Easy Oven Roasted Broccoli – Keto Friendly

Oven Roasted Broccoli is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to prepare keto-friendly broccoli.  Roasting broccoli in the oven gives it an amazing flavor and deliciously crispy edges.  This recipe is my family’s favorite way to eat broccoli — kids included!

easy oven roasted keto broccoli

Easy Roasted Broccoli: A Keto-Friendly Side Dish

If you’ve never roasted broccoli in the oven before, you might not understand why this recipe for Roasted Broccoli is so good, but trust me — this is my very favorite way to eat broccoli.

Roasted Broccoli is a super easy and healthy side dish perfect any night of the week. It’s simple to make, and almost all of the cooking time is hands-off.

This keto side dish pairs well with just about every type of protein main dish, whether you’re serving steak, chicken, pork chops, or baked salmon.  And it’s suitable for all types of diets: low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!

What could be better? Even kids will love this simple and delicious baked broccoli.  Once you have this recipe memorized, you may never make broccoli any other way again!

Carbs in Broccoli

Broccoli is a healthy and nutritious vegetable, making it perfect for the keto diet or any other way of eating. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and even protein!

1 cup of raw broccoli contains:

Calories: 30
Protein: 3 grams
Carbs: 6 grams
Sugar: 2 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Net Carbs: 3 grams

fresh broccoli florets in a bowl

Ingredients in Roasted Broccoli

With only a few ingredients and five minutes of prep time, this is sure to be one of your new favorite recipes. We love it so much, I make it as a side dish at least once a week!  I hope this recipe will become a weeknight favorite at your house like it is at mine. 

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make roasted broccoli:

  • Fresh broccoli.  Cut the broccoli into small florets, and rinse well.  Make sure to dry the florets well so that the oil and seasonings will coat them.  Using a salad spinner is a great idea!
  • Fresh garlic.  Mince a few cloves of garlic to flavor the broccoli.  You could also use garlic powder if you are out of fresh garlic.
  • Olive Oil. You’ll need a decent amount of oil to roast the broccoli.  I use 3-4 tablespoons.
  • Salt and Pepper.

Flavor Ideas for Roasted Broccoli

For this basic recipe, I call for garlic, salt, and pepper as the seasonings.  But, you can definitely add more flavors and seasonings to suit your taste.  Here are some ideas.

  • Add a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice over the broccoli once it’s finished roasting.
  • Add up to a tsp of dried herbs, or an all-purpose herb blend.
  • Add a tbsp of balsamic vinegar to the broccoli before roasting.  Add it to the bowl when you’re tossing the florets in the olive oil.
  • Add up to 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the broccoli, about halfway through the cooking time. This way it will melt and brown, but not burn in the high heat of the oven.

raw broccoli on a sheet pan

How to Make Roasted Broccoli in the Oven

Making oven-roasted broccoli is a very simple recipe.  After a few minutes of prep, the oven takes care of the rest of the work for you.

To start, wash and dry the broccoli thoroughly. Cut the broccoli florets into small florets.  Try to keep the size of the pieces relatively uniform so they will cook evenly.

Then, in a large mixing bowl, toss the florets with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Now is the time to add any additional seasonings, like Balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, herbs, or other seasonings.

Next, place the broccoli on a large rimmed baking sheet. Spread it out in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.

Finally, roast the broccoli in a hot oven for about 20 minutes, or until it is tender and caramelized.  That’s it!

easy broccoli roasted in the oven with garlic

Tips for the Best Roasted Veggies

These tips apply to this broccoli recipe, but also for other roasted vegetable dishes like roasted cauliflower or roasted brussels sprouts.

  • Make sure that the broccoli florets are dry after rinsing them. You can use a salad spinner or pat them down with paper towels.
  • Be generous with the olive oil.  Toss the florets will to make sure that they are coated in a thin layer of oil. The oil will make sure that the broccoli cooks and browns well.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan.  It’s important to spread the broccoli out into a single layer on a large pan.  You can use two pans if you don’t have one pan that is large enough to hold all of the broccoli.  If you crowd the pan, the broccoli will end up steaming and you won’t get brown and crispy edges.
  • Use a high enough oven temperature.  425F is the sweet spot in my oven.  You may want to buy an oven thermometer if you aren’t sure if your oven is accurate.
  • Shake the pan, or use a spatula to toss the broccoli about halfway through the cooking time for even cooking. 

oven roasted broccoli on a sheet pan

Other Keto Broccoli Recipes

If you like broccoli, here are some other keto broccoli recipes you might enjoy.

Easy Oven Roasted Broccoli

Easy Oven Roasted Broccoli

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Oven Roasted Broccoli is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to prepare broccoli. It's a great keto-friendly side dish that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste

Optional

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss broccoli florets with olive oil and garlic, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add optional seasonings as desired.
  3. Place the broccoli in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 18-20 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. (Toss halfway through for more even cooking)

Notes

  • If you would like to use Parmesan cheese, add it toward the end of cooking so that it doesn't burn.
  • Cook time with vary based on the size of your florets -- keep an eye on things!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Carb count will vary with different ingredients and brands. It should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

 

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