Cucumber with Fennel

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Simply Delicious 2

Simply Delicious 2

By Darina Allen

Published 1990

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Many people love cucumber raw, but few think of cooking it as a vegetable. It is quite delicious prepared in this way and particularly good with fish.


  • 1 oz (30 g/¼ stick) butter
  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • ½ teasp. snipped fresh fennel
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


Dice the cucumber into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan or casserole, toss in the cucumber and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover and sweat over a low heat until just soft, 20 minutes approx. Stir occasionally. Add some snipped fresh fennel. Taste and correct the seasoning if necessary.

(Cucumber may be cut into dice, rounds or turned in barrel shapes.)