Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns

sautéed fiddlehead ferns on a white plate

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Fiddlehead ferns are a sign spring has arrived. This simple sautéed fiddlehead fern recipe is an easy way to enjoy the foraged vegetable.


  • ½ lb fiddlehead ferns, rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp soy sauce


  1. Prep the fiddleheads: After rinsing, trim any brown ends from the fiddlehead ferns.
  2. Boil the fiddlehead ferns for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside for a couple minutes.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic, and sauté for about 1 minute.
  4. Sauté: Add the fiddlehead ferns to the skillet. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring in the soy sauce close to the end of the 5 minutes. The fiddlehead ferns are ready to serve with the rest of your meal.


  • Trim the brown ends off the fiddlehead ferns before cooking.
  • Fiddleheads should be boiled before sautéeing. 

Keywords: fiddlehead ferns, sautéed fiddleheads

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