Sheet pan broccoli just takes 6-12 minutes to roast, is a low mess way to add a vegetable to dinner for one. Add to a main dish you're already roasting. You can roast it in a cooler or hotter oven easily! I'll show you how to adjust it to work.
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Sheet pan broccoli is an easy and tasty way to cook vegetables. This recipe is specific for broccoli, but you can use it as a template to make any vegetable in the oven.
Here are the instances when I'd make oven roasted broccoli, when cooking for one. It's all about making cooking and eating EASIER, so here are some ways it'll make life easier.
- Add to something you're already roasting. If you're cooking Maple Mustard Salmon or Panko Chicken, add broccoli to it. Note: since you cook this sheet pan broccoli for 6-12 min at 425 degrees, just check on it after 6 minutes. Toss, take it out if needed.
- Batch cook it. While cooking/preparing something else, chop up a couple servings of broccoli and toss in the oven. Batch cooking means you're making a few servings for later. Keep seasonings simple to add flavorings later. It's easy and time-saving.
Scroll down to the sheet pan broccoli recipe card for the amounts of each ingredient, but here's a quick visual + description of what's in this recipe.
- Broccoli: I like using broccoli florets or crowns and stalks here. Roasting both makes them crispy on the edges and soft inside. Of course you can substitute broccoli for whatever vegetable you have, cooking time may vary.
- Vegetable/Neutral Oil: I like using grapeseed or vegetable oil to roast vegetables. They've got a higher smoke point than olive oil, for example. Meaning they can cook, without burning above 400 degrees. Avocado oil is another higher smoke point oil.
- Salt, pepper: Add super simple seasonings to your sheet pan broccoli, add additional ones if you'd like.
Scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions. Here's a quick overview + photos to see how to make this recipe in general.
1.Cut broccoli into florets.
2. Add to small baking sheet with baking mat/parchment paper. Toss with neutral oil, salt, pepper (additional seasonings if desired). Roast at 425 for 6-12 minutes.
Or at temperature of main dish, just check after 5 minutes if it's hotter than 425.
3. Enjoy your sheet pan broccoli right out of the oven with an easy baked entree.
Cooking times may vary, just check on sheet pan broccoli about 10 minutes into cooking time, and every couple minutes after that to prevent burning.
- Cook and serve with Baked Panko Chicken (check after about 10 minutes to avoid over cooking your sheet pan broccoli)
- Roast and serve with Cheesy White Bean Tomato Bake (roast the broccoli on a small sheet pan, place ramkein on it to)
- Roast and serve with Chicken Bacon Ranch Flatbread. Just separate the two on the same baking sheet.
- Roast and serve with Individual Meatloaf.
Store leftover sheet pan broccoli in an air tight container for about a week. To reheat, microwave it, or for still crispy broccoli, reheat in an air fryer or broil in the oven. Keep an eye on it, as it can burn quickly.
- The best part about this recipe is that you can cook it at the temperature you're cooking your other food to save time and energy. Just check broccoli about 10 minutes into cooking to ensure it doesn't burn. Cook longer at lower temperatures.
- You can cook sheet pan broccoli with olive oil, but it has a lower smoke point than vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. So it might burn. I recommend the other options just to be safe.
- Other great add-ins: red pepper flakes, fresh lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, grated parmesan cheese, etc are all great with sheet pan broccoli.
It's really a personal preference. But broccoli can be delicious roasted, steamed, pan fried, sauteed, raw, and cooked even more ways. Just don't overcook the broccoli and add your favorite seasonings to make it the best for you.
Broccoli can be soggy if it hasn't cooked long enough, or if it has water on it when it goes into the oven. Dry off broccoli before adding oil and seasonings, and cook it long enough to get brown crispy edges.
Other good vegetable recipes
- Instant Pot Potatoes and Carrots
- Roasted Broccoli and Mushrooms
- Roasted Garlic Mushrooms with Pan Sauce
- Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Roasted Beets and Potatoes
What to do with leftover ingredients
When you're cooking for one, you often have leftover produce, cans of whatever ingredient, etc. Here are a couple ideas on how to use up the leftover ingredients. It'll help you save money by wasting fewer ingredients.
- Broccoli: Perfectly Tender Microwave Broccoli, Air Fryer Broccolini (substitute broccoli), Chicken Broccoli Divan, Beef and Broccoli
Did you make this sheet pan broccoli? Leave me a comment & rating to share how it turned out!
Sheet Pan Broccoli
- cutting board
- Measuring cups, spoons
- small baking sheet
- 1 ½-2 cups broccoli chopped
- 2 teaspoons neutral, higher smokepoint oil vegetable, grapeseed, avocado
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Chop broccoli, to make 1 ½-2 cups. You can use broccoli florets and stalks.
- Transfer to small baking sheet, lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. Toss with 2 teaspoons neutral oil, ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, and ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper.
- Roast in oven for 6-12 minutes, depending on how crispy/charred you want your broccoli. Toss once during cooking time (about half way through cooking time).
- Top with additional seasonings, if desired. Enjoy with dinner, while hot.
- Make a couple extra servings for easy vegetable side dishes during the week. Season when using.
- Cook it at the temperature you're cooking your other food to save time and energy. Just check broccoli about 6-10 minutes into cooking to ensure it doesn't burn. Cook longer at lower temperatures and shorter at higher temperatures.
- Use vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. Olive oil often has a lower smoke point than these, so it might burn. I recommend the other options just to be safe.
- Other great add-ins: red pepper flakes, fresh lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, grated parmesan cheese, etc
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