Roasted Broccolini is about to become your favorite side dish! This healthy side is full of everything good for you and amazing flavor!
Roasted Broccolini Recipe
This “any season” Roasted Broccolini Recipe is something you are going to make once for fun and turn into a staple dish that will be present on your table for a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner, Easter lunch, and Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts to come!
Garlic Roasted Broccolini Ingredients
Vegetable: you will need about two bunches of broccolini. If you aren’t familiar with it, broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli.
Pro tip: if you can’t find any in your local grocery store, you can substitute with regular broccoli. Just make sure you cut it into smaller pieces.
From the garden: grab a white onion and some fresh garlic from your garden, the fridge, or the produce isle!
Optional toppings: if you are looking to add some additional flavor, I recommend fresh lemon juice and/or shredded asiago cheese!
How to make Oven Roasted Broccolini
1. Prepare the broccolini and the onions. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Trim the stems off the broccolini and slice the onion into 1/2 inch thick strips.
2. Mix in the seasonings. Place the broccolini and onions in a medium-sized mixing bowl with olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
3. Roast the broccolini. Place the broccolini and onions on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (you might need two), making sure they all have a little space in between so they can crisp. Roast the broccolini for 20-25 minutes, until it begins to char. Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and Asiago cheese if desired.
Pro Tip: try drizzling some Garlic Butter Sauce over the broccolini before serving.
How to make sautéed broccolini
If you want to make this recipe on the stovetop, simply follow these instructions:
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large non-stick pan. Sauté the onion for 1-2 minutes, until it begins to soften.
- Add the garlic and broccolini, reduce the heat to medium, toss, and cover with a lid for about 2 minutes.
- Remove the lid and season with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
- Uncover and toss occasionally for 1-2 minutes until broccolini is tender and slightly charred.
I love this method, especially if you want to make a stir fry out of it and add in some rice, chicken, or tofu.
Questions to may have
How do you roast broccoli?
Roasting broccoli is super quick, easy, and packs great flavor. You can follow the recipe in this post or if you are looking for a super simple recipe you can:
- Heat the oven to 400 F
- Toss the broccoli florets with olive oil, garlic, melted butter, lemon juice salt, and pepper in a bowl and then place onto a baking sheet.
- Spread them out so they are on a single layer and roast.
Pro tip: I like my edges crispy and stems a bit crispy, about 12-15 minutes or so.
Do you steam broccoli before roasting?
No, but if you are in a rush and want to make sure your broccoli stems are tender, you can steam them quickly. However, I don’t think it is necessary.
Does broccoli soften in the oven?
Yes, broccoli does soften a bit in the oven. When cooked or roasted broccoli softens from its raw state. However, if you are looking for truly soft broccoli, I recommend steaming it.
Which is healthier steamed or roasted broccoli?
No matter which way you cook broccoli, it will lose some of its natural healthy nutrients with the heat. If you are looking for the healthiest way to eat a vegetable, eat it raw.
In the steamed vs. roasted comparison, steamed wins out (but only slightly). Both methods are healthy. A lot of it is what you put on your broccoli when cooking or steaming.
Measure your ingredients and understand portion sizes. So much of healthy eating is about portion control rather than cooking method.
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- fresh lemon juice
- Asiago cheese
- Preheat the oven to 425° F. Trim the stems off the broccolini and slice the onion into 1/2 inch thick strips.
- Place the broccolini and onions in a medium-sized mixing bowl with olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Place the broccolini and onions on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (you might need two), making sure they all have a little space in between so they can crisp. Roast the broccolini for 20-25 minutes, until it begins to char. Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and Asiago cheese if desired.
- See notes in post above for stovetop instructions for sautéed broccolini.