Getting tired of eating the same side dishes? Then try our delicious Easy Sauteed Broccolini as an alternative to a healthy side dish that will complement any entrée. Broccolini is sauteed with extra-virgin olive oil and lots of fresh garlic until they are tender to the bite. Easy, healthy, and loaded with flavor!
Broccolini is also known as baby broccoli. They can be found in most supermarkets in the produce section and they come in small bunches.
Broccolini is a perfect vegetable to serve as a side dish, or you can eat it alone with some crusty bread as we prefer it at times. Whether you steam, sauté or roast broccolini, they cook up in a matter of minutes!
Best of all, no need for any prep-work at all. They only require a good rinse in cold water and they’re ready to sauté.
We love that!
What is Broccolini?
Broccolini is part of the broccoli family. It is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli, with smaller florets and longer stems.
In addition, broccolini 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 and it not over-cooked, they have a delicious crunchy texture to them.
Nowadays, broccolini is considered to be among the ‘super-foods,’ and as a vegetable, it is rich in Vitamins C, A, iron, and folate. A healthy vegetable to serve your family as a side dish that will complement any meat, poultry, or fish.
Our family loves this dish, we hope you will too!
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Ingredients Needed for EASY Sautéed Broccolini:
2 bunches Broccolini, ends slightly cut off
4 large garlic cloves, sliced
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
Optional: 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. sea salt
fresh black pepper to taste
Directions to Make Broccolini:
1. Rinse broccolini in cold water, drain and set aside.
2. 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.
3. Immediately add the broccolini, sauté for one minute. Then 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 slightly crunchy.
COOK’s NOTES and TIPS!
Broccolini already comes cut and trimmed for you; therefore, you won’t have to do any prep work, except rinsing then drain.
While sautéing, keep an eye on them. When they turn bright dark green, this means they are almost ready, so give a taste. Then decide if you think they need to cook a little longer or so. You want the broccoli to have a nice tender bite and a little crunch to them.
These have NO-bitter taste, and your family will enjoy this broccolini for years to come.
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