Roasted Broccoli is one of the easiest and most delicious veggie side dishes you can make! Crunchy broccoli tossed in olive oil and light seasoning provides a nice, light side dish that goes with pretty much anything!
The Best Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe
This is definitely my go-to recipe on many busy weeknights because it only takes a few minutes to prepare, and not a long time to cook. That’s a winner in my book any night of the week!
I remember trying to convince my kids that those little, fluffy stalks of green were actually magic trees. I guess I’m not alone in that. But my kids didn’t believe me for a second. Thankfully they finally came around and now they are true believers in the power of roasted broccoli!
Is broccoli good for you?
How do you make broccoli taste good?
It’s not secret that raw broccoli can be hard to swallow (literally) because of the texture. How do you get around that? Roast it of course! Toss the broccoli with flavors like pungent garlic and nutty parmesan to really amp up the flavor and make your roasted broccoli irresistible.
How to Roast Broccoli in the oven
- Cut broccoli into small pieces. I usually will cut them a little larger than bite-sized unless I need them to cook faster. Larger pieces tend to cook a little more evenly and can easily be cut with a knife to eat.
- Toss the broccoli with some olive oil and seasonings. On any given day I can switch up the seasoning to go along with whatever I’m cooking. For instance if baked chicken breasts is on the menu, I just mix up double the seasoning and add half to the broccoli. Be sure to salt the veggies well.
- Arrange on a baking sheet (cover it with foil first) and roast in a 425 degree oven until the broccoli is starting to brown around the edges. The largest piece should be easily pierced with a fork.
- Be ready to serve shorty after roasted broccoli comes out of the oven because it cools pretty quickly.
What is the difference between roasting and baking?
Roasting and baking are both dry heat cooking methods that use hot air to conduct heat, therefore cooking the food. Roasting in the oven requires a temperature of 400 degrees F or above to create that delicious browned crust on the food being cooked. Foods that are roasted typically have more structure, like meat and vegetables. Baking occurs at a lower temperature and usually in a softer form, like casseroles and cookies.
Roasted broccoli can be served as is, or you can use some of the following suggestions to heighten the flavor profile even more.
- Add a squeeze of lemon juice over the broccoli on the baking sheet.
- Mix in some fresh minced garlic.
- Toss with some dry ranch mix.
- Grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the top.
- Serve with a lemon based dressing for dipping.
- Top pizzas, toss in salads or add to sandwich wraps.
What to do with leftovers
The best thing about this roasted broccoli is that is can easily be served warm or cold. Store veggies in a sealed container in the fridge and use within 4-5 days.
More amazing vegetables side dishes to try:
- Broccoli Slaw with Apples and Dried Cherries
- 5-Minute Parmesan Ranch Broccoli
- Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus
- 5-Minute Parmesan Ranch Broccoli
- Tomato Pie Recipe
- 1 ½ pounds broccoli florets cut into even sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, toss broccoli with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
- Roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and broccoli is crisp tender (can easily be pierced with a fork but still has a bite to it).