Roasted Broccoli {best broccoli ever} – with VIDEO

Roasted broccoli is the best broccoli ever! Once you learn how to roast broccoli, you’ll never go back to any other method. It’s easy to make, and by far the best broccoli you’ll ever taste.

How to Roast Broccoli - once you learn, you'll never eat this vegetable any other way! Read the easy process on

“More broccoli please!”

Is this something you want to hear your kid say? Our daughter did not want to stop eating this broccoli. Can you believe that? I’m telling you…this is the only way we’ll ever eat broccoli from here on out.

It is simply delicious. Unbelievably easy to prepare with only minimal seasonings to really let the broccoli shine.

Yes, broccoli…shine. Shine! It can happen. Trust me.

How to Roast Broccoli - once you learn, you'll never eat this vegetable any other way! Read the easy process on

If you don’t know how to roast broccoli, all you do is toss it in extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle it with a bit of salt and pepper, and roast it in a super hot oven.

And then watch it disappear.

You can jazz it up with some lemon juice or Parmesan cheese, but we really love it with just salt and pepper!

A few tips for making Roasted Broccoli!

  • DRY DRY DRY your broccoli! The more dry it is, the crispier it will be. Crispy is what you’re going for here. You can use a towel (make sure it’s one that doesn’t let off any lint), or I’ve also been known to throw it in a salad spinner to spin that liquid right off.
  • Cut the broccoli into small pieces. The more even they are in size, the better. Smaller broccoli = crispier broccoli in a shorter amount of time. We love those nearly-burnt pieces best so sometimes I cut mine super small!
  • Make sure to flip the broccoli part way through the cooking. It’s a bit of a tedious task if you’re exact about it, but it helps ensure the broccoli is crisp on all sides. If you’re in a rush, just toss it with a spatula. It will be just fine!
  • If you’ve never cooked broccoli this way, you may think it looks burnt upon first glance out of the oven, but once you taste it, you’ll know those “burnt” parts are the best tasting parts!

How to Roast Broccoli - once you learn, you'll never eat this vegetable any other way! Read the easy process on

Tip: A common question I get is “Does roasted frozen broccoli taste the same?” The answer is YES you can roast frozen broccoli, BUT it’s not going to turn out exactly the same. I do it often when I’m in a pinch or if I don’t feel like washing and drying the broccoli. It will get a little crispy but since the water content is higher, it will steam a little bit in the oven, making it less crisp.

PS: Now that you know how to roast broccoli, try it in this roasted broccoli quiche!

PPS: One of the questions also asked to search engines about roasted broccoli is “How do you make burnt broccoli?” I think that’s hilarious because practically burning it is how it tastes very best. If you’re not doing that, you might as well steam it!

PPPS: Love this? Try my roasted broccoli with Parmesan!

Love cheese even more? Try this broccoli with my easy cheese sauce!

I adore roasting vegetables so much that I compiled them all in one giant list – If you love them like I do, check out all the roasted vegetables on Rachel Cooks!


How To Roast Broccoli

How To Roast Broccoli

Yield: 3-4 side servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Once you learn how to roast broccoli, you’ll never go back to any other method. Easy and by far the best broccoli you’ll ever taste.


  • 1 large bunch of broccoli (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Wash broccoli and dry very thoroughly. (Don’t skip drying — it’s important. You can even use a salad spinner if you have one, or just shake, shake, shake all the water out and then pat dry with a towel.)
  2. Cut into medium-sized spears and coat well with olive oil.
  3. Spread onto rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip each piece over, and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 103mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 2g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: The whole family loves this roasted broccoli.
Husband’s take: This is Ben’s absolute favorite way to eat broccoli. I think he actually gets a little annoyed (secretly, he’d never complain!) when I steam it instead of roasting it.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but making roasted broccoli with lemon (a squeeze of fresh juice at the end) or roasted broccoli with parmesan sprinkled on at the end are other delicious ways to make this recipe. I also often roast broccoli and cauliflower together; that combination is great with a sprinkle of chili powder.
Difficulty: So easy!

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  1. Green broccoli is my favorite, this recipe is so easy, I will make some as side dish for my family’s meal. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great! It’s easy to do it, something I didn’t think about before. It added it to my daily menu. Thank you for sharing

    Rating: 5
  3. Amazing!

    Rating: 4
  4. I added quite a bit extra oil to mine and big chunks of sea salt along aiong with black pepper. Never roasted broccoli before but this idea to roast broccoli instead of steaming it, is revolutionary for me! Served with my own teriyaki based sauce Jasmine fragrant rice and pork dumplings. 100% showing my mum this technique. THANK YOU!

    Rating: 5
  5. I made this recipe exactly as directed, except cut the portion in half, as I wasn’t feeding a family. Surprisingly, it turned out quite well. I’m used to smothering steamed broccoli with a ton of cheese to mask the sulfer/vegetable taste. But this was much different. The texture wasn’t mushy like babyfood. It wasn’t exactly crispy like French Fries either. It was more like broccoli done just right. I guess if you just hate broccoli in general, this recipe isn’t going to fix that. But if you’re adventurous and want to try the roasting method, this works perfectly.

  6. Hi, All the way from South Africa. I was looking for a roasted broccoli dis and foound this one, and it is awesome. I got my own oragnice veg’s garden.I started playing around with this dish and this is what I came up with. 1st) dish I roasted Italian sausage. Then use that oil to infuse the broccoli and when done before serving I added the sausage. 2nd) dish I sprinkled some Italian smoked paprika over and roasted some garlic with it at the same time. 3rd) dish I kept it plain about 10 minutes before done I sprinkled some fresh yellow dill seeds (tasting like liquorice). Not to much thou. Hope you guys try it. I also used a light olive oil instead of a heavy one.Regards Johan

    Rating: 5
  7. I decided to make it with your recipe when I saw this recipe. It’s really good. Thanks

  8. I’ve just bought some broccoli and just watched your recipe. I decided to make it with your recipe. It’s really good. Thanks

  9. I like to eat broccoli because it is very nutritious, but I have a question, does it smell like when fried, I see in the picture it looks like burned

    • Hi Sanchez, It does have a smell when it cooks, as do most foods! It doesn’t smell bad in my opinion. I love it crispy and nearly burnt but if you prefer it softer and not as browned, you can absolutely pull it out of the oven a little sooner. I hope you love it!

  10. This is the best way to make broccoli!!   So so good- I ended up cooking it longer than it was supposed to, but loved how it was a little extra crispy!  I also put some balsamic vinegar on it and add some garlic powder with the salt and pepper.  My kids were gobbling it down!

    Rating: 5
  11. Easy and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  12. It seems silly that I’ve never roasted broccoli before. This was so easy and yummy. 

    Rating: 5
  13. This is absolutely delicious , and figure friendly ! Thank you for the yummy recipe !

    Rating: 5
  14. Coat well… with 2-3 tablespoons… O_oWe have different definitions of ‘coat well’; it just sinks in! I can barely coat 4 florets with that amount.Was good but I had to use much more oil than was specified.

    Rating: 4
    • Hi Minnie! You can of course use as much as you’d like. I find that 2-3 tablespoons is the perfect amount to help it crisp up but still keep it relatively healthy. Glad you still liked the recipe, thanks for your feedback!

    • I spray the broccoli with cooking spray and find that it crisps up quite nicely.BTW, I always have leftover roasted broccoli, so I refrigerate it then pop it in the oven with the next night’s dinner to get it crisp again. Works well.

      Rating: 5
  15. I started roasting broccoli because I’d grown tired of steamed. Then I tired of roasted because it just didn’t excite me. I decided to try again and went looking for recipes, landing here. Drying the broccoli is genius! It makes all the difference! Thank you. thank you.

    Rating: 5
    • p.s. I don’t have a salad spinner, so I spread the broccoli on a clean towel on a baking sheet, cover it up, and let it dry, occasionally pressing it to get the water out. Works great.

    • So glad you like this method! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment, it means so much to me!

  16. Aside from the benefits of roasted broccoli tasting so DELISH, it also doesn’t make my house stink like steamed broccoli does! It’s like eating broccoli chips. YUM. Thanks for the recipe. I added some marble cheese 5 minutes before they were done. 

    Rating: 5
  17. This was the first time I have tried roasting vegetables.  Doing broccoli this way was easy.  This will now be my favorite way to fix broccoli.  Love the taste.  I could have eaten a whole plate of the roasted broccoli and nothing else and been very happy.

    Rating: 5
  18. Can you use vegetable oil instead please?

  19. ya know I ve roasted all kinds of veggies with olive oil, s p and love them. Did I ever once consider broccoli? Nope. I love it! Thanks for bringing this one to our attention. Bet ya never thought a post on broccoli would be so well received, huh?

    Rating: 5
  20. I already love broccoli, but I figured I’d try making it a new way. I made a critical mistake in preparation, though. I poured the olive oil over top of the broccoli before tossing it. It was only after I realized I was eating crunchy-on-the-outside-pockets-of-oil-on-the-inside broccolis that I remembered this Gordon Ramsay video I watched a while back about how to properly dress salad (pouring the dressing into the bowl and then tossing the salad around to lightly coat it). My boyfriend was too sick to try my messed up broccoli, so I’ll be able to make him better stuff next time! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how crunchy these are, though! OMG. I’m a total texture fiend and these were like a party in my mouth. I’m drooling a little just thinking about it. I could just eat this stuff until I exploded.

    Rating: 5
  21. Great recipe – I may try it with lemon juice and pepper. Just wondering if you can sub the olive oil with anything? Like water, coconut oil, etc.

    • I’ve never subbed anything for the olive oil. Water would definitely not work but I bet melted coconut oil would! Let me know how it goes if you try it. :) Also – lemon and pepper sounds great!

  22. I bet I haven’t been drying my broccoli well enough! Thanks for the great tips!

  23. I have wanted to love broccoli all my life and simply couldn’t find a way to do it. I followed your recipe to the letter and it was magic -it seemed I was eating chips or other such unhealthy snacks and as I closed my eyes and did the yum-yum face, I had to remind myself it was BROCCOLI. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  24. Sooo delish! Thank you!!

    Rating: 5
  25. Thank you Rachel. I ll try to cook it the same way may be that I should have cooked fresh broccoli as mine was a few days old. I ll use more oil as well as i only used 1 tbsp Thank you once again

  26. hello i cooked broccoli according to the recipe but it came out hard and dry. i think it s best to roast it in the foil paper?

    • Hi Marina! It’s definitely a more crispy/crunchy texture than typical steamed or boiled broccoli. We absolutely LOVE it this way and don’t eat it any other way. I’ve had a ton of great feedback on this recipe so I know others enjoy it as well. If that type of texture isn’t your thing, you could wrap it up in the foil (perhaps with a bit of water) — this would yield a texture more similar to steamed broccoli that you may be used to. Thanks for your feedback!

  27. Hi Rachel , what a great site you have ! You’ve obviously put a lot of thought on it ! I just wanted to introduce myself , my name is tam and I’m a dad of one beautiful baby girl and did all of her baby food myself . I only wish I had heard of your site then I’ve been so inspired by your photography I wish I could do some more purees ! ;) . Well I’m launching a little product to make weaning easier and avoid the retched microwave ! Lillypots has gotten a great response so far and is due to launch soon . I’m hoping to temp more parents into the kitchen and especially dads ! All the best tam

  28. will this work with frozen broccoli?

    • I’ve never tried it with frozen broccoli. For it to get really crispy, it has to be very dry which I’m afraid would be difficult with frozen broccoli. Let me know if you try it!

  29. Yum! just featured these in my favorite snacks on my blog! I love broccoli.

    Rating: 5
  30. Oooh, look how crunchy the tops look! I have GOT to make this!

  31. Hmm, sounds good! I like steamed broccoli, but this might be a winner for the hubby. He really likes roasted (?) kale and it sounds like this is basically the same thing. Will have to try it out!

  32. Thanks for reminding me how much I love roasted broccoli. Somehow, I forgot how easy and simple — and DELICIOUS — it is. It’s probably been years since I’ve made it, but I’ll definitely be adding this back into the weekly rotation. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  33. roasted broccoli is soooo amazing! i always add a little lemon zest and cracked lemon pepper. so good!

  34. Broccoli is my favorite veggie and roasting is totally the way to go!

  35. I will do this for my 3 yo granddaughter that loves broccoli !

  36. I pretty much roast all my vegetables-I love how caramelized they get. This version of broccoli looks terrific!

  37. Yep! I often say to parents of picky eaters “So, your kid doesn’t like vegetables? Roast them or grill them. They’ll change their mind!”

  38. This is the only way I make broccoli and my toddler loves it!

  39. This is pretty much the only way I will eat broccoli. I still cant’ get my son to eat it, but hopefully that will change sometime!

  40. I have been doing this to my cauliflower but never thought of broccoli – thanks for the idea :)

  41. Yes, this is the only way I like to eat broccoli too! I like to add Parmesan once it’s out of the oven. Now I really want broccoli!

  42. Roasted broccoli is some of my favorite, especially with a bit of Parmesan on top – I can’t get enough! Yum!

  43. We absolutely love roasted broccoli, especially when the tops get a little brown. Yum! Sometimes we’ll even add a sprinkle of parmesan or cheddar on top.
    p.s. thanks so much for linking to our cauliflower recipe :)

  44. This is my favorite way to eat broccoli, too! It’s good with a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of Parmesan also. Unfortunately, my family prefers it steamed, so I don’t roast it too often.

  45. I’m pretty fortunate that my whole household loves broccoli! And, this is by far our favorite way to eat it!!! This broccoli looks sooo tasty good!

  46. I can’t wait to try this. I love broccoli in any form or fashion. This looks amazing!

  47. Love roasting broccoli!! Another perk of cooler weather!

  48. I make mine this way all the time now and it definitely is the best way to eat broccoli! Just made some the other night! Delicious!!

  49. sounds delish!

  50. roasted broccoli really is SO good! one of my favorite things to eat!

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