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If you need a healthy side dish that will add some green to your plate, then you have come to the right place! Forget about soggy, flavorless steamed broccoli, because this Garlic Roasted Broccoli Recipe will quickly become your family’s favorite veggie!

This Garlic Roasted Broccoli recipe makes an easy and healthy side dish that kids will love!

With spring upon us and farmer’s markets popping up again, I thought that it would be appropriate to offer a new quick-prep option for that head of fresh broccoli in your refrigerator.

With a touch of garlic, a crispy exterior, and the natural sweetness that’s brought out as a result of the roasting process, this broccoli recipe is a winner that you will turn to again and again.

If I’m going to serve a vegetable side dish more than once or twice, it better be REALLY easy. I’m too worried about getting an entree on the table each night — I can’t bother with fussing over the extras!

Close image of garlic roasted broccoli straight from the oven!

Fortunately, this broccoli recipe only requires a few minutes of hands-on time and a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. It’s healthy, it’s kid-approved, and it’s a great way to get you out of the frozen vegetable rut.

Here’s What You Need

  • fresh broccoli
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic – I often use a squeeze bottle of fresh pre-minced garlic from the produce section as a shortcut
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Small metal pan filled with crispy oven baked broccoli!

Is Roasted Broccoli Healthy?

Yes, like all green veggies broccoli is extremely good for you and roasting it gives it such a wonderful flavor it’ll be super easy to incorporate into your weekly meals.

Broccoli is a high source of vitamins C, K and A as well as iron and calcium just to name a few. It’s also packed with fiber helping you stay fuller for longer and low in calories, what’s not to love?!

How to Tell if Broccoli Has Gone Bad

If you see yellow florets on your broccoli then that’s a sign that it’s starting to turn bad.

You will also be able to tell by the smell, broccoli can take on a cabbage-like smell when it’s no longer fresh so you’ll know that it’s no longer edible.

How to Make Garlic Roasted Broccoli

  1. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Cut broccoli into small florets. Place broccoli in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, until evenly coated.
  3. Spread broccoli in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Roast broccoli until the edges are crispy and the stems are crisp-tender.

Serving Suggestions

This roasted broccoli is such a versatile side dish it will go with almost anything. Why not try it with roast chicken, pork or beef? Alongside a juicy steak, grilled fish or even with some mac and cheese.

Garlic Roasted Broccoli bakes in the oven for a quick and healthy side!

Top Tips and Variations

  • Adjust the cooking time to suit your preference. I love a crispy, charred roasted broccoli, so I tend to leave the broccoli in the oven longer. If your kids don’t want much char on the outside of the broccoli, pull it out as soon as it’s tender (after about 15-18 minutes).
  • Make sure to use fresh garlic (even pre-minced) and not garlic powder.
  • Make sure your broccoli is fresh for best flavor.
  • You can add additional seasonings such as spices, red pepper flakes or even parmesan.
  • Leftover broccoli can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days and enjoyed cold in salads or reheated as a side.
  • You can also freeze leftover roasted broccoli and defrost as needed.

Garlic Roasted Broccoli Recipe

4.50 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 105.7 kcal
This Garlic Roasted Broccoli recipe will quickly become your family's favorite side dish!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large bunch broccoli (about 3 ½ - 4 cups of florets)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic (I often use a squeeze bottle of fresh pre-minced garlic from the produce section as a shortcut)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Cut broccoli into small florets. Place broccoli in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, until evenly coated.
  • Spread broccoli in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Roast broccoli until the edges are crispy and the stems are crisp-tender (about 15-20 minutes).

Notes

  • Adjust the cooking time to suit your preference. I love a crispy, charred roasted broccoli, so I tend to leave the broccoli in the oven longer. If your kids don't want much char on the outside of the broccoli, pull it out as soon as it's tender (after about 15-18 minutes).
  • Make sure to use fresh garlic (even pre-minced) and not garlic powder.
  • Make sure your broccoli is fresh for best flavor.
  • You can add additional seasonings such as spices, red pepper flakes or even parmesan.
  • Leftover broccoli can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days and enjoyed cold in salads or reheated as a side.
  • You can also freeze leftover roasted broccoli and defrost as needed

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the recipeCalories: 105.7kcalCarbohydrates: 8.7gProtein: 4.7gFat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 41.4mgFiber: 4.6gSugar: 2.6g
Keyword: broccoli side dish, garlic roasted broccoli, oven roasted broccoli
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. 4 stars
    I gave the florets several liberal shakes of lemon pepper. Killer stuff!!! For a couple of years now I’ve done this same thing with a crimini mushroom/asparagus dish. It’s a meal in itself and I have to make it at least once a week, sometimes twice and as a certified die-hard carnivore that’s saying a lot.

        1. Hi, Lynn! It’s metal! It’s kind of like vintage enamelware, and I found it at an antique store near my home here in Virginia. Sorry that I don’t have a specific link to share it with you online.

  2. I’m going to use this recipe tonight for dinner with the Lemon, Garlic and herb Salmon marinade. I’m sure this would be a great addition to red and white potatoes too with an added bit of lemony greatness. Thank You for the recipe.