Sweet Chili Broccolini

My husband isn’t a big fan of broccoli, but he does like broccolini. Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and chinese kale. Broccolini is a trademarked name, so you will see other companies variation is labeled baby broccoli or asparation. It is slightly sweet and milder than regular broccoli, but nutritionally they are very similar. In keeping my guys happy I mostly serve broccolini, but you can’t prepare it the same way every time or they get really bored. I have become obsessed with thai sweet chili sauce, so I whipped up a tasty combination…


Sweet Chili Broccolini

Cruciferous vegetables have long been associated with cancer prevention.  A 10 year study by Harvard showed that people who ate cruciferous vegetables five times a week were less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Like most green vegetables, broccolini is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, calcium, and iron. Another bonus is that unlike broccoli and asparagus, the stalks aren’t woody. You can eat these from flower to stem.


Sweet Chili Broccolini


Sweet Chili Broccolini
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lb fresh broccolini, cleaned and divided
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  1. In a large skillet with a lid, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add broccolini to the pan and toss to coat.
  4. Drizzle vinegar and sweet chili sauce on top of broccolini, toss to cover with sauce.
  5. Cover with lid for 2-3 minutes or until broccolini has turned bright green and is slightly tender.
  6. Serve immediately.


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Sweet Chili Broccolini

I love how the sweet chili sauce adds a little sweetness while also giving a little zing to the broccolini. Chicken and Shrimp pair wonderfully with this Sweet Chili Broccolini.




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  1. This looks awesome! Seriously – the recipe name totally grabbed me – I’m supposed to be unloading a truly mammoth load of groceries, and made the mistake of circling past my e-mail. I HAD to check this out! Love sweet chili sauce – can’t wait to make this! And super-interesting that Broccolini is a trademarked name and can also be called asparation (which I’d never heard of before)! You are just loaded with fun facts! Ok … back to groceries (gaaaahhhhh!). 😀

    • Haha, you sound like me! I’ll take a sec to check my email, but then it turns into an hour at the computer. It’s more fun than actually doing work. :)
      This Sweet Chili Broccolini is so delicious…you’ll want to get every last bit of sauce! Thankfully the Broccolini holds it well :)

  2. I’d never heard of this, but it looks amazing! And sweet chili anything is great 😉

    • Hmmm, I believe it is sold worldwide. I hope you find it someday. It is quite tasty. It has the flowers like broccoli but has a milder, less bitter taste than broccoli.

  3. I love broccolini! I always cook it the same old way… garlic and lemon. Thanks for sharing this one. Now I can cook it up differently. :)

    • Yum, lemon and garlic is so good on broccolini. My kids love it steamed and plain. :) I’m loving the sweet chili on it. So I guess we really love broccolini, too!

  4. I bet this would actually get me to eat broccolini!! The sweet sauce sounds wonderful :)

    • If you like sweet chili sauce, you will love this broccolini. The broccolini is still crisp and absorbs the sauce making it the dominate flavor. It’s really delicious!

  5. This looks great Cindy! I love Thai Sweet Chili Sauce too ~ so putting them together is a great idea! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks Kristi! I just can’t get enough of this sweet chili sauce and I am loving this combination. Hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. I’m a fan of sweet chili sauce also. Great idea to put it on broccolini although I think it’s a bit funny that your husband will eat this but not broccoli!

    • Thanks Tammy :) I too think it is strange. Maybe I need to find a way to make broccoli tastier to him. Know any good recipes?

  7. I love broccolini i but have never tried making it with sweet chili sauce – that sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing Cindy and Happy New Year!

  8. Can you believe I’ve never tried broccolini before? Guess I’m missing out. This variety sounds delicious!

    • It’s pretty easy to miss in all those greens. Lol : D I hadn’t heard of it and then one day I saw it amongst the greens and thought to give it a try. I have loved it ever since! Then tossed in this sweet chili sauce…it’s twice as delightful! :)

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