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Roasted Frozen Broccoli {Crispy Broccoli}

Save time and money by making Roasted Frozen Broccoli part of your weekly dinner rotation. It’s so easy to whip up this crispy broccoli for a fast and healthy side dish. You’ll be amazed at how affordable, simple, and delicious it is to roast frozen vegetables.

a white bowl full of roasted frozen broccoli

Frozen vegetables are so affordable and simple to incorporate into your weekly meal repertoire. The ability to open up a bag of already washed and prepped veg can be a total game-changer when it comes to putting healthy food on your table (related: Easy Healthy Meal Prep).

And when it comes to cost, you cannot deny the incredible savings you get from using frozen vegetables.  Organic frozen broccoli is bonkers affordable and is cheaper than its fresh counterparts.

Additionally, buying frozen veggies allows you to enjoy out of season produce at a fraction of the price. Oh, and did I mention that in many cases, frozen veggies like broccoli actually roast faster than fresh? Hollah!

Once you become obsessed with roasting frozen veggies (it’s inevitable when you realize how easy it is), check out this entire guide on how to roast frozen vegetables. The Roasted Frozen Asparagus, Roasted Frozen Cauliflower and Roasted Frozen Brussel Sprouts are especially popular!

And if you need a pressure cooker version of this recipe, check out Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli for more details.

Can you roast frozen broccoli?

Yes! I even use frozen broccoli in my Instant Pot Paleo Beef and Broccoli dinner, and it’s an awesome side dish for Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy or Whole30 Pot Roast.

two photos of a pan of frozen broccoli

FOUR TAKEAWAY TIPS FOR ROASTING FROZEN Broccoli

  1. Use broccoli florets instead of “cuts and pieces”. Bags marked cuts and pieces or “chopped” include pieces of the stem as well as the floret. The cuts and pieces veggies are various sizes and will roast unevenly.
  2. Fully preheat the oven. It is so tempting to start cooking the broccoli while the oven is preheating, but doing so will give you soft and mushy (smushy) broccoli instead of perfectly roasted veg.
  3. Preheat the pan and oil. After the pan has preheated, add some of the oil to the pan and stick it back in the oven for 2 minutes. A hot pan and hot oil will give the broccoli a jump start on the roasting process.
  4. Don’t crowd the pan! Give the broccoli plenty of space to roast. Too much veg all smushed together will cause the water to steam instead of evaporating. Steaming = mushy vegetables. Try using two or even three pans if you want to roast larger batches.

an upclose photo of roaste broccoli on a baking sheet

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WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Roasted Frozen Broccoli has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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5 from 2 votes

Roasted Frozen Broccoli {Crispy Broccoli}

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time19 mins
Total Time21 mins
Save time and money by making Roasted Frozen Broccoli part of your weekly dinner plans. Whip up this crispy broccoli for a fast and healthy side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb frozen broccoli
  • 2 tsp olive oil (or avocado or coconut oil)
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 435 degrees F. Place the pan in the oven while it preheats.
  • Once the oven is up to temp, add the olive oil to the pan and put it back in the oven for 2 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli to the hot pan and bake for 12 minutes. Stir and bake an additional 7-10 minutes depending on how crispy you like your roasted broccoli.

Notes

You can reheat your roasted frozen broccoli, but I find it best eaten within 1-2 days of roasting.
 
Don’t crowd the pan! Give the broccoli plenty of space to roast. Too much veg all smushed together will cause the water to steam instead of evaporating. Try using two or even three pans if you want to roast larger batches.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Frozen Broccoli {Crispy Broccoli}
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 358mg10%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 706IU14%
Vitamin C 101mg122%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments on “Roasted Frozen Broccoli {Crispy Broccoli}”

  1. Did I read this right? Heat The oil in pan to 435? My kitchen almost went up in smoke. When I turned it at 12 minutes it was still mushy. I’ll put it on for another 10 but I have to watch it really closely.

    • Hi Joannah, I’ve never had that smoke issue before and I have very basic (read: cheap) oven. An alternative for you could be to add the oil to the pan about 1 minute before adding the broccoli.

      And yes, it will still be soft at 12 minutes when you flip. That’s why I recommend baking it another 7-10 minutes. Some people prefer it when it’s still soft but I’m certainly not one of them. 🙂

  2. Tried this yesterday and it worked perfectly! My wife thought it worked better than our attempts roasting fresh broccoli. Seasoned with salt and garlic powder. No issues with sticking or smoking at all.5 stars

  3. I had zero motivation to chop up broccoli when I remembered I bought a bag of frozen broccoli to try this recipe! Score!! It was a big hit even with my 8 month old! I tossed the broccoli in lemon juice and garlic and sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning and it was delicious! I don’t want to waste time with fresh broccoli every again! 5 stars

    • Haha, you’re my people Bethany! Healthy eating with limited meal prep is our jam!

      So glad you and the kiddo enjoyed it. I’m a sucker for lemon pepper and it would be so good on broccoli.

  4. It sounded so good and I love roasted vegetables so I gave it a try. The oil really stuck to the pan and caused a lot of smoke during the pre-heating process and when I tried to cook it the smoke just got out of hand and I had to open all the windows and turn it off. Is there something wrong with my oven? What did I do wrong?

    • Hi Sarah (great name!), what kind of oil did you use? I find some smoke more than others, but I’ve used olive or avocado oil(s) for about five years with no issue. Sometimes it comes down to the individual oven.

      Another thing to examine might be the actual pan AND how long it takes to preheat your oven. My oven is really crappy and will take a solid 10-15 minutes to get up to 425 degrees F. The oil is on the pan the whole time and I’ve never had an issue with smoking or sticking.

      Was your pan nonstick? Teflon? Let’s try to solve this!