Vegetable Sides/ Vegetarian Recipes

EASY Sauteed Broccolini

Broccolini sautéed with extra-virgin olive oil, lots of garlic, hot pepper, and vegetable broth until they’re tender, and the garlic is crispy golden brown.  A healthy green vegetable with a tender crunch, garlicky flavor and a little heat in every bite!  Delish!

Broccolini is also known as baby broccoli. They can be found in most supermarkets and they come in small bunches.

This is a perfect vegetable to serve as a side dish and it goes well with any meat, poultry or fish.  Whether you steam, sauté or roast them, they cook up in a matter of minutes!  No need for any prep-work at all, only a good rinse is needed, and they’re ready to sauté.  We love that!

Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli, with smaller florets and longer stems.  It has a similar appearance to the broccoli rabe, but they’re not bitter like the rabe.  They are sweeter in taste, which is ideal if you are cooking this broccoli for the kids. 

Nowadays, broccolini are considered to be among the “super-food” greens, a vegetable that is rich in Vitamins C, A,  iron and folate.  A healthy vegetable to serve your family often!  Our family loves this dish!

EASY Sautéed Broccolini


Rinse broccolini  in cold water, and set aside. In a large non stick skillet, and on medium heat,  heat olive oil.  Add garlic, crushed red pepper (optional), and sauté until garlic turns golden, about 1 minute.

Immediately add the broccolini, sauté for one minute.  Add the broth and cover with a lid for about 3 to 5 minutes, turning once. When the broth is mostly absorbed, turn off the heat, add salt & pepper to taste and serve.  Broccolini should be tender and lightly crunchy.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

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    February 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    This is such a perfect simple side dish!

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      February 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Joanne! We think so too!

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    Marin mama cooks
    February 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Hi gals! We have broccoli rabe or broccolini, it's all the same to me, at least 2x a week in our house. Our favorite way is to blanch it and then sautee it with shallots. So good. I love your idea as well. Can't wait to try it as broccoli rabe is one of our favorite year round vegetables.

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      February 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Jackie! We do too! We make broccoli every week as well. Your way of making it with the shallots sounds really good too, we'll have to try it that way one day. Have a great day !xxoo

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    February 20, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Love this! One of my favorite veggies but my husband hates it! I will have to reform him because I love your method of preparing this!

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      February 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks Abbe, if you like broccoli rabe, we make it the same exact way, adding some chicken broth to cut the bitterness to minimal. I hope our recipe can persuade your husband. Let us know if it works! Have a great day!

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    Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen
    February 20, 2014 at 11:32 am

    We certainly need to eat more green vegetables and I am so glad to learn broccolini is not as bitter as broccoli rabe. Love your seasonings of garlic and some heat from the red pepper. Very lovely dish.

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      February 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Sam, we hope you enjoy the broccolini as much as we do!
      Have a wonderful day! xxoo anna and liz

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I love a simple delicious recipe! Your photos are outstanding and make me crave green!

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      February 21, 2014 at 3:24 am

      Thank you Tricia, but we know your photos are unsurpassed! have a great weekend!

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