Toaster Oven Roasted Broccoli

Toaster Oven Roasted Broccoli is the perfect quick and easy side dish. From kids to adults, everyone loves it! Throw together this healthy side dish tonight, it’ll take you less than 30 minutes.

Toaster oven roasted broccoli on a baking sheet.

You can cook A LOT of delicious food in your toaster oven. From savory toaster oven calzones to tempting small batches of cookies and buttermilk baked donuts.

Even with all of those tasty options, vegetables are still my favorite food to cook in our toaster oven. That’s because most vegetables TASTE BETTER when roasted, especially broccoli.

Roasted broccoli florets on a baking pan with lemon wedges and two forks.

Roasted = Crazy Delicious Flavor

Raw broccoli is dry, flavorless and for some reason determined to get stuck in your teeth. But broccoli is loaded with vitamins and minerals, so we should probably be eating more of it.

Lucky for you (and me too), this toaster oven roasted broccoli recipe has all those nutritional goodies, is simple to make AND tastes fantastic!

The broccoli is drizzled with savory olive oil and roasted until browned and nutty. Delish!

Toaster oven roasted broccoli on a baking pan with red pepper flakes and garlic slices.

Toaster Oven Roasted Broccoli

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A squeeze of fresh lemon brightens up this easy roasted vegetable side dish.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces Broccoli Crowns
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, (or another neutral oil like Avocado Oil or Grapeseed Oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, optional
  • 1/2 Lemon, sliced into wedges, optional

Instructions

  1. Adjust your toaster oven cooking rack to the lowest position and heat to 425°F on the “Bake” setting. Lightly oil a rimmed baking pan.
  2. Cut the broccoli florets from the stalks and slice large florets in half or quarter. Peel the stalks and slice into 1/4-inch rounds.
  3. Add all of the broccoli, garlic, oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Toss well to combine and then spread in an even layer.
  4. Roast broccoli until the florets are lightly browned and fork-tender, about 10 to 16 minutes depending on the size of your florets and personal preference.
  5. Squeeze lemon wedges over the pan, add more salt and pepper to taste and toss broccoli before serving.

Notes

3 cups of small florets can be substituted for the broccoli crowns.

Convection Toaster Oven Adjustments

Keep the temperature at 425°F and begin checking for doneness 2 to 3 minutes earlier.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: About 1 1/4 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 11.8gFiber: 4.2gSugar: 2.8gProtein: 4.3g

Step by Step Photos and Tips

Tip #1: Try to cut your florets into equally-sized pieces. If everything’s close to the same size it will cook at the same rate. Raw broccoli florets on a cutting board with a blue knife.

Tip #2: Don’t throw away the stalks, they turn buttery and creamy when roasted.

Tip #3: Use a vegetable peeler or knife to trim away the hard outer peel and then slice the stalks into 1/4-inch rounds.

Broccoli stem peeled and sliced into coins on a cutting board.

Tip #4: Have some fun with the seasonings. Spicy red pepper flakes and thinly sliced garlic are my favorites for adults-only batches.

Tip #5: Keep your broccoli from steaming (instead of roasting) by spreading the florets into a single even layer before cooking.

Raw broccoli on a quarter sheet pan with garlic slices.

Tip #6:  Use a shorter cooking time for the kiddos. My nephew, a cute little cookie with quite the discerning palate, even likes these little “trees” as he calls them.

Though he’s not a fan of the almost-burnt browned bits adults LOVE. So I always scoop off a small serving for him early (after about 10 minutes). Then I put the pan back in the toaster oven until the broccoli is well-roasted for the grownups.

Toaster oven roasted broccoli on a baking pan with red pepper flakes and garlic slices.

Tip #7: Roasted broccoli tastes great with a big squeeze of bright and fresh lemon juice but if grated Parmesan cheese is more your jam, sprinkle away!

6 Comments

  1. I found your site when I was looking for baked potato instructions. I really like your site and have visited several times.
    Currently, there is some broccoli roasting in the toaster oven! 😊
    Thanks for your help!

    1. Yay, I’m so happy you’re enjoying the site, Dawn! Thanks for taking the time to comment, it really made my day 🙂

      Happy Cooking!

  2. This was great! Do you think I would get the same result on a Silpat mat instead of directly on the pan? Haven’t bought one yet.

    1. Hi Gayle!

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the broccoli and please accept my apologies for the late reply, we were out of town.

      I’ve never used a silpat to roast broccoli before but have used it to make a batch of Brussels sprouts. The sprouts were cooked through and tender but didn’t really get those deeply roasted crispy bits we’re big fans of.

      It really comes down to how you like your broccoli cooked – if you’re like my nephew and prefer your roasted broccoli tender, with a little browning, but none of those almost burnt crispy bits then I think you’d like using a silpat. Also, if you use a silpat you can skip oiling the pan which is a nice bonus.

      If you’re a fan of the crispy bits – you can’t go wrong cooking it directly on the pan 🙂

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