Crowd-Pleasing Roasted Broccoli Recipe

Posted On Feb 20, 2019 By Erin Kuh, MBA, RD

Roasted broccoli florets topped with Parmesan cheese.

Crowd pleasing and broccoli probably aren’t two words you’d put together but this recipe is guaranteed to turn broccoli nay-sayers into fanatical consumers without gallons of ranch, butter, or creamy cheese sauces. Simple side dishes besides salad and steamed vegetables are where I come up blank for dinner meal planning sometimes. At under 100 calories per serving this healthy, simple, and delicious recipe makes a regular appearance on my dinner table.

Roasted broccoli florets topped with Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Broccoli

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: about 14 minutes

Total time: about 19 minutes

Servings: 4

Serving size: 1 cup

Nutrition per serving:
Calories 90Fat 5 gCarbs 6 gFiber 3 gProtein 3 g

Closeup of roasted broccoli florets topped with Parmesan cheese.


  • 1 lbs broccoli florets, cut into small pieces (Time Saving Tip: Buy pre-cut broccoli florets)
  • 1 tbsp coconut or grapeseed oil
  • 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (use fresh parmesan not the stuff on non-refrigerated shelves)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place broccoli florets in a mixing bowl; add spices, oil, and lemon juice. Stir to coat.
  3. Pour broccoli on a baking sheet. If you don’t have a silicone baking mat, spray baking sheet with cooking spray first.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes; stir and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Note: Cooking time may vary depending on what consistency is preferred. If you like slightly crisp broccoli, shorten the initial cook time to 8 minutes.

Tips: Try swapping out broccoli for cauliflower or a combination of the two.