Perfect Roasted Broccoli with Vegan Parmesan

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Fork resting on a baking sheet of perfectly roasted broccoli

It’s broccoli time, friends! And we think we may have found the best way to prepare it! This cheesy, savory roasted broccoli is crispy on the edges but tender on the inside, making it easier to chew and digest. It’s so good we were eating it right off the pan!

It’s quick & easy to prepare and the perfect salty side to enjoy with all your favorite savory and creamy mains (salmon, stew, and beyond!). With just 25 minutes and 4 ingredients required, you are mere moments away from perfect broccoli! Let’s do this!

Colander of broccoli florets next to olive oil, vegan parmesan cheese, salt, and garlic

How to Roast Broccoli

Friends, this is not your average roasted broccoli recipe! It’s better! And we have a few tricks to share with you:

First, cut the broccoli into small florets to maximize the amount of seasoning and caramelization on each bite. Also, smaller florets cook faster (we’re into that around here)!

When it comes to cooking the broccoli, we start with an optional (but recommended) step of lightly steaming it before roasting. Why? This method gives you the benefits of steaming (easier to chew and digest) without sacrificing the beautiful caramelized flavor of roasting! It’s the best of both worlds.

Sprinkling vegan parmesan cheese over broccoli

Next, we get to the seasonings. Our favorite, simple way to season broccoli is with olive or avocado oil, vegan parmesan cheese, salt, and minced garlic. It’s just the right amount of saltiness and (dairy-free) cheesiness to make even broccoli haters reconsider.

We then roast the broccoli at 425 degrees Fahrenheit (215 C) for 10-15 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the broccoli is tender. If you’re making a larger batch, be sure to use a large baking sheet (or several) so there’s enough space between the broccoli florets to encourage browning.

Baking sheet with golden brown oven roasted broccoli

We hope you LOVE this roasted broccoli! It’s:

Cheesy
Salty
Savory
Tender with crispy edges
Easier to chew and digest
Quick & easy
& Addictively delicious!

What To Eat with Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli pairs well with nearly any main and is especially delicious with savory and creamy ones like our Vegan Pasta Al Limone, Creamy Vegan Pink Pasta (30 Minutes!), Lentil Mushroom Stew over Mashed Potatoes, and Lemon Baked Salmon with Garlic Dill Sauce.

More Delicious Ways to Eat Broccoli

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Plate of perfect roasted broccoli with vegan parmesan

Perfect Roasted Broccoli with Vegan Parmesan

Quick & easy roasted broccoli that’s cheesy, savory, and perfectly tender with crispy edges! Just 25 minutes, 1 pan, and 4 ingredients required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Close up of oven roasted broccoli on a baking sheet
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 (Servings)
Course Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 4 cups small broccoli florets (2 heads broccoli yield ~4 cups florets)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F (215 C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Optional: For more tender and easier to digest broccoli our preferred method is to lightly steam it first. To steam the broccoli, place a steamer basket in a large pot. Fill the pot with at least 1/4-inch of water, but not so much that it touches the bottom of the steamer basket. Bring water to a boil, then add broccoli florets to the steamer basket and cook for 2-4 minutes or until bright green and just tender enough to pierce with a fork. Remove from the pot and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • To the parchment-lined baking sheet, add (raw or steamed) broccoli florets. Drizzle with oil then sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese, salt, and garlic (optional). Toss to evenly coat the broccoli, making sure each floret is laying on its flattest side and no florets are overlapping.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until broccoli is golden brown on the edges and tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Best when fresh. Leftovers will keep stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat leftovers in a cast-iron skillet until warmed through. Not freezer friendly.

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Notes

*Loosely adapted from Downshiftology.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with olive oil and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 123 Carbohydrates: 7.1 g Protein: 3.9 g Fat: 9.7 g Saturated Fat: 1.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.3 g Monounsaturated Fat: 6.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 281 mg Potassium: 295 mg Fiber: 2.4 g Sugar: 1.6 g Vitamin A: 442 IU Vitamin C: 64 mg Calcium: 37 mg Iron: 1 mg

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    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      That would work, yes! You can also skip directly to roasting, if you’d like. We think blanching them might be best, so boil for ~2 minutes and then put in a bowl of cold water before proceeding! Let us know how it goes.

  1. Megan Cassidy says

    The best broccoli I have ever had! I just had one full head of broccoli, plus one stem…ended up with about 3 1/2 cups total. I sliced and then cut the stems into quarters to be about the size of florets. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Meg says

    This looks so good but for some reason broccoli makes my stomach hurt!! Do you think cauliflower or another veggie would work? You are the best. Thanks

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amanda, We haven’t experimented with an air fryer, but we do think that would work! Let us know how it goes!

    • Michele says

      Air fryer is just a tiny convection oven, so you can easily roast vegetables—but wait to add the vegan parm until almost the end or the nuts may burn

  3. Kiki says

    Thank you so much for the delicious recipe! Is there anyway to include how much a serving is? I love the nutritional estimation but it doesn’t help me if I don’t know the serving amount. Is a “serving” 4oz? 8oz? 1/2 a cup? I see that the serving amount is always missing. That should be defined in all the recipes. And this is NOT a complaint! I LOVE your food and am now dieting and exercising portion control and want to keep making your bomb recipes!! With this info I can properly count calories. So tell us pleeeeeease what the “servings” are when you post :))) And if that’s too much to add, I still thank you for giving us all these yummy recipes to try.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy our recipes, Kiki! We have it on our list to add an amount for the servings, but we often end up eating a lot of the batch while testing and then it’s not accurate. We’ll try to get better about it!

  4. Maria Santelli says

    This is the best broccoli, hands down! Love it with coconut oil, too, maybe even better than olive! Thank you for so much vegan goodness and for always being delicious!

  5. Fiona says

    I always roast broccoli and cauliflower now–so much better! But I don’t steam first: do you dry off the broccoli before roasting? I would think that it could steam instead of roasting when it’s wet.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Fiona, we thought that would be the case too so we tested it both ways and didn’t notice a difference. If your oven has trouble crisping/browning, perhaps it would be more of an issue? But it definitely doesn’t hurt to dry it off. Hope you love it!

      • Michele says

        I make this all the time as broccoli is fresh all year (great with fat asparagus in spring)—I just steam and roast the broccoli in the oven because I’m too lazy for extra pans. My question is the timing of the vegan parm. I sprinkle at the end for just a few minutes—at 425 doesn’t your parm burn? What is your secret?

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Michele, in our experience it gets a little darker, but doesn’t burn. Is it possible you’re using convection and therefore your oven is hotter?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kristen! That might technically work, but we haven’t tried steaming our broccoli in the instant pot and we think it might be tricky to steam it without overcooking. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Laura, we don’t think it would crisp up well. But it would still be flavorful! If you try it, we’d suggest defrosting, then patting dry, and skipping the steaming step. Let us know how it goes!

      • Kat says

        I always have to use frozen broccoli (and cauliflower).
        I think it works just fine. A couple tips though,
        Slow thaw method: put the frozen stuff in fridge the night before, then drain/ pat dry if necessary.
        Quick thaw method: put frozen veggies in large microwave safe bowl, start on medium-low for about 3 minutes. Check for ice crystals, stir. If still icy give another 30-60 seconds checking after each addition.
        They don’t need to be hot just not frozen. It’s ok if they do get a little hot, just check frequently so they don’t get too done. Allow to cool a bit, drain / pat dry if necessary.
        I also find with precooked veggies for roasting recipes I get a better result if I lower the temperature 25°F, and start checking for doneness 5-15 minutes early.

        Although, this one steams them first anyway, so that may not be necessary here.
        Hope this helps! :)