Broccolini With Lemon and Smoked Almonds

An unsung hero takes this quick broccolini side dish to a whole new level of flavor.

 Prep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 20 mins Servings: 8 servings

You won’t believe how easy this broccolini recipe is, and how short the ingredient list is compared to how much flavor is in this dish. The broccolini quickly cooks in a hot skillet with shallots and garlic, so it’s flavorful from the get-go, and then steams until crisp-tender. What knocks it out of the park is an almond-parsley mixture.

But it’s not just good ol’ almonds—it’s smoked almonds. This one simple ingredient transforms this straightforward dish in an instant. The mixture is zesty and herby, similar to gremolata, and lets the broccolini shine.

If you’re a fan of versatility, you’ll love the zesty almond-parsley mixture even more. Try it on a medley of roasted vegetables or just roasted cauliflower or broccoli. Or give it a go on spring vegetables like asparagus, sugar snap peas, or green beans.


  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (preferably smoked)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest plus 1 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 lb broccolini, trimmed


  1. Mix almonds, parsley, lemon zest, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium. Add shallot, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add Broccolini, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt; turn to coat Broccolini in oil. Add 1/2 cup water.

  3. Cover skillet and cook until Broccolini is crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute.

  4. Add lemon juice. Transfer to a serving dish and top with almond mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
9g Fat
10g Carbs
3g Protein

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Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 61mg 307%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 392mg 8%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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