Recipe For Pan Fried Fennel

After making my fennel cake I had quite a bit of fresh fennel left over and so I decided to experiment with cooking it. The first night I cooked the fennel in the griddle pan, and even though it looked good, I did not quite get it cooked enough. Fennel has a lovely anise flavour and is a key ingredient in making absinthe. Fennel is indigenous to the Western Cape and can be seen growing wild in most uninhabited tracts of land around our house. The entire plant can be used, from the bulb to the seeds. I chose some young fennel to use for this recipe for Pan Fried Fennel, and you need to make sure that the ones you choose are firm.

Pan Fried Fennel
Pan Fried Fennel

Pan Fried Fennel
 
Ingredients
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 15g butter
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  • 5 sundried tomatoes, sliced
Method
  1. heat the oil and the butter in a frying pan
  2. cook the fennel until soft
  3. add the sundried tomatoes and cook until warm
  4. suggestion: serve as a side dish to accompany fish

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21 thoughts on “Recipe For Pan Fried Fennel

  1. I cook fennel a lot when it’s in season. It goes beautifully with parmesan. Try making a risotto with it…so good! Or soup… (there’s a recipe on my blog for my favourite fennel soup)

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    1. Thank you! I am really going to try more with fennel!

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  2. Wonderful idea! Great way to cook it!

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    1. Thanks JamieAnne 🙂

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  3. This is a very tasty way to prepare fennel, I like these little bits of sun dried tomatoes!

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    1. I thought it added a nice dimension to the fennel – Dave is not so keen on too much sun dried tomato in a dish so I have to be less than generous with it 🙂

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  4. I’ve been wanting to try fennel for a while. I suppose technically I’ve roasted it but I forgot it and so much got burned we barely got to eat a bite hehe.

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    1. That has happened to me before, that I have cooked something and had to throw the whole pot away I burnt the food so badly 🙂

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  5. I love fennel…raw in a salad and cooked, or the seeds sprinkled on top of something. I’m sure your fennel was delicious. Lucky you to have it growing wild.

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    1. I am going to start using it more – but the shop bought one as I am not sure what is in the soil where the wild ones grow 🙂

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  6. Adore fennel – we grew it a few years back…now why didn´t we plant it this year, very silly of us!

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    1. I used to let mine go to seed each year 🙂

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  7. My mom would love this! I am sure my local Woolies will have in stock.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. this should be a readily available ingredient 🙂

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  8. I’ve never quite acquired the taste, although I will keep trying!

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    1. The candied fennel is amazing but the pan fried one takes getting used to 🙂

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    2. I am also not keen on the taste, but will also try again!!

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      1. It is quite an acquired taste 🙂

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  9. That looks so yummy! And thanks for the additional info on it being used in absinthe!! I never knew 😉

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    1. absinthe has the most amazing collection of herbs and spices!

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