A Simple & Delicious Broccolini Recipe

Updated on November 14, 2017
The finished dish - simple but flavorful!
The finished dish - simple but flavorful!
3.6 stars from 5 ratings of Simple Broccolini

While often confused with baby broccoli, broccolini is a broccoli variant, with long stalks and freer heads than classic "stumpy" broccoli. It's actually a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli (gai lan). However, you can easily make this same recipe with baby broccoli, too.

I've seen it plenty of times at Trader Joe's and marveled at its gorgeous green color (for less than $3 for a pack). I have a recipe that is really delicious that's appropriate for its Italian name. It's also simple, and you can be done from beginning to end in less than 15 minutes.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 4


  • 1 bunch Broccolini, (or Baby Broccoli)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, diced
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. (or to taste) Salt
  • 1 tsp. (or to taste) Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Toss in some salt.
  2. Cut the broccolini in half, with the stalks in one pile and the heads in another.
  3. When the water starts to boil, throw in the stalks.
  4. After 3 minutes, throw in the heads, too.
  5. After a total cooking time of 8 minutes, drain the broccolini in a colander. The color should be a vibrant green.
  6. Over a medium flame, add olive oil to the dry sauce pan.
  7. Add the minced/diced garlic and fry for about a minute, just long enough for the garlic to soften (do not allow it to brown).
  8. Add the broccolini and toss while stir-frying, for 1 minute. Toss in red pepper flakes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 52
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 4 g
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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        CindyE 24 months ago

        Made this last night. It was the first time I had cooked broccolini. It was delicious and a great compliment to linguine with clam sauce, which also contained garlic and crushed red pepper.

        Will definitely be making this a lot.

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        Hector Henry 5 years ago

        I wore looking for something like this. Thanks.

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for your recipe.

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        brettb 7 years ago from London

        Broccoli and delicious on the same web page? Now I really have seen everything lol.

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        jstankevicz 7 years ago from Cave Creek

        Thanks for the recipe livelonger. I love broccolini. I take the time to peel off the outer skin of the stalk with a potato peeler. They cook quicker and, for me, taste better. I like your addition of red pepper flakes. Sounds like dinner calling!

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        Jason Menayan 7 years ago from San Francisco

        Thanks everyone. Vic, I think you mean calorie for calorie, not pound for pound. But point taken. :)

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        vic 7 years ago

        Sounds delicious. I must try it. It also has, pound for pound, more protein than beef!

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        gredmondson 7 years ago from San Francisco, California

        Livelonger, thanks for the recipe. It could be done with regular broccoli and cauliflower, too.

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        India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

        Tasty! My very favorite veggi is brocc! This one is going in my recipe folder!