Roasted broccoli is super easy to make, and it will instantly upgrade any meal you serve it with! It’s packed with flavor, and it’s a healthy side dish your family will love.
While steamed broccoli is probably the easiest way to prepare everyone’s favorite green vegetable, roasting it definitely comes in a close second! You only need to cut the broccoli, toss it with oil, season it, and pop it in the oven. Wait 20 minutes and you’ve got roasted broccoli that’s tender, crispy, and full of flavor.
Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe
I love roasted vegetables, but roasted broccoli is one of my favorites for sure! The tops get crispy when roasted at high heat, but the stems get caramelized and tender. This creates contrasting textures and flavors that make roasted broccoli a crowd-pleasing side dish—even for people who don’t usually like broccoli!
You can add crushed garlic to the olive oil, sprinkle the broccoli with shredded cheddar or grated Parmesan before you pop it in the oven, or amp up the flavor with seasoning salt. But it’s also one of those simple dishes that’s full of flavor even if you just make it with broccoli and oil!
- Broccoli – Use the florets and the stems. The stems get browned and tender in the oven—so good!
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
How to Make Roasted Broccoli
Preheat your oven to 450ºF and toss the broccoli florets with the olive oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Make sure the broccoli isn’t crowded on the sheet—spread it out evenly, which prevents it from steaming instead of getting crispy and caramelized.
Place the sheet pan in the oven and roast the broccoli for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are crispy and the stems are tender. Serve warm.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Roasted Broccoli
Store leftover roasted broccoli in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat roasted broccoli in the microwave or warm it in a skillet sprayed with oil or cooking spray. You can also freeze roasted broccoli for up to 3 months.
Here are some of my favorite ways to serve roasted broccoli:
- Top it with a drizzle of garlic butter.
- Serve it with cheese sauce.
- Use it as a topping for pizza.
- Stir it into your favorite pasta dishes, like Chicken Alfredo and Garlic Butter Steak Bites.
- Upgrade your next baked potato with roasted broccoli instead of steamed!
- Squeeze lemon juice over the top before serving, then sprinkle it with grated Parmesan.
Is roasted broccoli good for you?
Roasted broccoli is definitely a healthy side dish! Broccoli is full of fiber and nutrients, and it’s also low in calories.
Is it better to roast or steam broccoli?
They’re both good! It depends on what you plan on doing with the broccoli and your own preferences.
Does roasting broccoli destroy its nutrients?
No, it doesn’t destroy all of the nutrients in broccoli, but steaming broccoli does preserve more of the vitamins and minerals.
More Broccoli Recipes to Try
- 1 bunch broccoli about 1 1/2 pounds, cut into florets, stems peeled and sliced or diced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Toss the broccoli florets with the olive oil, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet.
- Spread the florets out and then roast, without stirring, until the edges are crispy and the stems are crisp tender, about 20 minutes.
- Serve warm.