This is the simplest, best tasting crispy roasted broccoli recipe around. You will want to inhale the whole pan!! Seriously, it reminds me of hiding in panty eating the last of the Oreo’s. (Yes, yes, bad mom!)
Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to cook them. Simple, healthy with minimal prep for the best reward!
Tips to the Best Crispy Roasted Broccoli
1. Start with clean, dry, fresh broccoli, wet broccoli will just end up mushy. Frozen broccoli will still taste wonderful, bit it will not be as crispy.
2. Cut your broccoli into large bit sized pieces. Smaller pieces will tend to burn before caramelizing and enhancing the flavor. Bigger is better here.
3. Do not skimp on the olive oil! The tips of the broccoli are the most delicious, but tend to burn quicker. A good coating of olive oil will help prevent this.
Benefits of Roasted Broccoli
1. Other than being delicious, it’s good for you. Roasting, instead of boiling or stemming, maintains the fiber, protein, and vitamin content better. Not to mention that it is low in calories.
2. This roasted broccoli is truly addictive with the caramelized outsides and tender insides. The soy sauce gives it an extra depth of flavor that you would not get with just salt.
3. It’s easy to make, with only 5 minutes of prep time.
4. It makes wonderful left overs that you can enjoy later. I do recommend reheating in a 350 degree oven instead of the microwave. This helps to maintain the crispy texture.
Health Benefits of Broccoli
- One cup of broccoli has as much Vitamin C as an orange (133% of your daily intake) with helps promote immune health.
- Vitamin C helps the body produce collagen, the main support system for body cells and organs, including the skin. Vitamin C has also shown to prevent skin damage, as well as wrinkling due to aging.
- Broccoli is high in sulforaphane which has shown to have help lower your blood sugar. Sulforaphane along with other natural compounds may help reduce the risk of cancer forming and prevent or slow osteoporosis.
- The fiber, potassium, and antioxidants found in broccoli may help prevent cardiovascular disease.
- Increasing your potassium intake, together with lowering your sodium intake, is recommended by the American Heart Association to help relax the blood vessels and lowers the risk of high blood pressure.
Variation of Crispy Roasted Broccoli
- Sprinkle grated Parmesan over the top before serving.
- A quick squeeze of lemon after the broccoli has finished roasting.
- Add 2 tsp of minced garlic 5 minutes before the cooking time is complete, or add 1 tsp garlic powder before cooking.
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Crispy Roasted Broccoli
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 425°
- Cut broccoli into florets. You may want to leave them slightly large to maximize the caramelization surface.
- Place broccoli on a baking sheet. Coat with olive oil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Tossing with your hand to coat well.
- Roast for 15 minutes or until fork tender.