Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe (Easy Vegan Side Dish)
This oven-roasted broccoli recipe is an easy vegan side dish or appetizer that wonderfully complements your lunch or dinner meal. It’s the best healthy and super flavorful baked broccoli dish you’ll surely love!
Need a simple yet delicious side for your Thanksgiving menu? In search of a last-minute hearty plant-based starter idea for tonight’s dinner party?
If you’re a fan of good broccoli recipes, you’re going to love this quick and easy roasted broccoli dish. This savory broccoli plate is so versatile, it just pairs well with any food served on the table. So good!
Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe
Did I mention that this yummy side is ready in less than 30 minutes?
And it’s not hard or complicated to make at all.
You’ll easily put all ingredients together and let the oven do the rest! It’s the best and fastest way to cook broccoli, one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.
Even if you’re not a fan of broccoli, you’ll change your mind after tasting these elegant broccoli florets roasted to perfection finished with fresh lemon juice and red pepper flakes. That’s what my dad did, totally changed his perspective of eating this cruciferous superfood veggie. I was pleasantly surprised that he even asked for more 🙂
Recipe Ingredients for Baked Broccoli Florets
This uncomplicated recipe for baked broccoli requires a few cheap ingredients I’m sure you already have in your pantry. You’ll need:
- Fresh broccoli florets
- Olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Freshly sqeezed lemon juice and red pepper flakes for serving (optional)
As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.
Time needed: 25 minutes.
How to make oven-roasted broccoli from scratch?
- Cut broccoli florets
First, preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
Cut the broccoli head into long-stemmed florets shape. Try to cut them as similar in size as possible for even cooking (no need to be perfect).
Next, place chopped broccoli pieces into the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, gently mix everything until the florets are evenly coated with oil and seasonings. Spread them in one layer with a little space between them.
Finally, roast them at 400°F / 200°C for 20-23 minutes, or until the florets are tender (NOT mushy), and the edges and stems are golden brown and nicely charred. Make sure to stir once halfway through the roasting time. Please note that all ovens bake differently, so make sure to check your broccoli frequently to prevent burning. Also, the size of the florets will affect the roasting time (smaller florets=short baking time, larger florets=longer baking time).
- Serve and enjoy
For the best texture and flavor, serve immediately while still warm. I love to brighten up mine with a fresh squeeze of lemon and dust of crushed red pepper flakes or dip them in a creamy homemade vegan ranch dressing. Perfectly irresistible! I’m craving a portion right now 🙂
What goes with Roasted Broccoli
As I said, I love eating mine as a snack with a splash of fresh lemon juice and a generous amount of red pepper flakes for a zesty-spicy kick or dip them in my all-time favorite (and my readers, too) oil-free creamy ranch dressing. I enjoy serving them with this ultra-creamy avocado dip or this Mediterranean parsley-avocado dipping sauce. In addition, this healthy roasted broccoli pairs perfectly with vegan pasta, tacos, pizza, or salad. Or you can serve it alongside a gluten-free frittata or baked potato-zucchini fritters. You can top your potato soup with warmly baked broccoli to bring it to a whole new level. It’ll beautifully elevate everything else on the table, I’m sure you’re going to love it.
Absolutely! Roasted broccoli is a healthy accompaniment to your entree or dinner. This wholesome superfood is so good for you! It’s packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidants your body needs on daily basis. Moreover, it’s an excellent source of fiber, Vitamin C, and plant protein (2.3 grams per cup). All in all, broccoli is a healthy addition to your balanced, clean-eating diet.
Sure, you can reheat roasted broccoli in the microwave or in the oven. I prefer the second way because it makes broccoli utterly warm and crispy again. It should take only about 5 minutes, be careful not to overcook them.
I recommend you store any leftovers, in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.
Why You’ll love this recipe for roasted broccoli? It’s:
- An amazing way to use up lot a of broccoli
- Perfectly seasoned
- Budget-friendly side for a crowd
- Picky-eaters approved
- Simple way to add more veggies into your diet
- Packed with so much flavor, color and texture
Easy Vegan Side Dish Ideas
- Crispy Latkes (Vegan Savory Pancakes)
- Spicy Oven-Roasted Baby Potatoes
- Mini Eggless Frittatas
- Golden Crispy Zucchini Fritters with Chickpea Flour
- Vibrant Homemade Red Pepper Hummus
- Low-Calorie & Super Light Cucumber Salad
- Crunchy Butter Lettuce Salad
- Best Potato Salad (no eggs, no mayo)
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