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Traeger Grilled Broccolini

This Traeger Roasted Broccolini recipe is a simple, healthy, and delicious side dish that showcases the natural flavors of fresh broccolini. The recipe involves grilling broccolini seasoned with olive oil, salt, onion powder, granulated garlic, and black pepper on a pellet grill. This method enhances the vegetable’s taste, creating a tender-crisp texture with slightly charred tops. Finished with a touch of butter for richness, this grilled broccolini is an excellent accompaniment to a variety of main dishes.

Traeger Roasted Broccolini

Traeger Roasted Broccolini

Grilling broccolini on a pellet grill give the dish a unique wood-fired flavor that you can’t achieve with other cooking methods. The pellet grill’s even heat distribution ensures the broccolini cooks uniformly, producing a perfectly tender-crisp broccolini.

We love this quick and easy side dish. It is ideal for a fast, fuss-free side for almost any main! Broccoli on the grill is also a healthy option to serve your family. It is high in vitamins and fiber. This dish is also incredibly versatile. Broccolini complements a wide range of main courses, like steak, chicken breast, pork chops, or stir fry.

What is Broccolini?

Broccolini is a green vegetable resembling a long, slender version of broccoli. It is a hybrid, originally developed in Japan, and is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli (also known as gai lan). While it shares a name and has a similar flavor profile to broccoli, broccolini has its unique characteristics.

  1. Appearance: Broccolini has long, thin stalks and small, floret clusters, compared to the thicker stalks and larger florets of traditional broccoli. Its leaves are also more prominent and edible.
  2. Taste and Texture: It tastes milder and slightly sweeter than broccoli, with a hint of peppery flavor characteristic of gai lan. The texture is tender, especially the stalks, which are more palatable than those of regular broccoli.
  3. Cooking Uses: Due to its tender texture and mild flavor, it can be steamed, sautéed, roasted, or grilled and is often used in dishes where a milder, more refined flavor is desired.
  4. Nutritional Profile: Like broccoli, broccolini is nutritious, rich in vitamins C and A, calcium, folate, and iron. It’s also high in dietary fiber.
  5. Cultivation: Broccolini is sometimes mistaken for “baby broccoli,” but it’s not a younger version of broccoli. It’s a fully grown, distinct hybrid that combines the best traits of its parent plants.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Simplicity in Preparation: The recipe is straightforward and quick, making it perfect for busy weeknights or as a last-minute addition to any meal.
  • Healthy and Flavorful: Grilled broccolini retains its nutritional value while gaining a smoky flavor that elevates its natural taste.
  • Versatile Side Dish: Pairs well with various cuisines, from grilled meats to pasta dishes.
  • Richness from Butter: The addition of butter adds a delightful richness that complements the smoky, charred flavors.

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Traeger Broccolini

Grilled Broccolini shopping list

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  • Broccolini
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Butter

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Traeger Roasted Broccolini

How to make Broccolini on the Traeger

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.

1

Prep

Preheat the pellet grill to 400°F.

Wash and trim the broccolini, then pat dry.

2

Grill

Season the broccolini and grill on foil for 10-15 minutes.

3

Butter

Add butter and let it melt.

4

Enjoy

Enjoy hot as a side dish to your favorite meaty main!

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Traeger Broccolini

Roasted Broccolini FAQ

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes, you can grill the broccolini in advance and reheat it when ready to serve.

What’s the best way to store and reheat the leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a skillet or oven for best results.

Can I use regular broccoli instead?

Absolutely! Regular broccoli can be a great substitute, though cooking times may vary slightly.

Variations:

  • Spice it up: Add chili flakes for a spicy kick.
  • Citrus twist: Squeeze lemon juice over the cooked broccolini for a fresh, zesty flavor.
  • Cheesy delight: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the hot broccolini for a cheesy touch.

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Traeger Broccolini
Traeger Broccolini

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Traeger Roasted Broccolini
Yield: 4 servings

Traeger Roasted Broccolini

Traeger Broccolini

This simple side dish has simple seasoning and uses the wood-fired flavor of the Traeger to highlight this classic side!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccolini
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 400°F.
  2. Prep the broccolini by washing it thoroughly and trimming off the ends. Dry it well with paper towels, and place it onto some tin foil with the edges raised.
  3. Drizzle the broccolini with olive oil and season evenly with the salt, pepper, and onion and garlic powder.
  4. Place the foil onto the grill and roast for 10-15 minutes, or until tender-crisp and the tops are starting to brown.
  5. Remove from the grill and place pats of butter on top. Let melt, and serve warm.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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