Oven Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli with Sauteed Fresh Garlic
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
55 Calories
4g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 55
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 2g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Roasted broccoli makes a great side dish or first course. It is perfect alongside a meal that is rich or heavy because it is filling, healthy, easy to prepare, and delicious.

When oven roasting broccoli, your main goal should be to always to preserve the crunch and the bright green color. When roasting broccoli, the first trick is not to chop the florets too small. Small florets generally cook through before they have a chance to brown, so roasting is not the best option for them. Instead, chop the florets lengthwise so that a large, flat area of the stem is visible (the inner stems brown beautifully when flat against the baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 large head broccoli (or 2 small heads)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh black pepper​ to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Position oven rack on the lowest level.

  3. Preheat oven to 360 F.

  4. Preheat baking sheet for 5 minutes as you chop and prepare the broccoli.

  5. Chop broccoli into large florets, slicing through the stem to maximize the number of flat edges.

  6. In a large mixing bowl, drizzle olive oil over florets. Grind cracked pepper generously over the bowl. Sprinkle broccoli with kosher salt and toss to distribute the oil, salt, and pepper. Use your fingers to make sure the broccoli is coated as evenly as possible.

    Tip

    • Due to the nature of broccoli, the flowers will not appear evenly coated, so judge by the flat ends, using the salt and pepper as your guide. You don’t want to use too much oil, or the broccoli will get soggy. 
  7. Roast for 4 minutes and check, rotating sheet or flipping broccoli for even browning. If broccoli florets are uneven sizes, remove smaller pieces when they are done and allow larger pieces to continue roasting. Check every 2 to 3 minutes, using a timer.

  8. Serve alone or with lemon wedges and/or Parmesan cheese.

  9. Enjoy!

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