Dairy Farmers of Canada

Caramelized Fennel and Grilled Queso Fresco

Our dietitians' favourite

Hot new taste trend: Cheeses made for grilling!

More and more Canadian cheese makers are creating traditional cheeses like Queso Fresco, Paneer and Halloumi. If you haven’t discovered them yet, it’s time to find out how delicious and versatile they are.

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cooking: 20 min - 25 min
Yields 6 - 8 servings
caramelized fennel and grilled queso fresco


  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Queso Fresco cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) melted butter
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chives
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 fennel bulb sliced
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Preheat oven to 500 °F (260 °C).

Spread out Queso Fresco on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Grill in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove from the oven and lower the heat to 450 °F (230 °C).

On another parchment-lined baking sheet, mix all the other ingredients and cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until fennel is tender and caramelized. Serve with the grilled Queso Fresco.


Cheese alternatives: Canadian Paneer, Halloumi

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 108 Calories
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrate: 5 g
Fat: 8 g
Fibre: 0.9 g
Sodium: 231 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 15 % / 164 mg
Phosphorus: 11 %
Selenium: 11 %
Vitamin B12: 22 %
Vitamin D: 15 %