The best ever roasted broccoli with garlic will become a staple for weeknights as well as your holiday table. Broccoli is quickly roasted under the broiler with lemon and garlic making crispy, crunchy, sweet broccoli that even those who swear they hate the vegetable will fall for. This broccoli side dish for Thanksgiving will please the whole family and only takes a few minutes to make. Since you’ll want to serve quickly after it gets from the oven, you can quickly broil while resting and slicing your main dish.
It might come as a surprise, but I was a vegetarian for about 10 years. A half thought rebellion in the face of my parents divorce (yes, I tell them weekly that they are lucky that my only form of teenage rebellion in the face of divorce was going vegetarian.) I stuck to it into my 20’s. Okay, it didn’t hurt that my idol from one of my favorite bands was also a vegetarian..
This post was originally posted on Nov 9, 2016 and has since been updated.
Since no one else in my family was a vegetarian, my parents were often in the position of needing to make something ‘special’ for me – God bless them. But more often than not, I was okay with salad, noodles, and a veggie side.
My favorite was always this roasted broccoli with garlic my mom made – she cooked it super hot with a generous amount of oil so the edge got crispy, topped with with lots of lemon and Parmesan cheese to make a vegetable side that could easily be subbed in for a meal.
I would know.
This roasted broccoli with garlic became such a loved veggie dish in my family, that any year we were going to my dad’s for Thanksgiving, my brother would get the recipe and try it himself. It’s the perfect broccoli side for Thanksgiving – you can toss it in after you take out the turkey, and cook the broccoli while it rests and you cut it.
Okay, so I get it – maybe broccoli seems a little underwhelming. But i swear to you – this is the best ever roasted broccoli with garlic recipe you’ll ever find. Ever.
It’s the only broccoli recipe you’ll ever need in your life, seriously. It’s slightly crispy, perfectly tender, and an explosion of flavor. The broccoli gets slightly sweet in the oven with the garlic, the lemon adds in the perfect about of tang, and a little Parmesan offers saltiness and general deliciousness.
The recipe doubles very well, just make sure that when laying on the baking sheet you don’t overlap or else your broccoli will steam and not get crispy, which is key to the most delicious broccoli you’ve ever had in your life.
Tips for making roasted broccoli with garlic
- Start with a super hot oven – make sure your broiler is preheated.
- Make sure your broccoli is dry before adding the dressing.
- When cutting, I usually just cut each little ‘tree’ off and cut the rest to about the same size. I also usually cut the center of the talk into large sticks about the same size but that’s my own preference.
- Use real, fresh Parmesan. Bonus points if you grate it yourself, but make sure you at least get it from the specialty cheese section of your grocery store.
This is a roasted broccoli recipe you won’t regret making – your family will beg for it year after year. It’s the kind of recipe that even someone who hates broccoli will love – I would know, my own husband is a converted broccoli hater!
The Best Ever Broccoli with Garlic Recipe
The Best Ever Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Recipe
The best ever roasted broccoli with garlic will become a staple for weeknights as well as your holiday table. Broccoli is quickly roasted under the broiler with lemon and garlic making crispy, crunchy, sweet broccoli
- 2 medium sized broccoli stalks 3-4 cups
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup oil of choice
- Salt and pepper
Preheat your oven by turning the broiler on high.
Cut broccoli into florets.
Grate garlic and chop it very fine. Combine garlic, oil, juice of the lemon, salt and pepper before combining with the broccoli. Rub the dressing into the broccoli well.
Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and place on the center rack of your oven. Broil for 10 minutes before removing to quickly stir. Return to broil for about 5 minutes and remove.
Toss with 2-3 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest before serving.
Okay, so tell me – roasted broccoli? Do you dig it? Doyou ever ruin your dinner by eating way to much an hour before? (please tell me it’s not just me.) Muffins for breakfast : a huge joke? Let me know in the comments!
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