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Roasted Broccoli: 5 Secrets to Crispy Edges

Perfectly roasted and caramelized broccoli in a black serving dish ready to eat.

As far as I’m concerned, this is the only way to eat broccoli. I mean, look at the caramelized, crispy edges on that roasted broccoli!

If you’ve ever roasted broccoli and it turned out soggy and limp, I’m going to give you a few pointers so you’ll have perfectly roasted broccoli every time.

Raw broccoli on a sheet pan drizzled with avocado oil.

Tips for Roasting Broccoli

Don’t crowd the pan

Honestly, this is one of the best tips for roasting vegetables in general. If you try to put as many vegetables as you can on the pan, you’ll end up with limp vegetables.

The reason why this happens is because there’s no room for the steam to escape as the vegetables are cooking, so they end up steaming each other.

Leave some space between the pieces of broccoli on the pan. I’d only put 2-3 crowns on one pan. (Or 1 head)

If you need to roast a lot of broccoli, split it into two pans and rotate halfway through cooking. It’s worth making another pan dirty. I promise.

Granulated garlic is my go-to seasoning for roasted broccoli.

Season roasted broccoli simply

When I roast broccoli, 99% of the time it’s a side dish for something else we’re eating. I don’t want to spend time chopping garlic or adding anything else to this because I want it finished quickly.

Most of the time I shake on some granulated garlic and sea salt. Sometimes I’ll use a season blend. Fresh garlic is pretty good, too, but it tends to burn, which brings me to my next tip…

Don't crowd the pan when roasting broccoli and you'll get perfectly roasted peices.

Roast it hot

When it comes to quick cooking vegetables you’ll want to crank up the oven. I always roast broccoli at 450 degrees F.

Why? You’ll want to get some color on it before the vegetables overcook. If the temperature is too low, then the broccoli will be limp and gross by the time it gets any color.

Roast it low

Going along with roasting broccoli at a hot temperature, you’ll want to roast it on the BOTTOM of the oven closest to your heating element. If the heating element in your oven is on top, then roast it high.

If you’re using two pans, then rotate the pan during cooking

Roasting broccoli hot and low in the oven also applies to other quick-cooking vegetables like cubed sweet potatoes, asparagus, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

Flip roasted broccoli half way through

Because you’re oven is cranked up and the pan is close to the heat, you’ll want to flip that broccoli around once or twice during cooking to avoid scorched edges.

Add some Parmesan cheese if you like!

Roasted Broccoli Adaptations

Parmesan roasted broccoli is pretty fantastic, too. If you agree, shave some Parmesan or Pecorino-Romano cheese on during the last 1-2 minutes of roasting.

If you’re feeling fancy, try squeezing some lemon juice on it. Or tossing on some chopped nuts!

Roasted Broccoli is a quick, easy, and healthy side dish!

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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This is one of our kids' favorite side dishes! And our most favorite way to eat broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of broccoli or 2-3 crowns
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets. Put them on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle the oil over the broccoli and add the salt and garlic. Use your hands to toss everything together and then spread the broccoli evenly out on the pan.
  4. Roast the broccoli on the BOTTOM rack in the oven. After 5-6 minutes flip them around with a spatula. Roast another 5-6 minutes until they're as browned as you like. If you're using the Parmesan cheese, add it during the last 1-2 minutes of roasting.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Notes

Nat's Note: I love squeezing some fresh lemon juice on at the end, too.

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