This easy recipe features tender-crisp broccolini cooked with garlic and butter, then topped with lemon zest and fresh parsley. Sauteed broccolini takes minutes to make and it’s one of the tastiest ways to enjoy this healthy veggie.
Easy 10-Minute Sautéed Broccolini Recipe
Busy, busy, busy! That’s life these days, right? Somehow, I often find myself short on time, especially at the end of the day, when it’s time to get dinner ready. But, it’s still a priority to get some good, healthy meals on the table – I just need it to be fast and easy. Well, that’s this recipe in a nutshell!
This super-simple broccolini recipe is just perfect for those busy, time-crunch dinners! All you have to do is give your fresh broccolini a rinse, and cut off any tough stems. Then it’s ready for a quick saute in butter, with a blast of flavor from fresh garlic and lemon.
This is one that everyone will truly enjoy, it’s also healthy, and it only takes about ten minutes to make. A “win” in every way!
What is Broccolini?
You might be wondering, “Is broccolini the same as broccoli?” Well, sort of! It’s a hybrid between ordinary broccoli and its Chinese counterpart. The result is long, tender stalks with tight, crunchy florets.
But, the real question is, what does broccolini taste like? Good news there, too: it tastes just as delicious as regular broccoli, and maybe even better, with a slightly sweeter flavor.
Is broccolini healthy? You bet! It’s a great source of vitamins A and C, and it also contains folate, iron and potassium. On top of that, it’s a low-calorie vegetable, which can make it a great choice for those counting calories.
When you see a nice, short ingredient list, you know it’s gonna be a good dish, amirite? I love how easy and fast it is to get this on the table. Just make sure your veggies are fresh and don’t forget to grab a couple of lemons.
- Broccolini: For this recipe, you’ll need 1 to 1.5 pounds of fresh broccolini.
- Butter: I use a tablespoon of real butter for this sauté.
- Salt and Pepper: To taste.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic, lightly chopped, adds so much flavor!
- Water: A half a cup of water is needed for creating a steamy environment to tenderize the broccolini.
- Lemon Zest: This makes a lovely optional garnish.
- Lemon Wedges: Optional, for serving.
How to Cook Broccolini in a Pan
This dish comes together in one skillet for a quick prep. Be sure to have your skillet lid on hand, and take care not to let the butter burn while sautéing. Pro tip: add a touch of high-heat oil, like avocado oil, to the butter to help prevent scorching.
- Prep Broccolini: Rinse the broccolini well and pat it dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Cut off the bottom third of the broccolini stems and discard. Set the broccolini aside.
- Sauté Broccolini: Melt the pat of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is heated, add the prepared broccolini to the butter, and saute for 5 or 6 minutes, until the broccolini turns bright green and the stems and tops are lightly browned.
- Season: Season the dish with salt and pepper, then stir in the chopped garlic and toss lightly to coat.
- Steam: Add the water to the skillet and cover. This will trap the steam in the skillet. Cook this way for 1 to 2 minutes, or until broccolini is crisp-tender.
- Serve: Transfer the veggies to a serving dish, garnish with lemon zest and serve with lemon wedges.
Tips for the Best Sautéed Broccolini
Like most of my veggie side dishes, this one is fun and flexible. You can make substitutions and additions to tweak it to your taste. Just be sure to choose good, fresh veggies!
- Choose Fresh: Broccolini should have firm, tightly packed florets and fresh green stems that are firm and unblemished. Steer clear of yellowed, limp, or spotted stalks of broccolini.
- Substitutions: For a vegan version of this dish, you can simply use avocado oil, olive oil, or vegan butter. You can also use lime zest and wedges rather than lemon, and even use broccoli florets instead of broccolini!
- Mix-In Magic: Dress up the dish by adding sliced mushrooms with the broccolini, topping with freshly grated Parmesan, or garnishing with thinly julienned basil.
If you need something to serve with this broccolini side dish, you have to try one of these hearty entrees!
- Pork Marsala: This easy recipe for Creamy Pork Marsala goes perfectly with the lemon and garlic flavors of this yummy side dish!
- Short Ribs: Rich, savory and warming, my Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Ribs complement fresh, crisp-tender broccolini to perfection.
- Shakshuka: This delicious vegetarian Macedonian Shakshuka is made with roasted red pepper sauce, fresh eggs and feta. Yum! And the green, sautéed broccolini makes a perfect side for the rich red sauce.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
If you like having leftovers, you’re in luck! This dish keeps well in the fridge or freezer.
- To Refrigerate: Cool the broccolini to room temperature, and then place it into food storage bags or shallow, airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to two days.
- To Freeze: Cool the broccolini to room temperature and place it in freezer bags. Freeze for up to 9 months.
- To Reheat: thaw broccolini overnight in the refrigerator (if frozen). Then, heat a spoonful of olive oil in a skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add the broccolini and toss to coat. Cover and cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
Easy Sauteed Garlic Broccolini
- Rinse and pat dry the broccolini.
- Cut off the bottom third of the broccolini and discard. Set broccolini aside.
- Melt butter in a skillet set over medium-high heat.
- Once butter is heated, add broccolini to the butter and saute for 5 to 6 minutes, or until bright green and stems are lightly browned. Stir occasionally.
- Season broccolini with salt and pepper.
- Stir in garlic and toss around to coat.
- Add water to the skillet; cover and cook for 1-½ to 2 minutes, or until broccolini is crisp-tender.
- Transfer broccolini to a plate.
- Garnish with parsley and lemon zest; serve with lemon wedges.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
More Healthy Sides to Try
I have so many healthy side dish recipes that are packed with delicious flavors. Here are some other ones you’re sure to enjoy!