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Are you new to Roasted Broccolini? It was something I often saw listed as a side at restaurants, but didn’t give much thought to making it at home. Had anyone told me how easy, delicious, and FAST cooking broccolini in the oven is, I wouldn’t have waited so long!

A plate of roasted broccolini with lemons

Broccolini, also called “baby broccoli” is similar to broccoli but with smaller florets and a milder taste.

Broccolini has long, thin stalks that, unlike mature broccoli stalks, are tender all the way through.

That means that you can eat the stems right along with the florets.

You do need to trim off the very end of broccolini before cooking, which takes all of 20 seconds (I line up the stems and trim the whole bunch at once).

Other than *maybe* this Roasted Frozen Broccoli, vegetable prep doesn’t get much easier or faster than when you are cooking broccoli.

Roasted vegetables with garlic on a baking sheet

Broccolini Advantages

In addition to minimal prep time, baby broccoli has a few other distinct advantages over his larger cousin, regular broccoli.

  • Less Waste. You eat the entire broccolini, floret and stem! (You can cook the core of regular broccoli stems too, but you need to trim away and discard the outsides first—see this post for the best ever Roasted Broccoli for a tutorial.)
  • More Surface Area for Caramelization. Vegetables caramelize most on the surface that is touching the sheet pan. Those long, slender broccolini stems mean more surface area to turn golden.
  • FAST. Broccolini cooks in as little as 15 minutes, and may be even faster if you have a convection oven. (For another fast option, check out Air Fryer Broccoli).
  • Versatile. Garlic, cheese, red pepper flakes, lemon—you can gussy up your broccolini in a variety of ways, or enjoy it just as it is. See below for specific ideas and serving suggestions.
  • Fancy. OK, it’s not actually fancy (it’s ridiculously easy) but it FEELS fancy, and sometimes that’s what counts.

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Broccolini Tips

Pay attention to these easy tips for roasting broccolini to ensure it turns out crispy and caramelized, not burnt or soggy.

  • Roast at 425 degrees F. Since broccolini is so thin, it cooks through quickly and benefits from faster, higher-temperature cooking. (By contrast, a harder vegetable like Roasted Sweet Potatoes needs longer in the oven to become tender in the center, so you have to cook it at a slightly lower temperature.)
  • Don’t Skimp on the Oil. Those cute little broccolini florets burn easily. To make sure they don’t, be sure to be generous with the oil and use your fingers to coat the florets thoroughly.
  • Give Them Space. While the florets can touch a little bit, you want to avoid overcrowding the pan, or the broccolini will steam instead of roast, becoming soggy. Be sure the broccolini is spread in a single layer.
  • Cut-Sides Down. When possible, flip the broccolini so that any cut sides (if say, you have a very thick broccolini that needs to be cut in half through the stem) are touching the pan for maximum caramelized surface area.
  • Season Well. Kosher salt and black pepper are especially important and will make the broccolini taste its best.
Lemons and roasted broccolini on a plate with a striped napkin

How to Prepare Broccolini

Broccolini’s quick cook time and all-around plate appeal make it an ideal choice whether you need a fast weeknight side or a last-minute, easy addition to a holiday dinner.

This roasted broccolini recipe yields enough for two or three servings and is easy to double.

Tip!

To roast a medley of vegetables, and for more tips and seasoning suggestions, check out my ultimate guide to Oven Roasted Vegetables.


The Ingredients

  • Broccolini. High in vitamin C and containing a healthy dose of vitamin A, broccolini is also a great source of dietary fiber as well as potassium, calcium and iron.
  • Garlic. Adds a little zip that pairs beautifully with the slightly bitter broccolini. I recommend leaving the cloves large so that they do not burn.
  • Olive Oil. Important for roasting perfectly. As mentioned above, don’t skimp or your florets will burn before the stems turn tender.
  • Salt and Pepper. A dash and sprinkle is all you need to simply season the broccolini. See more ideas for flavoring brocolini below.

The Directions

Broccolini on a cutting board
  1. Trim the broccolini, then add it to a baking sheet. Cut large stalks in half lengthwise so that they are all about the same diameter
Raw vegetables on a baking sheet with garlic for roasting
  1. Top the broccolini with garlic, oil, salt, and pepper. I do this right on the pan.
Garlic roasted broccolini on a baking sheet
  1. Roast broccolini at 425 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through. ENJOY!

TIP!

If all of your broccolini doesn’t fit on a single pan without overlapping, divide it between two pans and switch their positions in the oven halfway through.

Roasted broccolini on a baking sheet

Ways to Season Broccolini

Elevate your broccolini with one of these easy additions.

  • Lemon. Thinly slice 1 small lemon. Toss the slices with the broccolini (and garlic if you like) before roasting.
  • Red Pepper Flakes. Sprinkle on a pinch just before serving.
  • Cheese. Parmesan, cheddar, feta, and even goat cheese or blue cheese all taste delicious with roasted broccolini. Sprinkle it on during the last few minutes of baking.
  • Herbs. Finish your roasted broccolini with a sprinkle of your favorite fresh herbs just before serving.
  • Balsamic. Add a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar to the broccolini just before serving.
  • Chopped Toasted Nuts. Add crunch with pecans, walnuts, almonds, or for something extra special, pine nuts.
Easy roasted broccolini with garlic on a sheet pan

Roasted Vegetable Combinations

While I will always happily devour an entire sheet pan of roasted broccolini on its own, I also love pairing it with other vegetables for variety in tastes and in nutritional benefits. Some of my favorites include:

What to Serve with Broccolini

Like broccoli, roasted broccolini is versatile and pairs well with a variety of mains.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate broccolini in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
  • To Freeze. Freeze broccolini in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. They’ll be a bit soggy but still edible.

Storage Tips

To make sure your broccolini stays separated in the freezer, start by freezing them on a baking sheet until solid. Then, freeze them in an airtight storage container or ziptop bag.

Healthy roasted broccolini on a plate with garlic and lemons

If you try this roasted broccolini, I’d love to hear what you think. Please let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Broccolini the Same Thing as Broccoli Rabe?

No. Despite the similarity of names and both having thin green stalks, broccoli rabe is more closely related to kale than it is to broccoli. Broccoli rabe tastes more bitter that broccolini.

What Part of Broccolini Do You Eat?

A great thing about broccolini is you can eat the entire bunch, including the leaves, stalk, and even the occasional yellow flowers.

Can You Substitute Broccolini for Broccoli?

Broccolini can be swapped for broccoli florets; their flavors are similar. If you’re looking to substitute for broccoli stalks, Chinese broccoli is a good choice because it has a similar thick stalk.

Roasted Broccolini

4.75 from 31 votes
Oven roasted broccolini with garlic is an easy, nutritious side. Ready in 15, this versatile vegetable pairs with any of your favorite mains.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

FOR THE ROASTED BROCCOLINI:

  • 2 medium bunches broccolini (baby broccoli), just shy of 1 pound
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus additional as needed (do not skimp or it may burn!)
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed and peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:


Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Trim off the end of the broccolini stems. If your broccoli stalks are thick, cut them in half lengthwise. You want all of the broccolini pieces to be roughly the same diameter. Place the broccolini in the center of the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place the garlic on top of the broccolini. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper (if using red pepper flakes, add them here).
  • Toss to very thoroughly coat the broccolini with the oil and distribute the garlic evenly. Make sure all of the tips of the florets are nicely coated with oil to help protect them from burning. If any seem dry, drizzle on a little extra oil as needed. Arrange the broccolini in a single layer. Flip any cuts sides so that the cut part of the stem is touching the pan. (If you are adding Parmesan, sprinkle it over the top.)
  • Roast the broccolini for 10 to 15 minutes, until it is crisp-tender and beginning to char. Halfway through the baking time, rotate the pan 180 degrees. No need to turn the broccolini over. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a pinch of additional salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if desired. Enjoy immediately.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate broccolini in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze broccolini in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gPotassium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1501IUVitamin C: 79mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Love this recipe Erin! So simple, healthy and delicious. I’ve made it with different variations (no garlic, garlic, with parmesan, no parmesan) and they’re all great, depending on what else I’m serving. You are my “go to” when I’m looking for a new recipe! Keep up the great work;-)5 stars

  2. I made this tonight fully expecting to have leftovers for my lunch tomorrow- no such luck! My husband and I ate it ALL! Great and simple. Wonderful work night recipe. Thanks for sharing. I was going to share a post as well- but- nope- ate it all then remembered I was going to share it and tag you. Next time ;)5 stars