Oven-roasted broccoli is a tasty, healthy, and easy-to-make side dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of main courses. This recipe transforms regular broccoli into a delicious golden delight while maintaining its nutritional benefits. It’s a perfect side dish for any meal.
Easy, Roasted Broccoli – Elevating Broccoli with Oven-Roasting
Oven-roasted broccoli – a simple yet incredibly flavorful dish that takes this cruciferous veggie to a whole new level. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also packed with nutrients. I will show you how to make perfectly crispy and charred broccoli florets that everyone will love. Trust me, once you try this, you won’t be able to go back to plain steamed broccoli.
Although you may be skeptical about broccoli, the crispy, caramelized edges and the tender stems will make you an instant fan after just one taste.
I used fresh broccoli to make this recipe because it retains more nutrients and is more delicious than stale ones. Even if you decide to cook your broccoli, it is still important to use fresh broccoli. Also, cutting your broccoli into the perfect florets is key, no matter the size you use.
If you want to try your hands roasting other veggies as side dishes for your meals, check out my healthy roasted vegetables recipe.
Why Oven-Roasted Broccoli?
Roasting broccoli in the oven changes its character entirely, transforming its texture into something delightfully crisp-tender and intensifying its naturally earthy flavor. The recipe is incredibly flexible. You can add some heat with crushed red pepper flakes or toss in roasted nuts for additional crunch. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a range of dishes – from a pan-seared steak to crispy roasted potatoes.
Broccoli, on its own, is a nutritious powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When roasted, it undergoes a magical transformation – the edges become crispy and slightly caramelized, offering a delightful contrast to the tender interior. This preparation method enhances the vegetable’s natural flavors, making it a hit even among those who might not typically gravitate toward greens.
Ingredients for making roasted broccoli
- Broccoli: Use fresh broccoli for perfect, delicious, and nutritious florets.
- Olive Oil: Coating the broccoli in olive oil helps to achieve that irresistible crispy texture while adding a hint of richness.
- Salt and Pepper: Basic seasonings to elevate the overall taste of the broccoli.
- Garlic: Infusing the dish with aromatic depth. Garlic complements the earthy flavor of broccoli.
- Lemon Zest and fresh Lemon Juice: This makes the roasted broccoli tangy and tasty.
- Parmesan Cheese: This is an optional ingredient
How to make Roasted Broccoli
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Wash and dry broccoli florets. Mix olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, then add broccoli and coat.
- Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Roast for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.
- Toss with lemon zest, lemon juice, and Parmesan, if desired. Serve hot as a side dish.
What Should You Serve Oven-Roasted Broccoli With?
There are a number of dishes you can pair roasted broccoli with. Some of my favorites include: Sweet potato wedges, Cauliflower fried rice, Cilantro lime rice, Braised Tofu, Honey Mustard Baked Salmon, Pot Roast, Butter Chicken, Chicken Marsala, Pasta salad, Stewed beef potatoes, and many more. Ensure to explore your options when looking for what to enjoy your roasted broccoli with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is oven-roasted broccoli healthy?
Roasted broccoli makes for a delicious and healthy side that everyone will enjoy. Broccoli is packed with fiber, vitamin C, and even protein. On top of these benefits, roasting broccoli caramelizes its natural sugars and intensifies its flavor. Roasted broccoli is also a great source of vitamin K, folate, and potassium, which are essential nutrients for our bodies. Additionally, roasting broccoli in olive oil increases its antioxidant properties, making it a great addition to any meal.
Can I use frozen broccoli for this recipe?
While fresh broccoli works best for optimal texture and flavor, you can use frozen broccoli if that’s what you have. Just keep in mind that frozen broccoli might release more moisture during roasting.
How do I prevent the broccoli from becoming too crispy or burnt?
Keep an eye on the broccoli as it roasts and adjust the cooking time accordingly. You can also toss the broccoli halfway through the roasting process to ensure even cooking.
How long does roasted broccoli last?
Roasted broccoli can last for up to 3-4 days in the fridge if properly stored in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. However, for optimal quality and taste, consuming it within 1-2 days of cooking is recommended.
Tips for Perfect Oven-Roasted Broccoli:
- Dry the broccoli thoroughly before tossing it with oil to help achieve a crispy texture.
- Ensure all your florets are of the same size for even roasting. Also, toss the broccoli halfway through the roasting process for perfect browning.
- Customize the flavor by adding a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese or a dash of red pepper flakes before roasting.
What to do with leftover roasted broccoli?
Leftover roasted broccoli can be used in a variety of ways to create delicious and healthy meals. You can toss the roasted broccoli in a salad or use it in a stir-fry or pasta dish. You can also sauté the roasted broccoli in butter for a quick side dish.
- How to Store Broccoli: Store your leftover roasted broccoli in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- How to Freeze Broccoli: Wash, trim, and blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes, dry and place in airtight containers or freezer bags.
- How to Freeze Roasted Broccoli: Let the roasted broccoli cool, then freeze in a single layer on a sheet pan.
- How to Reheat Broccoli: Reheat your roasted broccoli in the oven instead of in the microwave for the crispiest results.
Other tasty side dishes to try
- Tomato Mozzarella Salad
- Homemade Southern Cornbread
- Grilled Corn on the cob
- Homemade Coleslaw
- Grilled Plantains
- Healthy Roasted Vegetables
Oven-Roasted Broccoli Recipe
- 1½ lb Broccoli cut into florets (about 4 cups)
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt to taste
- Black Pepper freshly ground, to taste
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
- 2 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese (optional
- Set your oven to 425°F (220°C) and allow it to preheat while you prepare the ingredients.
- Wash and cut the broccoli into evenly sized florets. Make sure to thoroughly dry the florets before proceeding to the next step.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the broccoli florets with olive oil, minced garlic, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Make sure all the florets are evenly coated with the seasoning.
- Spread the seasoned broccoli florets on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure to arrange it in a single layer for even roasting.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender and their edges are golden brown. Toss the broccoli halfway through roasting to ensure even cooking.
- Remove the roasted broccoli from the oven and transfer it to a serving dish. Immediately, toss it with fresh lemon zest, lemon juice, and optional grated Parmesan cheese.
- Serve the oven-roasted broccoli hot alongside your choice of main courses.
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