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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Roasted Broccoli

A side dish with a twist – this is roasted broccoli with garlic, parmesan and a hint of lemon. A great way to give loads of flavour to your vegetables, with minimal effort!

Make it as a special side for Christmas or Thanksgiving, serve it up with a juicy steak for date night, or simply cook it in the oven alongside a shop-bought chicken kiev, because it’s a Wednesday, you’re tired, and you need an easy tea.

Broccoli tends to be my go-to veg of choice, and I do serve it up with LOTS of dishes. Most of the time I simply serve it stir-fried or steamed, but it’s so much fun to change it up a bit, and cook it a little be differently!

I’m sharing with you an easy, delicious way to cook this lovely vegetable – with garlic, lemon and parmesan. My kids actually like it too, which is always a bonus!

So, if you’re stuck in a rut with your veggies at the moment, then you have to try this.

📋 What do we need?

A wooden table with all of the ingredients laid out for roasted broccoli with garlic
  • Garlic Salt We are using garlic salt or granules here as fresh garlic has a tendency to burn in the oven, so garlic salt will season the broccoli and give it a slight garlicky taste.
  • Parmesan We’ve used fresh grated parmesan but you can use ready-grated parmesan for an even speedier side dish.

📺 Watch how to make roasted broccoli

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Place the broccoli florets in a heap on the baking tray, then drizzle with oil and sprinkle with garlic salt, pepper and lemon juice
  2. Toss together then sprinkle over the parmesan
  3. Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes until tender and lightly browned.

How long to roast broccoli

20 minutes max!
It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your broccoli after the first 10-12 minutes – especially with thinner pieces of broccoli.
We want the broccoli tender and nicely golden. If you leave it in the oven too long and forget about it, the tops of the broccoli can burn and go black and bitter very quickly.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Add in extra veggies – such as cauliflower, asparagus or green beans at the same time. Use veggies that take about the same amount of times, and avoid ones that release a lot of liquid (such as courgette or tomatoes) to ensure your veggies are nice and crisp.

A close up of roasted broccoli with garlic on a white tray

This is a great alternative to regular boiled broccoli, that so often gets left on the plate until last, or is that just my kids?

🍽️ What to serve it with

So there you go… an easy, tasty take on a classic side dish.
This method can be used for cauliflower, asparagus, green beans and sprouts too. A great way to get those veggies in!

A tall photo of roasted broccoli with garlic spread out on a white tray

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A square photo of roasted broccoli with garlic on a white tray

Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli with garlic, parmesan and a hint of lemon. A great way to give loads of flavour to your vegetables, with minimal effort!

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 18 mins

Total Time 23 mins

Course side dish

Cuisine American, British

Servings 4

Calories 120 kcal


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

  • Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

  • Place the broccoli florets in a heap on the baking tray.

  • Drizzle over the oil, then sprinkle on the garlic salt, pepper and lemon juice.

  • Toss together with your hands, then arrange the florets in a single layer.

  • Sprinkle over the parmesan.

  • Place in the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.

  • Serve as they are, or drizzle on a little hot sauce for a spicy kick!

✎ Notes

Garlic Salt
Why are we using garlic salt? Garlic can have a tendency to burn in the oven, which will make it taste bitter. We’re using garlic salt instead, to season the broccoli, give it a slightly garlicky taste, and to ensure no bitterness!
Nutritional information is per serving (this recipes serves 4).


Calories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 415mgPotassium: 292mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 601IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 1mg

Keywords roasted, vegetables

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