Lemon-Parmesan Grilled Broccolini

published Jun 11, 2023
summer
Lemon Parmesan Grilled Broccolini Recipe

The combination of crispy florets, tender stems, smoky lemon, and wispy tufts of salty Parm make this grilled Broccolini a side dish that you’ll make on repeat.

Serves4 to 6

Prep10 minutes

Cook10 minutes

Jump to Recipe
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Lemon parmesan grilled broccolini
Credit: Kelli Foster

Grilled Broccolini is the perfect back-pocket side dish to serve with whatever you’re grilling this summer. Broccolini, a tender and mild-flavored hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli, is a natural partner to almost everything, from grilled pork chops and salmon to chicken kebabs and even grilled pizza.

This grilled Broccolini recipe is simple enough to get on the table quickly and easily during the week, but it’s also perfect for dinner guests — the grilled lemon and long, slender stalks feel kind of fancy. Plus, the combination of crispy florets, tender stems, smoky lemon, and wispy tufts of salty Parm make this summer side dish an instant favorite that you’ll make again and again.

How to Grill the Most Flavorful Broccolini

You only need a handful of basic ingredients for this simple recipe that’s bursting with big, bold flavor (in addition to the natural sweetness in the tender stalks and smoky char you get from the grill, of course). The key to perfect grilled Broccolini is tossing with lemon and Parmesan before and after it comes off the grill:

  • First, toss the Broccolini with finely grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes before it hits the grill grates. Doing this on a rimmed baking sheet is an easy way to transport the Broccolini to and from the grill.
  • Then, less than 10 minutes later when the stalks come off the grill, squeeze the juice from the grilled lemon over top and shower the Broccolini with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Credit: Kelli Foster

How Long to Grill Broccolini?

This recipe for grilled Broccolini takes between 11 to 15 minutes on an outdoor grill set to medium-high (about 375ºF). You’ll grill the Broccolini over direct heat, a high-heat cooking method that results in a flavorful smoky char. After creating those initial grill marks, you’ll want to turn the Broccolini every few minutes until the florets are lightly-charred and the stems are crisp-tender.

Lemon Parmesan Grilled Broccolini Recipe

The combination of crispy florets, tender stems, smoky lemon, and wispy tufts of salty Parm make this grilled Broccolini a side dish that you’ll make on repeat.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds

    Broccolini (3 bunches)

  • 1 ounce

    Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup firmly packed freshly grated or 1/3 cup store-bought grated)

  • 1/2

    medium lemon

  • 3 tablespoons

    plus 1/4 teaspoon olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Heat an outdoor grill for medium-high, direct heat (about 375ºF). Meanwhile, prepare the broccolini.

  2. Trim about 1/2-inch from the bottom stems of 1 1/2 pounds Broccolini. If any of the stems are more than 1/2-inch thick, cut the Broccolini in half lengthwise through the stem and florets. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Finely grate 1 ounce Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup firmly packed) on a Microplane, or 1/3 cup store-bought grated. Finely grate the zest from 1/2 medium lemon. Brush the cut side of the lemon with 1/4 teaspoon of the olive oil.

  3. Add about half of the Parmesan, lemon zest, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the Broccolini and toss to coat.

  4. When the grill is ready, scrub the grill grates clean if needed. Place the Broccolini and lemon cut-side down on the grill grates. Grill uncovered until grill marks form on the bottom, 6 to 8 minutes. Grill the Broccolini, turning every few minutes, until crisp-tender and the florets are lightly charred, 5 to 7 minutes.

  5. Transfer the Broccolini to a platter. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the Broccolini. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.