Roasted broccoli is crispy, flavorful and works as a side dish with just about any main entree. Even veggie haters will enjoy this healthy roasted broccoli recipe.
If you’re still steaming broccoli, you’re totally missing out. Roasted broccoli is where it’s at!
I love all roasted veggies because magic happens when veggies go in the oven. The natural flavors and sweetness in the vegetables caramelize and become more prevalent, the veggies get crispy and they come out tasting so delicious.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to one of the best ways to eat broccoli.
Besides being a delicious green vegetable, broccoli is really healthy! It’s rich in vitamin C, K and A, folate, calcium, iron and potassium. It also has a good amount of protein (for a vegetable) and is low in calories and high in fiber! Added bonus: it can be eaten raw or cooked.
What You Need For Roasted Broccoli
The ingredients needed for roasted broccoli are very minimal. Here’s what I recommend:
broccoli – fresh broccoli, washed, dried and chopped
olive or avocado oil – I’ve switched to avocado oil for roasting vegetables because it has a higher smoke point
cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper – this is totally optional but I love a little spice
chopped or minced garlic – another optional add-in if you want more flavor
How to Make Perfect Roasted Broccoli
Prep broccoli: Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks. Leave about an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets. Don’t toss the stems! Here are some suggestions for how to use broccoli stems.
Season: Coat the broccoli with oil in a large bowl or right on the baking sheet. Use you hands to make sure the oil is evenly distributed. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper and toss to combine. Add garlic and cayenne pepper, if using.
Bake: Put the broccoli on a baking sheet and bake at 425ºF for about 25-30 minutes. Make sure to put the broccoli in a single layer and don’t overcrowd it. If the florets are too close to one another the broccoli will steam and get mushy instead of crisp.
Enjoy: The broccoli is done when the tops of the broccoli are starting to brown a bit. I personally like my roasted broccoli even more brown then it looks in these photos, but I didn’t want to scare you away with charred broccoli.
Can You Roast Frozen Broccoli?
I often get asked if it’s okay to roast frozen broccoli and the answer is yes! Fresh broccoli is the best, but frozen broccoli roasts up quite nicely and there’s no need to thaw it! The roasting method is almost exactly the same, but here’s my full recipe for roasted frozen broccoli.
What to Serve With Roasted Broccoli
Honestly, this roasted broccoli can be paired with just about any protein option – beans, tofu, fish, eggs… the possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas: