The best roasted broccoli recipe will become a staple for weeknights or your holiday table. The fresh vegetable is quickly roasted under the broiler with lemon and garlic making a crispy, crunchy, sweet side that even those who swear they hate it will fall for. This broccoli side dish for Thanksgiving will please the whole family and only takes a few minutes to make.
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, I stuck to it into my 20’s.
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. But more often than not, I was okay with salad, noodles, and a veggie side.
My favorite was always this best roasted broccoli recipe with garlic and Parmesan my mom made. She cooks it super hot with a generous amount of oil so the edges get crispy, topping with lots of lemon and Parmesan cheese. It makes for a vegetable side that could easily be subbed in for a meal.
I would know.
The BEST Roasted Broccoli Recipe, ever. No, really
This roasted veggie recipe became such a loved veggie dish in my family. To the point 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.
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 this roasted broccoli recipe
- 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.
Best Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Garlic and Parmesan
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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.
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
Garlic and lemon and a sprinkling of parm definitely sounds like a recipe for broccoli success! YUM
I challenge you to find something (savory) that wouldn’t taste better with that combo added!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
This sounds great–i love broccoli! I’ve definitely had too hearty of a snack after work and then not been hungry for dinner…oh well!
It happens – just means a heartier late night snack;)
I’m always just lazy/stuck in my ways and steam my broccoli, but this would be a delicious treat. I can definitely see myself going through a whole pan when I would have expected to have leftovers. Vegetables shrink when their roasted…. its not our fault.
And muffins for breakfast? Absolutely no joke. Almost a daily occurrence here. Off to check that recipe.
I mean, I’m also a big fan of a giant bowl of steamed broccoli, much to my husband’s dismay when he smells our house! 😀
Thank you for sharing your last picture… Real life is that not all food always looks good on camera, but I’m sure it tastes REALLY good. I love love roasted broccoli. 🙂 And I need to check out your pumpkin cookie dough muffins. YUM!
You need those muffins, trust me. They were amaaazinnngg! (and so is the broccoli and my dinner ;))
Patricia @sweet and strong says
Oh I love the broccoli, lemon, garlic, and parm combo! This is most definitely the BEST roasted broccoli! And it doesn’t happen too often but I absolutely hate it when I ruin my dinner, because it’s my favorite meal!
Yess! I mean, lemon, garlic and parm is good in just about everything but on broccoli it’s so, so good. I know what you mean – I was kind of bummed ot not eat an actual big dinner! Some people prefer a big lunch or breakfast but I’m pretty traditional in my dinner love.
Stephanie @ Wholesome Paradise says
That roasted broccoli looks delicious! Actually all your food looks good. I think I need some sort of pumpkin muffin in my life as well. And they’re totally okay to eat for breakfast.
It’s one of my favorite sides – even my husband who is very anti-vegetables digs it!
Erica Schmidt says
Wonderful recipe! I love simple, healthy sides. Thanks for sharing, pinning for later!
It’s so simple and so tasty!
This broccoli recipe sounds so amazing, just perfect for Thanksgiving! 🙂
It is! We’ve had it at many Thanksgivings!
It is! We’ve had it at many Thanksgivings!
Jennifer @SimplePureWhole Wellness says
Yum! Roasting makes everything taste so much more flavorful and delicious. I love this idea. Thanks!
yes! It’s my favorite thing to do with extra veggies.
Miz Helen says
We really love roasted vegetables, thanks so much for sharing your delicious Roasted Broccoli with Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great day and come back to see us real soon!
Roasted veggies are such an easy side and a great way to gt rid of an abundance of veggies!
kristin mccarthy says
I have actually never roasted brocolli before- now I need to try it!
It’s seriously so tasty and EASY!
Kellie - Hooray for Moms says
Yum! I’m definitely going to have to try this out. I love broccoli, but have never roasted it. Thanks for the recipe!
It’s so good! It’s one of my favorite roasted veggies.