Parmesan Roasted Broccoli – AKA the best broccoli ever! Such a simple, yet tasty side dish. Perfectly crispy and full of flavor!
I know I’ve said it before, but there’s something about roasting vegetables that make them 100 times better! We love roasted cauliflower, asparagus, carrots, zucchini…you name it! I never really cared for steamed broccoli, but once it’s roasted, it’s so addicting!
This parmesan roasted broccoli is one of my all-time favorite ways to cook broccoli. If you aren’t a fan of broccoli, you need to try roasting it. I promise, it will give you a whole different perspective! Roasting the broccoli in oven helps all the delicious flavors come out, making this one of my all time favorite vegetables. It’s crispy and full of delicious flavors…yum!
The baked broccoli starts with a few simple ingredients: broccoli, olive oil and a couple of seasonings. Then to top it off, I use freshly grated parmesan cheese. I like to cook the broccoli for about 20 minutes before adding the cheese, the the spears get nice and tender. Once they start to caramelize, I pull them out and add the cheese. Then I put it back in the oven just long enough for it to melt. I love using freshly grated parmesan because it melts so nicely and tastes amazing!
I may or may not make this baked broccoli once a week. I’m still working on my older 2 kids, but my 2 year old tried it for the first time last week and LOVED it. She kept saying ‘more brocly peas’ in her cutest toddler voice. :)
How to season roasted broccoli
My absolute favorite seasonings to use when making roasted broccoli are oil, S&P, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. However there are plenty of other ways to season baked broccoli. Below are a few delicious options!
- Parmesan roasted broccoli: Broccoli, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parmesan cheese
- Lemon roasted broccoli: Broccoli, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper
- Garlic roasted broccoli: Broccoli, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper
- Balsamic roasted broccoli: Broccoli, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, paprika, garlic salt, pepper
How to roast broccoli
This oven roasted broccoli is SO easy to make and tastes amazing. Feel free to add in other soft veggies too when roasting, like cauliflower or brussel sprouts. Scroll down for the printable roasted broccoli recipe.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF and line baking sheet with foil.
- Combine all ingredients (except parmesan) in a zip top bag. Shake until well coated and pour out evenly on baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven and flip. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, then bake for additional 5-10 minutes until tender and crispy.
How to make roasted broccoli crispy
I love that this parmesan broccoli is SO crispy around the edges, yet still melt in your mouth tender. Check out some of my favorite tips below to make the crispiest roasted broccoli!
- Cut broccoli in half so that the florets lay lengthwise on baking sheet. This helps the pieces to crisp up evenly.
- Spread out the broccoli evenly on your baking sheet (you don’t want them to touch).
- Make sure each piece of broccoli is well coated with oil and seasonings.
- Roast at a higher temperature, like 400ºF.
- Flip halfway through! This way both sides of broccoli will crisp up nicely.
Roasted Parmesan Broccoli
- 5 cups chopped broccoli
- 3-4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Cut the broccoli lengthwise, so they lay flat. Combine the broccoli, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a zip top bag. Shake until well coated. Pour onto the baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven and flip the broccoli. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is fork tender and crispy around the edges.
- Enjoy while hot!
I’m telling you, this roasted broccoli recipe will turn broccoli haters into lovers. Once you try it, you wont ever go back to cooking it on the stove top again. Give it a try and let me know how you like it! :)