Grilled Broccoli Rabe


Broccoli rabe, also called rapini, is known for its slightly bitter and peppery taste. Blanching it before grilling helps tone down the bitterness. Squeeze lemon wedges over the top when serving, if desired. It is excellent served alongside grilled Italian sausages and thick crusty bread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and rinsed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • salt to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Set up an ice bath nearby. Place 1/2 of the broccoli rabe into boiling water and cook for 1 minute, then remove with tongs to ice bath to stop cooking. Repeat with remaining broccoli rabe. Place broccoli rabe into a large colander to drain.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-low heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt in a small bowl. Toss drained broccoli rabe with oil mixture, then place onto hot grate.

  4. Grill, turning occasionally, until thick stems have softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove thinner leafy pieces as they become done to prevent burning. Remove to a serving platter.

Cook's Note:

Depending on the spacing of your grill grates, you may wish to use a grill topper or pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

48 Calories
3g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 54mg 270%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 9mg 0%

* 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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