Come on over for this tasty broccolini side dish. Roasted to perfection with just the right blend of seasonings. Naturally flavored and gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo and Vegan. But bursting with taste in just the right way.
Secrets to Perfectly Baked Broccolini
Confession first and foremost. These are not my secrets to perfectly baked broccolini. I am not a journalist here at the Bikini Experiment, but I always aim to be truthful. One day I came home and Scott declared to me that he had figured out the secret. The secret to perfectly baked broccolini that is. One of the things I admire most about Scott is his ability to do everything in a very deliberate and exact way. Me? My methods are a tad messier. This means my broccolini cooking methods are by no means perfect.
However, Scott graciously walked me through the exact steps of his baking process which I am sharing with you today. We did the math and even though I am older by a few years Scott has been cooking longer. So his cooking age is naturally older. I credit this odd fact for the reason I did not come up with the secret myself. Perhaps I am only making sense to my self. On to the health benefits and a little explanation…
What is Broccolini?
It’s a green vegetable similar to broccoli, but with smaller florets and longer, thin stalks. Often misidentified as young broccoli, it is a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan, both cultivar groups of Brassica oleracea. Fancy right?
The entire vegetable is consumable, including the occasional yellow flower. Common cooking methods include sauteeing, steaming, boiling, and stir frying. Its flavor is sweet, with notes of both broccoli and asparagus although it is not closely related to the latter.
Nutritionally, it is high in vitamin C and contains vitamin A, calcium, folate and iron.
You’ll need to use a baking sheet with a rack. I often place aluminum foil underneath so it doesn’t make a total mess. You will want to layer your broccolini very deliberately and evenly on the cooking sheet.
Stems are faced into the center. Spray coconut oil only on the floret section of the veggie. Top evenly with the salt and lastly the pepper.
I guess we shared the secret now!
- 2 Bunches Broccolini
- Coconut Oil Spray
- Pink Himalayan Salt
- Ground Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Snip the ends of the broccolini if necessary.
- Wash and dry with veggie wash.
- Place aluminum foil on the bottom of a cookie sheet.
- Add a baking rack on top of the cookie sheet.
- Arrange the broccolini with the stems facing inside.
- Spray the florets with coconut oil.
- Add the salt and then ground pepper.
- Bake for 15 -20 minutes (cook longer if you want the broccolini crispier).
- Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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How About You?
- Do you have a baking secret?
- Have you ever had broccolini?