Easy Broccolini Recipe With Marcona Almonds

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An easy broccolini recipe with only three ingredients that your family will beg for! Get it on the table in less than 10 minutes!

Broccolini is one of those vegetable side dishes that goes with anything and is constantly requested in my house. It’s great for any time of year, but especially nice because Spring is finally here and we’re always looking for lighter recipes around that time. Broccolini in a silver skillet with a striped towel

This easy 10 minute broccolini recipe is pan-seared and flavorful—it’s the best way to make delicious pan fried baby broccoli, ever! It’s full of flavor, never bitter, and requires minimal effort.

Broccolini vs broccoli

What’s the difference between broccoli and broccolini? Well, they’re similar and come from the same family, but broccolini is a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It has long stems and small florets. Broccolini has a mild, earthy taste compared to the more bitter taste of broccoli. Do you prefer broccoli or broccolini?

Broccolini on a white plate with a forkAlso – FYI – this broccolini can be saved in the refrigerator for a few days and is delicious if you have leftovers to add to couscous, pasta, or just to serve as a healthy side dish to tomorrow’s Chicken Parmesan Burgers.

If you love broccolini as much as I do and want to try a different way of making it, try cooking it on a salt block with halibut.

Halibut and broccolini on a salt block with lemons

This broccolini recipe is Whole30 approved and something you won’t get tired of because it’s that good. I love Whole30 recipes because I know that if a recipe is Whole30 compliant, I am eating fresh and whole ingredients. Plus this easy broccolini recipe goes with just about anything and everything, so why not serve Broccolini with Marcona Almonds next to every dish you make? There’s something about the sound of marcona almonds that just sounds so fancy to me. 💁

Broccolini and marcona almonds on a white plate with a striped dish towel

So, marcona almonds. I love these little guys. They have an insane amount of flavor. They’re the most smooth and creamy almonds I have ever had.

Marcona almonds in a white bowl on marble counter

I have a serious thing for marcona almonds. My Dad introduced me to them a few years ago and now I snack on them regularly and add them to recipes whenever I can, like this one and this Vegetarian Black Truffle Carbonara. If you’re really trying to fancy up this dish, try adding a sprinkle of truffle salt before serving.

Healthy ingredient swaps

To keep this recipe Whole30 compliant, I used Filippo Berio’s Olive Oil. Many people prefer to cook with butter because it adds lots of flavor, but it also adds a lot of calories and cholesterol that our bodies don’t need! I swap butter for olive oil in recipes all the time because it is always the healthier alternative. Plus, with Summer around the corner, we’re working on on our beach bods!

Broccolini, marcona almonds, olive oil, and a dish towel

Broccolini makes an excellent low carb side dish. It’s versatile, quick, and delicious! If you’re looking for an easy to make vegetable side dish with lots of flavor, add this broccolini to your weekly rotation!

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Easy Broccolini Recipe With Marcona Almonds

This easy broccolini recipe is made with just 3 ingredients and finished in less than 10 minutes. It makes the perfect side dish for meat or seafood. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccolini, Marcona almonds, Side dish, Vegetables
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 92kcal


  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 2 tbsp marcona almonds, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Felippo Berio Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a medium sized non-stick pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Cut the ends off of the broccolini, about 1-2 inches, and toss in a medium sized mixing bowl with 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the broccolini to the pan and sear for 4-6 minutes, until lightly charred (not burnt), tossing occasionally. Transfer to a plate when finished, sprinkle with chopped marcona almonds, and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Broccolini Recipe With Marcona Almonds
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1500IU30%
Vitamin C 78mg95%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: JZ Eats

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26 thoughts

  1. I don’t think that I have ever tried broccolini. I am not a fan of broccoli, I can tolerate it in a soup but not on its own. It would be interesting to see if I like broccolini.

    1. Interesting! What is it about the broccoli you don’t like? I love the crispiness of this broccolini and its much sweeter than broccoli.

  2. I have never tasted marcona almonds before and glad to learn it here. First I need to find how is the taste of marcona almonds, hope to find them in local nuts stores here.

    1. I would say they are sort of creamy and “softer” than a typical almond or nut. They are usually “marinated” in a little bit of olive oil. I’m not sure what you have around you, but I get them at Trader Joe’s (my fav) and Whole Foods.

  3. A delicious side dish and the almonds are a fantastic way to add a little something different! Great idea using marcona almonds.

  4. This looks interesting! I don’t think I have ever tried Broccolini before, but I absolutely love almonds! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I learned something today haha. This is the first time to hear about broccolini. That sounds really delicious!

  6. I really loved to try easy and yummy recipes like this and brocolli is my fave, I will definitely give this a try.

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