Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Recipe


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.

Cheesy Roasted Broccoli on a sheet pan

When it comes to the holidays I’m all about sides, and the crispier and cheesier the better! This broccoli is one of my familys favorites, and I thought it was about time I shared it with you!

How to Make This Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Recipe

  • 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!

A spoon on a sheet pan of the side dish

Close up of the cooked broccoli

How do you make broccoli crispy?

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.

What do you serve with cheesy roasted broccoli?

This broccoli is perfect as a side for your Thanksgiving or holiday table, but it will also work well with fish, beef and chicken dishes. Try it with:

Cheesy Roasted Broccoli ready to serve

Cheesy Roasted Broccoli on a covered baking sheet

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

The broccoli is roasted with two types of cheese, cheddar and parmesan. The cheddar melts wonderfully across the broccoli and the parmesan adds a really nutty and cheesy flavor to the whole dish. Cheesy roasted broccoli is decadent, full of flavor and amazingly delicious! 

Can you use frozen broccoli to roast?

It’s best not to use frozen broccoli in this recipe, fresh is definitely best in this case. If you are in a pinch though, you can use frozen in the place of fresh.

The finished vegetable side dish

Top Tips to Make This Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Recipe

  • Be sure to place the broccoli in ice water after boiling it, this will help it to stop cooking and retain it’s color.
  • It’s best to use freshly grated parmesan rather than pre-grated.
  • Cook the side dish in a pre heated oven and serve immediately.
  • Keep an eye when broiling that the cheese doesn’t burn.

Close up of a floret of Cheesy Roasted Broccoli

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Becky woke up on her 30th birthday and realized she didn’t know how to cook, ANYTHING! She started The Cookie Rookie as a way to document her journey to learn how to cook, one recipe at a time! The Cookie Rookie is a place to find easy recipes that anyone can make, and everyone will love!



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