5 Asian-Inspired Broccolini Dishes

As a hybrid of standard broccoli and Chinese broccoli that was invented by a Japanese produce company, broccolini is clearly linked to asian cuisine and culture. Countries like China, Thailand, and Vietnam are all fans of the thick stalked veggie due to its gentle texture, mild flavor, and culinary versatility. Show the pioneers of broccolini some appreciation with these asian-inspired dishes.

Broccolini Stir Fry

Broccolini is considered to be well suited for the cooking process because of its long thin stalks and miniature florets, and we believe that stir-frying may be the most optimal way to serve the little veggie. Broccolini is less bitter than traditional broccoli and brings just a touch of sweetness when stir-fried. Naturally, there are a lot of different routes that you can take with this dish, but we like coating ours in soy sauce and sesame and pairing with a mushroom-heavy vegetable medley to appeal the vegetarian and health-conscious crowds.

  • Pro Tip: Looking for a touch of protein? Add chicken or teriyaki tofu!

Broccolini Thai Curry

Thai cuisine is not one to shun strong, spicy flavors, which is why we’re such big fans of broccolini Thai curry. For ours, we like to use a standard thai red curry as our base and add ample amounts of red curry paste in order to give it that signature kick. That being said, we wouldn’t recommend focusing exclusively on spice, as a varied flavor profile will really make your dish memorable. To start, try complimenting the curry with cilantro, coconut milk, or chicken to bring in different flavors and textures. Serve next to a bowl of rice for a fantastically filling main.

Chicken Thighs With Broccolini

When tossed in the perfect glaze and baked to crispy perfection, chicken thighs with broccolini can become a fantastic classy main course. For the chicken itself, we like using a glaze made of brown sugar and hoisin sauce, which creates a spicier take on teriyaki sauce. Hoisin is a particularly great option for marinading meat because its mixture of vinegar, garlic, and various spices simultaneously tenderize and season the meat itself. For the broccolini, sauté it with your choice of other vegetables to keep it tender and serve on its own or over a bed of rice. 

Asian Broccolini Soup 

While broccolini soup may not be an authentic Asian dish, there are a lot of ways to successfully bring in common Asian flavors. Essentially a twist on broccoli soup, broccolini soup substitutes broccolini florets for a different flavor profile. We’d recommend boiling your broccolini with some fresh ginger before pureeing to get a kick of heat and garnishing with sesame seeds .

  • Pro Tip: You’ll need to use a good amount of broccolini to get the right amount of florets, so consider using a mixture of broccoli and broccolini. 

Sautéed Asian Style Broccolini

A clear relative of broccolini stir-fry, sautéed broccolini can be a great side dish if you let it soak up some bold asian flavors. Fish sauce, soy sauce, and chili flakes can be great options here, as they each bring complimentary flavors that can bump up the intensity of your finished product. Before sautéing, we’d recommend doing a quick salt water boil to give your broccolini a more delicate texture.