recipe: oven-roasted broccoli

I'm writing a book called "OMG, I hate salad." Seriously. Because I do. Okay, "hate" may be too harsh a word because I did in fact have a prawn and papaya salad for our monthly girls' Sushi with Larry nite at Wasabi Sabi on Saturday. Yum.

Anyway, I've come to accept the fact that I'm just not a salad person and, like a true Vata, I feel better consuming veggies that have been cooked.

Broccoli is one of my faves. I've boiled them (yuck), fried them, steamed them, bbq'd them, pureed them into a soup (yum), but by a mile, my favourite way of preparing them is by roasting them in the oven. Roomie and I both think they taste better than fries!

Here's how I do it...


2 heads of broccoli (with stalks)
2 tablespoons of oil
sea salt (or any kind of salt you like to use at home)


Preheat oven to 400F.
Chop the broccoli and put in a big bowl. Throw in the oil and mix until broccoli is evenly coated.
Spread broccoli one layer thick on a cookie sheet.
Roast for 30 minutes, or until broccoli looks like the picture above. (Your oven may be different from mine.)
Sprinkle with salt to taste as soon as you take it out of the oven.

Try it, and let me know what you think!


  1. I roast ALL of my vegetables. They taste WAY better. Usually I just use olive oil and salt but there are a few you can get creative with. Like curried cauliflower or spicy green beans. Be brave!

  2. I eat disgusting amounts of broccoli. In fact my dinner tonight? Broccoli. I like to sautee it in a pan with some olive oil and garlic, and then add a little beef stock or chicken stock, cover, and braise for a few minutes. I finish it off with a pat (or sometimes half a stick) of butter and a sprinkle of sea salt. It's yumminess on steroids. Pinkie swear.

  3. You can do something similar with cauliflower, e.g.
    but you can skip the spices and it's just fine. Burning it a little caramelizes some of the sugar enough to make it more fun to eat.

  4. @AndreAnna: Oh, I'll try those too! Thanks! I'll try cayenne for the spicy green beans. Yum.

    @Roomie: You know it, dude.

    @Rougeneck: Oh, does sound like yum! Garlic is magic, don'tcha think?!

    @Albert: Yeah, AndreAnna mentioned cauliflower! And caramelizing is a must -- as you can see from my broccoli picture, right? That's what makes it so crunchy and sweet.

  5. Love roasted veggies. I haven't roasted broccoli in a while. I think I know what's for supper tonight!

  6. Oooh that sounds really good. I just bought some broccoli yesterday and was going to roast it. Thanks for the recipe!