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What is a good vegetable substitute for fennel?

I've just browsed through my new issue of Bon Apetit and a couple of recipes using fennel really caught my attention because of other ingredients. What vegetable would be a good substitute for fennel? My family are not fennel fans...

asked by Danja over 6 years ago

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Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added over 6 years ago

It depends on the recipe, but if you're looking for a similar texture and crunch, celery could be a good alternative.

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added over 6 years ago

My family says they do not like fennel. When I roast it first they enjoy the recipe. Don't know what your recipe is calling for and I agree with Merrile re. celery having similar texture and crunch if you are serving fennel raw.

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added over 6 years ago

If your family doesn't like fennel, why not find another recipe. No other veggie will duplicate the anisy flavor.

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added 7 months ago

I realize this answer is coming a little late, but I'm just now finding your question because I have the same question. I found a recipe also in Bon Appetit that calls for raw fennel, and I am not particularly fond of raw fennel. So, I am going to experiment with shaved asparagus, shaved bok choy, or possibly shaved radishes. I may well do a combination of all of them. I do know the shaved asparagus has a pretty neutral favor but a nice little crunch to it. I have used the shaved asparagus many times in salads, and it tastes great.

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