Parmesan Roasted Broccoli


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Roasted Broccoli is a quick, easy and delicious side ready in just minutes!

Oven roasting this delicious veggie requires just a handful of ingredients that you likely have on hand. Perfectly tender-crisp and caramelized on the outside, this side has a new dimension of flavor.

Roasted broccoli in a fret serving bowl topped with parmesan cheese.

Why We Love This Recipe

Simple prep. Simple ingredients. BIG flavor.

  • If you’ve got broccoli on hand, you likely already have the rest of the ingredients. No special trip to the store needed.
  • A quick recipe that is simple but the flavor makes it seem elegant… great for company!
  • Kids and adults all love this.
  • Prep ahead of time and pop it in the oven just before dinner!
  • Leftovers are great added to salads or soup recipes!

How to Roast Broccoli

  1. Preheat the oven to a high temp (425°F).
  2. Wash and dry broccoli and cut the broccoli.
  3. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper (or whatever seasoning you prefer, seasoned salt is delicious too.)
  4. Bake for 10 minutes and then flip pieces over and bake another 5-10 minutes or until broccoli is golden brown and crispy!

TIP: If your broccoli has a large stem, don’t throw it out! Peel or cut the woody outer edges until you reach the inside which is a lighter green color. Slice it and roast it along with the florets, it’s delicious!

How long does broccoli take to roast? As long as the pieces are uniform, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes if the oven is already preheated and ready to go.

If you’re cooking another dish in the oven, roasted broccoli temperature is pretty versatile. Keep in mind that a higher temp gives more brown bits = more flavor.

A baking sheet of roasted broccoli topped with parmesan cheese.

Tips for Perfection

  • Keep It Dry: If your broccoli is wet (from washing) it will steam instead of roasting. Make sure it’s very dry before you roast (I even wash the day before or when I bring groceries home if I know I’ll be roasting it).
  • High Heat: Having the oven at a high temperature helps caramelize (make it browned) for the best flavor! If your broccoli isn’t browned, broil it for a minute before serving.
  • Season Well: Add olive oil and seasonings before cooking. I like the simplicity of salt & pepper but add in your favorite spice mixes to make it your own!
  • Cheese Please: Few things go with broccoli better than cheese! We add a sprinkle of parmesan (but any finely shredded cheese will work) and broil it for about 1 minute before serving.

Using Frozen Broccoli

Technically you can roast BUT… it does not crisp quite the same way (fresh really works best in this recipe)!

Tips for Frozen Broccoli:  Be sure that the broccoli is fully thawed and pat dry with a paper towel so it doesn’t get mushy in the oven.

Frozen broccoli is already soft so turn your oven up high, you’re really looking just to caramelize it and not to cook it. In the case of frozen, I would suggest just broiling it instead of roasting.

An overhead shot of roasted broccoli in a serving bowl.

While I love steamed broccoli for adding to recipes like Chicken Lasagna, roasted broccoli is a great side!

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Roasted Broccoli with grated parmesan cheese in a bowl
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Review Recipe

Roasted Broccoli

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
This roasted broccoli recipe is so easy to prepare. 

Ingredients

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese optional

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  • Chop broccoli into bite sized florets. 
  • Place broccoli florets on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes

After washing, ensure the broccoli is dry. Water will cause it to steam instead of roast
Change the seasonings and add in your favorite spice mixes.
This recipe uses parmesan but any finely shredded cheese will work.
Tips for Frozen Broccoli: 
  • Be sure that the broccoli is fully thawed and pat dry with a paper towel so it doesn’t get mushy in the oven.
  • Frozen broccoli is already soft, I would suggest just broiling it instead of roasting.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 144, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 50mg, Potassium: 480mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 945IU, Vitamin C: 135.5mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 1.2mg
Keyword baked broccoli, roasted broccoli
Roasted broccoli on a baking sheet, sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Roasted broccoli in a serving bowl topped with parmesan cheese.
Roasted broccoli on a baking sheet, sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

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