oven roasted broccoli with sea salt

WE ROAST EVERYTHING. That’s my number one, hands-down secret to getting kids to eat vegetables. Roast them. Because it makes them delicious. We’ve done it with asparaguscarrots, cauliflower and of course potatoes and the result is always the same: the kids love them. The fact that it’s easy doesn’t hurt either. That’s why we tried broccoli last week.

Now consider yourself warned: baking broccoli doesn’t smell great. But don’t let that deter you! Once it’s fully crisped on the edges and sprinkled with sea salt, you and the knee-high critics will be glad to put your noses through a few minutes of “hey does someone need a diaper change?” confusion.

And now’s the time for this recipe. The green stuff is overflowing at grocery store, soon to hit farmers’ markets in droves, and for a few lucky souls, even a backyard garden near you.

Estelle reaching for more broccoli


foodlets rating: 2/3 

Phoebe — age 4: THUMBS UP
Estelle — age 2: THUMBS UP
George — age 1: THUMBS DOWN


  • fresh broccoli florets, about 4 cups
  • extra virgin olive oil, about 3 tablespoons
  • sea salt, about 1 teaspoon
  • pepper, about 1/4 teaspoon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On a large baking sheet, pile up the broccoli then pour on olive oil. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix the whole thing together with clean hands. Smooth out so the broccoli isn’t quite touching on the pan (that’s important because otherwise it’ll just steam and won’t get crispy). Bake for 10 minutes, flip, bake for another 2-3 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining salt and serve.



    • charityc says

      Yay for roasting veggies! Love hearing when something works somewhere else. Thanks for your note, Jessica!

    • says

      I made this last night and used it as a garnish for the yummy potato soup offered on this website. Can I just say it was high-end fabulous? This might be a foodlets website, but the great thing (one of them) is that the food just flat-out excellent and EASY, regardless of age. Brings fresh, new truth that excellent food need not be complicated AND the whole family can enjoy it, too.

      Both my 15 year old and my hubby loved both dishes. Although the 15 year old was substantially less enamored of the broccoli than my husband, but hey, that’s life at 15. My husband, however, who eats out a lot and travels internationally applied the same response to the soup and broccoli that he applies to excellent food eaten in Beijing and New York :”Very good.”

      Re: the potato soup, I did not do it slow-cooker. Did it stove-top. I subbed half the chicken stock with just plain-old potato water, which contains lots of nice, natural starch. Not only does it cut down on salt, but I was also able to skip the half n half of which I normally am an avid fan. Did top with colby jack cheese because that’s what I had on hand.

      With the yellow cheese and the yummy roasted broccoli garnish, it was both pretty to look at and delicious.

      Thank you, Charity, for this excellent resource.

      BTW, did I tell you that you are also really fun to read? :)

    • charityc says

      Deanna – I’m so glad you mentioned cabbage. We’re trying roasted cabbage rounds tonight! Thanks for your note.



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