Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Olive Oil is a nutritious side dish that will make you fall in love with broccoli.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Easy and tasty Parmesan Roasted Broccoli is an excellent side dish for almost any dinner. You’ll be surprised at how amazing broccoli can taste when roasted and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

This is the broccoli dish I prepare for those who claim they dislike broccoli. It turns out that majority of them have never had excellent, nutty roasted broccoli. It is actually a distinct vegetable when roasted, with far more taste than when steamed. This variation elevates ordinary roasted broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper to a new level. Toasted garlic, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice are the perfect taste combination. So tasty, so simple, and the perfect way to make anyone love broccoli.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

We can’t discuss this recipe without mentioning the crunchy roasted garlic pieces. They are heavenly. Each small piece of garlic becomes toasted, brown, and really delicious. Every time I serve this easy side dish, there is a struggle over the last one. We adore garlic, so I always add at least two cloves, if not more.

How to roast broccoli

Roasting broccoli is a simple and quick way to cook it. It just takes about twenty minutes and yields some of the greatest broccoli you’ve ever had. Here’s how to roast broccoli so it cooks correctly every time.

  • Prep the broccoli: Begin by cutting it into smaller florets, especially if you want crispy ends. Smaller portions result in more crispy edges. I also prefer to chop my broccoli into flat florets so that more of it reaches the pans and browns. Next, make sure the broccoli is fully dry. Moisture causes steaming. Use a kitchen towel to thoroughly dry the florets.
  • layer with oil: Next, apply a little layer of oil to the broccoli. Olive, sunflower, avocado, and coconut oils all work. Then season with salt, pepper, and any additional spices you choose.
  • Roast: Cook the broccoli at a high temperature until crispy. I prefer to cook mine at 425 degrees, but it would work at 400 or 450 degrees if you are sharing the oven with another item.
  • Flip: About halfway through roasting the broccoli, flip it. This takes an extra minute, but it allows both sides to get well browned.

What is the best parmesan cheese to use For Best Parmesan Roasted Broccoli?

Not all Parmesan cheese is made equal, and there are several kinds available, including grated, shredded, powdered, and more. Each serves a unique purpose and can vary substantially in quality and flavor. Personally, I rarely buy the unrefrigerated Parmesan cheese powders that can be found beside the pasta. I find that they lack flavor and include a lot of additives to keep them shelf stable.

Instead, I’m looking for refrigerated Parmesan. Because we want melted cheese in this recipe, I like to use shredded Parmesan that comes in fine strands, akin to shredded cheese. If you have time, shred the Parmesan cheese straight from a bigger block. That always tastes the nicest.

Ideas for using roasted parmesan broccoli

Although this makes an excellent side dish, there are several additional uses for it.Consider preparing a double or treble batch to use up the leftovers:

  • Scrambles, frittatas, and quiche: Broccoli and eggs combine beautifully in scrambles, frittatas, and quiches. Add chopped roasted broccoli to your morning scramble, frittata, or weekend quiche.
  • Sandwiches and wraps: Sandwiches and wraps: Roasted vegetables elevate the ordinary sandwich. Layer turkey, cheese, Dijon mustard, and Parmesan broccoli on bread and lightly broil or toast for a delicious sandwich.
  • Salads: Adding roasted veggies to a salad is a great way to spice things up. I adore how broccoli goes with apples, blue cheese crumbles, roasted chicken, and arugula. Drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice over top for a tasty meal.

Ways to customize this Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

  • Consider this Parmesan Roasted Broccoli a guide for roasting various sorts of vegetables in this manner. Simply adjust the cooking time based on the veggie. I created this simple meal with cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, and kale. It always turns out beautifully.
  • Although I chose Parmesan cheese because it was readily available, you may experiment with a variety of cheeses. An aged Gouda would offer even more nuttiness to the dish. Crumbled goat cheese or feta would be delicious. Mild mozzarella or cheddar cheese may be preferable for children.
  • Although this is typically served as a side dish, it is also ideal for dinner preparation. I enjoy using roasted broccoli in salads, wraps, and quesadillas. I also often mix it with eggs to get some greens in early in the day.
  • Consider adding extra heat with red pepper flakes. Simply mix the broccoli with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes before roasting. You may also put more spices here.
  • To add extra lemon flavor, sprinkle the broccoli with lemon zest before baking.
Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

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Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Olive Oil is a nutritious side dish that will make you fall in love with broccoli.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups broccoli
  • 1 garlic clove sliced thin (more to taste)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Toss broccoli with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Lay flat on a baking sheet.
  • Roast for 15-17 minutes, or until the broccoli is soft and browned around the edges. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes until golden.
  • Serve with fresh lemon juice.
Keyword Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

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