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How to cook broccoli rabe (rapini)

How to Cook Broccoli Rabe…The Fast Way!

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


Here’s how to cook broccoli rabe (rapini)…the fast way! This notoriously bitter vegetable can be mellowed with a few quick tricks.


  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe (1 to 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Brush the baking sheet with olive oil. Preheat a broiler.
  2. Wash the broccoli rabe in cold water then pat it dry with a clean dish towel. Cut the floret off the stems, keeping the leaves and florets intact. (You can discard the stems.)
  3. Place the broccoli rabe in a bowl with the olive oil, garlic powder, and kosher salt and mix until well combined. Place it on the baking sheet.
  4. Broil 2 minutes, then remove the sheet and stir. Broil 2 minutes more until fully wilted.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice & zest. Taste and add salt or fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Italian