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Oven Roasted Broccoli

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Oven Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan may seem like the perfect side dish, but it’s also the perfect meal. Piled high, you can can easily learn how to roast your broccoli and gobble up an entire bowl of broccoli in minutes.

Broccoli roasted in the oven and produces a tender healthy side dish that pretty much goes with any meal. These little green stalks can be eaten a variety of ways and taste great simply seasoned or smothered in garlic, cheese, herbs and spices.

Roasted on its own with a bit of black pepper, sea salt and lemon is one of the more popular ways to enjoy oven roasted broccoli as well.

oven roasted broccoli with Parmesan cheese laying on a pan

Broccoli is a Great Side Dish!

Before we get started on learning how to make perfect oven roasted broccoli, know that while this classic recipe is great on its own, its just as good with some 5 minute cheese sauce for broccoli to pour on top as well.

We tend to eat broccoli at least once, sometimes twice a week. It’s an unassuming veggie the kids seem to enjoy and its pretty quick to get on the table. As a side dish, broccoli is fast and easy and there are so many different recipes to prepare broccoli and keep things interesting.

Personally one of my favorite ways to enjoy broccoli is straight up Roasted broccoli with garlic! 

How to Easily Roast Garlic Broccoli

Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone. Here is what you need to gather to get started:

  • raw broccoli – Break down into broccoli bites for this recipe right off the stalk.
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic – I buy mine in a jar and keep it in the fridge. I use it for all my recipes!
  • Salt and Pepper – I prefer peppercorn pepper and sea salt.
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese – One of the few things I like to buy a little more premium is Parmesan. Opt for good shredded or shaved Parmesan over canned.

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How to cut and prepare broccoli for roasting

If you purchase a full stem of broccoli, you need to prepare it in bite sized pieces before oven roasting.

  • First, don’t throw away your broccoli stems!  Chopped into bite sized pieces they are fantastic, full of vitamins and minerals, and because of the texture, kids often like them better.  Plus, unless you bought only the crown, you paid for them!
  • Even if you don’t want to roast the stems, pop them in the fridge to add to casseroles or salads another day.
  • To cut florets, lay the broccoli on its side.  Find the top of the stem and make a clean chop across.  Then work your way around the broccoli cutting the florets off as you go.  If you end up with a piece with a stem longer than you would like, go back and trim the stem to your liking.  You can continue to divide the florets into as small of pieces as you like.
smothered broccoli in cheese

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Preheat oven to 425 and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set baking sheet aside. In a large bowl, drizzle fresh chopped raw broccoli with olive oil.

Add minced garlic and mix well to evenly coat broccoli. Take your time with this, mixing well and making sure garlic and oil gets on broccoli pieces.

Spread broccoli onto prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Season broccoli with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Prior to serving and while still on baking sheet, sprinkle broccoli with shredded Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately while hot.

Pouring EVOO on broccoli before putting into the oven

Roasted Broccoli with New Flavors

Overall, I’m generally a veggie purist. A bit of oil, salt and I’m good to go for my broccoli side dishes. 

With a bit of experimentation, however, I’ve found that my kids are much more likely to eat a particular vegetable dish when I jazz up the flavorings a bit more than that.

  • Garlic and Parmesan, like featured here, go well with just about any main dish you want to pair it with, but the options don’t stop there.
  • Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite roasting flavorings – it caramelizes in the oven to create this thick, almost smoky sauce that coats the veggies.
  • If you want something with a bit more tang, lemon juice or Italian dressing are other options that pair well with a whole lot of main dishes.  Just be sure not to add too much liquid so your broccoli can still crisp up in the oven.
  • To keep things simple, I also like thyme or herbs de province on all kinds of veggies, but especially broccoli.
add minced garlic to broccoli

Common Broccoli Cooking Questions

  • Do I have to steam broccoli before roasting? NOPE!  Raw Broccoli is exactly how you should do it.
  • Does Broccoli get soft in the oven? Yes! It will soften up right in the oven on this method.

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Garlic Broccoli with Parmesan oven baked
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Oven Roasted Garlic Broccoli


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Oven Roasted broccoli with garlic and freshly shredded Parmesan is a fast prepared broccoli side dish. Classic seasonings make this traditional and simple broccoli side one of the simplest to prepare.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 heads raw broccoli chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set baking sheet aside.
  • In a large bowl, drizzle fresh chopped raw broccoli with olive oil.
  • Add minced garlic and mix well to evenly coat broccoli. Take your time with this, mixing well and making sure garlic and oil gets on broccoli pieces.
  • Spread broccoli onto prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Season broccoli with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Prior to serving and while still on baking sheet, sprinkle broccoli with shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • Parmesan Cheese should melt into the broccoli pretty quickly.
  • Sprinkle with a bit of black pepper and salt.
  • Serve broccoli immediately while hot.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 260mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g

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16 Comments

  1. I have been craving broccoli as well as cauliflower lately. This roasted broccoli with garlic and parmesan will surely hit the spot! Thanks for this idea, I pinned it 🙂

    1. It’s my favorite..I could eat bowls of veggies all day!

  2. This looks delicious! I love broccoli and I absolutely LOVE garlic…I will have to make this over the weekend when my husband is back in town!!

  3. Shelly Ismail says:

    This looks and sounds so good! I’ve been on a huge broccoli kick in recent months. Looking forward to more side-dish recipes!

  4. Paula Krueger says:

    I always steam my broccoli. I’m going to have to give this a try!

  5. I am excited to try this with my son. He loves broccoli and this new way of preparing it might shake things up a little.

  6. Mac’s Mom says:

    Made it for dinner tonight. AWESOME! Everyone loved it!

    1. Thats awesome!!

  7. Looks fantastic! Just one question – the smoke point chart states that olive oil smokes at 375. How did yours turn out well baked at 425? Is there a secret? 😊

    1. Hi Rebecca, you are right that the chart we linked to says that! Simply put, the chart they put out isn’t very clear and I didnt catch that the first time when I was trying to share how to read up on smoke points.

      Here is an updated article that does a great job addressing this question- https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/smoke-point-matters-in-cooking-with-oil/article26569060/ that I think is more in line w/ smoke points.

      I use light olive oil, so as you can see, the smoke point is much higher.

      It says “Refined oils typically have a neutral taste and odour and a clear appearance. Light olive oil (light in colour, not in calories), for example, has been refined and has a higher smoke point (486 degrees Fahrenheit) than extra virgin olive oil (410 degrees F), which has not been refined. Even so, the smoke point of extra virgin olive oil makes it suitable for many types of cooking. Cooking on average home stoves, such as roasting in the oven and sautéeing, pan-frying and stir-frying over medium-high heat, is typically done between 250 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit.”

      Ill update my recipe with this new link. Thanks for pointing out the issue in the chart!!!

  8. Can frozen broccoli florets be used ?

    1. Sue, truthfully I havent made them that way yet but they would thaw pretty quickly. I encourage you to try but monitor because its not a raw veggie. It wont take nearly as long to bake.

  9. Can you tell me a little more about how you would use balsamic vinegar in this recipe? Do you just drizzle it on top before roasting or use it in place of olive oil?

    1. I take balsamic down to a glaze and drizzle before eating.

  10. It says serving size is 4 people, so to calculate calories should I divide the 217 by 4?

    1. The nutritional value is auto calculated, so the best way to do it is to add your ingredients to carbmanager and let it calculate based on what you eat. Typically 1 cup of broccoli has about 30 calories, its pretty low

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