Easy Grilled Fennel

Recipe and photo by Ellie O’Brien of Hungry by Nature

It’s no secret that we love fennel, but we know that it’s not always the easiest vegetable to figure out in the kitchen. Our secret to enjoying fresh fennel all summer long is grilling it because it’s an easy and elegant way to transform this tough bulb into something tender and sweet. Grilled fennel is a perfect side to accompany chicken, steak, or seafood but it can also star as a sandwich topping or salad ingredient!


  • 2 large fennel bulbs*
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil*
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

*Ingredient available at Imperfect Foods


  1. Remove outer pieces of fennel bulb and fronds and slice bulb lengthwise at ½-inch thickness.
  2. Brush fennel on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill until tender and charred, about 4 minutes per side.
  4. Serve with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes and Variations

You can easily prepare fennel indoors on a grill pan or outside on a grill, depending on what the weather is like where you are and what equipment you have. If you’re preparing it on a grill pan indoors, you can always finish it in the oven to make sure it’s tender all the way through. Try serving your grilled fennel with a sprinkling of fennel seeds and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra burst of sweet and tart flavor!

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