Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli is an easy side dish that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. With just four ingredients, this simple veggie is tender, yet slightly crispy and all-around delicious!
Are you a fan of broccoli? I do love it, but for some reason, I don’t prepare it as often as I should.
And when I do make oven roasted broccoli, I silently vow to make it more often because it’s just so tasty. That’s what I’m working on, friends! Starting with this lemon garlic broccoli.
It’s roasted in the oven, which gives it that crispy texture on the edges, while keeping the broccoli tender on the inside. While steaming broccoli can be just as delicious, I prefer roasting for that slightly crunchy texture.
If you’re having guests over for dinner or need a new side dish to try, this lemon garlic broccoli recipe is a winner. With just four simple ingredients, broccoli never tasted so good. Trust me…it’s husband-approved over here, which is saying a lot!
Ingredients for Lemon Broccoli
This roasted broccoli with lemon has a simple ingredients list:
- Fresh broccoli florets
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon juice
How to Roast Lemon Broccoli
Like most of my recipes, this lemon broccoli is perfect for busy weeknights. In fact, you can have it prepped at on the table in less than 30 minutes!
- To start, you’ll want to cut a few heads of broccoli into florets. If you’re short on time, you can use some pre-cut florets in your grocery store.
- Place the florets onto a large baking pan lined with parchment paper or lightly greased with cooking spray.
- Drizzle florets with olive oil and then season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss everything to coat. I like to use my hands to ensure everything is evenly coated. Spread in an even layer and then squeeze the juice of one lemon over top of broccoli.
- Roast until ends become slightly crisp.
- Remove from oven and garnish with additional salt and lemon juice, if desired. Serve immediately.
How Long to Roast Broccoli?
This lemon garlic broccoli needs to roast at 425F for roughly 12 to 16 minutes.
Can I Roast Frozen Broccoli?
Yes, but I prefer using fresh broccoli for this recipe.
Is roasted broccoli healthy?
Yes! Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, K, A, folate, calcium and iron, among other vitamins and minerals. It’s also low in calories and carbs, and high in fiber.
Does broccoli go soft in the oven?
Nope! When roasting, it’s important to do so at a high temperature so the veggies get crisp. When this roasted broccoli with lemon is cooking, the edges will crispy and start to brown, but the majority of the florets will remain tender, as long as they are not overcooked.
How long does broccoli last once cooked?
Good question! Store the cooked broccoli in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Can I freeze broccoli after cooking?
Yes! Let the garlic broccoli cool to room temperature and then store in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to two months.
Are you ready to get roasting? One bite and your tastebuds will be wowed with the lemony, garlic-y taste and crisp texture of this oven roasted broccoli!
Tips for the Best Roasted Broccoli
- After cutting the florets from the heads of broccoli, save the stalks! They can be riced or steamed later (I hate wasting perfectly good food!).
- I prefer using garlic powder rather than fresh garlic when roasting veggies because fresh garlic tends to burn in the oven.
- I like using freshly squeezed lemon juice, but bottled juice works too.
Looking for more broccoli recipes? I’ve got you covered!
- Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccoli
- Basil Pesto Pasta with Broccoli and Mushrooms
- Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Baked Potatoes
- Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli
- 2 heads broccoli , cut into florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Salt and pepper , to taste
- Juice from one lemon (about 1-2 tablespoons)
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease with cooking spray.
- Spread florets onto prepared pan. Drizzle with olive oil and then add garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat and spread evenly across pan. Drizzle with lemon juice.
- Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until edges start to brown and crisp. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt and drizzle with additional lemon juice, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Store leftover broccoli in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- To freeze broccoli, store in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to two months.