A fennel bulb on a cutting board. The stalks and fronds are being cut away from the bulb.

How To Cut Fennel Instructions

Contributor: Maria Siriano

Learn the simple steps to cut up a fennel bulb. Fennel is a crunchy licorice-flavored vegetable that is delicious roasted and in salads. You just need to know how to prepare it and then you’ll be ready for some delicious flavor!

  • Author: Maria Siriano
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cut fennel 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: How-To
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 fennel bulb


  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.