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Oven-Roasted Broccoli Recipe

Oven-Roasted Broccoli Recipe

My boys inhale this naturally gluten-free roasted broccoli dish whenever I make it. Their friend Josh has been known to eat the entire tray of broccoli just minutes before dinner, leaving me with only one green veggie dish to serve instead of two (I usually also make kale chips when I serve this, as green veggies are a main part of what we eat every night here).


  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, preferably Celtic


Calories Per Serving223

Folate equivalent (total)192µg48%

Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg20.9%

Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe This easy oven roasted broccoli recipe will teach you how to bake broccoli to perfection every time! You can make this baked broccoli recipe in no time, it makes a wonderful side dish, and is extremely low in calories. This will allow you to have as much as you want! Making oven roasted broccoli has never been easier, with this easy to make roasted broccoli recipe. In this article on how to roast broccoli, you’ll find a shopping list, printable recipe card, nutrition label, and more. Try this garlic roasted broccoli recipe with chicken, steak, and pasta dishes, or even as a side dish for a holiday dinner. Making roasted broccoli recipes has never been easier! Below you will find everything you need to make oven roasted broccoli low in calories, and easy…

1️⃣ Step One: Preheat oven and cut vegetables

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). While the oven is heating, wash the broccoli and carrots to remove dirt.

  1. To cut broccoli: cut off stems and split up the florets into bite-size pieces. Save your broccoli stems and use in soup stocks and in salads.
  2. To cut carrots: You can cut carrots however you’d like, but when roasting with smaller vegetables like broccoli we like to cut them into bite-size pieces so the vegetables are all similar sizes and are easier to eat.

2️⃣ Step Two: Add broccoli and carrots to the roasting pan

Next, add the cut carrots and broccoli to a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and, using your hands or a spatula, toss the vegetables until they’re completely coated with oil.

Sprinkle the vegetables with sliced fresh garlic (optional), salt, and pepper.

3️⃣ Step Three: Roast vegetables until they soften and begin to brown

Finally, roast the vegetables in the oven until they begin to soften and become brown around the edges. This takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven.

About halfway through cooking, toss the carrots and broccoli so they brown on all sides, we did this when the vegetables had been roasting for about 15 minutes.

Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and serve immediately as a side dish, or you can let them cool and use them to top salads and bowls.

Can roasted broccoli be frozen?

Yes this can be frozen but you&rsquoll need to cut the head into individual florets. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet then place in a freezer to allow the individual florets to freeze. Once frozen you can transfer them all to a freezer bag where they will not stick together.

Does This Recipe Work For Florets?

Yes, but roasting florets this way can be tricky. For one it&rsquos really easy to burn smaller pieces so you&rsquoll need to reduce both cooking time and temperature.

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How to cut and prepare broccoli for roasting

If you purchase a full stem of broccoli, you need to prepare it in bite sized pieces before oven roasting.

  • First, don’t throw away your broccoli stems! Chopped into bite sized pieces they are fantastic, full of vitamins and minerals, and because of the texture, kids often like them better. Plus, unless you bought only the crown, you paid for them!
  • Even if you don’t want to roast the stems, pop them in the fridge to add to casseroles or salads another day.
  • To cut florets, lay the broccoli on its side. Find the top of the stem and make a clean chop across. Then work your way around the broccoli cutting the florets off as you go. If you end up with a piece with a stem longer than you would like, go back and trim the stem to your liking. You can continue to divide the florets into as small of pieces as you like.

Oven Roasted Broccoli

I feel weird typing this but I think Oven Roasted Broccoli is so hip right now! Isn&rsquot that a funny thing to say!? I don&rsquot think that this trend isn&rsquot limited to just broccoli but I think there has been a turn in how most people have been preparing their veggie side dishes, people have figured out roasting in the oven brings out the best flavors and is so easy!

So in this post I will walk through how to make healthy roast broccoli with an extra nutrient boost, nutritional yeast!

So is Roasted Broccoli Healthy?

Broccoli which is technically part of the cabbage family is very low in calories. In one cup of broccoli there are roughly 34 calories, so if you pay attention to calories, broccoli is a good food to eat! Beyond calories a serving of broccoli will give you more than a full days amount of vitamin C, it also has a decent amount of vitamin A, vitamin K and folate. Lastly it is high in fiber which will help keep you full. Plus we are adding nutritional yeast to this broccoli which will add even more vitamins and nutrients!

So what about this Nutritional Yeast?

As a blogger I try to make healthy meals for families without a bunch of weird ingredients but I really wanted to share Nutritional Yeast with you if you have not yet heard of it or used it. Nutritional yeast is a yeast, it is actually the same yeast strain that is used to make bread and beers but the manufacturing process is a little different yielding in a different end result.

While yeast you would buy for bread or beer making is a living strain nutritional yeast is killed off in the manufacturing process so the final product is not living. This yeast is produced specifically to be used as a food product and added to dishes.

Nutritional yeast mostly comes in flakes (it almost looks like goldfish food) but you can also find in powders. With the rise of plant based eating I have not had trouble finding it at the store, at both superstores like Walmart or grocery stores I have found it located next to the baking supplies/spices. It most commonly is found in a plastic tube with a shaker (like shelf stable parmesan cheese).

So we covered what it is but what does Nutritional Yeast taste like. Most people would describe it as a cheesy/nutty taste. A lot of times it is used as a cheese substitute in vegan cooking. Over all it brings a nice savory flavor to a dish. Beyond roasted broccoli I usually will add some to soups, pastas, or casseroles.

Lastly nutritional yeast does add an extra health boost. It is high in vitamins B, contains complete proteins, and contains many trace minerals such as zinc and manganese.

Together healthy broccoli and nutritional yeast will be tossed with olive oil to make this powerhouse of a side dish.

So how do you cook healthy roasted broccoli in the oven?

Start by preheating the oven to 400ºF. (Side note, I will make roasted broccoli with other foods cooking in the oven at the some time, it does fine on the lower rack as long as you keep an eye on it, just realize this might slow down the cooking slightly.)

While the oven is heating cut your broccoli crowns into florets. Or you can buy pre-cut florets at the store and save a few minutes! I usually will cut the larger florets in half to make them easier to eat, I find this especially helpful when you have kiddos with small mouths!

Add the broccoli florets to a sheet pan, drizzle the olive oil over the top and toss to coat.

Sprinkle the nutritional yeast over the oiled broccoli and toss to coat again. Spread the florets in an even layer over the tray. Then I suggest adding a little salt & pepper to taste if desired!

Transfer your sheet tray of broccoli to the oven and bake 17-20 minutes until browned to desired level. Serve immediately.

I think that this dish goes great with a nice protein like shrimp, roast chicken, or even my family&rsquos favorite chicken nuggets!


&bull to make this side dish even quicker buy pre-cut broccoli

&bull in my experience I&rsquove noticed that young children like it less &lsquobrowned&rsquo so you might want to take it out a little early if you are dealing with a child who doesn&rsquot like crispy

&bull you can add other flavors to this broccoli as well like garlic, lemon juice, or parmesan cheese

Oven Roasted Broccoli

If you are wanting a super simple side dish then roasted broccoli is perfect! Tender and crispy broccoli that has the most amazing flavor, while only havingi 6 ingredients! It takes only a few minutes to prep and then you just pop it in the oven. It is so simple, you will be making this healthy side dish often because it makes your life so easy.

I love roasting veggies in the oven, they are so simple to make, the ingredients are minimal and they always have amazing flavors. We are big fans of any veggie that I can toss with some spices and then pop in the oven to cook. Most of the time we serve roasted veggies like Lemon Roasted Asparagus, oven roasted carrots, Roasted Cauliflower, and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with our main dishes because they are so easy to make.

I love making broccoli as a side dish or in our main dishes because it is such a healthy and flavorful vegetable. It is also one that is very hard to mess up when you are cooking and there are so many recipes that you can make with broccoli.

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7 Addicting Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli is the quintessential healthy food, maybe battling with spinach a bit, but when you think broccoli you immediately think good for you. Roasting broccoli brings out its natural flavor and is a great way to get your vitamins and minerals without feeling like you’re having health food. The following recipes all roast it up in different ways, so you can pick one that suits you and the meal you’re having. A side of broccoli goes well with any meat dish, especially beef and chicken.

1. Garlic Roasted Broccoli
Roasting your broccoli works so well because it not only softens it up, it bakes flavor right into it. When you roast it up with some garlic you are really taking things to the next level. Rebecca has come up with this simple roasted broccoli recipe that uses just a few ingredients, but delivers a wholesome side that you’ll definitely be making more than once. It’s just plenty of broccoli, olive oil, a respectable amount of garlic, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. She says you can use a bit of red pepper flakes if you want to heat things up a bit. Twenty minutes from start to finish and you have a healthy side any night of the week.

2. Roasted Broccoli Tuna Salad
This is a tuna salad like none you’ve ever seen before because it’s using a generous portion of roasted broccoli. In fact, the broccoli gets the spotlight here, and will be the main thing you taste, with the tuna coming in a close second. They are using leftover roasted broccoli, so if you have any left over from the other recipes on this list, you can use it to make a yummy tuna salad in no time at all. If you really want this tuna salad you can roast up some broccoli especially for it, but it will take some extra time. Going Paleo means being resourceful and using what’s on hand, so it’s probably best to wait until you have some leftovers handy.

3. Spicy Sriracha Roasted Broccoli
Sriracha is pretty popular these days, and it’s a sure to way to improve the flavor of a dish if spicy is your thing. This recipe is short on ingredients, but each one is going to deliver flavor in massive amounts. You’ll want to use Paleo mayo for the mayonnaise, and it’s probably best to ditch the soy sauce, even if it is gluten-free. The combination of sriracha to Paleo mayo is enough to do the trick, and the way they have you cooking the broccoli up first, then putting the mixture all over it, then roasting it under the broiler is a great idea, and sure to produce broccoli that satisfies.

4. Roast Broccoli Salad
This is a roast broccoli salad you won’t soon forget, because it has so much going on that it hardly seems like it’s healthy anymore – but it is! It includes plenty of broccoli as well as mixed greens that you can choose which ones to use. It adds a bit of sriracha to spice things up, and has avocado in it, so you are getting a variety of superfoods that can go a long way in producing a healthier, more fit you.

5. Oven Roasted Broccoli
The roasting process alone is enough to make broccoli taste great, and the proof of that is this recipe that doesn’t add much to the equation, but things still come out great. It’s a reminder that Paleo recipes don’t have to have a lot of bells and whistles to be yummy, and the simpler you keep things the more likely it is to be Paleo friendly. You can’t get much more basic than broccoli roasted up in olive oil with a bit of salt and pepper to taste, and a little garlic powder for added flavor. We always recommend going organic, even with spices, so you’ll want to use sea salt for the salt, and organic pepper and garlic powder.

6. Simple Roasted Broccoli and Eggplant
One way to make a dish taste better and increase its nutritional content is to add another vegetable. Here they didn’t stop at just broccoli, but have added eggplant as well so that there is more to savor and enjoy. There will also be two different textures for you to explore, as broccoli and eggplant are very different in the way they feel in the mouth. This recipe has you using either Chinese or Japanese eggplant, and says you can add some pesto to the mix if you choose, which would really amp up the flavor.

Photo: Stuff I Make My Husband

7. Simple Roasted Broccoli Salad
This is a tuna salad like none you’ve ever seen before because it’s using a generous portion of roasted broccoli. In fact, the broccoli gets the spotlight here, and will be the main thing you taste, with the tuna coming in a close second. They are using leftover roasted broccoli, so if you have any left over from the other recipes on this list, you can use it to make a yummy tuna salad in no time at all. If you really want this tuna salad you can roast up some broccoli especially for it, but it will take some extra time. Going Paleo means being resourceful and using what’s on hand, so it’s probably best to wait until you have some leftovers handy.

The basic roasted broccoli recipe calls for oil, salt, and pepper. It's amazing how much flavor you get from those three simple ingredients. But it's fun to switch things up. Here are some other spices that go well with roasted broccoli:

    + chili flakes
  • Pesto – before going into the oven
  • Curry powder + raisins + almonds
  • Parmesan cheese + lemon zest
  • Garlic powder + cayenne pepper
  • Sesame oil + grated ginger + lime juice

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