This garlic broccoli pairs well with just about anything. Ready in just 30 minutes, this is the perfect weeknight side dish.
I am an unabashed raw vegetable lover. In fact, I might have been the only kid to ever cheerfully pack whole tomatoes and broccoli florets in my grade school lunch bags (with a salt shaker, of course). However, this garlic roasted broccoli is a bit more elegant and doesn’t require much more effort. We first caught onto the idea when some friends offered roasted broccoli with dinner a few weeks ago. Since then, we have been tinkering with the recipe, but it seems pretty hard to screw up.
How to make roasted garlic broccoli
To make the best oven roasted garlic broccoli, it’s important that you cut the broccoli as evenly as possible. There’s bound to be some size variation, but do your best to make the florets roughly the same size. This will ensure that the broccoli pieces cook evenly, meaning you won’t have to stand by the oven checking it every 5 minutes to see when the whole batch is done.
Another tip we’ve found useful for making this recipe is to not add too much olive oil. Broccoli florets soak up more olive oil than you’d think, so they won’t necessarily feel slippery with oil before you pop them into the oven. For this garlic broccoli, you need just enough oil to make the broccoli crisp up and turn it a lovely golden brown. Too much olive oil, and you’ll wind up with broccoli that’s too oily.
Finally, a high oven temperature is key to creating the perfect roasted broccoli. If you cook the broccoli on too low a heat, it’ll turn slightly mushy in the oven. A high temperature will keep the outsides of the broccoli crispy and the insides perfectly soft.
A faster method for garlic broccoli: steam it!
Another favorite way to prepare broccoli is steamed! If you’re in a hurry, steaming broccoli is the quickest way to make it: it takes only 5 minutes to cook! Steaming broccoli makes it come out bright green and crisp tender. If you want to make garlic broccoli in a hurry: steam it, then finely mince 1 garlic clove and stir it in at the end! It will taste just as good and be much quicker to make. You can also steam broccoli in a pressure cooker / Instant Pot if you have one, and it’s quick and easy as well! Here are our best methods:
How to serve it
Once roasted, broccoli goes slightly sweet and nutty in flavor. This broccoli recipe is a true chameleon side dish, as it pairs well with just about anything. Serve it atop rice with other roasted veggies for a DIY nourish bowl. Or, enjoy it with your favorite pasta or casserole. Once cooled, it tastes delicious on a salad.
This garlic broccoli tastes best straight out of the oven, since it loses its crispness in the fridge. However, you can enjoy the leftovers cold or re-warmed in the oven.
This garlic broccoli recipe is…
Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and refined sugar free.Print
This garlic broccoli pairs well with just about anything. Ready in just under minutes, this is the perfect weeknight side dish.
- 6 cups broccoli florets (3 large heads, about 1 1/2 pounds with stems)*
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 medium garlic clove
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Alternate method: For a shortcut instead of roasting, steam the broccoli instead! Use Best Steamed Broccoli or Instant Pot Broccoli, then go to Step 3.)
- Chop the broccoli into small florets and measure 6 cups. Mix the broccoli florets with the olive oil and kosher salt. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender and slightly browned, stirring once at the 10 minute mark.
- Meanwhile, mince the garlic. When the broccoli is done, remove the pan from the oven and use a spoon to stir in the minced garlic to the hot broccoli. Serve immediately. (If desired, garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, but it’s not required.)
*Note: This recipe makes enough for 4 small servings: if you’re serving hungry eaters, we recommend doubling this recipe.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Garlic Roasted Broccoli, Broccoli Recipe, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Side Dish
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Last updated: November 2019
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.