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Fennel Gratin or Dip

5 from 2 votes
Course: Side
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked fennel, easy gratin, easy side dishes, fennel gratin
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Nicole
This Fennel Gratin is easy and quick to make and only requires 4 ingredients. Serve as a side with roast or grilled meats, seafood or as a delicious dip.
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  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese grated
  • 100 ml milk or full fat cream


  • Cut fronds off the fennel bulbs* and slice away root end. Wash, halve and slice the bulbs finely.
  • Place the sliced fennel in a medium skillet with 2 or 3 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle with salt, cover pan and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and allow to caramelize to a light golden colour.
  • Add cream or milk, raise heat to boil, then cover and simmer on low for 5 or 10 minutes, till tender.
  • Add 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan, and mix well. Place in oven dish and grill till golden brown. Serve warm as a side.


*Slice off the frilly fronds from each bulb, but do not throw these away as they make an excellent garnish.


Nutrition Facts
Fennel Gratin or Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 333mg14%
Potassium 1035mg30%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 919IU18%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 206mg21%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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