Not your ordinary, boring, vegetable side dish. Nope! This Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon is a simple and tasty way to gobble up your veggies. Perfectly crisp, lightly browned, and just the right amount of zing. 15 minutes is all you need to make this easy side dish that compliments any dinner!
A simple and underrated side dish:
On the surface, roasted broccoli sounds a little plain. A little boring. Don’t mistake the simplicity of this recipe! Sometimes the simplest of flavors make for the best compliments to a meal.
I’ve been asked by several readers (I love getting requests!) and nutrition clients for easy ways to cook vegetables that are kid friendly.
As a nutritionist, I make sure we always have a few servings of veggies with dinner. This easy broccoli is one that we pretty much eat every week, sometimes a few nights a week.
The Secret to making delicious broccoli:
So what’s the secret to broccoli? I love the story my dad tells me about my grandmother (love her). She used to always feed her 6 children boiled vegetables; any vegetable you can think of was boiled. So my dad grew up thinking vegetables were mushy and tasteless.
Lucky for him, he is a great cook and has found ways to enjoy vegetables. But I tell you this because I know many others do the same!
Generally speaking, boiled vegetables are pretty gross. The best way to get your family to enjoy vegetables is to add flavor, some fat, and texture. Yes, I said fat. This is not a bad word in my house, fat just makes everything taste better.
Not only that, but most fats are actually very good for our bodies. Texture is an easy one, oven roasting your veggies gives them a crispy coat. Finally, flavor. I added garlic, salt and lemon to this recipe.
Simple flavors that work so nicely with crispy broccoli!
How to make Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli:
The very simple steps include:
- Giving the broccoli a rough chop, different sizes make things interesting!
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray and spread out the broccoli
- Mix together oil with garlic in a small bowl and brush the broccoli with the garlic oil
- Sprinkle with sea salt and transfer to the oven
- Once the broccoli is crispy, and lightly browned, remove from oven. Squeeze some lemon juice on top and enjoy!
- Want to add a bit of parmesan cheese? Definitely a fun addition!
You can easily store this broccoli in the fridge for 2-3 days. Re-heat in the microwave for 1 minute, or pop in the oven at 325 and roast for 10 minutes.
Other Veggie side dishes you will love!
Here are a few of our “go-to” veggie recipes:
Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli
Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli makes the best veggie side dish! So simple to make and with the best crispy texture.
- 1 lb raw broccoli
- 2 tbsp olive olil
- 2-3 cloves of garlic*
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 400.
Begin by giving your broccoli a rough chop. I like to use mostly just the head, and keep the pieces varying in sizes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and spread out the broccoli.
Mix olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Lightly brush your broccoli with oil and garlic mixture.
Salt your broccoli lightly, and place in the oven. Roast for 12-15 minutes until the edges are slightly browned, and broccoli is crispy. Remove from oven.
Squeeze lemon juice and add more salt if needed. Serve hot.
*I usually use 3 cloves of crushed garlic, but that makes the broccoli very garlic-y. You can tone it down to 2 cloves, or 1 large clove.