Easy Garlic Broccolini

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Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, makes a fantastic, quick side dish and compliments just about anything from beef roasts, lamb, fish, turkey, chicken, lasagna and more.
Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, makes a fantastic, quick side dish and compliments just about anything from beef roasts, lamb, fish, turkey, chicken, lasagna and more.

It’s actually not a younger version of broccoli, but rather a natural hybrid between regular broccoli and a plant called Chinese broccoli. My family prefers it to broccoli and since it takes less time to cook, I make this at least once a week. It has longer, thin stalks with small florets – even my toddler eats it with no complaints!

The best part, it’s healthy and ready in under 10 minutes; so if you’re cooking for the holidays or just a meal for your family and need an easy side dish, this is it! You can double it or halve it as you need.

Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, makes a fantastic, quick side dish and compliments just about anything from beef roasts, lamb, fish, turkey, chicken, lasagna and more.
Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, makes a fantastic, quick side dish and compliments just about anything from beef roasts, lamb, fish, turkey, chicken, lasagna and more.
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Easy Garlic Broccolini

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43 Cals 1 Protein 2 Carbs 3 Fats
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 6
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, makes a fantastic, quick side dish and compliments just about anything from beef roasts, lamb, fish, turkey, chicken, lasagna and more.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches broccolini
  • 6 cloves peeled garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  • Trim about 1 1/2 inches off broccolini stems and discard. Slice the broccolini in half lengthwise.
  • Bring pot of water to a boil. When boiling, add broccolini and cook 2 minutes. Quickly drain and run under cold water to stop it from cooking.
  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and garlic and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Add the drained broccolini, season with kosher salt to taste and red pepper flakes (optional), and cook 1 minute, or until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of recipe, Calories: 43kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 14mg, Fiber: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 1
Green Smart Points: 1
Purple Smart Points: 1
Points +: 1
Keywords: easy side, garlic broccolini, gluten free side dish, quick, vegetariean
Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, makes a fantastic, quick side dish and compliments just about anything from beef roasts, lamb, fish, turkey, chicken, lasagna and more.
Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, makes a fantastic, quick side dish and compliments just about anything from beef roasts, lamb, fish, turkey, chicken, lasagna and more.

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  1. This was fabulous! I served it with your cedar plank salmon, and brown rice and quinoa from Costco. I’ve never tried broccolini before. It is now my favorite vegetable. I can’t wait to have this again. I ate all the leftovers while cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. Absolutely delicious!

  2. Simple and delicious,!

  3. My new favorite way to make broccolini! I used to always roast it but it is more tender using this method. Thanks.

  4. I make this recipe all of the time – it is simple and delicious!

  5. Not quite sure where I erred, be it the bunches of brocolini I picked, my equipment, or my technique, but by the end of the recipe, the broccolini was a little soggy and bland. HOWEVER! I sprayed a very thin pan with a little olive oil, and put the broccolini in the oven at 400 for a twominutes. It crisped right up and got a lot of great flavor. Everyone loved it! This, of course, could be entirely attributed to personal preference. Was still very easy and totally perfect with the Skinnytaste Filet Mignon for Two (delectable and easy). Would recommend! Love Skinnytaste! =D

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  7. If I use regular broccoli for this recipe, how long would I boil it? This looks delicious and I hope to fix it tonight with the baked chicken parm!

  8. Making this now! 
    Two tiny editing notes:
    Ingredient list does not include kosher salt which is included in directions. 
    Directions don’t include pinch red pepper flakes (optional).

  9. Feeling lazy today. Do I have to do the 2 minute boil, drain and cool; or may I do the sautéing in olive oil a little longer like 3-4 minutes?
    I love and trust all of your recipes!
    Thanks,

  10. Where do I find this is Canada (British Columbia)

  11. This is really the best, simplest way to make broccolini. Made it tonight, and have several times before. The only change I make is to add a pat of butter at the end. I prefer broccolini with the slimmest stalks possible = most tender. If you find it, you don't even have to cut the stems in half.

  12. I actually made this tonight. It was the most delicious broccoli we've ever had here at home. For a little extra, I added a tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce and halved some baby roma tomatoes to this after taking it out of the pan. Yummy! And I've been asked to put this on the weekly veggie rotation!

  13. Delicious! First time cooking with broccolini, glad I found this recipe. Awesome!

  14. I found Broccolini at Wegman's in Virginia. I made this tonight. SOOOO YUMMY! It was so GREEN and tender but not overdone. I am SO IMPRESSED.

  15. Yum – I'm making this with broccoli tonight!

  16. I made this using regular broccoli & it was fabulous! Thanks for another great recipe!

  17. This and brocoli rabe are things I miss from NJ! I can only find brocolini at Whole Foods here in NM. Now I want this!

    PS – making your leg of lamb for Christmas and am so excited! It's delicious!

    Steph

  18. Delicious

  19. The recipe look yummy and healthy.

  20. Broccoli is actually my favorite vegetable and I eat it with every meal, but this looks really good. I'll definitely be giving it a try! I've made so many of your recipes and your blog has seriously helped me stay on the WW plan.

  21. Anonymous12/20 6:25, I found broccolini at Wegmans in MD. Safeway and Shoppers didn't have any.

  22. wow, this looks so glistening and delicious!

  23. Is broccolini the same as rapini?

  24. Anything green – I add a squeeze of lemon juice right before serving. Takes the dish to a new level! : )

  25. Mmm. Looks deee- licious!

  26. I love broccolini! Alas, at least in my part of the world, it's really expensive.

  27. Congrats on making top 20!

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/recipes-that-won-pinterest-2013

  28. Where could I find Broccolini? I am down in MD so I am not sure what produce would carry that item down here….

  29. I am definitely pinning, sharing and making! Looks so yummy.

    sincerely,
    www.boardingtogether.blogspot.com