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Roasted Broccolini

August 8, 2020 by Chris Collins

This Tenderstem Broccoli is roasted in a lemon garlic oil and topped with crispy parmesan. It makes the perfect side for just about anything!

overhead shot of broccolini on grey oven tray with lemon wedges

What is broccolini?

Broccolini is both in name and flavour, very similar to broccoli. However its stem is much longer and thinner, and the florets are often much smaller.

So, what’s so good about broccolini?

One of the great things about broccolini is more often than not it comes fully prepared. Meaning unlike regular broccoli, you don’t have to do much chopping/trimming. Another great thing is its ability to take on different flavours. Perfect with acidity (like lemon juice), great with spice, or even in a creamy sauce. Lastly, it’s easy to cook in a variety of different ways. Today we’re going to bake the beauties!

Lemon Garlic Oil

To roast the broccolini you’ll want to whip up a quick concoction of lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and s&p. This gives a gorgeous base flavour to the broccolini.

close up shot of teaspoon with oil dripping of it

Roasted Broccolini

Roasting broccolini, as you can imagine, is pretty straight forward. But me being me and this blog being this blog, we’re going to take things a step further.

Parmesan Roasted Broccolini

Because realistically what veg doesn’t taste better when roasted in parmesan 🤣 But seriously parmesan works wonders here. It not only adds flavour, but it also enhances the crispy texture of gorgeous charred/crispy edges.

To prepare the broccolini all you’ll need to do is make sure all the stems are even thickness/size so they all cook at an even rate.

Process shots: coat broccolini in oil and roast (photo 1), take out oven and flip (photo 2), sprinkle over parmesan and roast again (photo 3).

How to roast broccolini - 3 step by step photos

Serving Broccolini

Once the broccolini is out the oven you’ll notice the florets may be slightly charred, and that’s fine and quite frankly inevitable. Those are the best bits anyway!

From there I usually squeeze a little lemon juice to finish, and if I’m feeling like I’ll a few chilli flakes sprinkled on top. Totally optional though.

If you’re looking for more easy vegetable sides check out my Garlic Green Beans, Parmesan Cauliflower and Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this broccolini shall we?!

close up shot of tenderstem broccoli fresh out the oven

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How to make Roasted Broccolini (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of broccolini on grey oven tray with lemon wedges

Roasted Broccolini

This Tenderstem Broccoli is roasted in a lemon garlic oil and topped with crispy parmesan. It makes the perfect side for just about anything!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Universal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 97kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • Large Baking Tray
  • Small pot (for oil)
  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 14oz / 400g Broccolini
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (see notes)
  • 2 medium cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice, plus more to serve
  • 1/4 cup / 20g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste
  • pinch of Chilli Flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  • Pre heat oven to 200C/390F. In a small pot combine 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 minced cloves of garlic and seasoning to taste.
  • Slice off any particularly thick parts of the stems, then pop on a large baking tray. Pour over oil and give it all a good mix with your hands. Arrange broccolini in a row then pop in the oven for 10-12mins, or until the stalks just begin to soften and little bits of char pick up on the florets.
  • Take out the oven, flip them oven, sprinkle over 1/4cup parmesan and pop back in the oven until the stems are fork tender. Another 5-8mins, depending on the size of your broccolini.
  • Serve with a gentle squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of chilli flakes (optional).

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Can I make this recipe with regular broccoli? - You sure can! Just be vigilant on timings depending on how small you dice the broccoli florets. 
b) Can I use regular olive oil? - Extra virgin will add more flavour, but if regular olive oil is all you have it'll work just fine!
c) Calories - based on the whole recipe divided by 4.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Broccolini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.15g11%
Saturated Fat 0.979g5%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.755g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.939g
Sodium 325mg14%
Potassium 329mg9%
Carbohydrates 7.54g3%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 1.81g2%
Protein 2.98g6%
Vitamin A 624IU12%
Vitamin C 91.1mg110%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 0.82mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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