Fennel Vegetables Recipe with Cooking Video and Step by Step Instructions

I would like to present you my fennel vegetable recipe here. Fennel as a super side dish or as the main actor on the plate is quick to prepare and something special.

Fennel is healthy: the umbellifer was therefore named medicinal plant of the year in 2009.

As an eternal classic of Italian cuisine, it has long led a rather niche existence in Germany. Wrongly so! With its subtle aniseed note, it is an ingenious accompaniment to fish or meat, and with its finely pronounced flavour it also does well on its own on the plate.

We are now celebrating the renaissance of fennel bulbs in the kitchen. I show you the perfect preparation step by step with a cooking video. I wish you good luck and bon appétit!

Carrot vegetables I show you in another post! © Foodphotographer Thomas Sixt

1. Preparing fennel vegetables fresh, the cooking pro tips…

For a wonderful fragrant fennel meal I have written down the following advice for you:

  • Buy fresh, firm and juicy fennel bulbs.
  • The skin should not appear dry or brown anywhere.
  • Cut off the cabbage of the fennel bulb only after washing it.
  • Put the cabbage aside. It is wonderful fresh for decoration and seasoning.
  • The fennel bulb has different thicknesses – you should adjust the cooking times accordingly. The thicker part of the bulb takes longer 🙂
  • You can slice or shave.
  • You can quarter the bulb and cut it down finely.
  • You can cut the stalks and the upper part of the tuber into fine rings.
  • You need salt, pepper, sugar, optional nutmeg.
  • Butter or ghee is a good choice, you can also use olive oil!

The fresher the fennel bulb, the more you can use. Save the fennel for decoration, you can juice the rest!

Preparation tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Different types for fennel cut of all parts of the fennel
Fennel vegetables arranged on the plate I chose fennel slaw and grilled or fried fennel pieces in a combination. © Thomas Sixt

2. Fennel vegetables recipe

Below you will find the exact ingredients and step by step instructions with lots of photos.

By the way, you can send me a cooking question directly via the comment function!

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5 from 29 votes
5 from 29 votes
Fennel Vegetables
Fennel vegetable recipe by cooking professional Thomas Sixt with cooking video and step by step instructions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dishes, vegetarian
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2
Calories: 559kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 250 g fennel I use organic vegetables
  • 1/4 tsp salt I use primal salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp sugar I use brown cane sugar
  • 4-6 pinches pepper black, ground
  • 1 tbs oliv oil
  • 30 g butter I like to use ghee
  • 4 pinches nutmeg I use optional
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  • 1/2 tsp red pepper optional, so-called Schinus fruits
  • 1 tbs pine nuts optional
  • First, toast the pine nuts briefly in a little oil. Then put them in a bowl and season with salt. Prepare for serving.
  • Wash and dry the fennel, remove the outer layer depending on its condition. Now decide on the type of cut: you can cut fine strips, eighths or oblong slices. Diced is an additional option.
  • Fry the fennel slices or eighths of fennel in a pan without oil over a high heat on all sides.
  • I then sautéed thinly sliced fennel cabbage in the pan as well, adding a little oil.
  • Season the sautéed vegetables with salt, pepper, nutmeg and sugar and caramelise lightly.
  • Arrange the vegetables, decorate with fennel fronds and optionally sprinkle with red pepper or a little chilli. Serve quickly, bon appétit!

3. Calories and nutritional values

Nutrition Facts
Fennel Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 1123mg49%
Potassium 2970mg85%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4. Ideas for seasoning fennel vegetables

You can vary the vegetables in many different ways and refine them individually. Here you will find some tips and ideas:

Complementary ingredientsDescription
WalnutsAdd fresh or caramelised walnuts.
Walnut butterCoat roasted vegetables with walnuts and butter.
AlmondsServe with toasted almonds.
Almond butterChopped or grated almonds with butter and parsley.
CashewAdd chopped or whole cashews.
SesameSprinkle on at the end, light and dark sesame seeds look and taste great!
TurmericCook in turmeric until soft.
SaffronSauté the vegetables and then cook in the fennel stock.
CurrySeason exotically with curry, butter and sugar.
Pomegranate seedsFold in just before serving, it's a visual kick and super healthy!
Soy sauceGlaze with a little sauce at the end over high heat, please use little to no salt!
Goji berries, dates or sultanasSauté the vegetables and serve with dried fruits.
Cream or soy creamCook in cream until soft and reduce.
Butter crumbsToast the breadcrumbs with butter and coat the vegetables with them.

5. What fennel vegetables go with

As a classic side dish, this vegetable goes well with:

Fish in saltcrust
Fish with Rice
Fillet steak
Rice noodle salad
Chicken drum sticks
Duck breast
Fish in oven

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Author: Thomas Sixt

Hi, I am a German Chef, Cookbook Author and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy good food. If you have any cooking questions, please use the comment function at the end of each article and recipe. I wish Thomas Sixt Good Luck!