This Honey Roasted Broccoli with Garlic recipe is going to take your side dish game up a notch! A sweet and tangy sauce is made from melted butter, soy sauce, honey and garlic, then the florets are tossed and roasted in the oven until they’re crisped up to perfection. Even the broccoli naysayers will be going back for seconds of this dish!
Best Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
If I was ever forced to choose only one vegetable to eat for the rest of my existence it would hands-down be broccoli… and most likely in the form of this honey-roasted broccoli with garlic recipe!
Maybe it is the fact that I grew up dousing broccoli in Cheez Whiz, or that the little broccoli florets look kind of like trees, but whatever the reason, broccoli is the tastiest vegetable out there.
And this roasted broccoli with garlic is the absolute BEST way to make it!
A simple sauce of butter/oil, gluten-free soy sauce (or liquid coconut aminos!), honey, and crushed garlic combine to give this roasted broccoli recipe A TON of flavor.
All you need to do is whisk together your sauce ingredients, toss your chopped broccoli in a large 1-gallon bag, add the honey sauce, and give it a good shake.
In under 10 minutes, your broccoli is ready to roast in the oven!
Trust me, this crispier broccoli is the perfect side dish. It might even turn the broccoli haters in your family.
The basic ingredients you need to make this easy roasted broccoli recipe include:
- Broccoli. Fresh broccoli is key! Look for a stalk without brown spots or wilting leaves. Save time by buying a bag of fresh broccoli florets at the grocery store. You’ll need 1 ½ to 2 pounds of broccoli.
- Butter. Salted butter is needed to create a rich and savory base for the sauce.
- Oil. Either olive oil or avocado oil can be used in this recipe. Look for a mild oil with a higher smoke point for the best results.
- Soy sauce. Regular or low sodium soy sauce work, or you can sub in liquid aminos or tamari if needed.
- Garlic. Don’t skip out on the fresh minced garlic for the most flavor for the broccoli.
- Honey. The subtle sweetness of honey perfectly balances out this dish. However, you can easily opt for maple syrup, brown sugar, or another sweetener, like Stevia.
- Seasonings. Both salt and black pepper round out this dish.
How to Make Honey-Roasted Broccoli
Please see the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and more detailed instructions.
Prepare the Broccoli
Preheat the oven to 425℉. The high heat ensures a nice, crispy edge.
If you didn’t buy a bag of already-cut florets, you need to get your broccoli ready for roasting.
Start by giving the broccoli a good rinse. Then, remove the stems from the heads of broccoli. Use a sharp knife to cut them into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Aim for pieces about 1- to 2-inches in size. Try to cut similar-sized pieces for the best results.
You can leave as much or as little of the stalk in the dish, depending on your personal preference.
I love roasting almost all vegetables at 425 degrees. It’s hot enough that they cook up quickly and get crispy but not too hot that you burn the edges!
Season the Broccoli
Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, or use the stovetop. Stir in the oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Whisk well until it’s combined. If you use a large bowl, you can save dishes by adding the broccoli directly to the sauce.
Stir the broccoli pieces into the sauce and toss to coat all the pieces.
Bake in the Oven
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a pinch, you can use aluminum foil. Be sure the pan is big enough so you can spread the broccoli out with plenty of space between pieces.
The key is to keep the broccoli in a single layer on the sheet pan so they roast evenly.
Bake the broccoli at 425℉ for 15 to 18 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of the florets. You’re looking for a fork-tender middle with a slight char on the edges.
Serve this healthy side dish recipe immediately.
How Long to Roast Broccoli?
It’s best to roast broccoli for at least 15 minutes at a high temperature (at least 400℉.) If you roast your broccoli at a high temp and rather quickly, you will get super crisp roasted broccoli that is out-of-this-world delicious!
Can You Roast Frozen Broccoli?
You can definitely roast frozen broccoli, but keep in mind it will turn out a bit soggy. If that is all you have, bring the frozen broccoli to room temperature, pat dry, and then proceed with the recipe from there.
Steaming broccoli retains much of its nutrients, but roasted broccoli has an irresistible, nutty flavor from the crispy, caramelized edges. Both are a great way to enjoy this vegetable.
Your roasted broccoli might be soggy if you have the temperature too low or use too much oil. Be sure to turn the oven up and go easy on the oil or butter! That’s why this crispy roasted broccoli recipe calls for a high temperature.
The recipe you’ll find below is already low-carb and vegetarian as written. Here are some adjustments and substitutions you can make to help it fit your other dietary requirements:
- Dairy-free: Stick with just olive oil and skip the butter.
- Gluten-free: Gluten-free soy sauce, Tamari, and liquid coconut aminos can all be exchanged for each other in equal amounts.
- Vegan: Feel free to use maple syrup, agave nectar, or liquid stevia in place of the honey.
- Save time. Grab a bag of broccoli florets from the store.
- Go fresh. Frozen broccoli won’t crisp up the same.
- Spread out. Roast the broccoli in a single layer for crispy edges.
- Add a kick. Add a bit of hot sauce or Sriracha or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to give this roasted broccoli recipe a kick. Sprinkle some lemon zest for fresh flavor. Or, go with some shredded Parmesan cheese.
- Don’t wait. This dish is best served immediately.
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Honey Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
- 1 ½ – 2 lbs. broccoli about 2 large heads
- 2 Tbsp. butter melted, or oil
- 1 Tbsp. oil avocado or olive
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce or Tamari
- 1 Tbsp. honey or pure maple syrup
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 tsp. salt to taste
- ¼ tsp. black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Prep the Broccoli. Trim and remove stems from the heads of broccoli and then cut into smaller florets, about 1-2 inches in size.1 ½ – 2 lbs. broccoli
- Season the Broccoli. Add the melted butter, oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk until smooth and combined. Add the cut florets to the bowl and toss until they’re well coated in the sauce.2 Tbsp. butter, 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. honey, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. black pepper
- Bake in the Oven. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Add broccoli and spread into a single layer. Bake broccoli in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until it’s fork tender and the edges are slightly charred. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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Meal Prep and Storage
- How to prep ahead: Chop the broccoli into florets, then store in the fridge.
- How to store: Keep leftover broccoli in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
- How to freeze: Flash freeze the broccoli by first freezing the broccoli on a tray in a single layer for a couple of hours before placing it in a freezer-safe container. It will keep for up to 6 to 9 months.
- How to reheat: Warm the broccoli back up in the oven or use the microwave if needed.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.