When you need a quick veggie side dish that will satisfy everyone at the table, look no further than Parmesan roasted broccoli. This super easy side dish lets the oven do all the work! A high-heat oven turns broccoli into tender florets with crisp, caramelized edges that are so good that you and your kids will gobble it up. Roasted broccoli is a side dish you should always have in your back pocket, so let us show you how to make the best ever broc!
Is it better to steam or roast broccoli?
One isn’t necessarily better than the other—it just depends on what texture and flavor you’re looking for. Steaming makes broccoli tender, while roasting gives broccoli crispy edges around a tender interior. Roasted broccoli also has a more complex flavor with some sweetness, thanks to the browning that happens when you roast a vegetable in the oven.
Steamed broccoli retains more nutrients than roasted broccoli, but they are both very nourishing.
What do I need to make this Parmesan roasted broccoli recipe?
To make this broccoli recipe, you’ll need:
- Fresh broccoli
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Garlic salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Parmesan cheese
How to make Parmesan roasted broccoli
Vegetable sides don’t get much simpler than this!
- Preheat oven and trim the tough base off the end of the stalk.
- Cut the broccoli into florets. Any larger pieces of the stalks can be cut into coins for quicker cooking.
- Drizzle the broccoli with oil, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
- Bake the broccoli in a single layer for 16-21 minutes, then toss the Parmesan cheese with the broccoli and return to the oven. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until the pieces are fork-tender and the edges are browned and caramelized.
Make sure you aren’t overcrowding the broccoli on the pan, or you will get steamed broccoli instead of roasted.
How do I know when the broccoli is done cooking?
Start checking on the broccoli around the 15 minute mark. When the broccoli is done, the edges will look caramelized with a light brown crust. If you test the broccoli florets with a fork, the fork should be able to push through the veggie with minimal resistance. If you don’t see the browning and fork tenderness, continue roasting the broccoli and check on it every 5 minutes until it is done.
What should I serve with Parmesan roasted broccoli?
This roasted broccoli is a perfect side dish for almost any main dish! It’s great with chicken drumsticks or grilled chicken thighs, salmon patties, or tuna noodle casserole—you really will be hard-pressed to find a dinner that isn’t improved with some roasted broccoli.
How long will roasted broccoli be good for?
Roasted broccoli will be good in the refrigerator for 3-5 days in an airtight container.
Can I freeze roasted broccoli?
Sure can—freeze the broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet until frozen solid, then transfer to freezer bags or containers. To reheat, spread the frozen roasted broccoli in a single layer on a sheet pan again. Roast in a 425°F oven for about 5 minutes, until warmed through.