Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a light, tasty way to cook fennel. It is tender, with a crunchy outer texture and just a hint of the fennel flavor. This is a great vegetable side dish with grilled or roasted meats.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Clean the fennel, removing the upper fronds, and slice lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Set the feathery leaves aside to garnish the completed dish.
  4. Place in a saucepan and cover with milk.
  5. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the fennel can be easily pierced with a fork.
  6. Remove the fennel and pat dry.
  7. Layer in a baking dish, drizzle with two tablespoons of the oil and add salt and pepper.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  9. Mix the remaining oil with the cheese and breadcrumbs, and sprinkle over the dish and continue baking until golden brown.
  10. This dish is great hot or at room temperature.
  11. Use the discarded feathery fronds to garnish, and serve.


Most Helpful

This is divine! I suspect simmering in the milk keeps the fennel nice and white and makes it extra tender. For those who love the taste of fennel this is a must- try!!!

Suzy mom to 2 March 23, 2010

This was a great recipe and easy to make. I will be making it again :)

PattiNYC November 19, 2009

I had never had fennel before tonight and when I saw some at the grocery store yesterday I decided it was time to try it. Based on the reviews I choose your recipe and am so glad that I did. Excellent, it is a keeper and will cerainly become part of my regular menu items. Thanks for sharing.

alison.a March 22, 2009

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