How to Cut Fennel

Learn how to easily cut this refreshing winter vegetable!

Fennel can look like an intimidating vegetable to cut, but it's easy once you break it down into sections. Tap through this story for a few simple steps!

Using a sharp knife, remove the stalks from the top of the bulb.

Cut the root end of the fennel bulb off.

Cut the fennel bulb in half, from root to tip.

Remove the core from the fennel bulb.

Slice the bulb halves into ¼" slices.

Slice the tender parts of the stalks into ¼" slices. You will be able to tell with your knife when the stalks become woody. The woody pieces are not ideal for salad. When in doubt, try a piece to see if it has an acceptable texture.

You can also sometimes tell when the stalk starts to get woody by the color. The lighter-colored stalks are typically more tender than the darker-colored stalks.

Remove the fennel fronds from the tops of the stalks. The fronds can be used as a garnish or added to salad greens.

Use fennel in salads, roasted as a side dish, or as an ingredient for soups and stews!