Easy Sauteed Garlic Broccolini

This healthy side dish is an easy and delicious way to eat your veggies and its ready in 15 minutes.

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Broccolini is one of those designer vegetables.  Kinda like the designer breed dogs, like all those “oodles” you see everywhere these days.

Serving plate of easy sauteed garlic broccolini with butter and red pepper flakes.

Developed in the ‘90s, broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli – which is also known as Chinese Kale.  Broccolini has a milder flavor and is less bitter than traditional broccoli. And it tastes mildly sweet like it’s Chinese broccoli parent.

Broccolini has a thin, tender, and tall stalk, sweet little leaves and smaller florets on the end.  And all of it’s edible. Plus, it’s a pretty vegetable that’s perfect to eat with your fingers.

Full of vitamins A and C, it is also high in fiber and potassium.  It’s a healthy choice that becomes even more flavorful, mild, and sweet when lightly cooked.


  • Look for slender stems that are not dried out on the end, not withered and wrinkly, and have no brown spots.
  • The florets should be tight with no flowers.
  • Rinse the broccolini, allow to dry, and store in a plastic ziplock bag in the refrigerator.  It should last for about 3 or 4 days.


Serving plate of easy sauteed garlic broccolini with butter and red pepper flakes.

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Serving plate of easy sauteed garlic broccolini with butter and red pepper flakes.



This healthy side dish recipe takes less than 15 minutes and is a delicious, garlicky way to eat your veggies.



Water for steaming

1 tablespoon salt

34 bunches fresh broccolini

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon finely minced garlic

⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ fresh lemon


In a deep skillet with high sides, add enough water into the bottom to come up the sides about an inch.  Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring the water to a full rolling boil.

Trim the ends of the broccolini.  You can leave the small leaves on the stalks.  They are delicious.

Add the broccolini to the boiling water and cook until just tender – about 2 minutes.  Don’t overcook it!  

Drain the broccolini and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes.  Saute the garlic until fragrant – about 2 minutes.

Add the broccolini and toss to coat the vegetable with the garlic butter.  Saute for 2 minutes.

Season the broccolini with the salt and pepper.

Remove the broccolini to a serving platter and squeeze the lemon over it.

Serve warm.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: vegetable recipes, side dish recipes, easy vegetable recipes, broccolini recipes

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