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This recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan and Lemon turns boring broccoli into something crispy and caramelized in 40 minutes or less. Delicious!

Roasted broccoli with lemon on a baking sheet.

True confession: I actually grew up eating frozen broccoli with melted Velveeta cheese on top. That’s how my mom always made it, and I loved it. Cheese + broccoli. = best friends forever.

Consider this recipe a slightly more sophisticated twist on the classic. Turn the oven up: The high heat from the oven is perfect for cooking broccoli. It caramelizes the natural sugars in everything, making cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli sweet, nutty, and downright delicious.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for roasted broccoli with lemon and parmesan.

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Ingredient notes

  • Broccoli: Trim off the dry woody part of the stem, but the rest is fair game. Cut the broccoli florets into pieces that are all about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Lemon: The zest of one lemon (about 1 teaspoon) can be added with the lemon juice. Just zest the lemon before you cut it to squeeze it.
  • Parmesan cheese: Any hard, aged cheese will work well instead. Think Parmesan, grated Asiago, pecorino, or Romano cheese.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup. In a large bowl, add broccoli, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt to taste and pepper (I like at least ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper; sometimes I do a little more).
Raw broccoli with lemon in a bowl.
  1. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Roast until florets are tender-crisp and browning around the edges, about 35 to 40 minutes.
Raw Broccoli and lemon on a baking sheet.
  1. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 1 to 2 minutes longer. 
Roasted broccoli with lemon on a baking sheet.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 8 cups of roasted broccoli, enough for eight (1-cup) servings.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Add extra roasted broccoli to omelets, scrambled eggs, and your meal prep containers.
  • Make ahead: Chop the broccoli up to 3 days in advance. Store covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to roast.
  • High temperature formula: I like to roast every vegetable at 400 degrees and just adjust the baking time, keeping an eye out for signs of doneness. But remember the Farenheit 451 rule: books burn at 451 degrees, and so does parchment paper. That’s why I chose 400 degrees as my baseline, even though some vegetables could be done quicker at a higher temp.
  • Keep things dry: After you rinse your vegetables, pat them dry or allow them to air dry before they go into the oven. More moisture = more steam = less toasty crisp bits.
  • Crowd control: Crowded vegetables create steam which prevents them from getting toasty. The baking sheet surface in contact with the broccoli is what gives your roasted vegetables those brown, crunchy bits. Also, flip your veggies halfway through cooking so the other side has a chance to get just as delicious.
  • Roasting frozen broccoli: Roast frozen broccoli right out of the bag, but raise the oven temp to 450. Don’t let the broccoli thaw out first, otherwise it’ll turn soft and won’t ever get crispy.
  • More mix-ins: Toss your roasted broccoli with toasted almonds, cooked bacon, or a pinch of red chili flakes.
Roasted broccoli with lemon in a bowl.

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Roasted broccoli on a baking sheet with lemon garnish.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan

This recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan and Lemon turns boring broccoli into something crispy and caramelized in 40 minutes or less. Delicious!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 8 servings (1 cup each)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 115

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds broccoli florets from 3 stalks broccoli (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon (see note 2)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (1 ounce, see note 3)

Instructions 

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  • In a large bowl, add broccoli, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt to taste and pepper (I like at least ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper; sometimes I do a little more).
  • Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Roast until florets are tender-crisp and browning around the edges, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 1 to 2 minutes longer. 

Notes

  1. Broccoli: Trim off the dry woody part of the stem, but the rest is fair game. Cut the broccoli florets into pieces that are all about the same size so they cook evenly. 
  2. Lemon: The zest of one lemon (about 1 teaspoon) can be added with the lemon juice. Just zest the lemon before you cut it to squeeze it.
  3. Parmesan cheese: Any hard, aged cheese will work well instead. Think Parmesan, grated Asiago, pecorino, or Romano cheese.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 8 cups of roasted broccoli, enough for eight (1-cup) servings.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Add extra roasted broccoli to omelets, scrambled eggs, and your meal prep containers.
  6. Make ahead: Chop the broccoli up to 3 days in advance. Store covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to roast.
  7. High temperature formula: I like to roast every vegetable at 400 degrees and just adjust the baking time, keeping an eye out for signs of doneness. But remember the Farenheit 451 rule: books burn at 451 degrees, and so does parchment paper. That’s why I chose 400 degrees as my baseline, even though some vegetables could be done quicker at a higher temp.
  8. Keep things dry: After you rinse your vegetables, pat them dry or allow them to air dry before they go into the oven. More moisture = more steam = less toasty crisp bits.
  9. Crowd control: Crowded vegetables create steam which prevents them from getting toasty. The baking sheet surface in contact with the broccoli is what gives your roasted vegetables those brown, crunchy bits. Also, flip your veggies halfway through cooking so the other side has a chance to get just as delicious.
  10. Roasting frozen broccoli: Roast frozen broccoli right out of the bag, but raise the oven temp to 450. Don’t let the broccoli thaw out first, otherwise it’ll turn soft and won’t ever get crispy.
  11. More mix-ins: Toss your roasted broccoli with toasted almonds, cooked bacon, or a pinch of red chili flakes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 86mgPotassium: 364mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 734IUVitamin C: 103mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Omg, this was DELICIOUS! Definitely on par with something I would get at a restaurant. We ate the whole sheet of broccoli in one go lol thank you for such a wonderful recipe!5 stars

  2. Awesome recipe. Very easy! I cut broccoli pieces a little too small, bite size, and had to watch it .. only cooked about 30 minutes till done.
    Only one question, when you change it to 4 servings, the amount of Olive oil and the amount of parmesan says 0.13 cups?5 stars

    1. Hi Ramona, sorry about that! It’s how the recipe card does the math. Half of 1/4 cup is 2 tablespoons. Sorry for the confusion, it’s just how the form scales recipes. I’m glad you enjoyed it though! – Meggan