Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli (or Broccolini)

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Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli (or Broccolini) is bursting with flavor, caramelized edges and the quickest side dish to every meal all made in ONE PAN!  Delicious enough for company but everyday easy!

Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli.


Side dishes.  Is a love-hate relationship.  Love to eat them, hate to make them after already prepping the main event.  But not roasted vegetables – that is a LOVE-LOVE relationships.  Toss the vegetables with olive oil and seasonings, roast while you prep your meal and dive into crisp-tender caramelized vegetables!  Some of my favorites are Roasted Cauliflower.. Roasted Asparagus. Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Carrots and now this Roasted  Broccolini! 

This Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccolini (or Broccoli) – is a love-love relationship because it takes just a couple minutes prep, the the oven does most of the work and you get a company worthy side!

So if you have energy to toss a few pantry staple ingredients with broccoli and spread them on a pan, you can always have a delicious side to every meal!

Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli on a plate with lemon.

Oven roasted veggies are some of my favorites like my Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots, Crispy Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potato Fries and Maple Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash and Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan. Aside from the minimal prep, the high heat and large surface area caramelizes the natural sugars as the veggies become tender on the inside with nice, golden crispy outside infused with a tantalizing nutty taste.

Roasted Broccoli has also always been a favorite of mine, but have you tried broccolini?  You can use either broccoli or broccolini in this Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli or Broccolini recipe and both are divine – it just kind of depends on what fits your purpose/mood.  I find broccolini to look a little more gourmet for special occasions and company (like Valentines, Easter, etc.).  Its just as delectable as roasted broccoli with a more mild, earthy taste.  If you aren’t familiar with broccolini it looks like baby broccoli with small florets and long stems – and the name sounds like baby broccoli, but it is actually a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese broccoli created in 1933.

Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli on a plate with lemon adding butter. .

If using broccolini, you’ll want to start by trimming the bottom 2 inches off the broccolini stems so the are nice and fresh and no woody tasting ends remain and then slice any extra thick stems in half to create uniform broccolini so they will all roast in the same amount of time.  If using broccoli, just make sure the florets are roughly the same size, cutting any extra large florets in half.

Close up view of Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli.

Next, your broccolini or broccoli gets tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic – all on the SAME pan you are roasting it on (yay for only ONE DISH) and then you spread the broccolini in an even layer to roast.  I use a large jelly roll pan but if you don’t have one, then just use two baking sheets.  They key here is we want enough room for the broccolini or broccoli to spread out so it can actually roast and not just steam.

After roasting for 12 minutes, we remove the broccolini or broccoli and toss with lemon zest and additional lemon juice if desired (taste first) then spread back into an even layer and sprinkle with Parmesan. Broil until Parmesan is melted, and that’s it for Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli (or Broccolini)!  If you like crispier or more charred florets, feel free to broil for longer – the charred parts are my favorite!

Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli on a plate with lemon in a serving bowl.

As in all recipes, please remember you can customize the measurements to suit your tastes/mood.  You can add more or less garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and/or Parmesan.   You can even mix it up and leave off the lemon juice/zest completely or swap it out for a drizzle of balsamic or spice it up with some red pepper flakes.  The possibilities are endless for this one pan tender-crispy broccoli (or broccolini) with crispy edges and so is the deliciousness!

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Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli (or Broccolini) is bursting with flavor, caramelized edges and the easiest side dish to every meal!

Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli (or Broccolini)

Servings: 4 servings
Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

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  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. BROCCOLI: trim florets into uniform size. BROCCOLINI: trim the bottom 2 inches off the broccolini stems and cut any thick stems in half so the broccolini stems are roughly the same size.
  • BROCCOLI: Line a regular size baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. BROCCOLINI: Line a large jelly roll baking sheet with foil (or use two baking sheets) and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Add broccoli(ni) to pan and drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add garlic and toss until evenly coated. Line in a single layer.
  • Roast for 12-15 minutes OR until broccoli(ni) reaches desired crisp-tenderness. Remove from oven and toss with lemon zest and additional lemon juice if desired (taste first). Spread back into an even layer and sprinkle with Parmesan. Broil until Parmesan is melted, approximately 2 minutes. Continue to broil if desired for crispier or more charred florets. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste if desired.

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    • Jen says

      Thank you so much! and I agree, the crispy parts are the best! Doesn’t get much better than roasted veggies!

  1. christine p. says

    Hi Jen, another simple yet delicious post. Your recipes are always a hit with my family. I love your wooden handle measuring spoon featured in the pics for the roasted parm lemon garlic broccoli. Is it vintage or could you share where i could purchase? Thanks

    • Jen says

      What an awesome comment, thank so much Christine! I absolutely love hearing my recipes are a hit with your family! The measuring spoons are from Anthropologie – perhaps someone needs to get them for you for Mother’s Day 🙂

  2. Layne Schwabedissen says

    Ok Jen, this one is amazing! Made it tonight for the third time in a week because I’m addicted.

    • Jen says

      whoa, three times in one week – that is true love! Thanks Layne! Thrilled this is such a hit at your house!