Simple Broccolini Recipe (30 Minute Total Cook Time)

Quick Overview: (Makes 4-6 servings probably)

This recipe is a pretty classic one, so it’s by no means original, but if you haven’t tried cooking broccolini this way (or broccoli for that matter) you’re missing out!

That said, I think there’s something to be said about keeping things simple if they’re delicious already 🙂



  • A bunch of broccolini (I used two units of it from my grocery store but this can easily be done with one)
  • A lemon
  • A handful of garlic
  • Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, and Olive Oil
  • OPTIONAL: Slivered almonds or pistachios.  Parmesan cheese.


  1. Rinse off the broccolini.  Let it sit.
  2. Mince 6-8 gloves of garlic.
  3. OPTIONAL: If you’re adding in the almonds or pistachios, I’d recommend chopping them up and then heating them on low heat in a pan until they become slightly browned and start smelling fragrant.  Remove them from heat at this point and chop them up.  
  4. Get a large pan (sauté pan or wok would work best) and heat it up on low heat with olive oil.
  5. Chop your broccolini into small two to three inch pieces.  You don’t need to be terribly exact, you just want it to be small enough so that you can eat it.
  6. Zest your lemon.  You’ll want around a tablespoon or so of zest (or however much you’re comfortable with).
  7. After zesting your lemon, juice approximately a tablespoon or so of the lemon juice and set is aside.
  8. Toss your garlic into your pan.  Once it starts to become fragrant toss in your broccolini.  Turn the heat up to medium-high.
  9. Add your zest, a shake of crushed red peppers, and the lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Allow the broccolini cook in the pan, stirring/agitating it occasionally to move things around, for around 5 minutes.  Taste to determine if it needs to be cooked more or not (or if it needs more seasoning).
  11. Continue to check on your broccolini every few minutes until you decide everything is good to go (broccolini is tender enough and that it tastes right).
  12. Enjoy! (Top off your broccolini with some of those toasted pistachios, almonds, or cheese, or just eat it plain)

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