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sauteed broccolini on a plate with a lemon

Sauteed Broccolini with Garlic and Lemon

Light, fresh, tender Sauteed Broccolini with a touch of lemon juice and garlic is the perfect side dish for any meal. Plus it's easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 116kcal
Cost $10


  • 2 lbs. broccolini
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced (or more if desired)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (add more to taste if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ½ lemon (for juice)


  • Trim the broccolini, taking about 1 inch off the bottom of the stalks. Slice any thick stalks lengthwise so they cook evenly.
  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, until it softens and starts to brown. 
  • Add the broccolini and mix to coat with the butter. Cook for about 2 minutes
  • Add the chicken broth, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until broccolini is tender.
  • Check on the broccolini every 5 minutes or so to ensure the liquid has not evaporated. If it has, add an additional ⅛ cup of broth and continue cooking (covered).
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon on top and serve.


  1. If the broth cooks off before broccolini is tender, add an additional ⅛ cup and continue cooking until tender. 
  2. Slice the stalks in half lengthwise if they are thick so they cook more evenly and become tender;
  3. Add additional salt to taste, but note the lemon juice adds a salty flavor so be careful with the salt.
  4. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days in a covered container.
  5. How to freeze: Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for about 1 minute. Drain thoroughly and place on a baking sheet directly in the freezer for 3 hours. Place in a freezer bag and store up to 6 months. Cook from frozen or thaw overnight in the fridge. 


Serving: 4oz. | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1130IU | Vitamin C: 150.9mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1.4mg