Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Recipe

Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Recipe

Not your typical roasted broccoli recipe, this version is amazingly flavorful, with fantastic crunch from a topping of panko/reduced fat shredded cheese combo! This recipe will convert any non-veggie lover!

This cheesy roasted broccoli recipe is the thing of side dish dreams! Easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, it's perfect to serve as part of your Thanksgiving or holiday meal, and quick enough to be part of a weeknight dinner.


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  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets with 1-inch stems attached
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Heat oven to 450°F and set a large, rimmed sheet pan on the middle rack in the oven (while the oven heats).
  • While the oven preheats, bring a large pot of water and 1-teaspoon salt to boil.
  • While the water heats, rinse and cut the broccoli into florets (they should all be about the same size).
  • Fill a large mixing bowl with ice water, and set it next to the stove.
  • When the water is boiling, add the broccoli florets, and set the heat to medium-low. Boil the broccoli for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, use a slotted spoon to submerge the broccoli in the ice water to cool for 2 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to a paper towel-lined plate to dry and pat dry with another paper towel.
  • In a large bowl, mix together broccoli, olive oil, 1-teaspoon salt and black pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, panko crumbs, shredded cheddar, grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
  • Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and spread the broccoli mixture evenly over the pan.
  • Set the oven to broil and return the pan with the broccoli to the middle rack of the oven.
  • Broil the broccoli 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and
  • sprinkle the breadcrumb/cheese mixture evenly over the top of the broccoli.
  • Return the broccoli to the oven and broil another 3-5 minutes or until the broccoli is fork-tender and the cheese has melted and is crispy around the edges. Watch closely so the cheese doesn’t burn. (**Note: If the cheese is browning too quickly, remove the broccoli from the oven and turn off the broiler. After 1 minute, return the broccoli to the oven and let it finish cooking with residual heat.)
  • Serve immediately and…
  • Enjoy!

This oven roasted cheesy broccoli is so perfectly crispy, and there’s a few key tips to making this happen:

Panko breadcrumbs and these are a must ingredient in this recipe, fine breadcrumbs aren’t a great substitute. They really add a great texture to the broccoli.
Before roasting, the broccoli is very slightly boiled and placed in cold water (this helps it to keep it’s vibrant green color), it’s important to remove any excess water with paper towels, this will help keep it crispy too.
Don’t over crowd the roasting sheet either or this can create steam and result in the broccoli not getting crispy.

Easy, healthy, delicious recipe which perfectly fits into any diet plan. Love it!

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CALORIES: 325.09KCAL | CARBOHYDRATES: 14.5G | PROTEIN: 14.49G | FAT: 24.67G | SATURATED FAT: 11.73G | CHOLESTEROL: 50.21MG | SODIUM: 1522.48MG | POTASSIUM: 517.8MG | FIBER: 4.24G | SUGAR: 3.11G | VITAMIN A: 1477.55IU | VITAMIN C: 135.59MG | CALCIUM: 353.59MG | IRON: 1.6MG


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