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Fiddlehead ferns in a green bowl on a brown table with lemons and white napkin the sides

Fiddleheads - a Delicious, Spring Delicacy

Fiddleheads are a delicious, spring delicacy with a sweet, earthy flavor.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 101 kcal


  • Large Skillet


  • 1 pound Fiddleheads
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Rinse them well and trim off the ends.
  • Place them in a large skillet and cover with water.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Place them in a colander and drain.
  • Add the fiddleheads, oil, salt, and pepper to the skillet and saute for about 5 minutes.


There are many ways to add some spectacular flavor to fiddleheads, while sauteing.
Consider adding one or more of the following:
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • a dash of red pepper flakes


Serving: 4.Calories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 147mgPotassium: 420mgVitamin A: 4102IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fiddlehead Ferns, Fiddleheads, How to Cook Fiddleheads, Sauteed Fiddleheads
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