I'm looking for some recipes that use fennel seeds.

I bought them for a recipe for sweet potato hummus and am now wondering what other recipes I could use them in. Any ideas?



Nozlee S. June 25, 2012
I loooooooooooooove this fennel seed ice cream. Yes, fennel seed ice cream!

jbban June 25, 2012
Must try that! I love David Lebovitz's Anise-Orange ice cream.
lovesitc June 25, 2012
Hi @Susan G, thanks for the lentil pasta sauce link. Can't wait to try it. Here's the link to the sweet potato hummus . . . . on a great blog, too, btw. http://www.sweetpotatosoul.com/2012/06/sweet-potato-hummus-with-fennel-seeds.html
susan G. June 25, 2012
Here's one I loved! The fennel gives it an unmistakeable Italian taste, and it's a real multitasker. Veggie heaven:

susan G. June 25, 2012
...and about that Sweet Potato Hummus -- where's that recipe? Sounds good.
TheFritschKitchen June 25, 2012
I actually make my own Chai tea with them! It's quite quick and easy. It smells fantastic and tastes much, much better than any bagged store variety!

lovesitc June 25, 2012
Thanks @Sarah R. Heading over to check out the cookbook prices now . . .
Reiney June 25, 2012
Look for Indian recipes - fennel seeds are great in Indian spice blends. You can also add them (ground) to a sweet oat or rice porridge, chai masala (tea), dhal.

I second the rec on Ottolenghi's caramelised fennel - it's excellent. If you're a vegetarian this is a must-buy cookbook for you anyway! (Actually it's a must-buy for anyone, vego or not).
savedbytheapron June 25, 2012
Puree with sun-dried tomatoes and salami (add oil) and use as a pesto over tortellini tosed with fresh bell pepper and basil. - my roommate used to make this and it was always a crowd-pleaser.
bigpan June 25, 2012
I have a special grinder for fennel seeds (just a cheap pepper grinder) and use liberally on BBQ steak with s&p.
Don't be alarmed with heavy licorice aroma - it mellows out quickly on the grill.
Also great on salads if you don't have a fennel bulb to shave.
Tarragon June 25, 2012
Add it to tomato-meat based pasta sauce.
inpatskitchen June 25, 2012
I agree with Tarragon. I have a red lentil pasta sauce recipe posted on this site that incorporates fennel seed
EmilyC June 25, 2012
Forgive me if I'm stating the obvious, but you can enter "fennel seed" into the FOOD52 recipe search -- then, if you wish, filter by "community picks," "contest winners," etc. Just did the same and lots of great recipes popped up!
lovesitc June 25, 2012
Thanks, @EmilyC, I was just hoping for some personal suggestions and/or stand-out recipes. But I am going to filter by "contest winners" as I've never tried that option before, so thanks :)
ellencooks June 25, 2012

This is an unbeatable recipe for a porchetta rub. Start the day before you want to cook the pork.
makes enough for a 3# pork loin or pork shoulder.
2T fennel seeds
3 cloves garlic
2t red pepper flakes
2T kosher salt
2 thick slices of orange zest
Combine all items in food processor and pulse until you have a thick paste. Rub all over pork loin, place in a plastic bag, splash with 2T dry vermouth and seal. Leave in the fridge overnight. Roast in a preheated 350 oven until temp reaches 145. Let rest for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
lovesitc June 25, 2012
Thank you @ellencooks. I'm a vegetarian, but I bet this rub would be great w/tofu!
jbban June 25, 2012
I think Ottolenghi's caramlised fennel, which also uses fennel seeds, is pretty outstanding. The recipe is from Plenty, but it's been blogged about here: http://www.toast-nz.com/2011/06/caramelised-fennel-goats-cheese.html
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