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Quick And Easy Roasted Broccoli For Kids And Family

One of the ways to make broccoli that is devoured by kids and adults alike is roasted broccoli. Roasted broccoli has a crunchy texture that kids can enjoy and roasting brings out some of its earthy flavors. In this post, I will give you an easy roasted broccoli recipe that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. 

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This recipe has roasted broccoli with garlic as the main flavoring, but, if you like a more spicy flavor you can also add red chili flakes and paprika. The beauty of this broccoli recipe lies in the fact that you can easily modify the spices to your liking.

roasted broccoli

Easy Roasted Broccoli With Garlic

An easy roasted broccoli recipe that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil


  • Wash and chop the broccoli into florets and make sure that the florets are completely dry.
  • On a baking tray spread the broccoli and sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Drizzle some olive oil until evenly coated.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Bake the broccoli for 20 minutes for a crispy texture. At the 10-minute point stop and turn the broccoli florets around and restart again.
  • Once done, serve with sriracha sauce or ketchup.


Another way to make broccoli is by pan frying.
Here is how I go about it.
Start by blanching the broccoli in boiling water and cooking for about 2-3 minutes. Follow this by transferring to an ice-cold water bowl. Leave it in ice-cold water for another 2-3 minutes.
Once blanched, pat dry each broccoli floret on a kitchen towel, and now use this broccoli for pan-frying.
Heat olive oil in a pan, add 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic, and saute lightly until garlic flavor is released in the oil.
Now add the broccoli florets, salt, and pepper and cook with intermittent stirring for another 5-7 minutes until a golden brown crispy texture develops on the florets.
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Can I give my baby roasted broccoli?

Yes, you can offer baby roasted broccoli. Simply skip adding salt and red chili spices for the baby and follow the rest of the procedure. In fact, broccoli florets are a great starter food for baby-led weaning and babies learning to use pincer grasp.

How do I give broccoli to my toddler?

Toddlers can enjoy the above broccoli recipes as is, to make it even more palatable for picky eaters you can top the roasted broccoli with parmesan cheese or serve it with ketchup as a dipping sauce.

I like to add roasted broccoli florets as a side to my son’s school lunch box too. It’s an easy preparation and goes well when paired with chicken sandwiches or meatball dishes.

roasted broccoli in school lunch box

How long does broccoli take to cook?

Baked broccoli shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes in the oven.

If you are pan frying broccoli takes about 7-10 minutes to cook through completely, but if you don’t mind a tougher texture in the stalk then less than 7 minutes also works. 

Blanching before pan frying is another way to get broccoli to cook completely.

How to roast frozen broccoli?

Frozen broccoli is already blanched and then frozen which reduces some of the cooking time. This is the one I buy.

Simply, spread out the broccoli florets on a baking sheet and bake as mentioned in the recipe above. 

If there is a lot of ice formation on the broccoli florets pat it down with a kitchen towel before baking. Baking in a pre-heated oven takes about 20 minutes with intermittent turning over at the 10-minute mark to get an even roast. Easy roasted broccoli from the frozen state is ready!

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For more broccoli recipes for kids and family, check the posts below,

Broccoli patties for babies, toddlers, and older kids.

Broccoli soup recipe.

Hope you try this roasted broccoli recipe. Do write back about how you like it.

Until next time!

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