Slightly sweet with perfect carmelized edges, this roasted broccolini only takes 12 minutes in the oven to turn everyone at your table into a veggie lover. All you need is some quality olive oil and a bit of seasoning. Here’s everything you need to know.
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Broccolini vs Broccoli
Although they look similar and are both delicious when roasted, there are a few differences between roasted broccoli and broccolini–here’s how to decide which is a better fit:
- Broccolini has a milder, sweeter flavor, while broccoli is slightly bitter.
- Broccolini has longer stems, while broccoli has thick stems that require more prep.
Ingredients You Need For Roasted Broccolini
Crisp edges and slightly sweet flavor make broccolini delicious no matter how you season it. I’ll often use a simple salt and pepper combo, but there are tons of ways to get creative (ideas below). Here’s what to grab:
- Broccolini – Look for bright green broccolini–skip any stalks with yellow or slimy leaves.
- Oil – Quality olive oil is my secret ingredient that makes all roasted vegetables taste amazing.
- Seasoning – Kosher salt and regular table salt measure differently, so be sure to grab Kosher, or use about 1/3 less table salt.
More Ways to Flavor Broccolini
You can get as creative as you like with your oven baked broccolini. Here are a few ways to add more flavor:
- Cheese – parmesan is classic, you can also use shredded cheddar, or crumbled goat cheese (to finish).
- Lemon juice or lemon zest.
- Garlic – opt for fresh minced garlic vs. garlic powder.
- Red pepper flakes for some heat.
- Nuts to finish – we love toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds.
You can also roast a rainbow of veggies together for even more flavor, some of my favorite vegetables to roast with broccolini are roasted butternut squash, roasted brussels sprouts, and roasted cauliflower.
How to Cook Broccolini
Oven baked broccolini is so easy to make, and only requires about 12 minutes of roasting time. Here’s how:
1. Prep your broccolini for roasting by snipping off the ends, and slicing the larger pieces in half.
2. Season. Toss broccolini in oil, making sure to get the tops, as they’ll burn most easily. I like to dip them in oil, then drizzle oil over the stems. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, or any additional seasoning.
3. Bake. Spread in a single layer onto a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven.
Pro Tips: Perfect Baked Broccolini Everytime
As simple as this recipe is, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure the perfect taste and texture:
- Cut your broccolini through the center to create evenly sized pieces so they roast in the same amount of time.
- Don’t skimp on the oil. Use more of if you have to, especially on the tops, which tend to burn more easily.
- Don’t overcrowd your broccolini – I usually divide the stalks onto two baking sheets. This will ensure they roast and caramelize.
What To Serve With
Roasted broccolini’s slightly sweet flavor, coupled with their caramelized edges have amazing flavor and texture to accompany all your favorite proteins. We especially like serving it alongside parmesan crusted salmon, or sous vide pork tenderloin.
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- 2 pounds broccolini about 2 bunches. bottom 1" removed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil more if needed!
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F, and grab a rimmed baking sheet–option to line it with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Slice broccolini stems lengthwise so they're all roughly the same size. Spread them onto 2 rimmed baking sheets in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, making sure to really coat the tops of your broccolini in oil as these will burn most easily (I sometimes will dip them in oil!). Feel free to use more oil to ensure they're well coated.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. You'll know the broccolini is done one the edges have caramelized and the stalks are soft. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking before serving.