Fennel Recipe: What is Fennel and how do I use it?

Fennel is a white, bulb-shaped root vegetable that grows with lovely fronds (the fronds look similar to dill). Maybe you haven’t ever heard of it, or maybe you’ve heard that it tastes like licorice and were scared away from trying it (try roasting it!). But fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber; provides wonderful antioxidants, and is even thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Fennel is a wonderful vegetable because the bulb, stalk, and fronds are all edible and delicious! I often buy mine at Trader Joe’s, which sells it simply in a package with two bulbs.

Recently, I tried a new roasted vegetable recipe for the winter. It was so delicious that I think it would make anyone love fennel – and was super easy to put together! Remember – roasting is not an exact science, so it’s even easier than other recipes. I switched out the red onion for a yellow one because it’s what I had on hand, and I only had a 1lb bag of carrots, so I used that instead of the full amount called for. Enjoy!

roasted carrot and fennel

Roasted Carrots and Fennel


  • 2 lbs medium carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise, then in half again
  • 1 large fennel bulb, cut into ½ inch wedges
  • 1 large onion, cut into ½ inch wedges (I use white or yellow but red will be good too, whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste (1/4 to 1/2 tsp)


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, combine carrots, fennel, onion, and lemon.
  3. Mix oil, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper; drizzle over carrot mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer to foil-lined large baking sheets.
  5. Roast for around 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender, tossing occasionally.


Nutrition Informations

1 serving: 139 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 2g protein.

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6 comments on “Fennel Recipe: What is Fennel and how do I use it?

  1. LM on

    I’ve used the fennel leaves in small quantities in the past. Tried fennel (the bulb) and got a horrible case of stomach cramps which is strange because I’ve always read that fennel is good for calming the stomach. Was wondering if anyone else has had a reaction like this.

    • Susan on

      I am not sure if you had the bulb raw or baked. Raw veg may cause gastrointestinal distress but a baked or cooked version of that same veg will not. You are correct, though: it is an excellent digestive aid and is generally not thought to be bothersome. I recommend giving it another shot!


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