What Is Broccolini?
Broccolini is a healthy green vegetable and a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese gai lan (Chinese broccoli).
When you have a hybrid, the taste combines the best of both vegetables.
Broccolini has smaller florets and much longer and thinner stems. The florets have more of a bite and the stems are crunchy.
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This healthy vegetable is always available in my neighborhood grocery stores and farmers market.
It’s in season now so I decided to make this easy recipe of garlic butter sauteed broccolini.
The recipe takes only 10 minutes to make from start to finish.
How to Cook Broccolini?
The best way to cook is a simple saute in a pan with simple ingredients below:
- Ground black pepper
- Lemon juice
Cooking broccolini takes only a few minutes so the vegetables retains its original flavors and fresh good taste.
This healthy vegetable is packed full of nutrition and vitamins with many health benefits.
It’s very low in calories, with only 37 calories in one cup of serving. It has zero cholesterol and almost no fat.
You can learn all about its nutrition here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Steam, Bake or Roast Broccolini?
Yes, you sure can. There are many ways to cook the vegetable. Steamed, baked and roasted broccoli are some of the best ways to cook the vegetable.
Broccoli Rabe Vs Broccolini
Are they the same? No, they are not. Both are completely different from each other.
Broccoli rape is a leafy vegetable while the latter has stalks and florets, with no leaves.
Below is the picture comparing the two vegetables. Source: Twitter.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 100 calories per serving. Try this garlic butter sauteed broccolini for your dinner tonight!
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This meal is best served with a main dish. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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Broccolini with Garlic Butter
- 1 lb. broccolini
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- salt (to taste)
- ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1 squirt lemon juice
- Trim the bottom part of the broccolini stems, about 1/2 inch.
- Heat up a skillet on medium heat and add the butter. Saute the garlic until they turn light brown before adding the broccolini. Toss with a spatula to combine well with the garlic.
- Add salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Add a few squirts of lemon juice. Once the stems of the broccolini become tender, remove from heat and serve immediately.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
Tried this with something labelled baby broccoli, but looked like broccolini. I’ve not had broccolini, so I don’t know the difference. This recipe was delicious! Added a bit of broth after the broccoli was browned in the skillet because I wanted it softer. Also added some sesame oil and seeds before serving. So much flavor! Loved the lime with it too! (Didn’t have a lemon.)
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There’s just something about broccolini that gets me every time.
To reduce the bitterness, be sure to first blanch the broccolini in boiling water for 1-2 min, and then saute. It improves the final result hugely. Also broccolini is not a hybrid of broccoli and gai lan, it is actually of the mustard family, popular in Italy, but relatively unknown elsewhere.
I think you may be confusing broccolini with broccoli rabe. The latter is indeed bitter, and a cross with the turnip/mustard green family.
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