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Grilled broccolini comes out bright green and charred! Spritz with lemon for the ideal side dish for grilled meals.

Grilled Broccolini

Here’s a vegetable side dish that always impresses: Grilled Broccolini! Broccoli’s younger, hipper cousin has elegant long stems and a sweet flavor that’s a unique alternative to the standard. Grill it up until it’s tender and charred, and it’s the ideal side dish for a grilled meal! We love it with a spritz of lemon, or you could shower with Parmesan or add a creamy sauce. Here’s how to grill this unique vegetable.

Ingredients for grilled broccolini

Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It has both the long stems of Chinese broccoli and the florets of broccoli, and has a milder flavor than broccoli. It might look like baby broccoli, but it’s actually not: though it’s sometimes labeled that way in the grocery store!

This grilled broccolini recipe is simple and straightforward, great for pairing with a meal you’re already putting on the grill. We keep it basic, but you can add additional flavors as you like! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Broccolini
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon
Grilling broccolini

Grilling broccolini: the easy way!

You can grill vegetables in several ways, like in a grill basket or on a drip pan over indirect heat. marinated, and so forth. But the best way for grilling broccolini? Right on the grill grates. No special equipment required! Here’s how to grill broccolini (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat. That’s about 375 to 450 degrees.
  • Cut off the bottom 2 inches of each stem of broccolini. This removes the tough thicker parts.
  • Toss with olive oil and salt. It’s all you need!
  • Grill on the grates for 5 to 7 minutes. Cook until charred and tender, turning once.
  • Spritz with lemon. The key to amazing flavor! Add a few more pinches salt if necessary.
Grilled Broccolini

Variations and flavor adders

This basic grilled broccoli comes out crisp tender and charred, with a zing from the lemon and salty crunchy florets. If you’d like, you can step up the flavors here with a few more additions:

  • Parmesan cheese: Top with shredded or grated Parmesan
  • Pecorino cheese: Aged Pecorino makes an even saltier, more savory pop
  • Creamy sauce: Drizzle with this sour cream sauce or lemon dill sauce
  • Dressing: Add a few spoonfuls of Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing or Caesar Dressing
  • Herbs: Add a sprinkle of chives or chopped basil or thyme
  • Grilled lemon: Grill lemon slices 1 to 2 minutes per side until grill marks form, then serve with the broccolini!

What to serve with grilled broccolini

Grilled broccolini is the ideal side dish for a grilled meal! Here’s what we’d pair it with:

Grilled Broccolini

More grilled vegetables

Love firing up the grill? Us too! Here are a few more tasty veggies to whip up while you’re grilling:

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Grilled Broccolini

Grilled Broccolini

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Grilled broccolini comes out bright green and charred! Spritz with lemon for the ideal side dish for grilled meals.


  • 1 1/2 pounds or 3 bunches broccolini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. Wash the broccolini and pat it dry with a towel. Chop off about 2 inches of the ends of the broccolini. In a medium bowl, mix it with with the olive oil, kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Place the broccolini directly on the grill grates and grill for about 5 to 7 minutes until charred and tender, turning often. Remove when bright green and charred.
  4. Remove from the grill and spritz with lemon juice from wedges from ½ of the lemon. Taste and add a few more pinches of kosher salt, if needed. (Variation: You can grill lemon slices 1 to 2 minutes per side until grill marks form, then serve with the broccolini.)
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Grilled
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Grilled broccolini, grilling broccolini

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. I was looking for a simple grilled broccolini recipe and this is perfect! I tossed them with a combination of evoo, garlic herb oil, salt and pepper. Since I’ve lost many a broccolini in the grill (even though I laid them crossways), I cooked the oil coated broccolini in a perforated bbq tray. They were so delicious! (This might be a repeat comment..I forgot to include my email on the first one)