This oven-roasted broccoli recipe produces the simplest but best-tasting broccoli you’ll ever have.
An entire head of broccoli is roasted in under 30 minutes for intensely flavored and crunchy eats. The taste and presentation is special occasion worthy, but the execution makes this any day, everyday thing
Roasted Broccoli Ingredients
You’ll only need a head of broccoli, olive oil, and your seasoning of choice. Simple salt and pepper work great or you can take my approach and use jerk spice.
How to roast a broccoli head (step by step)
Did I mention how simple this recipe is? It’s a TWO-stepper, as in season and roast. So let me break this down:
Step 1: How to season the broccoli
Douse the head with olive oil then add seasoning. Kosher salt and coarse black pepper work great. For next level flavor use a pre-mix spice rub like cajun, garam masala, etc. I keep a lot of jerk seasoning on hand so just used it.
Step 2: How to roast broccoli in the oven
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F. Trim broccoli stem as much as you can without the florets falling apart, but enough so that the broccoli can sit flat. Pack the broccoli into a round baking dish. Roast for 20-25 minutes.
I like to add a bit more oil, seasoning plus citrus like lime or lemon juice. Grated parmesan cheese is also a great add. Make this one any weeknight or add to your Thanksgiving menu. It’s extremely hands-off so will free you up for other tasks. Pair the broccoli with blackened chicken or pork chops as well as lamb or grilled fish.
Tips For Roasting Whole Broccoli
- This presents well if fully intact so don’t cut too much off the stem
- The tighter the fit (broccoli to baking bowl) the better
- Use a good quality olive oil
- Season before and after cooking
- Olive oil + jerk seasoning + lime juice make for a great topping for the broccoli
Frequently asked questions
Can roasted broccoli be frozen?
Yes this can be frozen but you’ll need to cut the head into individual florets. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet then place in a freezer to allow the individual florets to freeze. Once frozen you can transfer them all to a freezer bag where they will not stick together.
Does This Recipe Work For Florets?
Yes, but roasting florets this way can be tricky. For one it’s really easy to burn smaller pieces so you’ll need to reduce both cooking time and temperature.
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- 1 Whole Broccoli Head
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp coarse black pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F
- Trim the broccoli stem so that the broccoli can sit flat, but be careful and avoid trimming so much the florets fall apart
- Season the broccoli with the oil, salt, and pepper
- Roast the broccoli 20-25 minutes. Remove and set aside
- Add more seasoning and/or olive oil to taste if needed.