Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (Inspired by Ottolenghi)
This roasted broccolini recipe, inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, is one of our favorite vegetarian side dishes. Broccolini is roasted until crispy then served with a creamy tahini yogurt sauce and charred lemons. It's a quick and delicious side dish that's ready in just 25 minutes!
For more delicious broccoli recipes, also try our best roasted broccoli, roasted broccoli soup with lemon tahini cream, and grilled broccoli caesar salad.
Roasting broccoli or broccolini is by far our favorite way to enjoy it. The oven brings out incredible flavors and the florets become all golden and crunchy.
Inspired by Ottolenghi, this recipe takes simple roasted broccolini to the next level. A savory-sweet tahini yogurt sauce is drizzled on top with a squeeze of charred lemon juice to make everything pop.
It's a healthy and delicious side dish that's easy enough for weeknights yet elegant enough to serve to company, too!
Ingredients for Ottolenghi's broccolini
Here's everything you'll need to make this savory-sweet side dish:
- Broccolini – broccolini is commonly sold as broccolette or baby broccoli. You can also substitute it for broccoli or even rapini.
- Olive oil
- Lemon – either char the lemons in a pan or roast them with the broccolini for a little sweetness and lots of flavor.
- Chili flakes – add more or less chili flakes depending on your desired heat level.
- Sea salt – a good quality sea salt makes a big difference in taste, and it's healthier, too!
- Greek yogurt – plain greek yogurt is what we used, or opt for a dairy-free alternative if needed.
- Tahini – tahini (also called tahina) is a paste made from sesame seeds with a rich, nutty taste.
- Maple syrup
- Sea salt – to enhance all the flavors and make the dish pop!
- Sesame seeds – a mix of black and white sesame seeds, for garnish.
How to make this Ottolenghi-inspired broccolini with tahini sauce
This is a quick, easy, and delicious side dish recipe. Here's how we make it in a few simple steps:
- While your oven preheats, prepare the broccoli by laying it on your baking sheet and drizzling it with olive oil. Make sure the florets are well coated. Top with lemon slices, and a sprinkle of chili flakes and salt.
- Pop it in the hot oven until the florets look crispy, about 15-20 minutes.
- While it cooks, make the sauce by mixing together the yogurt, tahini, maple syrup, garlic, and sea salt. Thin it with water (1 teaspoon at a time) until it's a pourable consistency.
- To serve, arrange the broccolini on a plate, squeeze with roasted lemon juice, and drizzle with tahini sauce. Sprinkle with a few sesame seeds and that's it!
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
Tips for making perfect roasted broccolini
- For crispy broccolini, make sure not to overcrowd the pan. This is important any time you're roasting veggies. If you pack them too closely together, they'll steam instead of roast and turn out soggy.
- Don't skimp on the oil! It helps make the florets more crispy and brings out the flavor.
- The same goes for salt. It adds a lot of flavor. Opt for a good quality sea salt because it's much healthier than table salt.
- We like to char the lemons in a pan first because we find they get better color and flavor. To save time, skip this step and simply roast them with the broccolini (per the recipe instructions).
Absolutely! The dressing can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. Simply store it in the fridge in an airtight container. When you're ready to serve, bring it to room temperature and thin it with warm water, one teaspoon at a time.
Tahini can be found at most grocery stores close to other nut and seed butters. It might also be found in the middle eastern aisle. If you have a middle eastern market in your area, they'll have the best selection.
What to serve with tahini broccolini
This quick and easy side vegetarian dish goes with just about any main, but especially with other middle eastern dishes like sticky harissa honey glazed chicken, roasted eggplant with creamy harissa and pistachios, and najib's special Lebanese cauliflower.
Favorite side dishes
- Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
- Sautéed Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan
- Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower with Tahini Yogurt
- Curried Lime Cauliflower Bites with Curry Yogurt
- Garlic Herb Carrot Fries
Broccolini with Tahini Sauce (inspired by Ottolenghi)
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- 2 handfuls broccolini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lemon, sliced
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the broccolini on a rimmed baking sheet then drizzle the oil over the top, concentrating on the florets. Lay the lemon slices on the baking sheet and sprinkle the chili flakes and sea salt over top of everything.2 handfuls broccolini, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 lemon, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- Roast the broccolini for 15-20 minutes, or until the broccolini florets are crispy.
- While the broccolini is in the oven, prepare the tahini yogurt sauce. In a small bowl mix the yogurt, tahini, maple syrup, garlic, and sea salt. Thin with a little water so it is pourable.½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons tahini, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1 clove garlic, 1 pinch sea salt
- Put the broccolini on a serving plate. Using tongs, squeeze the lemons over the top then drizzle with the tahini sauce. Top with the roasted broccolini and sprinkle with sesame seeds.1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
This recipe is part of our Best Spring Side Dishes series.
Just made this – eating and enjoying right now 🙂
I wanted to bring up one thing though. It’s harmful to eat olive oil that has been heated to higher than 375º. Also, cooking it at a high heat causes extreme smoke in the kitchen. I added my olive oil after I broiled the broccolini, then placed the broccolini back in the oven after it cooled to below 400º.
They came out terrifically. When you broil your veggies, do you just let the oil smoke? Or do you also add it afterwards? I’m curious…
I’ve actually never found that the oil smokes when I roast veggies. Hmmmm … I wonder why not?
I’m happy to hear you found a work around that worked for you!
I’m confused about where the lemons come in. You mention charring them stovetop. Did you mean to say to do that before adding them under the broiler with the broccolini? Also, Do you think preseved lemons would work here?
That is confusing! I’ve corrected the recipe to say to add the lemons to the pan with the broccolini. Thank you for pointing that out!
Preserved lemons would definitely work here. I bet they would make it even tastier. 🙂
Oh gosh this broccolini dish looks amazing! I totally believe you when you say it’s ife changing – I have to make it.
Thanks! I wouldn’t lie … it completely changed the way I look at broccoli. 🙂
Okay, these were just ridiculously good! I served them with a Moroccan spiced chicken and garlic/lemon mashed potatoes. And here’s something different: I roasted the garlic inside a juiced lemon, using some of the garlic in the potatoes and then squeezing in the roasted lemon pulp. Honestly , it was great. But back to your broccolini – this is definitely becoming a staple in our house and I can’t wait to share the recipe!
Thank you so much!! And btw I LOVE your idea of roasting garlic inside lemon. I’m so doing that. 🙂
Ha! I felt like I was reading my own post when I read this. I make one with olive oil, lemon and parmesan and I call it “Magic Broccoli”….it is ridiculously good. Ridiculously! So I totally “get” this recipe. I’m obsessed with Tahini so actually, this takes it to another level!
Love when that happens! I have a feeling from reading your blog that you and I have very similar tastes in food. Great palates eat alike (or something like that lol.)