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Broccolini (Brocollini) Recipe - Simple & Delicious

Updated on August 10, 2012
3.6 stars from 5 ratings of Simple Broccolini
The finished dish - simple but flavorful!
The finished dish - simple but flavorful!

While often confused with baby broccoli, broccolini is a variant of broccoli, 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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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

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

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      gredmondson 6 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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      vic 6 years ago

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

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      Jason Menayan 6 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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      jstankevicz 6 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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      brettb 6 years ago from London

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

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for your recipe.

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      Hector Henry 3 years ago

      I wore looking for something like this. Thanks.

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      CindyE 11 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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