Knowing how to get the BEST roasted broccoli can really take a simple meal up a notch. Here is the perfect formula for the BEST roasted broccoli.
Roasting is the best way to cook broccoli
Broccoli is one of those foods that are hard to get kids to eat, and if we are honest as a adults it’s just not that enjoyable.
If you steam it, it’s still tastes the same but is now soft and mushy. If you boil it, you get the same result. And if you fry it you end up with a semi-burnt broccoli that is still raw in the middle.
That is why roasting broccoli is the best way to go! It is perfectly cooked, yet has a nice crispy texture on the ends, and when seasoned well is so delicious.
How to get the BEST roasted broccoli.
After a few years of roasting vegetables, I have found the perfect oven temperature, cooking time, and oil and seasoning combonation to get the delectable results.
Are you ready for it? Here it is.
The best oven temperature is 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Not too hot and not too cold. Just right.
Also, tossing chopped and washed broccoli on the roasting pan with 3-4 tbsp of avocado oil and sprinkling with a coarse salt and garlic powder will make the perfect seasoning.
The perfect cooking time is 15 minutes. Your broccoli will come out roasted and crispy on the ends, but cooked and not to soft in the middle.
My measurements are not very precise, but I have written down how I make the best roasted broccoli for you all.
4 heads of broccoli
4 tbsp avocado oil
1 tbsp coarse salt
2-3 tsp garlic powder.
How to prep the broccoli quickly
I have also found a quick way to prep the broccoli quickly. I used to cut it all up, and put it in a separate bowl to toss with the oil and the seasoning.
Well, let me tell you. After you cook for so long you find ways to cut corners so you have less dishes to do.
One way to do that is to toss the broccoli in the oil and seasoning right on the roasting pan. I usually use my hands. You can see me making roasted broccoli in my last YouTube Channel video.
This saves dishes, and also gives you some extra minutes. If you really want to save yourself a dish, you can line your roasting pan with tin foil, so all you have to do is throw the tin foil away when it’s time to clean up.
What oil is best for roasting vegetables?
In my experience I have found avocado oil the best to use for roasting vegetables. It has a high smoke point, meaning that the temperature of the oil will need to get really high before it starts smoking.
For example, olive oil has a very low smoke point, which makes olive oil not the best for roasting. Since most roasting is done at higher temps, you want to avoid using olive oil.
Other good roasting oils are coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. You may see recipes call for vegetable oil or canola oil. These oils are not the most pure oil and have a lot of filler oils in them. Canola oil is also known to be an inflammatory in your gut.
This leaves avocado, grapeseed, and coconut oil the best for roasting.
I personally love avocado oil because I can get it for a good price in bulk at Costco, and it is flavorless but yet brings a subtle savory note to the food you are roasting. It compliments most foods well.
- 4 heads of broccoli
- 4 tbsp avocado oil (or other roasting oil)
- 1 tbsp salt or herb salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425
- Chop washed broccoli heads into bite sized pieces.
- Put broccoli on a roasting try and toss with 4 tbsp avocado oil
- Sprinkle salt and garlic powder over the broccoli.
- Bake in the over for 15 minutes.
- Remove and serve!
Avocado oil the a great roasting oil, but others that work are grapeseed oil, or melted coconut oil.
Pairings with the BEST roasted broccoli
Roasted broccoli is a great side on many classic homestyle meals. Here are some of the meals we enjoy it with.
Roasted Chicken and Potaotes
Steak and red wine.
Salmon and rice
Burgers and roasted potatoes
Do you need a new way to enjoy broccoli?
I hope this recipe inspired you to try the roasting broccoli and adding it to lots of dishes!