Garlic Roasted Broccoli

This Garlic Roasted Broccoli is seared in a cast iron pan for a delicious, caramelized coating! The perfect side dish to steak, chicken, turkey, pork or fish!

When you can call a vegetable side dish addicting, you know you’ve got a winner. We like our sides to be just as good as the main course, like these Brown Butter Garlic Roasted Peas or this Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.

Roasted broccoli in a skillet

Our Favorite Roasted Broccoli Recipe!

So instead of making this Garlic Roasted Broccoli in the oven, we’re roasting it in a cast iron pan right on the stove top. When you roast vegetables the natural flavors and sugars caramelize and become so much more delicious than boiling or steaming.

I’m telling you guys, when you put this roasted broccoli on the table it will disappear in no time. The crispy garlic chips adds tons of flavor to the broccoli with just the right amount of salt and pepper for seasoning!

How Do You Make Garlic Roasted Broccoli?

For this recipe, we chose to use a cast iron skillet instead of roasting the broccoli in the oven. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, any heavy skillet will do, but you’ll need two skillets to make this roasted broccoli.

Start by cutting the broccoli into long spears like you see here. You want to stems on the broccoli too so when you’re picking out the broccoli at the grocery store, go for the heads with the longer stems.

broccoli with garlic for roasted broccoli recipe

Place a thin layer of olive oil in the skillet and add the broccoli in a single layer. Depending on the size of your skillet you might have to cook the broccoli in two batches.

Season the broccoli with salt and pepper and then place another skillet on top of the broccoli to weigh it down. Cook for 5-6 minutes until you get a nice, caramelized crust on the broccoli and then flip the broccoli over to the other side for another 5-6 minutes.

Roasted broccoli with garlic chips

Remove the broccoli from the skillet to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm while you cook the garlic. The garlic will cook very quickly, what we’re looking for here is nicely browned, toasted garlic chips – NOT burnt garlic.

And believe me my friends, that happens very quickly.

Garlic Roasted Broccoli on a platter with fork and spoon

How Do You Serve This Garlic Roasted Broccoli?

Once the garlic has been toasted, add it to the platter with the broccoli, season again with salt and pepper if needed and serve. If you want to spice the broccoli up a little more you can also add crushed red pepper flakes.

Other toppings could include grated parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, crumbled bacon or a squeeze of lemon.

Roasted broccoli recipe with garlic for a side dish

What Main Courses Can I Serve With This Roasted Broccoli Recipe?

Pretty much anything goes here, but we’ll list some of our favorites!

Garlic Roasted Broccoli with garlic chips close up

Can You Make This Broccoli Recipe Ahead Of Time?

This recipe is actually better when it’s first made so I’d plan on doing it right before dinner time. Reheating the leftovers are fine, but the broccoli will get mushier in texture as it’s heated back up again.

Also delicious, don’t go throwing this garlic roasted broccoli away! If you don’t prefer the softer texture, you can also chop it up and add it to soup recipes or make some fried rice!

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Garlic Roasted Broccoli with garlic chips close up

Garlic Roasted Broccoli

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Delicious, roasted broccoli never tasted so good! This simple technique for cooking broccoli gives the outside a caramelized coating that really is so addictive! This broccoli is the prefect side to steak, chicken, fish, turkey or pork!



  • 2 large heads of broccoli with stalks
  • 45 large whole garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper


  1. Add enough oil to a large, cast iron skillet to cover the bottom of the pan in a thin layer. Heat the skillet over medium heat until the oil is hot and then add the broccoli in a single layer. Depending on the size of your skillet, you might have to cook the broccoli in two batches. Season the broccoli with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cover the broccoli with another heavy skillet, press down and let cook for 5-6 minutes until a crust forms on the bottom of the broccoli. Turn the broccoli over, season again with salt and pepper and press down with the skillet and cook another 5-6 minutes on the other side.
  3. Remove the broccoli from the skillet to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Add a little more oil to the skillet if needed and then add the sliced garlic. Cook while stirring so that the garlic doesn’t burn until the garlic slices are toasted a light brown in color. Remove the garlic from the skillet and add to the platter of broccoli.
  4. Serve while warm.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


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