I love how fresh and different this Lemon Roasted Broccoli is. Broccoli can so easily be the same ol’ boring thing, but not only does this change things up it also brightens up the broccoli.
I love the extra crunch and nuttiness from the toasted pine nuts and, the saltiness from the Parmesan and I adore the freshness from the lemon zest. Lemon roasted broccoli is delicious. If my kids could eat it, I think you can too. It’s our new favorite way to eat broccoli.
If you think that you don’t like broccoli, roasted broccoli might just be your solution. It totally changes the flavor and texture of this simple vegetable and you can’t help but keep diving in for more.
My friend gave us this recipe a few years ago and we’ve been making it ever since.
If we are looking for a healthy side dish recipe we stick with all olive oil and cut down on the cheese, but otherwise we use a combination of olive oil for the roasting and butter for the final dressing on the vegetables.
Pine nuts are totally underrated and a really nice addition to this light and spring inspired side dish recipe. We prefer to roast the pine nuts a little so we throw them onto the pan and keep a close eye on things so they don’t burn. Always, always toast or roast pine nuts. It’s heavenly.
Can You Reheat Roasted Broccoli?
I mean, you can reheat anything really, but should you reheat roasted broccoli? It’s one of those veggies that is better than steamed broccoli the next day, but it’s still not as good as fresh from the oven.
If you want to reheat the broccoli, try throwing it in to a new dish, like a casserole or hash. That will break up the texture and you won’t notice it has been reheated as much.
Can Roasted Broccoli be Frozen?
Roasted broccoli isn’t very good frozen. It forms ice crystals that so easily turn the broccoli to mush the next time you heat it up.
Does Roasting Broccoli Lose Nutrients?
We know that thanks to a few studies done within the last 10 years, steaming and boiling broccoli can cause a loss of up to 34% of Vitamin c in broccoli while roasting, microwaving and pressure cooking was less of a loss.
However, that being said, there’s also a benefit to cooking vegetables as it can make them easier to absorb into the body.
The best thing to do is cook your vegetables in a variety of ways, roasting, steaming, raw, etc.
How Long to Roast Broccoli
You should roast broccoli for about 20-25 minutes, and we prefer to turn them once for even roasting.
How to Keep Roasted Broccoli Warm
Once your broccoli is done, turn the oven off and place foil over the veggies without folding it over the edges of the pan so that steam can still release.
You can also use the “warming” setting if your oven has one.
Lemon Roasted Broccoli
Lemon Roasted Broccoli
- 4-5 Cups of Broccoli, stalks cut short
- 3 Cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Fresh Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
- 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Pine Nuts, toasted
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
- Heat oven to 425
- Toss the broccoli, oil, garlic, salt and pepper on a cookie sheet.
- Roast for 20-25 min.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon juice, and melted butter.
- Remove the broccoli from the oven, and toss with pine nuts, lemon juice mixture, cheese and lemon zest.
- Serve immediately.
Broccoli is a great vegetable for dinner, but add in cheese sauce and it’s all kinds of amazing!