Easy Broccolini Recipe

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My easy broccolini recipe is a great way to add some variety to your meals and try out a new veggie in the process!

Sauteed broccolini in a pan with lemon slices

A versatile vegetable that can be used in place of broccoli, broccolini has a similar taste and texture to broccoli but with longer stems and smaller florets. It has become increasingly popular in recent years and is now available at many grocery stores. It’s also easy to prepare and can be used in many dishes.

In this post, I’m going to show you the best way to cook broccolini for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

What Is Broccolini

Broccolini, although often called baby broccoli, is not broccoli. However, both are members of the Brassica family, which means they’re related to cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. They have the same nutrient-packed, vitamin-rich profile as other Brassica veggies, but there are some differences between broccoli and broccolini.

Broccolini vs broccoli

One of the most notable differences is that broccoli has a strong flavor that’s often described as savory or nutty. Broccolini is milder in flavor than broccoli and also has a slightly sweeter taste. Their appearance is also a little different, with broccolini having longer tender stems that are usually eaten, whereas broccoli has larger florets with tougher stems.

Broccolini has a lot of health benefits, including both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some research also suggests that it supports heart health and possibly helps to control blood sugar levels. It’s also rich in fiber and low in sugar and sodium!

How to Cook Broccolini

This easy side dish recipe relies on just a couple of ingredients and easy steps. So let’s jump straight in.

Ingredients

Learning how to cook broccolini in a pan doesn’t have to be complicated. For this simple recipe, here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Broccolini: You can buy frozen, but fresh broccolini is best.
  • Olive oil: I love using extra virgin olive oil. You can also use unsalted butter, ghee, or your preferred oil.
  • Lemon: You want a fresh lemon to garnish and add a squeeze of lemon juice when serving.
  • Garlic: One clove will be fine.
  • Salt and Pepper: just season to taste. You can also add red pepper flakes or your favorite spices/seasoning blends.
Ingredients for sautéing broccolini

Instructions

First things first – how to prepare broccolini. Rinse it under cold water and then pat dry to remove any excess moisture. Trim about ½ inch off from the bottom of the stem.

Next, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the broccolini to the pot and cook for around 1-2 minutes or until tender with a bit of a bite. If you prefer them softer, cook for an extra minute or two. The veggies should retain their bright green color.

Once ready, drain well.

Steps for blanching broccolini

While it is boiling, thinly slice or chop the garlic.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Then add the garlic and saute for around 1 minute. Stir constantly, making sure it doesn’t burn.

Increase the heat to high, add the broccolini to the garlic and oil, and toss to thoroughly coat the veggie. Sauté for another minute or so.

Season with salt and pepper. You can serve it warm or at room temperature with either slices or wedges of lemon for extra flavor.

Sauteeing broccolini with some garlic

Serve with your favorite protein (air fryer steak, chicken, fish) and alongside rice, poached eggs, or other veggies.

FAQs

What’s the difference between baby broccolini and normal broccolini?

Broccolini is a hybrid of Chinese broccoli and regular broccoli. It has a similar flavor to the Chinese version but is much more tender than the normal broccoli you may be used to. The leaves are also more tender and softer than the rest of the plant, so they’re often used in salads or stir-fries where they’ll be eaten raw.

Can you eat broccolini raw?

In general, it is edible raw. However, the stalk may be tough and fibrous, so cooking broccolini before eating it is best. The leaves may also be a bit tough if eaten raw, but they’re still safe to eat.

Is broccolini healthier than broccoli?

Broccolini has slightly more phosphorus, manganese, and calcium than broccoli, as well as nearly four times more vitamin A than normal broccoli! 

Sauteed broccolini in a pan

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Easy Broccolini Recipe

5 from 4 votes
By: Samira
My easy broccolini recipe is a great way to add some variety to your meals and try out a new veggie in the process!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 
 

  • 7 oz broccolini
  • 4 cups water to blanch the broccolini; with added 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • lemon for garnish

Instructions 

  • Rinse the broccolini under cold water and then pat dry to remove any excess moisture. Trim about ½ inch off from the bottom of the stem.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccolini to the pot and cook for around 1-2 minutes or until tender with a bit of a bite. If you prefer them softer, cook for an extra minute or two. The veggies should retain their bright green color.
    Once ready, drain well.
  • While it is boiling, thinly slice or chop the garlic.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Then add the garlic and saute for around 1 minute. Stir constantly, making sure it doesn't burn.
  • Increase the heat to high, add the broccolini to the garlic and oil, and toss to thoroughly coat the veggie. Sauté for another minute or so.
    Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Notes

This is best enjoyed immediately. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 days. You can add them cold to salads or omelets or reheat them (in the microwave at 30-second intervals or on the stovetop over medium heat until heated through). 
 
Check the blog post for more tips and answers to top FAQs!
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: 8-10 Months
Shelf life: 3-5 Days

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 643mg, Potassium: 10mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1753IU, Vitamin C: 92mg, Calcium: 89mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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