This simple side dish of Sautéed Broccolini makes a flavorful and delicious addition to any dinner plate. 

This delicately flavored relation to broccoli is mildly sweet with a similar flavor to asparagus. It loves to be pan-fried and pairs nicely with simple ingredients like freshly pressed garlic, salt, olive oil, and a dash of lemon juice. Since this vegetable cooks rather quickly it makes the perfect side dish that is ready to serve when the main meal is! And sauteed broccolini is such a beautiful, yet nutritious way to dress up the dinner table.

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Our Fave Sautéed Broccolini

  • Broccolini is packed with nutrition (mostly vitamin A & C) and is super healthy. And it is also low in calories, making it an excellent choice. 
  • Because broccolini cooks quickly this is the best recipe. And luckily this is so easy and fast to make, just a couple of minutes. 
  • This can easily be turned into a more filling side dish with the addition of mushrooms, kale, or shredded carrots (these take a little longer to cook so pan-fry them first until soft). 

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Ingredients & Variations 

BROCCOLINI: Not all stores carry broccolini, but it should be in the vegetable section of the supermarket. Sometimes they are sold as broccoli tender stems. Make sure to buy fresh, with stems that are firm, and tight heads. There shouldn’t be any yellowing or soft spots. 

SEASONINGS: This recipe has mild seasonings, just garlic, salt, and pepper. However, it would also taste good with a splash of sriracha, pepper flakes, and even some soy sauce or tamari. Add a sprinkling of sesame seeds for a final touch. 

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How to Sauté Broccolini 

This side dish is packed full of flavor and so fast to make. 

  1. Wash and trim broccolini.
  2. Saute garlic in a pan. 
  3. Add broccolini to pan, cover and cook. 
  4. Add lemon juice, cover to steam slightly.
  5. Season (as per the recipe below)

Sauteed Broccolini cooking in the pan

How to Serve Sautéed Broccolini

Sautéed broccolini tastes so good with some lemon rice. And since it is such a mild dish it pairs nicely as a side with swiss steak, smoked pork loin, or chicken. To fill out the plate add some baked or rosemary potatoes.

Storing Sautéed Broccolini 

Broccolini will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat simply add to a pan with oil and cook until heated through. 

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Sauteed Broccolini

Sautéed Broccolini can be prepared in less than 15 minutes for a nutritious, low calories and delicious side dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace



  • ¾ pound broccolini (also known as broccoli tender stems), roughly 4 ½ cups
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • lemon juice from ½ a lemon, about 2 Tablespoons
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat to medium high until shimmering. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Toss broccolini with oil and garlic. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Stir gently after each minute.
  • Remove from heat, add lemon juice, and stir. Cover for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then serve immediately.


  • Refrigerate broccolini for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Reheat in a skillet with a bit of oil and cook until heated through. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 100 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1502IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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