The trick to perfectly roasted broccoli every time? High heat, good olive oil, and evenly sliced florets for crispy edges and a soft interior. Every. Time. We love this side so much, we eat it like candy. 5 minutes of work are all you need to start loving this veggie.
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Is roasted broccoli healthy?
Some cooking methods reduce the available nutrients in vegetables, such as water-based cooking like boiling or poaching. That said, when roasting vegetables, vitamin C loss is minimal (more here), which is one of the many reasons why we love roasted broccoli.
There are 6 g carbs in 1 cup of broccoli, making it a great low carb vegetable for those on a keto or low carb eating plan.
Roasted Broccoli Ingredient Notes
This roasted broccoli comes together with just 4 ingredients, including salt and pepper–I know that may not sound like enough to add flavor, but trust me. The secret to loving this green is the carmelized edges, which are easy to achieve with the proper roast and olive oil.
- Fresh vs. frozen broccoli – I strongly recommend using fresh. You can use frozen broccoli, however, your roasted broccoli will turn out mushy, and it’ll be hard to achieve the much-desired crispy edges.
- Whole broccoli vs. florets – No preference here, only that you cut your florets into even pieces before roasting.
- Simple vs. fancy seasoning – Roasted broccoli doesn’t need fancy seasoning to be delicious. We love a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper, but feel free to get as fancy as you like! Paprika, garlic powder, etc.
Modifications and Upgrades
As delicious as this simple roasted broccoli with garlic is, sometimes you want a little something different. Here’s how to easily, and successfully add your own spin:
- Spice – Add red pepper flakes.
- Cheese – Add cotija or parmesan to finish. Or cheddar at the start.
- Crunch – toss panko in a bit of oil and sprinkle on top.
- More veggies – consider mixing in other roasted vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, roasted cauliflower, roasted butternut squash, or roasted brussels sprouts.
How to Roast Broccoli
The high heat of your oven is how you’ll get those delicious caramelized edges. Here’s how to roast broccoli in 4 easy steps:
- Slice your broccoli into even pieces.
- Toss it in oil and seasoning.
- Spread it onto a baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven.
How Long Do You Roast Broccoli?
Not long enough and your broccoli will be firm in the center. Too long, and those delicate leaves will burn. The amount of time you roast your broccoli will depend on the size of your florets, between 17-22 minutes is just right.
How to Get Crispy Roasted Broccoli Tips
Although oven baked broccoli is incredibly easy to make, there are a few steps that’re easy to overlook. Here’s what you should always do:
- Even pieces – Make sure your florets are cut into even pieces for consistent baking.
- Fully dry your florets to ensure the oil and seasoning stick, and your florets crisp.
- Don’t overcrowd your pan – Be sure to give your broccoli enough space to roast, overcrowding your pan will cause veggies to steam.
More Uses for Roasted Broccoli
Obviously baked broccoli makes an incredible side dish. But if you’re looking for more ways to use up leftovers, here are some ideas for you:
- Scrambled eggs, omelets, egg muffins, or even crustless quiche.
- Salad topping, along with other veggies like roasted onions.
- Upgrade your onion and bell peppers with broccoli for a fajita mix in.
- Add to soup, keto broccoli cheese soup with roasted broccoli would be amazing.
- Mix into a stir fry.
- Turn into rice, check out my broccoli rice for a how-to.
- Stuff your chicken breast with leftover roasted broccoli–check out my broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken to see how.
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- 12 ounces broccoli florets about 1 head. Cut into even sized florets
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Option to line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Place broccoli on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss to evenly coat, then spread broccoli in a single layer on your baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake in preheated oven until the florets are brown around the edges and the stems are soft. Enjoy!