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Crispy Oven-Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and olive oil

Crispy and flavorful roasted broccoli topped with olive oil and lemon for a fresh burst of flavor

Roasted broccoli with lemon and olive oil in a white bowl

Lemon and broccoli are a perfect match. Here they come together to make one of the easiest side dishes to go alongside your dinner! If you really want to boost the flavor factor you could add lots of black pepper for lemon pepper broccoli. Or you could lean into the Italian flavors and add a little shredded parmesan cheese. Personally, I like just the lemon and olive oil. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s tasty, it’s healthy, and it’s only FOUR ingredients!

How to Roast Broccoli in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut broccoli into small florets.
Broccoli on a Sheet Pan

3. Spread the broccoli out evenly on a sheet pan.


4. Pour olive oil over the broccoli. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with your hands to evenly to coat the florets.

olive oil being poured onto broccoli on a sheet pan

5. Place the sheet pan in the oven for about 12 minutes. Remove and flip or toss the broccoli. Place the sheet pan back into the oven.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

6. Bake for 7-10 more minutes until the broccoli is crispy.

7. Zest and juice 1/2 a lemon and sprinkle the zest and juice over the broccoli. Toss to coat.

8. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

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Roasted Broccoli with Olive Oil and Lemon

Broccoli tossed with olive oil roasted until crispy in the oven and sprinkled with salt and tossed with fresh lemon zest and juice.
Servings 4 people


  • 4 cups Fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper To taste
  • 1 half Small lemon


  • Preheat the oven to 450°
  • On a baking sheet toss the broccoli florettes with olive oil making sure each piece is lightly coated with oil. Then sprinkle with as much or as little salt and pepper as you like and toss again to distribute the seasonings.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until the broccoli is brown and crisp, about 15-20 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time turn the broccoli a little.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and zest the half of lemon over the broccoli. Toss.
  • Squeeze the juice of the half of lemon and toss over the broccoli. This makes the broccoli very lemony. You can add more or less lemon if you would prefer.
  • Serve while still warm.


Serve with fish, chicken, or any light pasta dish.

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