Broccolini, also known (inaccurately) as baby broccoli, has a slight chestnut flavor that adds depth to this recipe. It’s a fantastic quick side dish when you need more green on your plate. and a gift to garlic lovers. Lemony, light, and oil-free, this easy and quick broccolini side dish is a great introduction to this under-used relative of broccoli.
What is broccolini, you might ask? As mentioned above, it’s sometimes referred to as baby broccoli, but one thing it’s not is immature broccoli. It somewhat resembles broccoli rabe, but isn’t related to that slightly bitter green that’s in the turnip family. You’ll see that this recipe offers the option of using broccoli rabe, though the resulting flavor will be different.
Broccolini is indeed in the brassica family, along with regular broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbages. It’s actually a cross breed between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. If you’ve ever ordered Pad See Ew in Thai restaurants, chances are you’ve had Chinese broccoli.
Broccolini has a pretty even ratio of stem and florets, but the way in which it differs from regular broccoli is that the stems are tender — no need to peel or fuss in any way. So it’s really easy to prep — you don’t even need to chop it, as part of its visual charm is using it whole. Just make sure not to cook it beyond tender-crisp, to retain its lovely texture and color.
Recipe and photos from Bravo Express! No Sugar, Oil, or Salt by Chef Ramses Bravo ©2019 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission.
- 2 tablespoons sliced garlic
- 1 pound broccolini (or broccoli rabe)
- 1⁄4 cup no-salt-added vegetable broth
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon chopped green onions (scallion)
- Dry-sauté the garlic in a medium sauté pan over medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add the broccolini and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
- Add the broth and lemon zest and juice, cover, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Garnish with the green onions. Serve hot.
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