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5 from 3 votes

Sweet Fennel Sausage Recipe

Sweet fennel sausage is delicious. It can be used for breakfast, soups, appetizers and more. The sweet-salty combination works well with the nuttiness from the toasted fennel seeds. Yum.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Scott G


Sweet Fennel Sausage Ingredients

  • 1 LB Ground Pork
  • 1 TSP Fresh Thyme chopped
  • 1 Medium Fennel Bulb
  • 2 TBSP organic or grass fed butter
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves Roasted Garlic
  • 1 TSP Fennel Seeds
  • 1/4 TSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 TSP Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper


Toasting the Fennel Seeds

  • Heat a dry pan over medium high heat.
  • Add the fennel seeds and keep a close eye on them. When they begin to turn brown, stir to avoid burning.
  • Once they have turned brown, remove from the heat and set aside.

Preparing the Fennel

  • Cut off the fronds and stalks
  • Slice the fennel through the middle from top to bottom
  • Remove the core
  • Slice the remaining fennel bulb thinly
  • Using a heavy skillet, add the butter and olive oil. Heat over medium high heat until the butter is melted. Add the raw fennel and a pinch of kosher salt.
  • Cook the fennel for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally until it begins to brown. Then reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue to cook until completely caramelized.
  • Remove the fennel from the pan and rough chop.

Making the Sweet Sausage Fennel mixture

  • In a bowl, add the pork, fennel, thyme, roasted garlic, toasted fennel seeds, balsamic vinegar, salt and 8-10 grinds of pepper.
  • Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Make a small "tester" sausage patty. Cook thoroughly and adjust the seasonings.

Cooking the Sweet Fennel Sausage

  • Okay, so make up a bunch of sausage patties. The shouldn't be too thick otherwise they will take forever to cook through.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, heat some olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add in the sausage patties.
  • Cover the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the sausage patties with tongs and recover. Cook for another 4-5 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


Calories: 268kcal