Fiddleheads Sautéed with Garlic + Herbs

Fiddleheads Sautéed with Garlic + Herbs

Recipe by Emma Frisch

• Prep Time: 10 minutes
• Cook time: 10 minutes
• Yield: About 6 side servings
• Allergens: dairy

Fiddleheads could vaguely resemble the cross-bred offspring of asparagus, chard and string beans. Bottom line: they are delish! This wild edible is packed with omegas, antioxidants, potassium and fiber. According to the New York Times recent article on Breeding the Nutrition out of our Food, fiddleheads are the sort of rich vegetable we should be incorporating back into our diet, more and more. And you won’t regret it – not with this simple, celebratory dish!


• Butter or Ghee- 2.5 tablespoons
• Fiddleheads – 2.5 cups
• Garlic – 5-6 garlic cloves, finely minced
• Oregano – 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
• Basil – 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
• Rosemary – 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
• Thyme – 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped


1. Melt the butter or ghee over medium heat in a large skillet.
2. Add the fiddleheads and sear until they begin to brown and turn a brighter shade of green.
3. Add the garlic and saute until the garlic begins to brown.
4. Add the herbs, toss for about 1 minute and remove the fiddleheads from the heat.
5. Transfer to a serving bowl and dish out!

For more recipes by Emma Frisch, visit her food blog at

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2 thoughts on “Fiddleheads Sautéed with Garlic + Herbs”

    • Len,

      You can find harvested fiddlehead ferns in farmer’s markets, health food stores, and some specialty grocery stores.


      LifeSpa Staff


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