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Can you grill broccoli? You absolutely can — and it’s delicious! This grilled broccoli recipe adds the best smoky, savory flavor to one of my favorite vegetables — and it comes together FAST (almost as fast as grilled asparagus and grilled zucchini!). Once you master cooking broccoli on the grill, it’s even easier to prep your mains and sides in one place. This guide will show you how to grill broccoli to make it tender and flavorful, plus how to enjoy your favorite grilled foods stress-free.
Grilled Broccoli Recipe: Why You’ll Love It
- Earthy and smoky grilled flavor
- Tender texture
- Simple ingredients
- Quick and easy to make
- 2 ways to cook: directly on the grill or in foil
- Easy, healthy side dish
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section will explain how to choose the best ingredients for grilled broccoli, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Broccoli – Use fresh or frozen (more details on that below!) — just make sure it’s bright green with no browning edges.
- Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil tastes great here, but any olive oil (or avocado oil) will work.
- Lemon Juice – Adds bright and fresh flavor to earthy veggies. Use fresh for best results, but bottled will work, too.
- Garlic Powder – It’s optional, but adds even more flavor when cooking broccoli on the grill.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper – Kosher salt will also work instead of sea salt. If you like extra heat, add some crushed red pepper flakes.
VARIATION: Try balsamic vinegar or parmesan cheese!
You can replace the lemon juice with balsamic vinegar instead, drizzle on balsamic glaze at the end, or sprinkle with parmesan after grilling.
How To Grill Broccoli
This section will show you how to cook broccoli on the grill with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Preheat. Preheat your grill on high heat, then reduce to medium heat right before you cook the broccoli. Meanwhile…
- Marinate. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the broccoli to the marinade and let it sit for 15 minutes while the grill preheats.
- Wrap (optional). To make grilled broccoli in foil, add broccoli to a flat piece of aluminum foil and seal the edges to make a packet. If you decide to cook broccoli directly on the grill, skip to the next step.
- Grill. Add broccoli (or the broccoli foil packet) directly to the grill, turning occasionally until tender and lightly charred on all sides.
How Long To Grill Broccoli?
Determining how long to cook broccoli on the grill depends on your individual grill, the size of your broccoli, and the cooking method. Here are the average cook times:
- Fresh broccoli on the grill: 8-10 minutes
- Fresh broccoli in foil: 10-20 minutes
- Frozen broccoli in foil: 15-25 minutes
Cook until broccoli is knife-tender and, if directly on the grill, edges are slightly charred.
Can You Grill Frozen Broccoli?
Yes, you can make grilled frozen broccoli! However, the approach for how to cook frozen broccoli on the grill is a bit different.
Frozen broccoli must be cooked in a foil packet, so any frozen pieces that may chip off won’t fall into the grill, and also so that there is enough time for the inside to cook through. Since it cooks in the foil, the broccoli will be softer and won’t take on the signature charred edges that fresh broccoli would get directly on the grill.
Tips For The Best Grilled Broccoli
For best results cooking broccoli on the grill, follow these tips!
- Use large broccoli florets. Larger broccoli pieces with stems are easier to handle and won’t fall through the grates.
- Let the broccoli marinate (quickly). After you drizzle the broccoli with the oil and spices, let it “marinate”, so the oil can penetrate the nooks and crannies in the florets. You’ll get more golden brown char, and less burn.
- Use your favorite spices. This version of grilled broccoli with lemon tastes amazing, but don’t stop there — try finishing it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, or swap the dry spices with steak seasoning or lemon pepper seasoning.
- Use grilling baskets or foil for smaller pieces. Worried about losing your broccoli between the grill grates? Use the foil packet method instead of adding directly to the grill (or to keep those charred edges, try a grill basket instead!).
- Poke for doneness. If you’re not sure how long to cook broccoli on the grill judging by its size, give it a poke with a fork. When it’s tender, it’s time to come off the grill. If the outside is browned but it’s not tender yet, turn down the heat and move the broccoli to a less hot area of the grill, if possible.
- Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
- Reheat: You can reheat broccoli on the grill, in a 350 degree F oven, or in a hot skillet for a few minutes, until warm.
- Freeze: You can freeze grilled broccoli, but the texture will be more mushy and not as tasty. If you do decide to freeze, wrap tightly and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw fully in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
What To Serve With Grilled Broccoli
If you already have the grill turned on, save time and serve this grilled broccoli recipe with a grilled main dish:
- Beef – Make the best burgers for an easy option, or grill steak or tri tip for an upgrade.
- Chicken – The simplest choices are grilled chicken legs or grilled chicken thighs, but you can also capture even more summer flavors with bruschetta chicken or chicken kabobs.
- Pork – Whip up some grilled pork chops while you have your grill going or make some quick and easy brats in the air fryer.
- Seafood – Try simple grilled salmon or Cajun grilled cod, or make grilled lobster tail for a special meal.
More Healthy Broccoli Recipes
If you like this grilled broccoli recipe but want more options for cooking this veggie, try these other easy broccoli recipes:
Grilled Broccoli (So Easy!)
Cooking broccoli on the grill gives it a smoky flavor and charred edges, and this is the easiest grilled broccoli recipe! Make it fresh, frozen, direct on the grill, or in foil.
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Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Preheat the grill for 5-10 minutes, or a grill pan for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium right before cooking.
In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if using. Add the broccoli and toss to coat. Let the broccoli sit for 15 minutes.
To grill broccoli directly on the grill: Place the broccoli onto the grill. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally to lightly char all sides, until tender.
To grill broccoli in foil: Place the broccoli on a large piece of tin foil, fold over the foil and seal to form a foil packet. Place the foil packet onto the grill and cook for 10-20 minutes, turning halfway through, until tender.
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Serving size: 1 cup grilled broccoli, or 1/4 of entire recipe
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