Grilled Baby Fennel Recipe

Wedding countdown: 3 days.

This afternoon we have a special errand downtown and then my parents are going to take us to NJ along with our kitties (Bobby is heading back up for another day of work and his bachelor party…!).

While I am running around, here is a yummy seasonal (and local) recipe for you. I got baby fennel from the local section of FreshDirect’s website the other day (don’t forget about my FreshDirect coupon – 20% off) and didn’t know what to do with it. I figured grilling is always a no-fail recipe method, so that is what I did.

Baby fennel is a licorice-y veggie (though not quite as harsh as fully ripened fennel). The leaves, seeds, and roots are all edible. It’s a decent source of vitamins A and C, niacin, and potassium; it also has a little bit of calcium, iron, and of course dietary fiber. It’s popular in Italian cooking and is called “finocchio” in Italy.

Grilled Baby Fennel Recipe


  • 1 bunch of baby fennel
  • 2-3 teaspoons peanut or olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • salt and pepper
  • (grill – or a saute pan would probably work)
  • salad dressing (optional)


  1. Trim the feathery leaves off of the top of the fennel (don’t know if you want to eat these? too odd for me).
  2. Rub the fennel with the oil, salt, and pepper. Grill for 10 minutes (George is the best).
  3. (If you don’t have a grill you could just saute the leaves – with roots attached – in a pan.)
  4. Top with your salad dressing of choice – I used a creamy cilantro dressing from Trader Joe’s.

Exercise of the day: no idea yet! walking to work (1.4 miles) and probably a short calming yoga podcast.

Have you ever had baby fennel?

10 Comments on Grilled Baby Fennel Recipe

  1. MarathonVal
    21 July, 2010 at 9:39 am (6 years ago)

    Fennel is great when juiced -makes juice taste like candy!

  2. Lisa @ I'm an Okie
    21 July, 2010 at 10:43 am (6 years ago)

    I tried fennel once in NYC and it was AMAZING. I never knew how to recreate it at home though. So, I love this post.

  3. Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)
    21 July, 2010 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Now I want to get some fennel! Since I’ll be back in school soon, it’ll demand a trip to TJ’s. Normally I make my own dressings, but does TJ’s have any you consider a total party in your mouth?

    Wow, what a countdown!

  4. Sagan
    21 July, 2010 at 5:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never had fennel but that sounds awesome!

  5. Marina
    21 July, 2010 at 9:38 pm (6 years ago)

    3 days! You must be a wreck! Anyways, glad you got the guest post. I never did one before so I was clueless. lol

  6. Lori (Finding Radiance)
    21 July, 2010 at 9:59 pm (6 years ago)

    Never had baby fennel, but have had regular adult fennel 😀

  7. clare
    21 July, 2010 at 11:01 pm (6 years ago)

    lovely maggie. i havent had or seen baby fennel, but ill keep my eyes peeled next time im in the city. thanks for the recipe.

  8. Run Sarah
    22 July, 2010 at 12:21 am (6 years ago)

    I definitely get irritable when stressed or fatigued, sigh! The fennel looks great – I’ve actually never tried it before!

  9. Kimberly
    22 July, 2010 at 8:04 am (6 years ago)

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never had fennel at all! I’m not even sure if I have ever noticed it in the store.

    Yes, stress makes me irritable and like you, a hug will usually help 😉

    Sending ((((HUGS))))