Sautéed Lemon Broccolini

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This sautéed lemon broccolini is a quick and easy side dish that packs a lot of flavor! It is also versatile and pairs with almost any meal.

Sautéed Lemon Broccolini

This broccolini recipe is one of my favorite side dishes because it is so quick and easy to make.  The lemon and red pepper flakes also give the broccolini a unique flavor which is great in almost any meal.  I make this as a side dish when I have company over, and it is a crowd favorite every time!

Steps to Prepare Your Broccolini Side Dish

While the full recipe instructions are available below, here is a more detailed outline the steps to make this dish.

  • Firstly, you will wash the broccolini and then slice each stalk in half lengthwise.  Be sure to remove any of the extra leaves at the bottom of the stalks.
  • Next, you will heat your pan and add the olive oil.  Once the oil is hot you will add the broccolini.  I recommend using a set of tongs for preparing this dish, since the broccolini stalks are long and can be difficult to handle using a wooden spoon or spatula.  I love using these ones, they are very affordable and handle really well!
  • Be sure to watch your broccolini and toss it with your tongs regularly to avoid burning them.  Season the broccolini with salt and pepper, and add the red pepper flakes.
  • Finally, once the broccolini is fully cooked, remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice.  It is important to add the lemon juice at the end of the cooking process, but while the pan is still hot.  This is important because adding the lemon juice too soon can cause the pan to smoke.  You want to add it at this step so you get the flavor of the lemon juice cooked with the broccolini while avoiding causing the pan to smoke.
Sautéed Lemon Broccolini

The Best Dishes to Serve with this Sautéed Lemon Broccolini

Here are some recommendations for ways to accompany your broccolini.

This broccolini dish is extremely versatile and will go well with almost anything you serve it with!

Sautéed Lemon Broccolini

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Sautéed Lemon Broccolini

This sautéed lemon broccolini is a quick and easy side dish that packs a lot of flavor! It is also versatile and pairs with almost any meal.

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 package of broccolini, sliced in half lengthwise (approximately 6 oz)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan on medium heat.  Add the olive oil and broccolini, tossing regularly with tongs.  Cook until the broccolini starts to soften, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Season the broccolini with salt and pepper, and add the red pepper flakes.  Continue to cook, tossing regularly, until the broccolini starts to crisp a little at the ends – approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and toss in the lemon juice.  Serve.

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