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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Fresh Lemon

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Fresh Lemon

This roasted broccoli with garlic dish is very simple with few ingredients but the flavors are amazing.  The simple step of charring the broccoli and then squeezing fresh lemon juice on before serving makes this stand out from all the other roasted broccoli dishes.

The other step that makes this dish taste really amazing is grating the garlic over a microplane which essentially shreds the garlic and pulls out all of the juices. When you are done grating your garlic, you will be left with garlic pulp and this will really flavor the broccoli.

If you do not have a microplane, you can use a cheese grater using the side with those little tiny holes (you know the one that you never knew what that side was for 🙂 This technique works really well on many vegetable dishes. It will certainly get people to eat more veggies once they try it.

Roasted Broccoli is one of my all time favorite veggies (next to Brussel Sprouts which is my favorite!)  I have so many broccoli recipes because I think it is such a versatile vegetable. It can go into pasta, like this broccoli with orecchiette or as a side with bold flavors added to it like this miso rubbed broccoli.

This roasted broccoli recipe is one that I use often because of its simplicity and great flavors. The ingredients in this recipe are very few and things you may already have on hand.

The ingredients you will need for this oven roasted broccoli recipe are:

  • Broccoli
  • olive oil
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • garlic
  • lemon

This technique and the flavors in this roasted broccoli recipe can be used for many vegetables. I love oven roasted broccoli but I also love just about any oven roasted vegetables.

This roasted broccoli recipe can’t get any simpler or more delicious!

Charred Broccoli with Lemon

A delicious and easy broccoli side dish that is big on flavor
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 head of broccoli or 1 regular sized bag of broccoli from the store, or 4-5 bunches of baby broccoli
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated over a microplane or cheese grater
  • 1 lemon zested and then reserved for squeezing juice over top at the end
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt


  • Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • On a large baking sheet, add your broccoli, lemon zest, olive oil and salt
  • Grate your garlic over a microplane. This will make a garlic pulp on the back of the microplane so you will need to scoop that off with your fingers after you are done grating and add that over top of your broccoli.
  • Now with your hands mix all of this together well so the broccoli is coated with all of the ingredients. It is kind of a gently massage getting all of the garlic and lemon evenly coated on your broccoli.
  • Place in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes, turning your broccoli half way through.
  • Your broccoli is ready when it starts to get a char on all the edges of the florets.
  • Remove from oven and squeeze your lemon all over the top of the broccoli (making sure to do this through your fingers to catch the seedand gently toss.
  • Pour into a serving dish and enjoy!


Serve this as a side to this Chicken and Tarragon dish

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