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Caramelized Roasted Broccoli with lemon

A Roasted Broccoli Oven Recipe for a delicious Caramelized Broccoli that can be ready in 25 minutes. This Roasted Broccoli with lemon dish is made in the oven and is also called Blackened Broccoli.

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We all know we need to add more vegetables to our diet and we all try to serve them to our kids.  But no matter how many veggies we put on the table, if no one eats them, it’s all in vain.    I really can’t blame anyone for not eating some vegetables.  When they are overly steamed or boiled and are bland and limp, I wouldn’t eat them either.

But we have something today that might change their minds, our Roasted Broccoli Recipe!   It’s a delicious caramelized roasted broccoli recipe topped with parmesan cheese.  We have discovered over the years that we like our veggies cooked to just the point where they still have an inner crunch but are not raw and we always prefer seasonings such as fresh citrus.   Besides who wants to overcook this gorgeous veggie?  Not me and I are sure not you.  And our Roasted oven Broccoli method will cook them to perfection.
And just a note, overcooking broccoli (especially boiling) can cause it to lose not only its a beautiful color but a lot of its nutritional punch.  I remember when I first discovered broccoli.   We would buy those little-frozen bags of broccoli with a runny cheesy colored stuff that we would microwave.   Yeah, that got me eating broccoli but it didn’t make me any healthier.   And now that I look back, that sauce wasn’t really that good.
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What is in this Roasted Broccoli recipe:


  • 12 ounces of fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of  grated Parmesan cheese


How to make  Caramelized Roasted Broccoli:

And one of the best secrets to cooking broccoli and getting the kids to eat it is roasting.  A caramelized broccoli brings out all the sweetness but still retains all that gorgeous color.   This Roasted Broccoli is made with seasonings of freshly squeezed lemon juice, garlic cloves, plenty of salt and freshly ground black pepper.   These seasonings will greatly help the chances of getting those little ones to try these vitamin-rich veggies.


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Start making your blackened broccoli by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F.   Then place broccoli florets in a medium-size bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.    Toss the broccoli to coat evenly with the seasonings and spread evenly on a large sheet pan.

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Bake for 15-18 minutes, tossing about halfway through the cooking time.  This is to ensure that the broccoli cooks evenly and makes a gorgeous caramelized broccoli.   
Roasted Broccoli
Remove the caramelized broccoli from the oven and serve topped with the shaved or grated Parmesan cheese.  Whether you add a cheese sauce or sprinkle the blackened broccoli with freshly grated cheese, either one would work for me and probably for your little ones.   We hope you enjoy our Roasted broccoli and try it to make the best caramelized broccoli for your family.  This Broccoli Oven Recipe of Caramelized Roasted Broccoli is made in only 25 minutes.   And your kids might even eat this delicious Roasted Broccoli with cheese.

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Roasted Broccoli

A Roasted Broccoli Oven Recipe for a delicious Caramelized Broccoli that can be ready in 25 minutes. A Blackened Broccoli dish that can be made in the oven
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blackened Broccoli, Broccoli Oven Recipe, Caramelized Broccoli, Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Broccolini
Servings: 4
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place broccoli florets in a medium-size bowl, add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Toss to coat and spread evenly on a large sheet pan.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, tossing about halfway through.
  • Serve topped with the shaved Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg


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Jodi Stuber

Thursday 3rd of October 2013

oh dont mind me, i will just be over here drooling. this sounds so amazing. pinning to try out very soon

Kim M

Thursday 26th of September 2013

I love broccoli and eat it often, but I am getting a bit bored of eating it plain and steamed. This looks so yummy. I have never tried it roasted or with parmesan. Interesting!

Dana Jo

Tuesday 24th of September 2013

I LOVE broccoli and I LOVE parmesan. I think that tastes wonderful.

have a nice weekDana, Germany


Tuesday 24th of September 2013

Can't wait to try it!

Kari Lindsay

Tuesday 24th of September 2013

Roasted broccoli is my very favorite way to enjoy broccoli, it gets so yummy and caramelized. I love that you add a squeeze of lemon for brightness!