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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Broccolini

Easy Oven Roasted Broccolini Recipe – Lightly sweet and perfectly spicy roasted baby broccoli is a flavorful side dish that’s a snap to prepare in under 20 minutes.

Roasted broccolini with sweet chili glaze stacked on a white rectangle serving platter.

What is Broccolini?

If you have ever been at the grocery store and picked up a bundle of broccolini, you might have asked yourself… Where is the rest of it?

Broccolini is not a different plant than broccoli but is actually “just” baby broccoli. The thin stalk and smaller, individual florets are a result of them being harvested early in growth. These stalks are more tender and sweeter than full-grown broccoli heads.

Even if you have folks in the family that typically aren’t big fans of hearty green veggies, they are sure to be won over immediately by how – well, adorable? – broccolini is. In fact, I practically guarantee that this quick and easy veggie side dish will get even the pickiest eaters to try their broccoli!

We bake the veg in a high-heat oven for only 10 minutes, then brush with a simple sweet chili sauce. The vibrant yet familiar flavors make Sweet and Spicy Roasted Broccolini perfect to pair with grilled proteins, or as the green dish on the table with lavish holiday meals.

Top down oven roasted broccolini recipe with sweet chili glaze stacked on a white rectangle serving platter.

5 Ingredients You Need

  • Broccolini – wash and gently pat dry
  • Asian sweet chili sauce – lightly spicy with tangy, sweet, and bold flavor
  • Sesame oil – or other high-heat oil for roasting, like avocado or canola oil
  • Garlic powder – mellows the spice and sweetness with a savory and earthy taste
  • Salt – a pinch to bring the dish together.

Plus, you’ll also need a nonstick cooking spray for this roasted broccolini recipe.

Bunch of fresh raw veg.

How to Make Roasted Broccolini

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Set out a large rimmed baking sheet. Then spray the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Trim the rough ends of the broccolini stems just a little. Cut the largest broccolini stems in half lengthwise to match the smaller pieces.

Lay the broccolini out in a single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Stalks and florets raw lined up on a baking sheet.

Roast in the oven for 10 minutes.

Roasted baby broccoli on a baking sheet.

Meanwhile, set out a small bowl. Whisk together the sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, and garlic powder.

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Top down sweet chili sauce in a glass container, adding spices.

Once the roasted broccolini comes out of the oven, brush the pieces with sweet chili glaze.

Hand with basting brush, brushing sweet chili glaze on the roasted broccolini.

Pro Tip: Don’t brush the glaze over the broccolini before roasting. It makes them soggy.

Top down view roasted broccolini on a baking sheet.

Serving Suggestions

This healthy broccolini recipe happens to be gluten-free, vegan, and low carb. Serve it alongside nearly any main dish, from a light vegetarian dinner to full-on comfort food meals!

The sweet chili sauce makes the roasted broccolini pair great with dishes like Chinese Chicken with Garlic Sauce, (Better Than) Panda Express Orange Chicken, and Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry.

For the holidays, pair it with Asian Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey or to lighten up a Deep Fried Turkey.

Roasted broccolini recipe finished - with sweet chili glaze stacked on a white rectangle serving platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What part of the broccolini do you eat?

The entire veggie is edible! Stem, leaves, florets – they are all tender and delicious.

Do you cut broccolini before cooking?

Yes, we clip the very tips of the stalks. Really this is just to give them all a pretty uniform look, and does not affect cooking at all.

Is it better to blanch before roasting?

There is no need to blanch the broccolini before cooking. It’s already wonderfully tender and ready to roast from raw!

Is eating roasted broccolini good for you?

Yes, this is a very healthy recipe! Like broccoli, broccolini is a very nutrient-dense food. Briefly roasting them brings out delicious flavors while keeping the health benefits.

How long do leftovers last?

Like most cooking green veggies, broccolini is best to enjoy soon after roasting.

The dish will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days, but the stalks and florets will likely be soft and soggy. Enjoy cold in salads, or briefly reheat in a skillet on the stovetop or the air fryer.

Hand holding piece to the camera, floret head-first.

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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Broccolini Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Lightly sweet and perfectly spicy roasted broccolini is a flavorful side dish recipe that's a snap to prepare in under 20 minutes.
Servings: 2 – 3 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Set out a large rimmed baking sheet. Then spray the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Trim the rough ends of the broccolini stems just a little. Cut the largest broccolini stems in half lengthwise to match the smaller pieces.
  • Lay the broccolini out in a single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  • Roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, set out a small bowl. Whisk together the sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, and garlic powder.
  • Once the roasted broccolini comes out of the oven, brush the pieces with sweet chili glaze. Serve warm.

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Notes

Pro Tip: Don’t brush the glaze over the broccolini before roasting. It makes them soggy.
Like most cooking green veggies, broccolini is best to enjoy soon after roasting.
The dish will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days, but the stalks and florets will likely be soft and soggy. Enjoy cold in salads, or briefly reheat in a skillet on the stovetop or the air fryer.

Nutrition

Serving: 3pc, Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 388mg, Potassium: 4mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 3002IU, Vitamin C: 156mg, Calcium: 120mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, vegan, vegetarian
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “Sweet and Spicy Roasted Broccolini”

  1. This is a fantastic recipe and I hope my family loves it just as much as I do. Thank you so much for sharing

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  3. This is now one of my favorite recipes! I love Sweet chili sauce but man, was this good! I will be making this again for our thanksgiving meal. Thanks for posting!

  4. Ok, these are so good!!! I love broccoli, but when you add those flavors to it, it is delicious!! I could eat this with every meal!!

  5. So easy and delicious! I think it would be tasty with just plain broccoli, so I’m going to try that next.