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Sauteed Broccolini

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4
Author Justin McChesney-Wachs


  • 1 bunch Broccolini trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • lemon


  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the broccolini and garlic, and season with kosher salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Toss with tongs and cook uncovered for about 3 to 5 minutes to develop some color.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and carefully pour in 1/4 cup water. Immediately cover with a lid and cook for about 3 to 5 more minutes, or until the broccoli is bright green and cooked through yet still slightly crunchy.
  • Remove from heat, season with a little more salt and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with another drizzle of good olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.


  • If some stems of the broccolini are thicker than 1/2", you can make a 2 to 3" slice in the base to make them smaller to cook evenly. 
  • Can be served whole or cut into smaller bite-size pieces.