The nutty saltiness of Parmesan cheese is an excellent match for the sweet, delicate licorice flavor of fennel in this quick and easy side dish recipe.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in upper third of oven. Preheat broiler to high.

  • Mix oil and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Trim stalks off fennel and discard, reserving fronds for garnish. Stand the fennel upright and cut the bulb lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush with the oil mixture and sprinkle with salt. Broil until charred and tender, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Broil until the cheese is bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve topped with chopped fronds, if desired.


Tip: Fresh fennel is sometimes confused with similarly flavored anise and can even be labeled that way in stores. They're actually different plants. (The only part of the anise plant that's usually sold are its seeds.)

Nutrition Facts

3 slices
129 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 9.6g; dietary fiber 3.7g; sugars 4.6g; fat 9.2g; saturated fat 2.1g; cholesterol 6.1mg; vitamin a iu 1242.6IU; vitamin c 14.1mg; folate 32.1mcg; calcium 118mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 22.5mg; potassium 499.4mg; sodium 261.4mg.

2 fat, 1 1/2 vegetable