Roasting fennel both softens the texture and sweetens the flavor, making it a delicious partner for seafood.



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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove stalks from fennel bulbs; reserve bulbs for another use. Remove feathery fronds from stalks; and reserve for garnish. Using a sharp knife, halve stalks lengthwise. Arrange stalks in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch roasting pan; pour wine over stalks. Lay fish fillets on top; drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake until fish is just cooked through and opaque throughout, 20 to 25 minutes. Divide fish among serving plates, discarding fennel stalks. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds.

Cook's Notes

This recipe calls for the stalks and fronds of two bulbs of fennel. If desired, reserve the bulbs to make our Orange-Braised Fennel; substitute one-half cup of the cooking juices remaining in the roasting pan for the white wine called for in the recipe.

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
Often bass recipes are bland, this recipe offers a rich, subtle flavor. So easy to make. Used Chilean sea bass, baked for 25 minutes and the fish was so moist. The fennel has a distinct enough flavor to delicately influence a mild fish. Will definitely make again. Martha, thank you for another terrific recipe.