How to Cut Fennel

Wondering how to cut fennel? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you exactly how to cut a fennel bulb (how to dice fennel).

Video: How to cut fennel

Are you wondering how to cut fennel but not sure the best way? Alex and I love to use fennel in our recipes; it brings an unexpected depth. But how to cut fennel? Here’s our method, which we use when we make our famous Tuscan soup with white beans (otherwise known as pizza soup). Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut a fennel bulb, including a video of me cutting fennel in our kitchen.

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How to cut fennel step by step

Step 1

How to Cut Fennel | Cut off the fronds

Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the fennel fronds. (You can use the wispy portions as a garnish if you’d like.)

Step 2

How to Cut Fennel | Cut off root

Cut off the root end of the fennel.

Step 3

How to Cut Fennel | Remove tough outer layers

Remove any tough outer layers of the fennel and discard them.

Step 4

How to Cut Fennel | Cut down the cetner

Slice down the center of the fennel bulb.

Step 5

To slice the fennel, place the fennel on its cut side and cut thin half-moon slices parallel to the root end using a circular motion. OR…

Step 6

How to Cut Fennel | Cut thin slices
How to Cut Fennel | Rotate and dice

To dice the fennel, cut slices parallel to the root end, leaving room at the end so that the slices stay attached. (Make the slices wider for diced and narrower for minced / small diced.) Then rotate the fennel and cut slices in the other direction, following the curve of the fennel. When you’ve cut halfway through, flip the fennel down onto the flat cut side and continue slicing. When you get to the end that didn’t have the slices, give it a few more chops. See the video for this part!

And there you have it: how to cut fennel in 6 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut fennel and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

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Looking for fennel recipes?

Now that you know how to cut fennel, here are some of our favorite fennel recipes for you to try:

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How to Cut Fennel

How to Cut Fennel


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup diced 1x

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Wondering how to cut fennel? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you exactly how to cut a fennel bulb (how to dice fennel).


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Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulb

Instructions

  1. Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the fennel fronds. (You can use the wispy portions as a garnish if you’d like.)
  2. Cut off the root end of the fennel.
  3. Remove any tough outer layers of the fennel and discard them.
  4. Slice down the center of the fennel bulb.
  5. To slice the fennel, place the fennel on its cut side and cut thin half-moon slices parallel to the root end using a circular motion. OR…
  6. To dice the fennel, cut slices parallel to the root end, leaving room at the end so that the slices stay attached. (Make the slices wider for diced and narrower for minced.) Then rotate the fennel and cut slices in the other direction, following the curve of the fennel. When you’ve cut halfway through, flip the fennel down onto the flat cut side and continue slicing. When you get to the end that didn’t have the slices, give it a few more chops. See the video for this part!
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut fennel, How to cut a fennel bulb, Cutting fennel

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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