Farmers Market Kitchen: Grilled Broccoli Rabe


Sweet, smoked, bitter greens - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Sweet, smoked, bitter greens

Last week’s recipe grilled a rack of lamb, and I can think of few finer accompaniments to that dish (or any fire-roasted meat) than grilled broccoli rabe — at this time of year, why bother working in the kitchen if you don’t have to?

Short is the season for outdoor cooking…

One recent Thursday, fate found me in Plattsburgh reporting a story for this week's Adirondack Issue. I stumbled into a farmers market, where the friendly folks from Fledgling Crow Vegetables in Keeseville had tubs and tubs of gorgeous greens and one chock-full of some of the finest broccoli rabe I’ve ever seen.

But instead of giving it the usual sauté treatment, I threw it on the grill. It was so good, I’d be surprised if I ever cook this beautiful bitter green another way again.
  • Hannah Palmer Egan

Grilled Broccoli Rabe

6 servings


1 bunch whole broccoli rabe, washed
2-ish tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2-ish tablespoons tamari (soy or liquid aminos also work, or substitute 1 teaspoon salt if you're really in a bind)
1 teaspoon balsamic or red wine vinegar (really any vinegar will do)


Light the grill and heat to about 400 degrees.

Wash greens and place in a flat tray or baking pan. Sprinkle them with oil, tamari and vinegar, turning greens with tongs until the liquids are distributed throughout.

Once your grill is hot, place greens on grill, laying cross-wise against the grill-top so they don’t fall through.

Close the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes, then turn greens with tongs and cook another 2-3 minutes.

Check to see if the stems are cooked to desired firmness; if not, turn again and cook another 2-3 minutes. The whole process shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or the leafy ends will char. 

Return to the flat-bottomed tray/pan and serve immediately or at room temperature.

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