Parmesan Roasted Fennel

Once upon a time (May – August 2013), I did an elimination diet that had me eating, oh, maybe 20 different foods. I thought if I changed my diet and only ate nutritious, whole foods and avoided the ones that I was “sensitive” to, my UC symptoms would get better. Unfortunately, these diet changes did absolutely nothing (if anything I got worse), but I discovered some new-to-me foods and ways to cook them that were actually quite delicious, including roasted fennel. Even now, I’ll geek-out when I see it on the Whole Foods salad bar. Ha!

Anyway, a DTFN client and I were recently chatting about fennel (I love my job), so I decided to create a tasty side dish for our database. I came up with Parmesan Roasted Fennel, which is super easy to make and, holy cow, deeeelicious. I mean, everything tastes better with a little cheese, right? I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! 🙂


  • 2 large fennel bulbs (approx. 20 ounces)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • salt + pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven 375 degrees. Slice fennel bulbs into three thick slices. (My vegan friend refers to them as “steaks.”) Place them on a lined baking sheet and then brush with olive oil. Sprinkle Parmesan, salt, and pepper on top and then bake for 30 minutes or until tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven and eat!

Makes 3 servings (2 pieces per serving)

Macros: P 5 C 11 F 5


  1. We eat fennel instead of celery in our house. We actually grow it in the summer and use it to make salads (fennel, cuc and garden tomato). I absolutely love it! I’ve never cooked it though, is the texture mushy when it’s baked?

  2. Looks delicious. What would you serve these with? I like fennel but it has a distinct taste, so any pairing ideas for a meal would be great!

  3. I don’t think I’ve had fennel before but I’m definitely willing to try this (with vegan cheese of course)! 🙂

    Just curious, but how long were you on the elimination diet? I’ve heard that sometimes it can get worse before it gets better while the body tries to heal itself.

  4. omg, I made this last night and am having it for lunch today. It is so good! I normally struggle to get enough vegetables, and this is going to make that so much easier. And for those worried about the flavor – it becomes very mild when roasted.

  5. Parmesan Roasted Fennel looks interesting! I feel like I have to try this at home. Thanks for posting!

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