Simple Broccolini


This quick broccolini dish is delicious, good for you, and full of garlicky, lemony flavor. Broccolini is more tender than broccoli and has a milder flavor. I love the mix of textures; the crunchy stems and the softer florets that soak up sauce are a great combination.

close up view of broccolini in a baking dish garnished with a slice of lemon
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 bunch broccolini

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 lemon wedge

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (Optional)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place broccolini in a large skillet with about 2 inches of water; bring to a boil and cook until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain.

    Broccolini in water cooking on a skillet.

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  2. Heat olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook until golden and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add broccolini; cook and stir until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

    Overhead of broccolini being cooked in a skillet with garlic and oil.

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  3. Squeeze lemon juice over broccoli and season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

    Overhead of broccolini being cooked in a skillet with lemon juice and red chili flakes added on top.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
14g Fat
18g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 214mg 1,072%
Calcium 168mg 13%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 747mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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