Roasted Fennel with Garlic & Herbs (Soft & Caramelised) (2024)

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This Roasted Fennel is buttery, caramelized on the edges and deliciously sweet in flavour. This is an easy to prepare side dish that goes fantastically well with roast chicken or fish. This is Vegan, Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free, and Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal.

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This Roasted Fennel is one of my favourite side dishes because it’s incredibly easy to make, and so delicious. Fennel transforms when roasted, losing all of its licorice flavour and crunchy texture to become caramelized, soft and deliciously buttery. If you hate raw fennel, please don’t write this vegetable off until you have tried roasting it first, there is almost zero resemblance between the two.

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Why You Will Love This Dish

  • Prep it ahead: it’s a great side dish to prepare for a dinner party. The fennel can be cut and topped with the herbs and garlic up to a day in advance and then put in the oven 30 minutes before eating.
  • The caramelized and buttery flavour:the fennel becomes soft and practically melts in your mouth when roasted. Thanks to its mild flavour, it’s a great side dish to serve with a bold main as there is no risk in the flavours clashing.
  • Not a fan of the sharp licorice taste raw fennel? I don’t blame you. Raw it can be a bit too overpowering a flavour for some, but once roasted any taste of licorice disappears. Don’t write off fennel until you have tried it roasted, it truly becomes a completely different vegetable
  • It is suitable for almost any diet: I love sprinkling parmesan cheese over the top of the fennel for added saltiness but if you are on a Dairy Free diet the fennel will still be delicious without it.

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How To Serve Roasted Fennel

  • As a side dish:it is a great accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken (especially roast chicken!)
  • Added to a salad:Leftover roasted fennel is delicious added warm or cold into a salad. You can even use it to make this
  • Leftovers can be added into a frittata: Add leftovers into a frittata with spinach, red onion and tomatoes.
  • Stir it into pasta: Leftover roasted fennel can be added into a pasta dish such as zoodles with chopped bacon and a light garlic oil sauce.

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Roasted Fennel with Garlic & Herbs

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An easy to prepare side dish, the Roasted Fennel is buttery, caramelized on the edges and deliciously sweet in flavour. (Whole30, Vegan & Keto)

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Prep Time 8 minutes mins

Cook Time 35 minutes mins

Total Time 43 minutes mins

Diets Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal, Vegan, Whole30

Servings 4

Calories 121 kcal


  • 2 large bulbs fennel
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 cup parmesan (omit if Dairy Free/Paleo/Vegan)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius)

  • Remove any of the stalks from the fennel bulbs and then cut them in half lengthwise. Cut each halved fennel bulb into 1/2 inch thick slices and arrange the slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet ensuring that they are all laid out evenly and do not overlap.

  • In a bowl combine the olive oil and minced garlic and brush it over the sliced fennel and then sprinkle the thyme, salt and pepper overtop to ensure they are all well seasoned.

  • Roast the fennel in the oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes if using parmesan, sprinkle it over the fennel and then return the tray to the oven to bake for another 10 minutes.

  • After 35 minutes of baking the fennel should be tender and caramelized on the edges (cook for another 5-8 minutes if its not yet tender). Serve warm.


Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 537mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

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originally posted April 24, 2020 — last updated February 15, 2024by Every Last Bite

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63 comments on “Roasted Fennel with Garlic & Herbs”

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  5. Dan Martin June 10, 2024 @ 11:59 am Reply

    It was delicious!

  6. Moein Z May 19, 2024 @ 7:44 am Reply

    Absolutely delicious!

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  8. randy frustrated April 30, 2024 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    what good does it to state calories when you do not identify serving size?

  9. Jennifer White March 15, 2024 @ 10:20 pm Reply

    Fennel is an ingredient alive always avoided but thanks to this recipe it is a new family favorite!!!

  10. easy marks March 9, 2024 @ 8:11 am Reply

    easy marks

  11. Jenna Romeo March 6, 2024 @ 4:52 am Reply

    This was absolutely amazing!!!! Had never had roasted fennel before and it was delicious. So easy to make and so much flavor(not licorice like!!) Will definitely be making this often!

  12. KELLY February 15, 2024 @ 11:23 am Reply

    What pairs well with fennel? plz tell me.

  13. Michelle February 5, 2024 @ 5:45 am Reply

    beautiful flavours, a must have as a side all year around

  14. Sara M Coffey January 23, 2024 @ 9:44 am Reply

    I’m looking forward to preparing my first fennel with a roasted chicken. It sounds delicious. Will report back

  15. adrasec69 January 13, 2024 @ 9:45 am Reply

    Thank you so much, Delicious, glad to hear you and the family enjoyed

  16. music December 31, 2023 @ 6:42 pm Reply

    very nice article thank you very much …

  17. kampus swasta terbaik December 29, 2023 @ 6:35 am Reply


  18. jude December 25, 2023 @ 12:04 pm Reply

    thank you, carmen. this recipe worked perfectly. i ate almost the entire tray standing by the oven, right off the sheet pan! slicing it very thin was the key for me.

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