Roasted Broccoli

Roasting broccoli is as easy as cutting up the florets, adding a little olive oil, and putting them in the oven. This roasted broccoli recipe will win over even the most vegetable averse! wp-smiley;nopin

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Roasted broccoli has become a mainstay in my home this summer. For the first time, I grew fresh broccoli in my garden. I LOVED harvesting it mid-morning, then preparing it for a wonderfully nutritious lunch side dish or adding it to a dinner salad. Roasted broccoli will win over even the most vegetable-averse family members – it’s brown and crispy, and easy to customize the seasonings to your liking.

I appreciate the versatility of roasted broccoli. You can gobble it up right out of the oven and off the baking sheet OR you can easily add it to most salads, pasta dishes, tacos, or as a stand-alone side dish. You’ll love this roasted broccoli recipe because it’s flexible and comes together easily and quickly.

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I love to eat, garden, travel, and do yin yoga! I make plant-based recipes and photograph them from my 1920’s, remodeled apartment in Rhode Island. I've always loved fresh basil. Put some fresh basil leaves on a piece of cardboard, drizzle on a little olive oil and sea salt, and I'd be tempted to eat it! ❤️

How to Roast Broccoli

Making perfect roasted broccoli couldn’t be easier! Here’s what you need to do:

      • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
      • While the oven warms, break a head of broccoli into evenly sized florets. Spread them on the baking sheet in a single layer.
      • Toss the broccoli florets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put them in the hot oven and bake for 15 to 22 minutes, until the florets are browned and crisp around the edges.

    That’s it- so simple!  You can also roast lemon halves along with the broccoli. Right when they come out of the oven, squeeze the roasted lemon juice over the florets. Add a little more salt or seasonings you prefer. Serve warm, and enjoy!

    Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe Tips

      • Wash AND dry your veggies. After you wash your head of broccoli, make sure to dry it off before you toss it with the oil. A little moisture is ok, but if it’s too wet when it goes in the oven, it won’t get brown and crisp.
      • Use salt generously. No one likes bland broccoli, so salt yours generously. Sprinkle with sea salt before roasting and then add more, to taste, after it comes out of the oven.
      • Cut your florets to a similar size. Similar-sized pieces will cook at a similar rate, so make sure your florets are all about the same size. You don’t want little ones to burn before larger ones become tender!
      • Don’t let things get too crowded! If the florets are too close together on the sheet pan, they will steam in the oven, and they won’t get brown and crisp. Make sure to spread your florets in an even layer with a little space between each one.
      • Don’t toss the stalk! Chop it and roast it right along with the florets, save it to make soup.

    Oven Roasted Broccoli Serving Suggestions

    My favorite way to serve oven-roasted broccoli is with a big squeeze of lemon juice and parsley. But your options are only limited by your imagination. Here are a few more great ways to dress up this simple side dish:

      • Toss it with chopped fresh herbs like parsley, dill, or thyme.
      • Sprinkle it with lemon zest and toss it with a simple lemon vinaigrette.
      • Lightly coat with sesame oil and tamari or soy sauce and sprinkle it with toasted sesame seeds.
      • Sprinkle florets with grated Parmesan cheese and minced garlic in the final two minutes of baking. Bake for 2 more minutes or so, until the broccoli is crisp and the cheese is melted.
      • Make it a meal on its own! Add it to my easy pasta salad, or cherry tomato couscous, or beet green salad.
      • or pile it onto a DIY grain bowl with one of the sauces from above, a grain, and a protein.
    Roasted Broccoli

    Crispy, Roasted Broccoli

    Denise Keniston - Basil Lover
    This oven roasted broccoli recipe is easy and versatile. The crisp, golden brown florets are delicious as a side dish or in all sorts of broccoli recipes!
    4.50 from 2 votes
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Course Appetizer, Side Dish
    Servings 4


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    Keyword broccoli, crisphy broccoli, over roasted broccoli, roasted broccoli
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