Garlic Grilled Broccolini

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This easy Garlic Grilled Broccolini with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, and lemon is the perfect side dish for all your summer meals.

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If you are looking for a new summer side dish, this grilled broccolini is it! Ready in just 10 minutes, it is a tasty and flavorful side dish that works for barbecues and fancy dinners alike. 

During the warmer months, you will always find me throwing my vegetables on the grill. This Garlic Grilled Broccoli and Easy Grilled Asparagus are staples for summer. However, when I saw some beautiful broccolini at the market last week, I knew it was time to toss it on the grill. 

Broccolini doesn't need much to get super tasty on the grill. With a few simple ingredients and those deliciously charred edges, this will quickly become one of your favorite veggies. Not only does it require less prep than broccoli, but it is also really beautiful for a special dinner or event. We also pan-frying broccolini, like this Pan Fried Broccoli.

Serve it with some Grilled Salmon or Pork Chops for a delicious, healthy meal.

Grilled broccolini with charred edges served on a plate with lemon and garlic dipping sauce.

All About Broccolini

  • What is broccolini? Broccolini may look like broccoli, but it actually a hybrid between regular broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It was invented in 1993 and has become increasingly popular. It has a taste that is similar to broccoli, but it is slightly sweeter. It cooks quickly and makes for a beautiful presentation with its long stems. Many people also love broccolini since it is easier to prep than traditional broccoli and the stems aren't wasted.
  • How to choose it at the store? Look for bright green broccolini that has a firm texture and doesn't have any soft spots. The stems should be firm and fresh without any dried-out spots. Finally, the leaves shouldn't have any flowers. 
  • How to prep it for cooking? Broccolini is super easy to prepare. Wash it well and dry it with a kitchen towel. Then trim about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the stem. It can be left whole or chopped into smaller pieces. 
  • How to eat it? The entire broccolini is edible. You can eat the stem, leaves, and florets.  Traditionally it is cooked with olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice in a skillet or roasted in the oven. However, think about broccolini in the same way you would think about broccoli or baby broccoli. It works with all different preparations, spices, and dishes. 
  • Nutrition: Broccolini is high in fiber, vitamin C, and calcium. 

What You'll Need

Here are all the ingredients you need to make broccolini on the grill.

  • Broccolini: A good rule of thumb is that one head of broccolini feeds two people. It should be bright green and firm. If you can't find broccolini, this recipe also works with baby broccoli and Chinese broccoli. 
  • Olive oil: Any oil will work in this recipe but olive oil adds a nice flavor. Drizzle some on top after taking it off the grill for more flavor.
  • Balsamic vinegar: To bring out some natural sweetness and tanginess, balsamic vinegar is a tasty addition. You could also drizzle some balsamic glaze on the broccolini before serving. 
  • Garlic: This recipe uses fresh minced garlic since it has the most flavor. If you find fresh garlic tends to burn on the grill, swap in garlic powder. Another option is sauteing garlic in some olive oil and drizzling it on top before serving.
  • Lemon: Broccolini and lemon just works. The bright flavor in the lemon makes the whole dish pop. Add lemon zest for more lemon flavor.

Tips for Grilling Broccolini

Here are some expert tips for making this dish really tasty.

  • Don't be afraid to let the broccolini char and brown. The little browned and charred bits are the best part.
  • If the broccolini is sticking to the grill grates, let it cook a little longer. Usually, things stick to the grill when they aren't quite ready to be flipped. 
  • Make sure not to overcook the broccolini. It should still have some texture and be cooked until tender crisp. 
  • This recipe will also work in a grill basket, which works really well if you are adding other vegetables to the mix. Cherry tomatoes are really good with broccolini when cooked in a grill basket.

Crispy grilled broccolini on a plate and on a grill pan with lemon, garlic aioli, and black pepper.

More Seasoning Ideas

Once you start cooking veggies on the grill, it's hard to stop. Broccolini is no different and once you make it once, you will want to experiment with more flavor combinations. Here are some to try.

  • Add Parmesan cheese: No one would complain if you finished this dish with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. So good!
  • Make it spicy: Sprinkle the broccolini with red pepper flakes before grilling to add a touch of heat.
  • Asian flavors: Toss the broccolini in sesame oil and soy sauce before grilling. Then finish with a splash of rice vinegar and sesame seeds.
  • Garnishes: Finish the dish with sliced almonds, pine nuts, goat cheese, feta cheese, sliced olives, or fresh herbs. 
  • Add a sauce: Serve this tasty grilled broccolini with some garlic aioli, tangy honey mustard, homemade herby ranch dressing, or a Spanish Romesco sauce.

What to Serve with Grilled Broccolini

If you are making your side dish on the grill, then you might as well cook a yummy main dish on the grill as well. Here are some favorites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions about preparing this recipe.

This recipe works great for roasting as well. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prep the broccolini in the same way and place in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. Roast for 10-15 minutes, flipping once, until tender-crisp. 

Leftover grilled broccolini can be kept in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container. Use the leftovers for salads, eggs, rice bowls, wraps, and more.  It can be reheated in the microwave or in a hot skillet.

If you can't find broccoli, this recipe works great with regular broccoli and baby broccoli. 

Easy grilled broccolini served on a white plate with dipping sauce and fresh lemon juice.
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Garlic Grilled Broccolini

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  • 1 lb broccolini (2 bunches)
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Salt and black pepper (kosher or sea salt is best)
  • 1 lemon (for serving)

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Prepare the broccolini by cutting off the ends of the stem, about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Remove any leaves. Cut larger stalks in half lengthwise.


Toss the broccolini with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Broccolini being tossed with oil and vinegar.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the broccolini directly on the grill. Cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping as it chars. Serve with fresh lemon juice

Broccolini on a griil pan with charred edges.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 35mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


If you do not have an outdoor grill, this recipe turns out great on an indoor grill pan.
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