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This oven roasted broccoli recipe may be simple, but it’s a staple everyone should have in their back pocket. Whether you’re low carb or simply like a good healthy veggie, I’m on a mission to show you the best way to cook each of them in the oven. So today, let me show you how to roast broccoli perfectly — browned on the outside, tender on the inside. Follow the tips below and you’ll have the best roasted broccoli every time (then try roasted broccoli and cauliflower or roasted Romanesco)!
Along with broccoli cheese soup, this is one of my favorite easy broccoli recipes ever. Often, simple is best. If you want to try a different cooking method, sauteed broccoli or air fryer broccoli are other great options for a basic broccoli side dish.
Why You’ll Love This Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe
- Perfectly tender broccoli with crispy edges
- Garlic! Need I say more?
- Just 3 common, simple ingredients (plus salt & pepper)
- Ready in 20 minutes
- Packed with vitamins (especially vitamin C and calcium)
- Naturally low carb, nutrient-dense, healthy side dish
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for oven roasted broccoli, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Broccoli – Cut into florets that are roughly the same size (no need to cut off the stems). Fresh broccoli works best, but see instructions below if you want to use frozen.
- Olive Oil – This helps crisp up the broccoli and also improves the taste. Feel free to use avocado oil instead if you like.
- Garlic Powder – The simplest option, but see variations below if you prefer to use fresh garlic cloves.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
How To Roast Broccoli In The Oven
This section shows how to make roasted broccoli, 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.
- Season. Toss broccoli, olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper together in a large bowl.
- Arrange. Spread the broccoli in a single layer on an extra large baking sheet (this one is the perfect size). You can line the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper if you like, but with the pan I use, I don’t find this necessary.
- Bake. Roast broccoli until tender and browned on edges.
What Temp To Roast Broccoli?
For crispy, browned oven roasted garlic broccoli, bake at 400 degrees F.
How Long To Roast Broccoli At 400 Degrees?
Roasted broccoli will typically take about 17-20 minutes at 400 degrees F, but can vary slightly based on oven temperatures and the size of the broccoli florets.
Tips For The Best Roasted Broccoli
- Cut uniform pieces. This ensures that the broccoli cooks at an even pace and you don’t end up with some small pieces that are burnt and some large pieces that aren’t fully cooked.
- Don’t cut florets too thick. Thinner florets maximize browned edges.
- Use enough oil. No skimping! The oil gives the broccoli flavor, but it also helps the florets get browned and crunchy. I recommend 2 tablespoons oil per bunch of broccoli. This recipe uses two, so 1/4 cup of oil.
- Every broccoli floret should touch the pan. Make sure the broccoli is evenly spread out on your baking sheet and in a single layer. We want to roast it, not steam it. Use two pans if you need to.
- Add the garlic at the right time. If you opt to use fresh minced garlic, it’s best to add it at the end of cooking, or it will burn. Add it in during the last 5 minutes of cooking. If you want to skip the fuss of adding it toward the end, use thinly sliced garlic instead.
- Choose the best oven temperature for roasting broccoli. This oven roasted broccoli works best when the broccoli is cooked at a high temperature (400 degrees F). It helps it get browned and crispy, not mushy.
Can You Roast Frozen Broccoli?
Yes, you can make roasted frozen broccoli. However, it may not end up as brown and crisp-tender, as it’s going to release water as it roasts, but it is an option. You may need a few extra minutes in the oven if you roast frozen broccoli.
TIP: Do not thaw frozen broccoli before roasting.
Thawing frozen broccoli before roasting will make it even more mushy.
Roasted Broccoli Variations
The ingredients and instructions above show the most basic roasted broccoli recipe, but you can easily mix it up with these variations:
- Minced garlic: Replace the teaspoon of garlic powder with four cloves fresh minced garlic. This will burn more quickly, so add it toward the last 5 minutes of cooking.
- Sliced or smashed garlic: If you don’t want to have to add something mid-roasting but still want to use fresh garlic, use very thinly sliced garlic instead. This can withstand the heat while roasting broccoli, so you can add it together with the broccoli right away.
- Garlic parmesan: To add parmesan cheese to this oven roasted broccoli recipe, simply follow my recipe for roasted broccoli and cauliflower (you can make it with only broccoli if you like) or simply sprinkle on some grated parmesan at the end.
- Lemon: For some zing, add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice or 1 teaspoon of lemon zest to the bowl before roasting. Alternatively, a squeeze of lemon juice after roasting also works nicely.
- Balsamic: The addition of 1-3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar works well with the olive oil already being added. You could also add a drizzle of balsamic glaze at the end.
- Store: Keep any leftover roasted broccoli in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
- Reheat: For best results, reheat the broccoli in a 400 degree F oven, but the microwave will work if needed. You can also reheat broccoli in the air fryer.
- Freeze: Freeze roasted broccoli in a single layer on a sheet pan and once it’s frozen solid, transfer to a freezer bag. From there, you can reheat from frozen (no need to thaw first).
What To Serve With Roasted Broccoli
So now that you know how to roast broccoli, what goes with it? Pretty much everything! Here are some of my favorite entrees to pair with it:
- Chicken – Baked chicken legs, crispy chicken thighs, spatchcock chicken, or prosciutto wrapped chicken are all great mains to go with this simple roasted broccoli recipe. Find more chicken recipes here.
- Beef – London broil, sirloin steak, keto meatloaf, or even filet mignon all pair well with oven roasted broccoli. Find more beef recipes here.
- Pork – Try pork tenderloin, pork chops, or sausage balls, or browse more pork recipes here.
- Seafood – Garlic roasted broccoli goes well with fish, such as a halibut recipe, seared salmon, or lemon baked cod. For a fancier meal, try it with other seafood, such as lobster tail, crab legs, or garlic butter shrimp.
More Healthy Roasted Vegetable Recipes
If you love roasted veggies as much as I do, try the healthy vegetables below. They make excellent sides to just about any healthy dinner.
Tools For Roasting Broccoli
- Glass Nesting Bowl Set – Toss the broccoli, olive oil, and seasonings together in this bowl. This set comes with every size you’ll need in your kitchen.
- My Favorite Sheet Pan – This nonstick sheet pan has a special silicone coating that browns veggies very well but never sticks. You’re going to love it!
Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe
Roasted Broccoli Recipe (Fast & Easy!)
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