A member of the carrot family, fennel is a highly aromatic herb that tastes similar to anise. Its bulb, foliage and seeds can all be used for cooking; fennel seed is a key ingredient in both Italian sausage and Chinese five-spice powder. We like adding fennel to pasta dishes, salads and cocktails for a unique, refreshing flavor. Braised fennel is an excellent pizza topping, along with caramelized onions and green olives. Fennel-infused Campari with sparkling wine and lemon makes for a pleasantly bitter apertif—and a perfect way to finish off leftover herbs. Find these recipes and more in Food & Wine's guide to fennel.

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Spinach and Fennel Salad with Candied Bacon

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Chef Alex Guarnaschelli puts her spin on spinach salad by adding sweet candied bacon, salty feta cheese and sautéed fennel. Slideshow:  More Fennel Recipes 

Fennel Ridgecrests

At The Perennial, mixologists Chad Arnholt and Claire Sprouse use drought-resistant fennel as the base for this refreshing, low-alcohol cocktail. Slideshow: More Fall Cocktail Recipes 

Fennel, Apple and Avocado Crudo

Pink peppercorns (no relation to the black or white variety) are slightly spicy but fruity, with a mild citrus taste. Here, they flavor the salt sprinkled on a supereasy vegetable crudo. Slideshow: More Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes 

11 Best Fennel Salads

Make the transition to warmer weather with 11 salads featuring fresh fennel bulbs and the plant's herbaceous fronds.

11 Ways to Use Fennel

This Mediterranean vegetable, at its peak in spring and fall, has a strong anise flavor and crisp texture that’s delicious in salads when raw. When cooked, fennel softens and the flavor becomes sweet and mild.

Salmon Steaks with Curried Fennel-Wine Sauce

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A copper pan works especially well here because the fennel is cooked until silky over long, low heat. F&W's Marcia Kiesel serves it in a curry-laced wine sauce over salmon. More Salmon Recipes

More Fennel


These delicious recipes include juicy chicken breasts with fennel and refreshing, crispy fennel salads.