This recipe is private


Russ Myers


The tender shoots of ferns that grow along mossy creek banks are one of spring's rare treats. Most highly prized is the cinnamon fern, which tastes of both asparagus and artichoke. Bracken and ostrich ferns are good, too, though tougher and saltier. Canned ferns are available in specialty shops, but the best are those you pick fresh yourself.


★★★★★ 2 votes

4 servings
10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

2 C. ferns, prepared for cooking
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1/2 C. boiling water
1/4 C. melted butter

How to Make Ferns


  • 1Sort and discard any ferns that are discolored. Cut off the stems (you want only the tightly curled "heads"). Wash carefully in cool water to remove all traces of sand. Place ferns in a saucepan along with salt, pepper, and boiling water. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until tender. Drain well, add butter and toss lightly to mix.

Printable Recipe Card

About Ferns

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

Show 3 Comments & Reviews

15 Homemade Coleslaw Recipes

15 Homemade Coleslaw Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Tangy? Creamy? Original? Unique? Whichever type of coleslaw you prefer, we have a recipe for you! We guarantee you’ll find a recipe that’s perfect for a summer dinner side or...

Let's Talk Turkey! Recipe

Let's Talk Turkey!

Kitchen Crew

The star of Thanksgiving dinner can be finicky to make and a tad daunting. There's nothing worse than serving guests a dry turkey. Prepare one of these mouthwatering recipes and...

Say Goodbye To Canned Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Say Goodbye to Canned Cranberry Sauce

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

6 homemade cranberry sauce recipes that are so simple you'll never grab a can again!