I’ve always loved eating broccoli.  Whether soggy, tender crisp, or raw, broccoli was a staple in our home growing up and I could never get enough.  I wish the same were true for my kids.  They will eat broccoli but they don’t love it.  They didn’t, that is, until they discovered roasted broccoli.

Although roasting vegetables in the oven is not new, this method of roasting broccoli is new to me.  When my sister first called me with excitement and enthusiasm over a new way of roasting broccoli, she had my full attention.  She had just finished roasting broccoli from the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook where the recipe calls for preheating a baking sheet in a high temperature oven, scattering the  broccoli florets on the baking sheet and allowing a little bit of added sugar to help caramelize the broccoli’s natural sugar.  Yes indeed, it was truly revolutionary to me.

I tried it for myself and the broccoli was amazing.  It was unlike any other other way I have ever had broccoli before.  And the kids loved it, too!  So if you’re looking for a new way of making this classic vegetable side dish, I invite you to try this recipe.  I’m convinced that if my kids love it then yours will too.

Recipe: Roasted Broccoli

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 12 min(s)

A revolutionary way to enjoy broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • optional: 1 tablespoon minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Lower the oven rack to the lowest level possible.  Place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Cut the crowns from the broccoli.  Remove the outer peel from the stalk and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces measuring 2-3 inches in length.
      Toss the broccoli in a large bowl with the oil, salt, sugar, and garlic. 
  3. When the oven is heated, remove the baking sheet from the oven quickly.  Carefully transfer the broccoli from the bowl to the baking sheet in a single layer.  Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast the broccolli for 10-12 minutes until the florets are lightly browned.  Serve immediately.

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  • Aviva Goldfarb

    What? This is revolutionary–I can’t wait to try it as soon as I get the season’s first crop of broccoli at the farmer’s market!!

  • Robin Davis

    Broccoli for dinner tonight will be making it this way now. Wooot woooot now I won’t have to clean the steamer. Love it !

  • Heather Roudebush

    I wonder if this will work with frozen? I buy huge bags of large organic florets from Costco. They are whole florets… not chopped or smooched. But i’m wondering if the ice or water that coats them would keep them from getting crisp? I’m sure I’ll have to answer that myself by trying it! ;)

  • http://savorysweetlife.com alice

    Heather,
    I don’t recommend using frozen broccoli. Frozen vegetables typically have been blanched and it’s much more difficult to get the roasted flavor and texture when using frozen vegetables. However, I love using frozen broccoli for lasagne or cream of broccoli soup.

  • Robin Davis

    Oh my was this good!!! I used two heads of Broccli (we love it so) 1 tsp of roasted ground coriander 2 tsp splenda and 4 tbl evoo. It was wonderful, hubby went back for thirds. Anyone want to buy a steamer I may never use mine again

  • http://mamabhive.blogspot.com/ MamaBHive

    This is truly delicious! We frequently eat roasted cauliflower, and i have been searching for a recipe like this for broccoli for ages now. I suspect that this recipe will work just as well with halved brussel sprouts. YUM YUM YUM. Thank you so much!

  • Cari

    I just tried this recipe for the first time, but didn’t use the optional garlic. It was quite tasty, but next time I think I will definitely go with garlic and take it out of the oven a minute or two earlier.

    Our all-time favorite way to make broccoli is to put fresh or frozen broccoli in the middle of a sheet of foil, splash on some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and shake a bunch of Seasoning Salt on it. Then, twist the ends of the foil and put it on the grill until it’s tender. THE BEST!!!