The Cartoon Kitchen: Braised Fennel Recipe

The Cartoon Kitchen: Braised Fennel Recipe

This week's Cartoon Kitchen features Serious Eats' cartoonist in residence Larry Gonick's spin on braised fennel. —Ed Levine


  • A couple fennel bulbs, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Several coriander seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Bay leaf
  • Salt


  1. 1.

    Lay fennel bulbs in a saucepan with 1/4 cup olive oil, several coriander seeds, 2 cloves garlic, and the juice of 2 lemons.

  2. 2.

    Add bay leaf, a pinch of salt, and water to barely cover bulbs. Simmer until fennel is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Transfer fennel to a deep dish, add the sauce. Let cool, then serve.