Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (2024)

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Roasting is the best way to cook broccolini. It brings out the flavour and you get crunchy golden tips! This Roasted Broccolini recipe is a wonderful side dish eaten plain, but with a simple Tahini Sauce it becomes company-worthy as an impressive side dish OR a vegetarian main.

Particularly great served alongside Middle Eastern dishes, such as Chicken or Lamb Shawarma!

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Roasted Broccolini

This broccolini recipe comes to your courtesy of Yotam Ottolenghi – except I found I needed to adjust the salt way down and adjust the sauce quantities to make it drizzle-able (is that a word??).

As I’ve said before – in fact, very recently, when I shared how I roast carrots to make them golden – roasting is the best way to add flavour to vegetables. And broccolini is no exception!

Tossed with a bit of oil, salt, pepper and garlic if you so choose, roasted untiljust tender, you will happily eat it plain.

But when you add a creamy nutty tahini sauce, it takes it fromtasty toOMG how is such a simple dish so good, and WHY can’t I stop eating it??(True story, that was my reaction – over avegetable!)

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I love how quick broccolini is to prepare – much faster and less messy than cutting the florets off normal broccoli!

What you need to make this

Here’s what you need to make this broccolini recipe:

  • roasting: broccolini, garlic, olive oil

  • tahini sauce:tahini, honey, lemon, garlic

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  • Broccolini – technically a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoliGai Lanbut easier to just think of it asbaby broccoli which is actually the other name broccolini. Longer stem, slightly sweeter and more tender. Anything you make with broccoli, you can make with broccolini – here are all my broccoli recipes;

  • Tahini –made from sesame, it’s creamy and rich with a nutty flavour. Most commonly used in hummus, vegans are a big fan of it because it makes things (especially sauces) creamy without using ingredients like cream that non vegans use. Use HULLED tahini, not unhulled which is more bitter (made from unhulled sesame seeds);

  • Honey for sweetening, just a little bit. Feel free to switch with maple syrup or any other sweetener of choice; and

  • Almonds is what I use to garnish this, but you can switch it out for pine nuts, pistachios, or any seeds like sunflower seeds, pepitas etc. Just a great way to add interest to this dish.

This is a dish that’s terrific served warm OR at room temperature.

How to make Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce

Very quick and easy:

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  1. Make the sauce first because it needs 15 minutes or so to let the flavour develop;

  2. Toss broccolini with oil, garlic, salt and pepper;

  3. Roast it hard and fast in a hot oven 220°C/425°F (200°C fan) to get some colour on the tips without it going soft and soggy inside.Hard and fast is my default roasting technique for all vegetables – because I like to get colour on themwithout the vegetables turning into mush. Few examples: Eggplant, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms.

  4. Pile the broccolini on a plate, drizzle over sauce, scatter with nuts of choice.Alternative: Smear most sauce on plate, pile over broccoli then finish with a little drizzle of sauce. This looks a bit neater when people start digging in – it’s a “restauranty” way to plate up.

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Above is a photo of what the broccolini looks like straight out of the oven.Notice how:

  • the stems are still nice and green (they are cooked through and tender but most definitely not soggy and sad);

  • the ends are golden and crisp but still hold their form (ie not wilted and overcooked); and

  • the broccolini isn’t flat and soggy, it still has a nice form to it. You want it to sag a bitwhen you pick it up – if it doesn’t, it means it is still raw – but not flop in a dismal mess (which means it’s overcooked).

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How to serve Roasted Broccolini

The Tahini sauce is optional – you can most certainly just roast broccolini and serve it plain as a side dish.

But WITH the sauce, it’s elevated to another level. It can be a company-worthy side dish OR a main.

As a side dish – serve it with all things Middle Eastern / Arabic / Turkish / Persian. Here are some ideas for mains:

Chicken Shawarma (Middle Eastern)
Moroccan Lamb Meatballs
Lamb Koftas with Yoghurt Dressing
Slow Cooked Lamb Shawarma
Persian Lamb Shanks
Turkish Lamb Kofta Kebabs
Middle Eastern Recipes

As a main as part of a multi-course spread– serve it as part of a multi-course meal of various salads with some warm crusty bread or flatbreads. Here’s a combination of dishes that I served at a lunch a few months ago:

Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Salad
12 Minute Couscous Salad with Sun Dried Tomato and Feta
MARINATED Vegetarian Pasta Salad!
World’s Easiest Yeast Bread recipe – Artisan, NO KNEAD crusty bread

I deliberately chose a variety of different types of salads, and made a conscious decision to make it meat free. I also very deliberately chose dishes that could all be prepared in advance – a high priority, always!– Nagi x

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Recipe video above. I think that roasting is the best way to cook broccolini. It brings out the flavour and you get crunchy golden tips - the best part! It makes a wonderful side dish eaten plain, but if you drizzle it with a simple Tahini Sauce and sprinkle with nuts, it becomes company-worthy as an impressive side dish OR a main served with crusty bread or stuffed into flatbreads.

Especially brilliant served with all things Middle Eastern.

Ingredients

  • 500g/1 lb broccolini , ends trimmed (3 standard bunches in Australia)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove , finely minced

Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2.5 tbsp water
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 garlic clove , pressed through garlic crusher or grated using microplan (to make sauce smooth)
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

Garnish:

  • 1/4 cup flaked almonds, pine nuts or pistachios , toasted (Note 2)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F (200°C fan).

  • Sauce: Mix Tahini Sauce ingredients until combined. It should be loose enough so it can be drizzled, but not too runny. Set aside 15 minutes.

  • Toss broccolini: Pile broccolini on tray, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic.

  • Roast for 12 - 15 minutes until the broccolini floret ends are dark brown and crunchy (the best part!), and the broccolini stem is just tender. (But if you want it really soft, lower temp to 180C/350F and cook 20 min).

  • Plate up: Transfer to serving plate, allow to cool until warm. Drizzle over tahini sauce, sprinkle with almonds or pine nuts and serve! Excellent served warm OR at room temp.

Variations

  • The Tahini Sauce goes brilliantly with other roasted vegetables too, including: carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans and asparagus.

Recipe Notes:

1. Broccolini preparation - rinse and trim the woody tips off, then it's ready to cook! Leaves and flowers can be eaten.

2. Tahini- sesame sauce used in hummus. Use hulled, not unhulled (more bitter). Do not substitute with Chinese sesame paste or sauce which you might have (I always have it for Dan Dan Noodles, made that mistake once - flavour is way too intense).

Tahini oil separates in the jar so give it a really good mix with a butter knife before using. If it's hard to mix together (some brands are better than others - I like Mayver's) you can also give it a quick zap in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm it up, makes it much easier to mix.

3. How to serve this dish:

  • Plain roasted broccolini (ie without tahini sauce) - as a side dish for "anything"
    With sauce - as an impressive side dish, particularly great with anything Middle Eastern/Arabic/Turkish (like these Koftas)
  • As a meal - really great as part of a lunch spread of salad options which is how I've served it multiple times. See in post for ideas for other salads to add to the menu!

4. Source: This recipe comes to you via Yotam Ottolenghi - except I found I needed to adjust the salt way down and adjust the sauce quantities to make it drizzle-able (is that a word?).

5. Nutrition per serving.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 182cal (9%)Carbohydrates: 15g (5%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fat: 11g (17%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Sodium: 334mg (15%)Potassium: 69mg (2%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 5g (6%)Vitamin A: 2206IU (44%)Vitamin C: 117mg (142%)Calcium: 109mg (11%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

Keywords: broccolini, tahini sauce

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  1. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (26)Paul James says

    Omg the tahini sauce is crazy good. Served it over roasted broccoli and crispy fried tofu

    Reply

  2. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (33)Nicole says

    Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (34)
    Made this following the recipe the first time and was blown away by the sauce. It was awesome! Any baked, sautéed or steamed vegetable will be next level with this sauce drizzled over it.

    Reply

    • Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (37)Nagi says

      Hi Lily, you can roast the broccolini and keep it separate from the dressing – you can make up to a day in advance 🙂 N x

      Reply

  3. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (38)Jen says

    Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (39)
    This tahini sauce is crazy delicious! I use it for roasted aubergine and cauliflower to elevate simple dishes to the next level.

    Reply

  4. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (40)Mersey says

    I’ll try this tonight – but do you think a side of spaghetti would go well? Or do you suggest I need to add something more for it to be a good match?
    Thanks 🙂

    Reply

    • Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (41)Nagi says

      It’s probably not saucy enough to coat spaghetti as well – although I do love this with a side of grilled chicken or beef! N x

      Reply

      • Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (42)Mersey says

        Thanks Nagi; what do you think if I increase the amount of the sauce so that it does coat the pasta? or is this sauce not suitable for this?

        Reply

  5. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (43)Margaret Goodwin says

    Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (44)
    Added strips of red capsicum, cauliflower florets & chunks of pumpkin to the broccolini roast. Served this vegetable roast topped with salmon steaks that I’d dusted with cumin then panfried. Drizzled the lovely tahini sauce over and finished it off with with a sprinkle of sultanas & pine nuts. Yum!!

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  6. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (45)Suzanne Phelps says

    Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (46)
    Made this as a side to roasted vegies and marinated chicken. I was asked if I watch MKR, lol. Just for the record….I don’t.

    Reply

  7. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (49)Steven Crowe says

    Hello Nagi, I have been trying your recipes for a long time now but this one I am not sure about. I have tried broccoli several times but it always has a bitter taste to me. Am I missing something here or doing something wrong??

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  8. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (50)Roshini says

    Hi Nagi,
    Thank you for another awesome recipe!! I tried this recipe today and it was sooo good and so easy.

    Roshini

    Reply

  9. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (51)Tracie Astin says

    Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (52)
    Hi from Melbourne Nagi. Thanks for another winner! I served this with the slow cooked shawarma lamb and lemon herb cous cous. I’m a vego and loved the combo of the cous cous with this. Thanks!

    Reply

  10. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (56)Vera G says

    I will try This . Ive just got ALL my Farmers delivery Inc tahini so no Excuse Not to try. As for PHOTO beautiful place and Happy Dozer. Stay Safe. Thank YOU Kindly for ALL YOU do for us much appriciated .

    Reply

  11. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (57)Carole Hedley says

    Caz here from Melbourne Victoria. I’ve made this from Ottolenghi’s book. Your take on his recipe takes it to heaven! Way better chick 🐣
    I just need to know one thing.
    I buy a jar of Tahini, can you tell me how long it’s refrigerated shelf life is please? I’ve googled but simply can not find an answer. 🙁

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    • Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (58)Nagi says

      Hi Caz, I’m so glad you love it!! I usually store my tahini for up to 2 months (if opened and in the fridge). I usually use it up before then anyway. N x

      Reply

      • Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (59)Tony says

        Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (60)
        Well I found a bottle of it and heck I might just keep using this on lots of things, thanks for heads up Nagi wonderful sauce

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  12. Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (61)Susan says

    Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Ottolenghi recipe) (62)
    Love all the covid recipes you are sharing. In the USA we are still struggling and who knows about the fall. . Yikes It’s good to have these to rely on. Cheers to you and thanks

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