From the crispy edges to the tender interior to the nutty flavor, this Recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan delivers spectacular results with minimal effort.
However, just like red potatoes and fingerling potatoes' flavor and texture are enhanced when roasted, the same can be said when it comes to non-starchy vegetables. Just as this recipe for Roasted Broccoli proves!
Reasons to Love Roasted Broccoli
- Enhanced Flavor. Roasting broccoli allows its natural sweetness to develop and caramelize. The broccoli becomes tender and the edges get crispy and nutty.
- Restaurant-Quality Results. While roasting the broccoli with just oil salt and pepper will instantly improve this veggie, when it is finished with grated parmesan and fresh lemon juice, this recipe delivers a side dish worth of a restaurant.
- Easy & Simple Side Dish. This recipe for Roasted Broccoli is nearly as effortless as steaming a bag of frozen broccoli, but the flavor is spectacular.
- Kid-Friendly Veggie. Just like Roasted Carrots, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Roasted Asparagus, this recipe for Roasted Broccoli entices even the pickiest of eaters to give their veggies more than just a passing glance.
Ingredients for Roasted Broccoli
You truly only need broccoli, oil, and salt to make roasted broccoli. But adding lemon and parmesan to the mix takes this baked broccoli over the top!
- Broccoli: Fresh broccoli is a must when roasting broccoli. You can either purchase a bag of broccoli florets from the produce section or a head of broccoli to chop yourself. Be sure to look for broccoli that is a vibrant green color.
- Oil: Extra-virgin olive oil is the best choice when it comes to flavor for roasting vegetables.
- Parmesan: Finishing roasted broccoli with freshly grated parmesan adds a delicious nutty flavor, but is optional.
- Lemon: Just like the parmesan, the lemon juice is optional, but it brightens up the broccoli and adds great flavor.
How To Roast Broccoli
- Chop the Broccoli: Remove the large stem from the stalk of broccoli. Shred the steam to use in salads, Fried Rice, or Veggie Egg Rolls instead of tossing the stalks into the trash! Cut the head of broccoli into small florets that are about 1-2 inches each.
- Season: Place the broccoli florets onto a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, using your hands to toss to coat. I prefer tossing the ingredients together right on the baking sheet to minimize dishes.
- Spread in an even layer: Spread the seasoned broccoli evenly out onto the baking sheet. You want to be sure to spread it out evenly giving the broccoli room to roast. If the pan is crowded the broccoli will only steam and not get caramelized.
- Roast: Place the seasoned broccoli into the oven and roast, turning halfway through the baking time. Once broccoli florets have become slightly browned and the stalks are tender, remove the broccoli from the oven.
- Add finishing touches: Once the broccoli has been removed from the oven, immediately grate fresh Parmesan cheese generously over the roasted broccoli and let it melt into the broccoli. Squeeze with fresh lemon juice to brighten if desired (this is NOT necessary.)
- Serve immediately. Roasted broccoli, like most roasted vegetables, is best served while warm and crisp.
Serve Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with meals like Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Chopped Steaks, Baked Cod, Chicken Marsala, or Oven Baked Meatballs, for a vegetable side dish the entire family will love!
This roasted broccoli also makes a great addition to rice bowls, salads, or even omelets or egg bites.
Storage & Reheating Instructions
- Refrigerate: Allow the leftovers to cool slightly, and then place the broccoli into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Reheat: For best results, spread the leftover broccoli out on a sheet pan and broil it for 2-3 minutes until warmed through. If you try to heat baked broccoli in the microwave, it will become soggy.
More Delicious Broccoli Recipe
- Healthy Broccoli Salad
- Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole
- Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
- Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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- 1 head broccoli trimmed into 1 inch florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese optional
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 425℉.
- Wash and dry the broccoli well and then trim the broccoli into 1 to 2-inch florets, removing most of the stalk.
- Place the florets onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat and then spread the broccoli out evenly on the pan, being sure to leave room around each floret so the broccoli can roast, not steam.
- Roast for 20 minutes and then flip broccoli and roast for another 10-15 minutes or until broccoli is browned and tender.
- Remove the broccoli from the oven and toss with freshly grated parmesan cheese and lemon juice.
This recipe was originally published in 2019 but updated in 2022 with a few new photos and tips.