Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

by Kathy Strahs on September 25, 2009 · 10 comments

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

It doesn’t come much simpler than this: broccoli tossed with olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper and roasted until that telltale caramelized crust forms. Nothing fancy – just the fresh taste of the vegetable, with a bit of its natural sweetness brought out to the forefront. Everyone needs an easy vegetable side dish recipe like this in their arsenal to serve alongside roasted chicken, pasta, steak – or even just a plate of it all on its own.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon
Adapted from the back of the Birds Eye Broccoli Florets package

Serves 4


2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 14 oz. bag fresh broccoli florets


Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Whisk until salt has dissolved. Add broccoli florets and stir until thoroughly coated with oil mixture. Pour out onto large rimmed cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until broccoli is cooked and edges are slightly browned. Serve immediately.

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Esi September 25, 2009 at 4:39 PM

I love roasted broccoli and roasted cauliflower. Kind of addictive actually.
.-= Esi´s last blog ..Cafe Crepe =-.


Karly September 26, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Mm, I love this with a bit of lemon juice squeezed over it after it finishes roasting. Delicious!
.-= Karly´s last blog ..Banana Bread Cookies =-.


Tracy September 26, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I love to make this with just a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. It’s so good with some risotto.


Angela September 26, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Oooo!! I’m going to try this for dinner!! I’ve been looking for a new broccoli recipe! What a great gluten free dish 🙂


Melinda October 6, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I cooked this the other night and my 5 year old son actually wolfed it down and said how much he liked this broccoli. Winner!!!!!


Kathy October 6, 2009 at 3:05 PM

That’s awesome!


Tyler November 8, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Yum! We made this tonight and will definitely make it again.


Kathy November 8, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Excellent! It’s a great way to enjoy broccoli – so glad you guys liked it!


erica May 12, 2010 at 11:02 PM

wow…i love broccoli, I’d love to try this recipe.Thanks! =)


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