Grilled Broccolini is the perfect side dish! This simple vegetable recipe is easy to eat on its own or pair with your favorite entree. The slight crunch makes for a delicious texture that will have you coming back for more!
I'm always looking for ways to increase my vegetable intake and get more goodness into the tummy of the kids. What I love about making this simple veggie dish is its minimal effort for maximum flavor. Very few times do the kids ask for seconds but when I'm making this grilled broccolini, they always end up wanting more.
The fun flavor of this easy grill recipe will have you thinking you're eating a hybrid between a bunch of broccoli and Brussel sprouts - which are two totally tasty options!
Broccolini - You can find bunches of broccolini at the local store or see if you can find them at a farmers market near you. You can even grow your own to eat! It might be labeled as baby broccoli. Broccoli rabe is not the same thing. It is quite bitter. My husband loves it but I am not a fan, nor are my children.
Olive oil - You can really use any type of oil that you'd like in this recipe.
Seasonings - The options for seasoning are unlimited. Salt, pepper, lemon pepper - you name it.
How To Make Grilled Broccolini
This simple grilled veggie will have you adding it to your meal plan way more often! It's so fast and easy to do!
Step One: Wash and prep the broccolini.
Step Two: Lay it out to get off any excess water, then toss it in a bowl with your oil and seasonings.
Step Three: Put it on the grill on medium high heat and cook until it's tender and done. This takes about 5 minutes per side.
Expert Tip: If the florets start to char too much you can move the tops off the heat. Just keep the stalk on the heat until the grilled broccolini is tender.
Keep in mind that even though this grilled broccolini recipe is simple, you can add a few changes to make the flavor different every time you make it!
Add parmesan cheese - I love that this recipe gives you the option to add some cheese to the top! Sprinkle it on and enjoy.
Drizzle on lemon juice - Adding a citrus flavor to this dish gives it such a nice boost! The contrast between the flavor of the broccolini and the lemon is so good.
Mix in red pepper flakes - This may work better as a topping, but it's an easy way to add some heat!
Coconut oil - If you want to give this entire recipe a bit of sweetness, you can easily use coconut oil instead of olive oil to cook it. This is a simple change that you'll love.
Everything Bagel Seasoning - I'm all about this seasoning, so adding this to the top is delicious.
Truffle Butter - Oh yes. Drizzle on some melted truffle butter when serving for an amazing side.
What does broccolini really taste like?
It's very similar to regular broccoli, but it has a slightly sweet taste. It's popular in Japan, and it's known as Chinese broccoli there.
Do you eat the whole broccolini?
This is why this veggie is so good! You can eat entire bunches of broccolini without issue. There is no issue with the stalks being hard or chewy like typical broccoli. This means you start at the bottom and eat all the way to the florets!
You do still want to be sure that you wash them off completely before eating! It's always a good idea to clean all your veggies before cooking.
How do you know it's done cooking on the grill?
You're going to have to pay attention to how it looks. It will start to turn darker very quickly, so you don't want it to burn. It should have a charred look to it but not actually be burnt.
How do you store leftover grilled broccolini?
If you have some of your cooked veggie left, you just need to store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It's as simple as that!
To reheat, you can either put it in the oven low and slow or use the microwave to bring it back to temp.
What do you top cooked broccolini with?
This all just depends on your tastebuds. Since this vegetable is so versatile in flavor, you have a lot of tasty options. Some toppings to consider are:
- Garlic powder or roasted garlic cloves
- Kosher Salt and black pepper
- Lemon zest or lime zest
- Parmesan cheese or any type of shredded cheese
- Melted butter or any type of sauce
Can you cook other veggies with broccolini?
You can! You can cook this with brussels sprouts, potatoes, or even some carrots, too. You can also cook this and pair it with pork, chicken, beef or eat it on its own. We've served this with Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Breast and grilled chicken made with my Keto Chicken Marinade Recipe.
- 1.5 lb broccolini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Drizzle the broccolini with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Grill the broccolini for about 5 minutes on each side. If the florets char move them off the heat and only keep the stalk over the heat.