Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic

Garlicky Roasted Broccoli with Lemon is light, tasty and super easy to make! This recipe is on the table in 30 minutes or less. Makes 2 servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled.

Looking for a dish to pair this delicious broccoli recipe with? Check out Cranberry Chicken Thighs, Leigh’s Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Pork Tenderloin and Broiled Steak.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic in a yellow and white striped bowl sitting on a marble counter

This recipe originally appeared at My Cooking Spot, where I was a contributor, on April 13, 2015. The post was republished on The Speckled Palate with new photos and words in November 2020.

Could we take a second to be real, y’all? Having a baby is hard.

(You can go ahead and roll your eyes, but it’s true. After all, they don’t call it labor for nothin’.)

And recovering from having a baby? A bit more of a challenge than I envisioned.

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    To be fair, I was more focused on the whole giving birth aspect when I was pregnant with my first in 2015, so I didn’t think much about what came next, other than I would have my sweet baby girl in my arms.

    Obviously, I made it through having babies in both 2015 and 2018, but neither was easy. In fact, the adjustment in the first months afterward was always hard.

    Why I love this recipe:

    This Roasted Broccoli with Lemon recipe was easy enough for me to make and serve after having a baby… which is saying something.

    It’s simple, but flavorful, and it pairs with a lot of dishes. (Hello, Mustard Chicken and Cast Iron Ribeye, I see you.)

    This broccoli recipe has pops of acid from the lemon and additional flavor from the garlic. Obviously, I adore it and suggest you give it a try, too.

    Other easy roasted side dish recipes: Roasted Lemon Brussels Sprouts | Roasted Green Beans | Roasted Fennel Orange Salad | Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Parmesan and Herbs

    Need more side dish inspiration? Head on over to my Side Dish Recipe Index for some ideas!

    What you need to make Roasted Broccoli

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    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients, as well.

    • 1 head of broccoli (though you can easily do 2-3 heads if you’re feeding more people)
    • Fresh garlic
    • Lemon juice—freshly squeezed from a lemon in your kitchen or from a bottle from the refrigerated portion of your grocery
    • Olive oil—your favorite brand!
    • Salt and pepper

    How to make Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic

    First and foremost, preheat your oven to 425°F. Use a nonstick baking spray to spritz a small baking dish with cooking spray, too, and set that aside.

    Chop the broccoli florets into bite-sized piece, and place them in the baking dish.

    In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until combined, then pour over the broccoli.

    Transfer the dish to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until the broccoli is fork tender.

    Serve warm, and enjoy.

    Roasted Broccoli with lemon and garlic on a sheet pan sitting on a blue striped towel after roasting

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I purchase pre-cut broccoli?

    If that makes it easier for you, absolutely! Do whatever is easiest and best.

    Can I use frozen broccoli in this recipe?

    I’m sure you can, though I’ve never used it for this recipe before. I’d suggest defrosting the broccoli and draining any additional liquid that comes out of it before tossing it in the lemony vinaigrette and roasting it for fear that it might become soggy in the oven.

    Can I make this side dish for the holidays?

    I think this Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic would be a fabulous holiday side dish because it’s incredibly simple, can be doubled (or tripled!) and because it’s pretty hands-off.

    What can I serve as the main dish with this roasted broccoli recipe?

    Roasted Broccoli with Lemon in a bowl sitting on top of a blue and white striped towel next to a lemon wedge
    Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic in a yellow and white striped bowl sitting on a marble counter

    Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Looking for a delicious side that comes together in less than 30 minutes? Try Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli, which is light, tasty and super easy to make!
    5 from 1 vote
    Servings 2 servings
    Calories 257 kcal
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes


    • 1 head broccoli chopped (7-8 oz.)
    • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves minced
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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    • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a small baking dish or a jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray.
    • Place the chopped broccoli in the prepared dish, and set aside.
    • In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
    • Pour the dressing over the broccoli, and toss until coated.
    • Transfer the baking dish to the oven, baking uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
    • Serve warm, and enjoy.


    This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled for a crowd (or if your crowd likes broccoli a lot!) Do the simple math on the recipe above to calculate it out, and roast in a larger casserole.


    Serving: 1gCalories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 5gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gSodium: 231mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3g
    Keyword baking recipe, broccoli recipe, side dishes, weeknight side
    Course Side Dishes
    Cuisine American
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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    1. Look at you making side dishes! It’s like you have all the time in the world 😉 I don’t have the excuse of having just created a living thing, but I have to say that it’s hard to resist the draw of Oreos and bread, especially when you’re crazy busy. Good on you for getting a veggie in!

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