Roasted Broccoli

This oven roasted broccoli recipe is easy and versatile. The crisp, golden brown florets are delicious as a side dish or in all sorts of broccoli recipes!

Roasted broccoli recipe

Do you have any favorite broccoli recipes? I love it in just about anything – broccoli salad, frittatas, pasta, etc. – but my favorite way to eat broccoli might be the simplest: roasted!

Roasted broccoli is so easy to make, and the florets come out of the oven deliciously golden brown, crisp, and tender. I have a hard time not eating them all straight off the sheet pan, but they’re also a fantastic addition to all sorts of recipes and a yummy side dish on their own.

If you love roasted broccoli as much as I do, read on to find my foolproof method for how to roast it, along with a slew of serving suggestions to make it flavorful, filling, and absolutely irresistible. Happy roasting!

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How to Roast Broccoli

Making perfect roasted broccoli couldn’t be easier! Here’s what you need to do:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 400 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. While the oven warms up, break a head of broccoli into evenly sized florets. Spread them on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Toss the broccoli florets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer them to the hot oven and bake for 15 to 22 minutes, until the florets are browned and crisp around the edges.

That’s it! You can also roast Meyer lemon halves along with the broccoli. Right when they come out of the oven, squeeze the roasted lemon juice over the florets. Then, finish them with a big sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe Tips

  • Wash AND dry your veggies. After you wash your head of broccoli, make sure to dry it off before you toss it with the oil. A little moisture is ok, but if it’s too wet when it goes in the oven, it won’t get brown and crisp.
  • Don’t be afraid of the salt. No one loves bland broccoli, so salt yours generously. I sprinkle mine with sea salt before roasting and then add more, to taste, after it comes out of the oven.
  • Cut your florets to a similar size. Similar-sized pieces will cook at a similar rate, so make sure your florets are all about the same size. You don’t want little ones to burn before larger ones become tender!
  • Don’t let things get too crowded! If the florets are too close together on the sheet pan, they will steam in the oven, and they won’t get brown and crisp. Make sure to spread your florets in an even layer with a little space between each one.
  • Don’t toss the stalk! Chop it and roast it right along with the florets, save it to make soup, or pulse it into broccoli rice. Waste not, want not!

How to roast broccoli

Oven Roasted Broccoli Serving Suggestions

As I said above, my favorite way to serve oven roasted broccoli is with a big squeeze of lemon juice and red pepper flakes. But your options don’t end there! Here are a few more great ways to dress up this simple side dish:

Alternatively, make it a meal on its own! Add it to an easy roasted vegetable pasta, or pile it onto a DIY grain bowl with one of the sauces from above, a grain, and a protein. Here are a few of my favorites:

What are you favorite roasted broccoli recipes? Let me know in the comments!

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Roasted Broccoli

rate this recipe:
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Serves 4
Learn how to roast broccoli perfectly every time! Enjoy it on its own, or try one of the flavorful serving suggestions above.


  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Meyer lemons, halved, optional
  • Red pepper flakes, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss the broccoli florets and lemon halves with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread evenly on the baking sheet.
  • Roast 15 to 22 minutes or until browned around the edges. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired.



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  1. Rachel

    This looks delicious! Can you use a regular lemon instead of a Meyer one? Thanks!

  2. Mark

    The instructions have a mistake in them. After you have laid out the florets then you were supposed to toss them with oil. These two steps are out of order.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Mark, I put them on the baking sheet, toss them with the oil, salt, and pepper right on the baking sheet. Hope that helps!

  3. JLD

    Great recipe! We also like to use “21 Seasoning Salute” from Trader Joe’s to season the broccoli… very tasty and no sodium!

  4. Jennifer Marsh

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious. The lemons add such flavor! I served this for a visiting, college-aged boy last night, and he raved about it!

  5. Barb

    5 stars
    This was truly fabulous. Easy to make and the kids loved it. Added to our ever growing love of roasted veggies. Curious what the point of the lemon is (I didn’t have one) What does it bring to the dish?

  6. Carol

    5 stars
    Excellent! I used the lemon after cooking on the broccoli and it was a wonderful addition!

  7. Dana

    Best broccoli I’ve ever made. The family loved it and the roasted lemon took it to the next level! Thanks

  8. Raghav from

    Hi. Is it alright if I dump the brocolli in boiling water, dry it using a towel and then go ahead with the marinating and oven roasting. Will it still turn out to be crispy?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Raghav, the extra boiling step isn’t necessary – it’ll fully cook and become the crispiest if you just roast it directly.

  9. Elianne

    Can you do the same with frozen broccoli?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Elainne, fresh is best. Because of the water content in frozen broccoli, you won’t get the nice roasted flavor with lightly charred edges.

    • Richard

      With rushing for work in the morning making something healthy and tasty can be tricky. I make lunch for my wife as well,
      always aiming for quality nutrients . However, I woke up blank this morning on ideas for a colorful healthy lunch that we could enjoy. But thanks to your Roasted broccoli recipe, you made our day a little better and fancy with flavor. Sincerely, Richard and Maria.

    • Shel

      Hi, I know it’s been a while but I hope you get this and it helps.
      My son always used frozen Broccoli to make this dish, as a matter of fact he was surprised when I used fresh when he requested it for dinner.
      He takes the frozen Broccoli, makes sure the florets are of similar size, oils the pan, spreads them out so there’s a bit of breathing room between the florets, sprays with olive oil, drizzles with sea salt, and cooks in a preheated 375⁰ oven until the florets brown. He says it takes around an hour, maybe a bit longer, depending on the moisture level.
      The upshot is that it can be done and does taste great…it just takes a bit more time.
      Blessed be.

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