Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

Have you ever try grilled fennel? I find the taste of fennel ‘interesting”! To me it tastes quite similar to dill but… with a strange liquorice accent. I am not really a fan of liquorice so fennel didn’t used to appear on my shopping list very often…

That is until things changed a couple of years ago! I travelled and stayed in Greece for almost 6 weeks and since fennel originated from the Mediterranean region, it is common in Greek dishes. So after staying in Athens for a while, my curiosity on this strange bulb had grown. In the second week of my trip, I decided to give it a go and explored different ways to cook and taste fennel.

Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

One of the my favourite ways to cook fennel is to just grill it with garlic lemon zest and juice.

It is so simple:

First slice the fennel bulbs into 5mm slices.

Then mix it with all the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

Place them evenly (avoid overlapping) onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for other 7-8 minutes. Finally garnish with parsley and that’s it!

Fennel’s flavour changes utterly when it’s grilled. The liquorice-like taste is gone and replaced with a mild, sweet, subtle flavour…. somewhere in between onion and artichoke. For me, this was like a miracle. With just a few simple ingredient and a different cooking method, this strange little bulb that I rarely ate became one of my favourite grilled vegetables.

Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

If you are looking for an unusual grilled vegetable side dish idea. Why not give this recipe a try? It is super easy and comes with a unique subtle flavour. A fantastic side dish that goes well any main or as a light lunch on its own. If you are not a fan of fennel like me, this recipe may just change your mind!

P. S. While I was writing this recipe, I discovered that fennel is a bulbous vegetable that belongs to the carrot family :O. I had always assumed it similar to onion…what a shock!

Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

This recipe was created for Veahero, a cool new (free!) meal planning platform for vegans and vegetarians.

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Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

Simple grilled fennel with lemon juice

Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 2-3

Prep.: 5 mins | Cook: 25 mins

Ingredients:
  • 2 fennel bulbs (around 400g), sliced into 5mm slices
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of lemon zest
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
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Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C.
  2. In a large bowl mix the sliced fennel with the olive oil, salt, lemon juice, 3/4 of the parsley, lemon zest and black pepper.
  3. Place the slices onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper; avoiding overlapping.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for other 7-8 minutes (watch closely for the last 5 minutes as they burn quite fast).
  5. Garnish with the remaining parsley and serve.
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