Fiddleheads Recipe With Garlic Lemon Butter: This Fern Is Fabulous by 30Seconds Food

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Fiddleheads Recipe With Garlic Lemon Butter: This Fern Is Fabulous

We think it's time you stop fiddling around and try a fiddlehead fern. No joke! Fiddlehead ferns are loaded with potential health benefits. Fiddleheads are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and iron, to name a few. (Read more about the health benefits of fiddleheads.)

Fiddleheads taste like asparagus, spinach and green beans. If you like those vegetables, give them a try! Not sure how to cook fiddleheads? This easy recipe was inspired by a fiddlehead recipe from Cooked in a lemon garlic butter, these fiddleheads make the perfect side dish for fish, chicken or beef.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound fiddlehead ferns, washed several times, peeled and any brown papery skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the cleaned fiddleheads in boiling water for about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and rinse them well. 
  2. Melt the olive oil and butter together in a large skillet. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the fiddleheads. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice and zest. Cook about 2 to 3 more minutes. 

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Never heard of these but they sound like they’re worth trying!
Elisa Schmitz
This reminds me of one of our favorite wines, Fiddlehead. I am so curious about this recipe and can't wait to try them!
Hmm ...I just read that these are now costing 10-15 dollar a pound. I guess inflation has gotten everything !
Elisa Schmitz
I wonder if they may always have been a bit pricey, Tex , because they're apparently not easy to find. Check out what Joy Stephenson-Laws JD has to say about them in her article: health: Health Benefits of Fiddlehead Fern: Stop Fiddling With Your Diet & Try Fiddleheads

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