Olive Oil-Braised Fennel With Lemony Roasted Salmon

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes


February 2023

Delicious and simple weeknight recipes are always fantastic, but this one has the added benefit of being heart-healthy. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and eating fish regularly can help lower your risk of heart disease. This fish is served over fennel, a vegetable rich in fiber, which may help reduce blood pressure and inflammation.


  • 1 pound salmon filet (in one piece, skin on or off)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 small bulbs fennel, greens removed, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Medium pot
  • Measuring cups
  • Slotted spoon
  • Long metal spatula


1. Roast the salmon.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. Place salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. (If your filet is skinless, place the fish with the gray side down.)

Slice the lemon into thin circles, discard the two end pieces, and place the remaining slices atop the salmon in a single layer. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top. Roast until salmon flakes easily and is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

2. Cook the fennel.

While the salmon is roasting, place the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. When oil is warm, place sliced fennel in the pot along with a big pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fennel is cooked al dente, about 12 minutes. The fennel shouldn’t brown or sizzle — this cooking method slowly softens the fennel without crisping or caramelizing it.

When fennel is cooked, stir in the parsley. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fennel and parsley from the olive oil. (You want everything coated in a bit of oil but not swimming in it.) Place it on a large serving platter.

3. Serve.

When salmon is cooked, let it sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then use a long metal spatula to place it atop the fennel on the serving platter.

Kids Can!

  • Arrange lemon slices on salmon
  • Stir fennel

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