Try this super easy side dish recipe for family dinner as an easy way to change up how you serve broccoli. This Roasted Broccoli requires just three ingredients, less than 20 minutes, and the end result is slightly sweet and caramelized. So yummy!

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Roasted Broccoli

When my oldest was in an in home daycare, I used to send her lunch while everyone else ate the food the care provider made. She regularly cooked Roasted Broccoli and my daughter saw the other kids eating and loving it. She begged to have some…and that was the start of the end of me sending her food!

It was so fun to see how much the kids loved their broccoli, and I wasn’t surprised given how sweet roasted broccoli tends to be. We now make this roasted vegetable recipe regularly since it’s so darn easy and delicious.

It’s great to make ahead, and it’s easy for babies and younger toddlers to eat baby-led weaning style. And us parents love it, too.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this healthy broccoli recipe, you need the following ingredients so you know what to look for at the store.

ingredients in roasted broccoli on counter.
  • Broccoli: You can start with a head of broccoli, a bag of florets, or even a bag of frozen broccoli. With fresh broccoli, look for bright green without yellowing edges, which will indicate freshness.
  • Olive oil: I use extra-virgin olive oil in my cooking and that is used to coat the broccoli to help it roast into tender pieces that don’t dry out.
  • Optional flavorings: You can add extra flavor to the broccoli with a sprinkle of salt, cheese, lemon juice, and/or sesame seeds. You may enjoy black pepper, too. You can also dip the broccoli into Marinara Sauce, Cheese Sauce, Peanut Sauce, hummus, guacamole, or sour cream.

TIP: You can use a head of broccoli and cut it up into florets or use bagged florets.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the basics of this roasted broccoli recipe. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the full info.

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  1. Preheat your oven.
  2. Chop the broccoli head or trim the florets, as needed. Toss the broccoli florets with olive oil and spread out on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast until tender and just starting to brown. Check by using a knife or fork to poke the stem. It should slide in fairly easily.
  4. Top with optional flavorings as desired.

TIP: You can double this recipe if needed. Just try to spread the broccoli out evenly so they roast, rather than steam.

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What to Serve with Broccoli

Really anything! We like it with Baked Chicken Tenders, Chicken Nuggets, Scrambled Eggs, Veggie Meatballs and really any other family dinner. It’s very versatile. You can also add it to a grain bowl.

Flavor Additions to Roasted Broccoli

You can sprinkle with sesame seeds, grated Parmesan, shredded cheese, or Everything Bagel Seasoning. Or you can serve with a sauce or dip if your kids like to dunk their food. Try Ranch, ketchup, guacamole, salsa, or any favorite sauce or dip.

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How to Roast Frozen Broccoli

You can easily roast a bag of frozen broccoli florets, you just need an extra step to start. Place the frozen broccoli onto the baking pan plain and roast for 10 minutes to evaporate off the ice. Remove from the oven, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat, and continue with the recipe.

Roasted frozen broccoli is a little softer and has less crispness when compared to roasted fresh broccoli, but is just as delicious.

How to Store

Chop the broccoli up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Just be sure that the broccoli is totally dry.

Store leftovers of roasted broccoli in a container in the fridge. Reheat to serve, or chop up and add to scrambled eggs, Egg Muffins, Pizza Rolls, or Pizza Muffins.

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Best Tips for Success

  • Aim for most of the florets to be about the same size, or in bite-size pieces, so they cook evenly.
  • You can put aside some for a baby before you add any salt.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese at the end of cooking and pop into the oven for a minute to melt. Or add a squeeze of lemon juice or grated fresh lemon zest.
  • Sprinkle with salt to taste if desired.
  • Serve with a dip (if your kids like dips!) like Ketchup, Ranch, guacamole, or salsa.
  • You can double this recipe if needed. Just try to spread the broccoli out evenly so they roast, rather than steam.
  • You can use a head of broccoli and cut it up into florets or use bagged florets. You can also use frozen broccoli. See the recipe below for the details.

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I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

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Easy Roasted Broccoli

This Roasted Broccoli is tender, a little nutty, and a little sweet. Serve this as a simple side to go with dinner. Or make them ahead and warm them throughout the week to go with lunches.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course side
Calories 100kcal
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli florets (or about 4 cups florets chopped off of a head of broccoli)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, fresh lemon juice, sesame seeds, grated Parmesan, and/or shredded cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the broccoli onto a rimmed baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, coating and mixing well until all of the florets are a little shiny and coated with oil.
  • Roast for 16-18 minutes or until tender when poked with a knife, lightly browned and slightly crispy around the edges. Add grated Parmesan cheese for the last two minutes, if desired.
  • Sprinkle with salt, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sesame seeds, and/or additional grated or shredded cheese as desired to serve.
  • To make with frozen broccoli, add a 16 ounces of frozen broccoli florets to the baking sheet. Spread out. Roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss with the olive oil using a pair of tongs, and roast for an additional 10-12 minutes. Add grated Parmesan cheese for the last two minutes, if desired. (Roasted frozen broccoli is a little softer, but is just as delicious.)

Notes

  • Chop the broccoli up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Just be sure that the broccoli is totally dry.
  • Store leftover roasted broccoli in a container in the fridge. Reheat to serve, or chop up and add to scrambled eggs, Egg Muffins, Pizza Rolls, or Pizza Muffins.
  • Aim for most of the florets to be about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • You can put aside some for a baby before you add any salt.
  • You can sprinkle with sesame seeds, grated Parmesan, shredded cheese, or Everything Bagel Seasoning. Or you can serve with a sauce or dip if your kids like to dunk their food. Try Ranch, ketchup, guacamole, salsa, or any favorite sauce or dip.
  • You can double this recipe if needed. Just try to spread the broccoli out evenly so they roast, rather than steam.
  • You can use a head of broccoli and cut it up into florets or use bagged florets. You can also use frozen broccoli.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 358mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 706IU, Vitamin C: 101mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published October 2019.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so good! I used frozen broccoli because that’s what we had on hand and it turned out great. I did cook it a little longer, but it held up well (with a 1 and 3 year old I don’t always get to the oven when the timer dings!) I also seasoned it with lemon pepper and it was delicious. We had no leftovers! I usually have most of the bag left when I just steam it. I will use this method again in the future for sure. Thank you!

  2. The recipe mentions to use olive oil (yum!) and to bake at 400F. But my olive oil bottle says maximum heat 375F. So will it work if I bake at 375F, if so for how much time should I bake at 375F?