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Broccolini 3 Ways (15 minutes!)

This post shows you how to cook broccolini using three different methods- sautéing, grilling and roasting. Simple, healthy, and flavorful, they are perfect served as a side dish.

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Mastering the basics in the kitchen can make you a more confident and efficient cook. I’ve shared tutorials for how to cook asparagus, and how to cook sweet potatoes in the past, but this post shows you how to cook an extremely underrated veggie- broccolini!

three plates of broccolini, cooked in different ways

Broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli (1). With thin, elongated stems, broccolini tastes similarly to broccoli, but is more tender in texture, and slightly sweeter in flavor.

Broccolini is a great addition to your diet, and is rich in fibre, Vitamins A and C, as well as several minerals (2).

When cooked the right way, broccolini can be an elegant side dish with delicious flavor. Pair it with herb crusted broiled salmon, or perfect backed chicken thighs for a simple, healthy meal.

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Reasons you’ll love broccolini

  • it’s an elegant, healthy side dish (more tender and sweet than broccoli)
  • these recipes can be prepped and cooked in under 15 minutes
  • it’s low carb, gluten-free, vegan, and a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals

Recipe video

Watch the video below to see exactly how I prepped these three broccolini recipes. It’s so easy! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel, or on Facebook.

Preparing broccolini

Mann's broccolini package, to be used in broccolini recipe

Wash- Before you get started with cooking, remove the broccolini from the package, and wash under cool tap water.

Arrange the broccolini on a clean tea towel and pat it gently to dry.

Remove leaves- If there are leaves attached to the stems of your broccolini, pull them off and discard.

Trim ends- Slice off the very bottom tip of the broccolini stem (1/4 inch or so). We will be cooking the entire broccolini (including stems) so don’t trim too much off!

How to cook broccolini

Like broccoli, broccolini can be cooked many different ways: sauteed, steamed, roasted, grilled, and (probably, though I haven’t tried) air fried.

Broccolini doesn’t take long to cook through (5-10 minutes cook time), and you don’t want to overcook it. The stems will still have some crunch when the florets are cooked through.

  • Roasted broccolini- 425°F for 10-12 minutes on a heavy sheet pan, and tossed in some olive oil.
  • Grilled broccolini- medium/high for 5-6 minutes. I highly recommend using a vegetable grilling plate so you don’t have to worry about your broccolini falling through the grates.
  • Sauteed broccolini- 5 minutes uncovered in some olive oil, 5 minutes covered. I used a standard non-stick pan.

Scroll to the recipe card for three recipes to roast, grill or sauté broccolini

plate with sauteed broccolini with brown butter sauce and almonds

Flavors that work well

Not only are there a variety of ways to cook broccolini, but there are also so many different flavors that go well with it!

  • feta or parmesan cheese
  • lemon and lime juice
  • balsamic vinegar or reduction
  • garlic or ginger
  • almonds or sesame seeds
  • olive oil or butter
  • soy sauce

Recipe ideas

The broccolini recipes that I’m sharing in the recipe card below are 1) Roasted with balsamic vinegar and parmesan, 2) grilled with chili and lime, and 3) sauteed with brown butter and almonds.

There are so many other delicious ways you can enjoy your broccolini, too!

More easy side dishes

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overhead shot of 3 ways to cook broccolini on white plates

Print Recipe

How To Cook Broccolini- 3 Ways

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Calories: 134kcal

Servings: 3

How to cook broccolini- three simple recipes to get a healthy side dish on your table quickly! Roasted broccolini with balsamic vinegar and parmesan, grilled broccolini with chili and lime, and sauteed broccolini with brown butter and almonds.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time15 mins


Sauteed Broccolini with Brown Butter &Almonds

Grilled Broccolini with Chili & Lime

Roasted Broccolini with Balsamic Vinegar & Parmesan


Sauteed Broccolini with Brown Butter &Almonds

  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the broccolini and season with salt and pepper. 

  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes. 

  • Cover and let it steam for 5 minutes, or until the broccolini is bright green and tender.

  • While broccolini is cooking, melt butter in a small saucepan. Simmer, swirling the pan occasionally, for 5 or so minutes, until you can see small brown flecks and smell a nutty, toasted smell. 

  • Remove from heat immediately and pour over the broccolini.

  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds and serve immediately.

Grilled Broccolini with Chili & Lime

  • Heat grill over medium/high heat.

  • Toss broccolini with olive oil, sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, and season with salt & pepper. Toss to coat.

  • Arrange on a vegetable grilling plate and place lime slices on the broccolini.

  • Grill for 5-8 minutes, flipping halfway. Serve with lime wedges.

Roasted Broccolini with Balsamic Vinegar & Parmesan

  • Heat oven to 425°F. 

  • Toss broccolini with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic. Season with salt & pepper.

  • Arrange broccolini on a sheet pan. Pour any extra sauce and garlic over the florets.

  • Bake for 8-12 minutes, until broccolini is cooked to your liking.

  • Sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese and serve.


Serving: 1/3 portion of the brown butter broccolini | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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