Fennel seeds have a liquorice like taste, sweeter & slightly less pungent & intense than liquorice.
Fennel seeds are a popular seasoning for a variety of dishes. You’ll find them flavouring pickles, meat, fish, seafood, herb-baked bread & more. Fennel goes particularly well with oily fish such as mackerel & salmon. In meats such as pork & lamb, add them into recipes for meatballs, burgers & fishcakes. Crush & add them to tomato based sauces & sprinkle over coleslaw, potato salads or Chinese style rice
You’ll get more flavour out of fennel seeds by grinding or dry frying them. To grind, either pound in a pestle & mortar or whizz up in a small, clean coffee grinder. To dry fry, heat up a pan, tip in the seeds & over a medium heat, brown for a couple of minutes, tossing them around the pan frequently.