Fennel gratin

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Bored with the same old side dishes? Fennel is the versatile ingredient with a slight aniseed flavour that goes gorgeously with fish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal320
  • fat31g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 4 large fennel bulbs
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate - its strong aniseed flavour…

  • pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml double cream
  • 50g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and put a pan of salted water on to boil. Trim the fennel tops, then cut into wedges. Boil for 5-6 mins, then drain well. Arrange in an ovenproof dish, season and sprinkle with nutmeg. Stir the garlic into the cream and pour over the fennel. Top with the Parmesan, then bake for 20 mins until golden.

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Comments (16)

jackieinthebox2001's picture

As my husband is not keen on fennel I only made half the amount and omitted the garlic. I also steamed the fennel first instead of boiling. The aniseed flavour is very subtle and the whole dish was delicious. The sauce made a most welcome addition to my fried lamb's liver. Will definitely be having again but more of it!!

webster1963's picture

This ended up in the bin. I love fennel but after boiling it for five minutes there was no taste to it. But I carried on and the only taste in the end product was the parmesan and cream - fennel tasteless.

catie74's picture

Kids loved this served with roasted cod

hughol's picture

Made this tonight with oven baked lemon cod and sugar snap peas. Substituted the cream for half-fat creme fraiche as that was what was in the fridge but I think cream would have worked better as it separated a bit. I also fried off some bacon lardons and mushrooms and added these. Delicious taste but the texture was not quite right. Will definitely make this again but with cream.

baharek's picture

Thank you for the recipe, delicious!

ingridbraad's picture

Simple and delicious!

mazarin's picture

This is lovely - I've eaten it twice now on its own for lunch, without changing the recipe. It's rich and creamy, but not too rich. If you don't like the taste of aniseed (I don't), you shouldn't be put off, because the flavour is transformed by cooking.

princessdaisy's picture

Used half fat creme fresh, excellent results, served it with Roast Rib of Beef and Yorkshire Puddings. Yummy

pamelaquinn62's picture

This is a lovely recipe but i thought 4 fennel bulbs was too much so i used 1 fennel bulb and added broccoli and used creme fraiche to make it healthier and a few walnuts,yummy :-)

philippag's picture

A delicious recipe. Easy to prepare. Perfect for lunch with bread or as a side dish.

homemadesoup's picture

HUbbie and I had never tried the vegeetable before. Very nice rich dish.. Am not real aniseed lover, but flavour is nicely muted in the baking.

stelaholder's picture

Excellent dish. Had to halve it as only had two fennel bulbs. Really yummy. Will definitely make it again. And again....

knottsdj's picture

made it on a whim for a dinner party wow was it good five star for me

feglet98's picture

This was delicious, added olives and only had creme fraiche instead of double cream but this was scrummy.

anneli's picture

short of fennel, one bulb, added savoy cabbage and sprinkled walnuts over - delicious.

steve1209124's picture

This was a real hit with my two veggies, I did change it around a bit......... I left out the Garlic... I added mushrooms as I only had one Fennel bulb, I added gruyere to the dish itself as I did not have any parmesan, then grated 4 slices of bread with a lump of cheddar with it and used that as a crumble type topping.. went down a real storm!

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