over to 204 degrees Celsius.

  3. 3

    Wash the bulb thoroughly and trim away any dry or damaged pieces.

  4. 4

    Cut the bulb into half-inch pieces.

  5. 5

    Coat the bulb pieces with olive oil and a pinch of salt.

  6. 6

    Spread the pieces across the baking sheet.

  7. 7

    Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until fennel is tender and golden.

  8. 8

    Serve alongside a pasta or meat dish or incorporate into other dishes.

Tips and warnings

  • The stems are similar to celery and can be used as a substitute for celery.
  • The fronds make a great garnish.

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