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roasted broccoli and lemon slices on a sheet pan
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5 from 6 votes

Easy Roasted Broccoli

Roasted fresh broccoli is a delicious, versatile side dish. It cooks fast and goes with almost everything! This method makes easy roasted broccoli that cooks fast, is tender throughout, and has lightly crisp edges. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: easy roasted vegetables, simple side, vegetable side dish
Servings: 6
Calories: 54kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Half Sheet Pan


  • 2 lbs Broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil (use anything that with a high smoke point - I like grapeseed or avocado oil)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice


  • Preheat oven to 425°F / 218°C.
  • Cut broccoli into even florets, leaving a couple inches of the stalk intact. You can discard the stalks or thinly slice them and roast them right along with the broccoli (we call those broccoli “chips”).
  • Optional step (steam broccoli): This extra step is not necessary, but if you want to speed up the cooking process or get extra tender stalks, steam the broccoli before roasting. Place broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl. Pour 2 Tablespoons of water into the bowl and cover with paper towels or a clean dish. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. This will just get the broccoli started. Drain off all of the water before continuing.
  • Toss broccoli florets with cooking oil, garlic, and salt.
  • Spread out on a sheet pan, leaving an inch or two of space between the florets (use two sheet pans if needed).
  • Transfer broccoli to the oven and roast, without stirring, until golden brown around the edges, 15 minutes (if you steamed it first) to 25 minutes (if you skipped steaming). (Note: Roasting the broccoli without stirring will help it to get extra crispy on the bottom where it comes in contact with the pan.)
  • When done roasting, squeeze lemon juice over top.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 942IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg