Roasted Broccoli

This post explains how to roast broccoli in the oven or toaster oven. Plus, it gives tips on how to flavor roasted broccoli!

Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe

One of our favorite vegetables to have alongside dinner is roasted broccoli. Luckily, it is a vegetable that we can all agree on.

I’ve been roasting broccoli for a while, but lately I have been thinking about trying to be greener in the kitchen. I started to think about how much energy it takes to heat the oven up on regular basis for roasting broccoli. It isn’t such a big deal if I am cooking other things, like our favorite Easy Honey Mustard Baked Chicken. But, if we are having something cooked stovetop or a leftover main dish it does seem a little wasteful.

I decided to start experimenting with using our toaster oven to roast broccoli. It is a much smaller space so logic tells me that it takes less energy to preheat and maintain the cooking temperature. I thought that it also might possibly cook faster in a more enclosed space.

Our toaster oven has several settings – toast, bake, roast, and defrost, to name a few. On the roast setting, I can even select the temperature that I would like to use. Perfect!

Follow these quick tips for roasting broccoli, with my notes about how to do so in a toaster oven. I have also tried roasting potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, and onions in the toaster oven and that all works great, too!

Roasted Broccoli Ingredients

When learning how to roast broccoli, you really only need three key ingredients:

  • Broccoli florets
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card. 

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How to Roast Broccoli

Unsure how to cook broccoli in the oven? Here are the basic steps to making oven roasted broccoli:

  1. In a bowl, toss together the broccoli florets and oil.
  2. Spread the broccoli over a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast the broccoli until the broccoli is cooked and browned.

Tip: I also have a post that explains How to Roast Cauliflower!

How Long to Roast Broccoli?

1 pound of broccoli florets will need to roast in a 425ºF oven for roughly 15 to 20 minutes.

Can You Roast Frozen Broccoli?

I believe you can, but I highly recommend using fresh broccoli florets if possible. When roasted correctly, fresh broccoli retains some of its crispness. I’m not sure if frozen broccoli would turn to mush in the oven or not!

Tips for Making the Best Roasted Broccoli

I always start by lightly tossing the broccoli in extra virgin olive oil and seasoning it with salt and pepper, but you can make things a little more exciting with a few simple changes or additions.

  • Drizzle the roasted broccoli with balsamic vinegar.
  • Substitute salt and pepper with lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Sprinkle the roasted broccoli with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • For an Asian twist, drizzle the broccoli with soy sauce and a little sesame oil.

Also, be sure to cut the broccoli florets into even-sized pieces to they all roast at the same rate. Or buy a bag of pre-cut broccoli florets from the grocery store to save time.

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Who doesn’t love Oven-Baked Seasoned Fries? Serve these with burgers, sandwiches, and more!

This Cilantro Lime Kale Slaw takes a bit more prep work than roasted broccoli, but it’s easy to prepare nonetheless and is packed with flavor.

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During the cooler months, I love making batch after batch of Apple Cider Roasted Squash. It’s so simple to throw together and pairs with almost any main dish.

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love these Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans. It’s the perfect side dish year-round!

Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

I love roasting broccoli! It's a veggie we can all agree on. I also figured out how best to make it in the toaster oven so I'm not heating things up!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the broccoli and olive oil. Stir to coat.
  3. On the prepared baking sheet, spread the broccoli in a single layer. Sprinkle, according to your taste preferences, with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked and browned.
  5. If desired, add any additional ingredients (such as fresh parmesan), toss to coat and serve immediately.

Notes

If using a toaster oven you will likely have to cook a smaller amount of broccoli. We have a small family, so that is no problem for us. We can easily cook enough for one meal in a toaster oven.

I have a small baking sheet that came with the toaster oven that is the perfect size for roasting on. I also cook the broccoli for closer to 10 – 15 minutes, rather than 15 – 20 minutes.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 100 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 121mg Carbohydrates 8g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 4g Sugar 2g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 3g
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