Fennel Oil

Kyle Itani of Itani Ramen uses this delicate, anise-scented oil to top off his home-style chicken ramen.

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Fennel Oil Fennel Oil
A delicate, anise-scented finishing oil.
Yield: makes 1 cup
Time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 piece green fennel stalk with fronts attached (2 oz.)
  • 4 pieces star anise
  • Green onion trimmings from above
  • 2 cloves garlic


  1. Put all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer over very low heat for 1 hour. Remove from heat and cool completely before straining.