This is a very simple and delicious dish. Salmon and fennel are natural allies in the wild. The bold flavors of anise that the fennel brings can stand up to the fatty fish quite well. By cooking them together, the salmon only just slightly takes on the hints of fennel and its adds another dimension. There are some people who can't stand the taste of raw fennel, which I guess I can understand. It is quite strong. But when you cook it down, it become much softer in flavor and texture and is an excellent side dish to this meal. The other bonus is that you've got a one-pan meal here. Just add a side salad and dinner is ready. Also, since you are cooking the salmon in the oven, the whole house won't smell like a fish market for the next week. Everybody wins.
1 lb. salmon
1 head fennel
salt and pepper
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes until the salmon is cooked through and the fennel is beginning to brown.
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