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Sautéed Fennel with Lemon and Pepper

Sautéed Fennel with Lemon and Pepper

Fennel seeds and fennel fronds (the feathery tops of the bulb) both underscore this vegetable's clean anise flavor. Fennel is also called anise.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2007

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)


  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fennel fronds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 1/2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) slices fennel bulb (about 2 small bulbs)
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil


Cook fennel seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat 1 minute or until toasted. Place seeds in a small zip-top bag; crush with a rolling pin.

Combine fennel seeds, fennel fronds, salt, rind, and pepper in a large bowl.

Steam the fennel slices, covered, 5 minutes or until tender. Drain. Add fennel and olive oil to fennel frond mixture in bowl; toss well.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 57
  • Calories from fat: 39%
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Saturated fat: 0.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 8.7g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 349mg
  • Calcium: 60mg

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