Prepare this Easy Sautéed Broccolini With Garlic and Lemon in only 10 minutes! It’s a bright, flavorful, and vibrant veggie side dish that pairs perfectly with weeknight meals.Jump to Recipe
Who would have thought a deliciously flavored side dish only required simple ingredients?
This Easy Sautéed Broccolini With Garlic and Lemon is so flavorful, bright, and vibrant! It’s a 10-minute recipe with simple ingredients you can serve with weeknight dinners or at your holiday celebrations. Pair it with fish, steak, and chicken for a healthy and nutrient-packed meal!
This side dish is a total breeze to prepare and cook. Once your ingredients are prepped, sautée them all in a skillet for a few minutes and serve! Quick, easy, and flavorful enough to please almost anyone.
Serve this easy sautéed broccolini on its own dressed in olive oil or pesto, or on the side of Baked Salmon or Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto.
What is broccolini?
This bright green and healthy vegetable looks just like a baby version of broccoli. It’s actually a hybrid of broccoli and gai lan (Chinese broccoli), and sometimes goes by the name, “baby broccoli” (how fitting!). It’s part of the brassica family, where you’ll find broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage as well.
Broccolini has long stems and small florets. Its taste is similar to broccoli, except it’s less bitter and has a touch of sweetness. Broccolini also has many health benefits and is a source of vitamin c, beta-carotene, fiber, and much more.
Broccolini can be cooked in almost any way you can imagine. It tastes great panfried with garlic butter and lemon, throw it on the grill with seafood or steak, or roast it in the oven with more veggies. Cook it any way you would cook broccoli!
Broccolini vs. broccoli rabe
No, these two vegetables are not the same. Broccoli rabe (or rapini) is a leafy vegetable with thin stalks, buds, and a bitter taste. The buds look similar to broccoli or broccolini but are much smaller.
Ingredients you need
All you need are 6 easy ingredients to make this flavorful side dish.
This is what you need:
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
How to make easy sautéed broccolini
This is a great time-saving side dish that’s ready in just 10 minutes. You get so much flavor for such little effort!
Here’s how to make it:
- Place everything in a hot skillet: Heat your large skillet with oil over medium-high heat and sauté the broccolini, lemon slices, salt, and garlic slices. Cook for around 7 minutes, moving the skillet continuously to ensure nothing burns.
- Add the water: Pour the water into the skillet. After a couple minutes, the water will cook off and the broccolini stems will soften.
- Serve: Serve the sautéed broccolini with an extra drizzle of olive oil on a platter with dinner and enjoy!
Helpful recipe tips
- Prepare the broccolini for cooking by trimming the end of the stems. You can also cut each broccolini bunch in half if they’re too thick.
- Slice the lemons and garlic cloves into thin slices before adding them to the skillet.
- Sautéeing the broccolini in a little water right before it finishes cooking helps the stiff stems to soften and takes away the need to parboil the vegetables.
- Make this recipe oil-free and replace the olive oil with an extra 4 tablespoons of water.
- Test the firmness of the broccolini by poking it with a fork at it cooks. You want the fork to pierce the thickest point somewhat easily.
- Toss the broccolini and garlic every minute or so in the pan so it doesn’t burn. This also helps to fully coat everything in the oil and lemon juice.
- You’ll know the broccolini is ready when it turns to a rich, bright green color. If the color dulls, that means it’s overdone but can still be eaten.
- Can’t find broccolini? Feel free to make this recipe with regular broccoli or broccoli rabe instead.
How to serve
Garlic and lemon broccolini is a side dish that’s bursting with flavor. It goes well next to crispy skinned salmon or added into a sushi poke bowl. Try it with steak and rib eye, or to compliment a baked chicken breast or Mediterranean chicken and orzo pasta.
You can also enjoy this dish on its own as a light lunch. Dress it up with parmesan cheese, a homemade pesto or chimichurri sauce, or topped with chopped nuts for a little protein.
If you end up with leftover cooked broccolini, store it in an airtight container or sealed bag in the fridge. It should stay fresh for up to 1 week.
Leftovers can be reheated in a skillet or the microwave until warmed through. Feel free to add in a little water or oil, garlic, and lemon for added flavor.
More veggie side dishes
Make sure to include this side dish and more to fill your weeknight meals with plenty of vegetables:
- Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
- Easy And Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Mediterranean Chopped Salad
- Cucumber Salad
- Sautéed Baby Bok Choy
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Easy Sautéed Broccolini With Garlic and Lemon
- Trim the ends from the broccolini. Cut the bunches in half if the stems are too thick. Slice the lemon and garlic into thin slices.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, broccolini, lemon slices, salt, and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 5-7 minutes, moving everything around every minute or so so nothing burns.
- Pour in the 4 tablespoons of water. Cook for another 2 minutes while the water cooks off and the stems soften.
- Place everything from the skillet on a platter to serve. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
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