The perfect side dish to any meal! Broccoli baked with olive oil and garlic then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Only 122 calories per serving!

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About Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

Looking for the best oven baked broccoli around? A garlic broccoli recipe – or, better yet, roasted broccoli with Parmesan – that will be the best side dish, appetizer, or even a small lunch?

Then look no further!

I guarantee that this recipe for garlic Parmesan broccoli is the easiest and best way to make broccoli (and I know you have some in your freezer!)

Can you make roasted Parmesan broccoli in advance?

Yes, you can make this in advance – sorta. You would still need to heat the broccoli up in the oven (to give it the same ever-so-slightly crunchy texture) but making it the day before will still save you time on mixing ingredients and seasoning the broccoli (neither of which take very long). So while it won’t save you a ton of time, there are days where a little less active time in the kitchen can go a long way.

How to Make Roasted Broccoli the Day Before:

  • Prepare the roasted Parmesan broccoli per the recipe instructions.
  • Remove from oven and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Keeping the broccoli in the pan or dish you baked with, cover the top with aluminum foil and secure it around the sides.
  • Place dish in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to bake, remove the dish from the refrigerator and discard the aluminum foil.
  • Let dish rest on the counter while preheating the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Bake broccoli for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Will this dish make for good leftovers?

Yes, it totally will!

You can either heat it up in the microwave (and lose some of the texture for the speediness of readines) or heat it up in the oven as explained in the “make in advance” instructions above.

How long is my broccoli side dish good for?

While this dish is best served immediately, it will stay good in the refrigerator for three to five days.

Can Parmesan and garlic broccoli be frozen?

Yes, roasted broccoli can last up to 10 months in the freezer. The only downside is that the crispiness will suffer the longer this dish is stored. It will remain tasty, but it will be a softer dish.

How to Freeze Roasted Broccoli:

  • Prepare the roasted Parmesan broccoli per the recipe instructions.
  • Remove from oven and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Transfer baked broccoli to an airtight container or freezer bag
  • Store in the freezer up to 10 months.
How to roast broccoli ni the oven.

Can you use frozen broccoli?

This has been asked a few times in the comments, so I wanted to address it here: I talk about using frozen broccoli with this recipe, but I thaw it before cooking. This doesn’t take long – just put the broccoli in a strainer and run some lukewarm water over it until it’s soft (usually takes a few minutes). Then that’s it! Pat the broccoli dry and you’re ready to cook!

Notes & tips for garlic broccoli recipe

  • One of the ways that this recipe “works” is the cook time. It’s tricky to know how to oven roast broccoli, but the key is a higher temp (425 degrees F) coupled with a slightly shorter cook time (10-12 minutes.) I’ve tried many recipes for cooking broccoli in the oven but this has been the best ratio I’ve found so far.
  • To ensure even cooking, you want to cut your chosen vegetables into similar sizes.
  • Be aware that all vegetables get smaller when they are roasted, so you may need to whip up more of this recipe than you originally expect.
  • Throw some breadcrumbs in the mix for more crisp. Panko breadcrumbs can be used for maximum crunch punch.
  • Fresh Parmesan is best for this recipe, but all forms of Parmesan will work.
  • Almost any recipe that includes roasting a vegetable will tell you to toss them in olive oil. A mess-free and quick way to evenly coat your vegetables in the olive oil is to throw the oil and your chopped vegetables into a heavy-duty Ziploc bag, close it, and give it a good shake!

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This post was originally published on March 4th, 2015. It was updated with new content on March 2nd, 2020.

Recipe Details

4.48 from 44 votes

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

5 minutes prep + 10 minutes cook
118 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
The perfect side dish to any meal! Broccoli baked with olive oil and garlic then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Only 122 calories per serving!



  • Preheat oven to 425 F. Drizzle a little olive oil on a baking sheet, then use a paper towel to rub the pan down.
  • In a large bowl, add broccoli, olive oil, garlic, and salt to taste. Toss broccoli with a spoon until it’s completely coated.
  • Pour broccoli on the prepared baking sheet, spreading out into an even layer. Scoop out any garlic & oil left in the bowl and sprinkle it over the broccoli.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until broccoli is cooked through.
  • Sprinkle cooked broccoli with Parmesan cheese before serving.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 101.6mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 0.9mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • barbara

    Hi, Chrisy! Eager to make this right away, I skimmed the recipe a bit too quickly 🙂 I tossed in the cheese from the start (and used fresh broccoli) – it was soooo good! I’m new to eating a lot of veggies and so glad I found something I could really make again and enjoy. Thanks so much – will be following your work.

    • Stephanie

    Hi Chrisy, I absolutely LOVE tjis recipe. This is my second time making it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hey Stephanie, thanks for writing in! I’m so glad you like it 😀

    • Melissa

    I always have frozen broccoli in the freezer, should it be thawed out before putting in oven? Can you do it frozen.

    • Hey Melissa! For this recipe, I usually do a quick thaw by rinsing frozen broccoli with water and patting it dry.

    • Dustin

    Done this twice. Awesome both times. Have to double the recipe because it’s so good.

    • I’m so glad you like it, Dustin! Thanks for writing in 😀

    • Brook

    Love this recipe! Thanks!!!

    • Jen

    Have you ever had left overs of this dish and had to re-heat it or eat it the next day? I am trying to plan meals for the week and this looks awesome!!!

    • Maria

    Maybe even some lemon would be nice.

    • Maria

    Excellent recipe. I used fresh broccoli and the texture was a little on the crunchy side. But yummy. Thanks Chrisy!

    • Good to know about making it with fresh broccoli 😀 Thanks Maria!

    • Colleen

    Hi! This looks amazing! I’m fairly new to this whole cooking thing and have very limited freezer space. Could a use fresh broccoli instead? Sorry for such a simple question!

      • Lynn

      Sure, you’ll just need to cook it longer. Depending on how crisp or tender you like it, 20 or so minutes in the oven.

    • Marilou

    Awesome idea!! I always have frozen broccoli in my freezer but then never use! I’m going to try to pair this up with our chicken tonight. Thanks again!

    • Kacee

    If you use frozen broccoli should you thaw it out first?

    • Hey Kacee! Yes, I would recommend thawing and drying the broccoli first before cooking.

    • becky

    This recipe is a must try. You show 150 calories per serving, but did not see serving size noted. I am counting my calorie intake and if you could give out tge servibg size, it would be appreciated.

      • Chrisy

      Hey Becky! Sorry this wasn’t clear – the recipe makes 6 servings (as a side dish) or 150 calories per 1/2 cup.

    • Alexandria
    • 4 stars

    This sounds delicious! I will definitely have to steal this recipe and impress my an old friend of mine with it!

    • Caroline
    • 5 stars

    That looks amazing, maybe I would get my son to eat broccoli with a recipe like this.

      • Chrisy

      Thanks Caroline! I think it could work – at least there’s cheese involved to help sell him on it 🙂

        • Sandy

        Yup, that’ll do it. You have my apcetpiarion.

    • Shannon Peterson
    • 4 stars

    Garlic broccoli is definitely a favorite in this house 🙂

      • Chrisy

      I know right? Of course, I could put garlic on anything and love it.

    • Valerie@Occasionally Crafty

    I’d love to try broccoli this way- thanks for the recipe!

      • Chrisy

      No problem Valerie! Hope you guys like it!

    • Courtney

    You’re right, only having the main dish, the meal doesn’t feel complete. This side dish looks delicious! Definitely pinning this!

      • Chrisy

      Thanks Courtney! And thanks for the pin 😀

    • Kim Croisant
    • 5 stars

    This is a great side dish for us….and it’s the only way my 5 year old will eat his broccoli.

      • Chrisy

      Ha, this is one of the only ways I’ll eat broccoli too! 😀

    • Crys
    • 5 stars

    Seriously salivating. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

      • Chrisy

      More than welcome Crys! Glad you liked it 😀

    • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion
    • 5 stars

    What a lovely blog you have Chrisy! I have all ingredients for garlic Parmesan broccoli, I should make them today

      • Chrisy

      Thank you very much Ilona! If you made the broccoli, I hope it turned out great!