How To Cut a Fennel Bulb

Add some licorice-flavored crunch to your next salad by slicing up some fennel. Here’s how! Our Knife Skills series is sponsored by Cutco.
Learn how to trim, core and slice this delicious licorice-like vegetable to use in salads and other recipes.

What is Fennel?

Fennel is a great versatile vegetable to use in the fall and winter, but you might be intimidated if you haven’t used it before. The white bulb has a sweet licorice flavor and adds great crunchy texture to dishes when used raw but can also be cooked to soften the taste and change it to a more silky texture. The tougher stalks can be used in similar ways as celery, and the feathery fronds can be chopped to use as an herb or garnish like you would with dill. Slicing it for a recipe however can be kind of daunting given its unusual shape. Don’t worry! It’s super easy and will take you no time at all.

How to Cut a Fennel Bulb

How to Cut a Fennel Bulb

Step #1

Use a classic chef’s knife to cut off the green fronds close to the top of the bulb. Save the fronds, because you can chop up the wispy leaves to use as an herb in salads!

Chop the top

Step #2

Cut the bulb in half lengthwise.
Cut fennel in half

Step #3

Cut a wedge out of the base of the fennel bulb to remove the root and core of the bulb.
Cut wedge out of base

Step #4

Place the bulb cut side down on your board and slice the fennel crosswise or lengthwise, depending on what your recipe calls for. Here, we sliced the fennel crosswise in preparation for our Autumn Fennel & Orange Salad.
Slice fennel

 

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How To Cut a Fennel Bulb

Add some licorice-flavored crunch to your next salad by slicing up some fennel.
  • Author: Maria Siriano
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cut fennel

Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulb

Instructions

  1. Use a classic chef’s knife to cut off the green fronds close to the top of the bulb. Save the fronds, because you can chop up the wispy leaves to use as an herb in salads!
  2. Cut the bulb in half lengthwise.
  3. Cut a wedge out of the base of the fennel bulb to remove the root and core of the bulb.
  4. Place the bulb cut side down on your board and slice the fennel crosswise or lengthwise, depending on what your recipe calls for.

 

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Cutco. All opinions are ours and honest.
This post originally appeared in October 2016 and was revised and republished in March 2020.

Add some licorice-flavored crunch to your next salad with some fennel. Get this easy step-by-step photo guide for how to cut and prepare a fennel bulb. #fennel #howto #knifeskills #kitchenskills
Add some licorice-flavored crunch to your next salad with some fennel. Get this easy step-by-step photo guide for how to cut and prepare a fennel bulb. #fennel #howto #knifeskills #kitchenskills

Maria Siriano

Somewhere among the towers of batter-smeared mixing bowls, you'll find a flour-covered Maria making unique seasonal desserts for her blog, Sift and Whisk. Although she never quite got the hang of the clean-as-you-go technique, she has still managed to elevate her baking skills far beyond “add oil, water, and eggs.” She makes a killer pie, if she does say so herself.