How to Roast Broccoli

by Andie Mitchell on August 9, 2011


Broccoli, all by her lonesome dove, is my favorite vegetable. She’s filling and fibrous, unfussily fancied or dressed down.

I’d proclaim her the best vegetable, but you know how insecure brussels sprouts can be.

I steamed the whole head.


I stir fried florets in toasted sesame oil, with browned garlic slices and a drizzle of soy sauce.

I covered her with beaten eggs and scrambled her in butter and a grating of romano cheese to make my mother’s specialty side dish, creatively titled, Broccoli and Eggs.

But then, two years ago, I roasted her for the first time. And my heart murmur acted up.


Oh dear.

Sweet and crispy and so, so very salted.


Daniel and I eat a big ol’ mess of roasted broccoli every night with dinner. *One fully flowered head for each of us.


*This is a judgment-free zone.

I’ve always thought, in losing weight and maintaining mine for six years now, that fruits and vegetables make all of eating well, fuller. In finding vegetables I love, as madly as I do crispy broccoli and caramelized brussels and sweet early peas and grilled white corn on the cob and roasted brown sugared butternut squash, I discovered I could eat anything.


In theory, of course I can. Anyone can.

But in practice, it seems more difficult.


Because when I learned that a 13×9” of lasagna served eight, rather than four, when I figured out that I could eat french fries anytime so long as they were sized small rather than super, I wondered how I’d feel about fullness.

I began pairing whatever meal I craved with a mound of vegetables. It mattered less what was gracing one side of my plate, and mattered more that the other side was over-populated with plants.


I ate the vegetables first. But I made sure that I only ate the ones I loved. I didn’t just quarantine a green on my dinner plate and promise to eat it for health’s sake. I found out which vegetables tasted best to me, and which methods of preparing them really made them as lovely as what I’d linger over in restaurants, and I experimented with those.

I bought a new and different veggie each Sunday at the market.

I used herbs and spices and introduced butter as a flavor rather than a foundation. I learned that roasting vegetables in a burning hot oven makes for sweetness without added sugar.

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Each night as I cooked dinner, I made certain that I paired that perfect square of gooey lasagna, those two medium slices of my favorite spicy caramelized onion pizza, the two soft corn tortilla tacos, with at least double that of delicious vegetables.


I paired sandwiches with a softball of a pink lady apple.

I ordered a full Greek salad alongside my falafel plate.

I rounded out crab rangoon and stir fried Chinese take out with a piping hot carton of steamed mixed vegetables drizzled in duck sauce.


I felt full and content and free to eat whatever I fancied.

The moral of all of this is simply that vegetables married every meal. They weren’t an afterthought or a ‘should’ at suppertime, but a lusty must.


Without further ado, though goodness gracious there’s been heaps and gobs of ado here, I present to you- my favorite vegetable- roasted broccoli.


Roasted Broccoli


  • 2 small heads broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or any oil you like
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lay the florets in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  2. Pour oil into small bowl and dip a pastry brush into the oil and then onto each floret to coat lightly.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with salt.
  4. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until broccoli tips have begun to blacken and they can be easily pierced with a fork.

serves 2

{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

Johnny August 10, 2011 at 1:58 am

You are soooo…….

Thank you for the journey! :)


shauna August 10, 2011 at 3:08 am

Yum yum yuuuuuuuuum! So with you on the roasted broccoli and the Pink Lady apples. I started buying PL’s just for the name but soon fell in love! :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

I eat an entire crown of broccoli for dinner most nights too – roasted! :) It’s the best way!


Laura August 10, 2011 at 3:46 am

I couldn’t agree more with everything you wrote! I was wondering, is there a reason you chose grapeseed oil over others for this? I am beginning to experiment with various oils and would love to hear some of what you know. Also, is there an ingredients list for that salad pictured three photo from the bottom of the post? It just looks so lovely, I want to eat it as soon as possible! Thank you again for sharing another outstanding post :-)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 10, 2011 at 4:36 am

Veggies really are the key to feeling full at every meal (and getting in the good stuff!). I think I never really learned that until I went vegetarian :-)


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 10, 2011 at 5:11 am

i’ve never actually seen broccoli being individually brushed with oil…i usually just toss it in a little oil but i bet the special attention is good for using less :) hurray for roasted broccoli!


Karen August 10, 2011 at 5:15 am

another lovely trip into your future book :)

and to second Laura’s post above….I’d love the salad recipe too. It does look like I could pluck it from the screen and jump right into a bowl of it :)

Karen XO


jennie August 10, 2011 at 5:46 am

when i saw this on your favorite healthy foods, it made me remember how much i loved it myself. now thinking about finding some grapeseed oil to keep in the pantry, because i’ve always just used olive.


Liz August 10, 2011 at 5:53 am

I ADORE roasted broccoli. It’s seriously an addiction for me. I use olive oil, salt, pepper, and either fresh garlic or, more often than not, garlic powder. When it comes out of the oven, I sprinkle it with a little Parmesan, and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD I LOVE BROCCOLI.


Katie G August 10, 2011 at 5:53 am

I love posts like this. I hope one of these days you’ll also demonstate roasting brussel sprouts. I’m very intimidated by them (not sure why) and haven’t the slightest idea what to do with them. Hint, hint….

“A lusty must…” I LOVE your language!


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite August 10, 2011 at 6:32 am

I love this post. You are right – when vegetables are prepared the proper way, they are not just a side dish, but a MUST at my table. Thanks for sharing these roasting tips!


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) August 10, 2011 at 6:40 am

You craft such a beautiful narrative, even about things like broccoli! And speaking of, brocc is def one of my favorite veggies, right next to sweet potatoes.


Brenda the Barefootcookingirl August 10, 2011 at 6:42 am

Again, I smile. Thank you for my daily dose of Andie.
It has to be broccoli tonight! :)


Petrel August 10, 2011 at 6:49 am

I discovered roasted broccoli a couple of months ago and it is now one of my favourite vegies. I used to avoid broccoli unless it was smothered in cheese sauce or dip. Now it is a staple in my fridge.
I have almost exactly the same recipe as you do, only I use an oil spray bottle to spray my garlic olive oil all over the florets–it helps reduce the amount of oil and is simple and fast. And I use freshly ground sea salt on them once they come out of the oven.
I actually made some the other night (at 9pm–you said this was a judgement-free zone, right?) when I just needed to eat something. YUM. It satisfied the need for salt and sweet and crunch.
Yay, Roasted Broccoli!


Shannon August 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

Oh. My. Goodness. This is my new favorite way to eat broccoli! And even better than that- my husband loves it too!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

I also have been enamored with roasted broccoli – and that’s definitely my favorite way to eat them. Eating veggies with every meal seems so simple, but it really is a wonderful idea!


Janice Harper August 10, 2011 at 7:28 am

I love roasted vegetables and my favorite are brussel sprouts. But each time I make roasted brocolli, my daughter reminds me of the first time I made it. Her friend was joining us for dinner, and I just guessed on the roasting time — 45 minutes sounded about right. Well they came out of the oven looking like charcoal, and her friend just cringed, then heaped her plate and scarfed them down as if they were potato chips. (We tossed ours in the trash!)


Carol @ Lucky Zucca August 10, 2011 at 7:37 am

More! More of your fav veggie recipes please!!! I love how simple yet amazing this one is! Thank you for sharing!


Cindy August 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

oh my gosh a pan of roasted vegetables, broc, caulif, and brussels….

is there anything better?

seriously, there are never any left for lunch the next day.



Kristin August 10, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’m making this tonight. Sounds/looks amazing. :0)


Lisa August 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

I love broccoli. I’ll have to try roasting it. I usually just microwave it in my steamer. My kids have always liked it too.

I’d be interested to see more posts about veggies and how you prepare them.


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 10, 2011 at 8:48 am

I love how you lovingly brush each little florets whereas I would chuck it all in a bowl and toss! LOL

I’m going to need to roast more veggies. You’re making this look good!


The Teenage Taste August 10, 2011 at 9:10 am

I love your food philosophy, Andie! It makes sense! Most of the time when I want an extra slice of pizza or a few more greasy buffalo wings it’s because I’m not full. If I have a side salad or these delicious roasted broccoli stalks I’ll be less likely to grab more junk because the veggies fill me up. It’s not brain surgery but it took me so long to figure out. I’m definitely going to try Broccoli & Eggs. It sounds simple and delicious! :-D


Gina August 10, 2011 at 9:40 am

Yum! That is also my favorite way to eat broccoli. My co-worker gave me a big bag of the loveliest dark green broccoli from his garden on Monday…we ate it all in one sweep! So delish!


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble August 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

I love veggies! It’s a good thing they are healthy because I know I often overstuff myself with their yumness!


Shelley August 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

thanks for this post- i plan on trying this method ! i love broccoli but i’m sick of steaming it and using it in stir-fries. I also admire your approach to your maintenance- it is crazy how complicated something that should be so easy has become, but you’re right.. moderation is the best (and i think only) way to maintain your weight!


Nicole August 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

Before I started losing weight, the veggies in our fridge would often go bad, and I would groan when my boyfriend wanted salad for dinner. Now, I’ve lost 20 pounds and part of my journey was somehow learning to love-love-love vegetables. I sneak them raw out of the fridge and while I’m preparing meals with them, and I insist on having salad or a large side of veggies with dinner- to fill up on before I start on the more calorie heavy foods. I also add a ton of vegetables to stir fries and pasta dishes, which makes them heartier with fewer calories per serving.


Megan (Braise The Roof) August 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

Yowza, and I thought I ate a lot of broccoli! Although, admittedly, I probably didn’t need to buy regular broccoli AND broccoli slaw last time I went to TJ’s. ;) I love roasted veggies so, so much. I think that’s how I first started loving broccoli, as a matter of fact. How we were deprived of this secret for so long is truly a crime against humanity*. (*No hyperbole at all. Never.)


Leah @ Why Deprive? August 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

When I was little and my mom would ask what vegetable I wanted with dinner, the answer was always, “broccoli”. I love it. I’ll put it in anything. Sometimes I just snack on it when Im looking for something in the fridge. Broccoli is awesome.


Brenda the Barefootcookingirl August 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

I saw this recipe this morning, and for sure, it must be broccoli tonight done just this way! I had to come back again and look at all the wonderful comments.
But last night we were all about Kale Chips…..sigh! I discovered them on a site called last year (before I discovered YOU Andie) and it’s almost completely taken over my popcorn addiction. Kale Chips, followed closely by Spinach Chips…., but again, tonight must be roasted broccoli as my snack of the evening! Can’t wait!


Aidan August 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

This is JUST in time. I got about 4lbs of broccoli from a friend and had no idea what to do with it. I don’t like it raw or steamed. xD This looks amazing!


Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen August 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Roasted broccoli is hands down the best way to eat it! My “lazy girl” side dish is veggies tossed in a little oil and sprinkled with Montreal steak or Trader Joe’s taco seasoning. Love!


Evan Thomas August 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Andie, I don’t think this could possibly serve 2. Who would want to share roasted broccoli? The smell alone is captivating. Most underrated vegetable ever.


Riss August 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I love my “brockie”!

I don’t think I could ever get sick of it–unless it’s OVERcooked into a mound of mush. I think then–and only then–I’d have to pass.

But I’m with you… I crave veggies with every meal! Meat has really become more of a side item for me. Veggies are the real star of the diner show!


Carissa August 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

In our house, we call any roasted veggie “roasted deliciousness.” Because truly, that’s what they are. Half the time it doesn’t make it from the tray to my plate because I’m eating bites from the tray as I finish dinner. Mmmmm!


Louisa August 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I adore broccoli, and just bought three heads of it all for myself. I’m so excited to try preparing it this way; thank you so much for sharing!


Ellen Renee August 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm

This is the reason why I allocate time out of my busy day to check in with the ladies whose blogs I have decided I can’t live without. Roasted vegetables was something I learned from the blog world and am so thankful – our veggie intake has increased dramatically. I love my sweet mom but we only had potatoes, canned corn, peas and green beans as sides for meals during my childhood – always an afterthought. Fresh green beans in the summer were cooked to death with lots of bacon floating around in it. She thinks my obsession with crunchy veggies is weird – but I detest them when vegetables are mushy and overcooked. Thank you for the brush tip Andie – normally I just drizzle a little on – kind of hit and miss.


Stephanie @cookinfanatic August 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Roasted broccoli is my favoriteeeeeee! I swear it could get any “broccoli hater” to convert, soooo good. I like to add some chopped garlic to my olive oil an hour or so before roasting, then using the infused oil to roast away. Mmmm mmmm :)


Mya August 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

O.M.G. Seriously. This roasted broccoli works magic! It converted my vegetable-despising boyfriend into a broccoli-liker! I did half broccoli, half cauliflower and it was excellent. I will now have to do like you and have it every night with dinner so the bf eats some veggies. Not that I’m complaining! :)


Beth August 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Yum! I love the recipes. Thank you!


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Roasted broccoli is my favorite! I can take it or leave it when it’s plain, but roasted? Hell yes!


Rachel Jones August 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I totally agree – with everything :) I have also found that filling half the plate with awesome veggies makes for an easier path to maintenance. I lost 50 lbs (twice) and then 35…for the first time, I dont feel like i have to watch every calorie (or POINT as i was a weight watcher)…obsessing is not fun. Eating healthy, yummy vegetables is a party. If you haven’t already, check out Mark Bittman’s book Food Matters. Whether or not you agree with the environmental aspect of the book, you cant help but be inspired by it. Once you let go of all the emotional ties, you can really enjoy any food…..even cupcakes (cause you dont NEED to eat more than one to feel better). A cupcake (even a divine one) should just be a cupcake and not an emotional bandage.


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray August 12, 2011 at 8:45 am

I love roasted broccoli! I’m a veggie girl too :)


Kelly @ No Thanks to Cake August 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I also adore Roasted Broccoli. I love this post, and your description of the beautiful veggies you eat regularly. I have a similar admiration for the yummy vegetables that fill my plate.


Carole August 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

Excellent advice. I try to eat two veggies every night, and find that roasting improves just about anything. Roasted butternut squash is the best!


Koko @ KokoLikes August 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

I really loved this post, I love the way you talk about your journey with food without rubbing it in someone’s face, but just explaining your path. I really admire you. And your photos were gorgeous. What a great and inspiring post!


Kristina August 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

I just tried this a couple nights ago, and I think it’s my new favorite vegetable. Or food. I haven’t decided yet. Definitely going to make it many more times. Thanks for the great idea!


Marissa Andrews August 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

This recipe made my LOVE broccoli!! Such an amazing way to cook it! Thank you!!


Casey August 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I too love roasted broccoli. We eat it at my house regularly because even the kids love it. I do exactly what you do but add whole(unpeeled) garlic and red pepper flakes to mine and then squeeze lemon juice over it when it comes out of the oven. So good. There is something so good about lemon on veggies. My son loves it on all veggies. I think so many people don’t like veggies because they grew up eating bland boiled veggies. Such a shame!


Gitte August 21, 2011 at 1:19 am

Andie! Loooooove your blog! You are such an inspiration and I just love the way you write :) Thanks for sharing!



Gitte August 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

Yummilicious! It’s in the own right now for lunch – can’t wait :)


Miss SJ Albany October 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

i thought to myself an entire head of broccoli a night ?!? and i actually really like broccoli, i thought this is not possible. and then i tried. whoa. i had to step away from the table so as not to snatch my son’s portion right off his plate!


Ruthiey October 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

just tried this and it is so good! I wish I had five times the amount of broccoli so I can make it again!


Special Monkey November 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Roasted broccoli has to be the best method, I just ate some and found your site as I searched for info. I find it’s best not to wash the broccoli unless you let it dry completely – otherwise it never really roasts properly – - roasting cleans it anyway. I roast it for 20 or so mins at 425-450 – get the freshest, dark, greenest, and tightest broccoli you can find and eat it quickly. You can even roast a bit of the stalks cut thinly. A full head of broccoli shrinks quite a bit by the time it’s roasted. My recipe is simply chopped broccoli on a cookie sheet covered in tin foil sprinkled with nice olive oil and with salt an pepper, and the secret ingredient – a bit of (raw cane) sugar! It caramelizes and maximizes the great sweet broccoli taste. I roast until there are lots of dark brown caramelized crunchy bits but while the bright green is still apparent.


Anne November 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

Oh wow, this is so good. I had no idea. I look forward to eating it so much. Thank you for sharing!


Tracy November 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thank you for sharing. I’ve been spreading my love of roasted broccoli for months now. I prepare mine the same, however I also add paprika, which may sound odd to some but I love how it combines with it all. I could eat this every night!


Joanna December 5, 2011 at 7:20 am

You are a huge inspiration!


Denise Burns December 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm

U are such a inspiration to me and I wanna lose the weight and now I am going to look at it instead of a diet its a life changing so I am going to work on my eating and snacking habits thank you for your story I loved it and brought tears to my eyes because my soul bare witness with how I feel too


Jennifer December 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

This helps so much! I’m currently on my weight loss journey and have shed 25 lbs so far. I have a gajillion to go, but I know I can do it. This really helps. I love veggies, so remembering to have more of those than the “main” dish is something I’ll be able to put to practice. Thank you Andie!! I don’t know you, but I do. And I love you! =)


Jennifer December 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

If you want your heart to stop, roast cauliflower…absolutely divine!


Veronike W December 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

So I’d just like to say I tried this out and it is…AMAZING! I was so surprised when I bit into it and it was just so crunchy and I don’t know how but a little sweet with the salty.
I love broccoli and I now think my room mate does too!


katie December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hi Andie,

Me again (I just commented on your b.bean enchilada recipe)! Just wanted to say that I LOVE roasted broccoli too–try it tossed with a little lemon zest and fresh parm at the end (I know how much you love cheese; and for me, lemon usually makes everything better)–and to pass on that GRILLED ASPARAGUS is also to die for. All year long, huddled outside over my tiny gas grill, browning those lovely spears–mm! Have you tried it? :)

Much love,


Amanda January 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

My 10 year old daughter and I eat roasted broccoli every single night. Often – it’s our appetizer. She munches on it as she’s doing homework and I finish up dinner. :-)


Iris January 24, 2012 at 7:03 am

Thank you so much for this recipe!
I recently started making some changes in my diet, but my one big problem is that I don’t really love veggies! I made this last night and I have to control myself to not make it again tonight! It’s amazing, and probably one of my new favorites!


Becky February 4, 2012 at 7:42 am

Thank you so much for this! I’m changing my eating habits and my husband is a recently diagnosed diabetic who doesn’t love veggies, and we both LOVE this! It feels so wrong with the salty and crunchy but is so right. Thank you for blogging. I can’t wait for your book.


theresa February 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

i changed my fiance’s life with this recipe (with your help, of course)! so simple and so yummy (the salt makes all the difference!) i’ve always loved broccoli, but now he’s a believer, too.


Staci February 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Just tried this recipe tonight. We are already big fans of broccoli but I love trying new variations on things we already love. It’s a big hit at my house! Thank you, thank you for sharing!


Maudene April 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

This my first time seeing your site. I’m a Registered Dietitian and I can say that you have, indisputably, the most lovely writing style and sincerity for conveying the joy of eating well. I’m inspired to use your words in my nutrition education (credit to your site, of course). Thanks!


Bree May 2, 2012 at 6:01 am

What – no black pepper on you roasted broccoli? We love a little of that too! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, but have tried roasting anything else? Our favorites here (which are featured at least once a week each) – broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower. YUMM!!!! We’ve even done green beans too.

LOVED this post. I’m going to keep it in my arsenal of motivation. And can’t wait to try your morning eggs.


Maureen May 4, 2012 at 3:50 am

I L-O-V-E any vegetable roasted! Broccoli rates as one of my favorites, but I also love roasted root vegetables as well. There’s nothing prettier than a blend of roasted carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets and sweet onions, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of seasoned salt, & lemon pepper. YUM!!


Lindsey May 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

Roasted broccoli is my favorite veggie! Love your description of it :) My secret ingredient to roasted broccoli (or any roasted veggie) is a little touch of honey for the last 5 minutes to add a sweet kick to it.


gorettia knight May 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

I eat roasted broccoli every day too… using pecan oil but you gotta try it adding baby carrots. Roasted carrots are so delicious. And of course I sprinkle sea salt, garlic powder, pepper and onion powder on everything I roast. I recently discovered
roasted whole green beans (I use the Frozen ones from Sam’s Club) and they are equal to broccoli and carrots in taste. I am celiac so vegetables have become a staple for me. Roasting is about the only way I care for any of it now!!! Glad to see I am not alone.


jenna September 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Well, it is fitting my response would finally be about food. I adore roasted broccoli and add chopped bits of garlic to the tray and let them get roasted and yummy along with the garlic and zest and juice a lemon on top..I digress! Your blog as lit my fire again, though I am much older, I am no less determined. I thank you!


Sue October 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Yummm! Sprinkled with a little spicy red chile. Loved it!


Bethany October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I made a fancier roasted broccoli recipe a while back, but this simple one was way better. Delicious! We’ll be eating our broccoli this way more often.


Lynsey Rogers January 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Wow! I’m not really a veggie lover, but this has blown my mind! I usually only eat brocoli with a roast dinner, when it’s covered in gravy and mushy! I ate these up stalks and all – yum! Thank you <3


Maryann March 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm

That looks so good! How would you do it if they were frozen? Let them thaw first?


Angie April 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I loved this it was nice and crunchy ad the salt soaked in. I would totally suggest this and am toally going to use this recipe.


Jay August 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Just as delish is Roasted Cauliflower – just do it same way as Broccoli.


Beth October 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

Just discovered your blog and I love it! I am in dire need of more vegetables in my diet and I am sick to death of just steamed or boiled veggies and it is boring and puts me off them. Roasted broccoli sounds delicious, will try it this week.


Anna Thomas May 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Can you post a picture of the after roasted broccoli? I followed your recipe and it looked burnt at first but I tasted it anyway, and was pleasantly surprised that it almost had a potato chip quality. How do yours look after the 20 minutes?


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