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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.

Is frozen broccoli healthy?

Yes!

Frozen vegetables have gotten a bad rap for being inferior to their fresh counterparts, but that simply isn’t true anymore. Thanks to blanching and flash freezing, in many cases frozen vegetables can actually be just as healthy as fresh.

When vegetables are frozen at the freaking peak of freshness, it locks those nutrients in. Whereas “fresh” veggies may have traveled thousands of miles before ever reaching your market, especially when they are out of season.

I even use frozen broccoli in my Instant Pot Paleo Beef and Broccoli dinner.

For example, the price of fresh organic cauliflower is usually pretty bananas! But if you steam some frozen cauli, you can easily and affordability whip up a batch of Baked Cauliflower Patties.

Check out all my broccoli recipes for even more inspiration.

Can you roast frozen broccoli?

Yes!

Roasting frozen broccoli is the ultimate in convenient and healthy “fast food”. Someone else already did the washing and chopping. All you need to do is grab a baking sheet, pick some seasoning, and get ready to save a boatload of time and money.

two photos of a pan of frozen broccoli

Roasted Frozen Broccoli Supplies

You’re going to need:

  • a baking sheet with rimmed sides. I have these from Amazon and use them almost daily.
  • oil – olive, avocado, coconut, etc. If you prefer to use an oil spray, I make my own using a Misto.
  • salt – optional. I use Maldon but see below under “Variations” for other seasoning ideas.
  • parchment or foil – optional. It makes for quicker cleanup, but it is a disposable item. Want something that’s not single-use? Try a reusable silicone baking sheet.

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. Add your preferred cooking oil to the pan and place it in the oven while it preheats. 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 evaporate. Steaming = mushy vegetables. Try using two or even three pans if you want to roast larger batches.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Most frozen vegetables will come in thick plastic bags. Did you know you can recycle those at your grocery store? Most grocery stores and places like Target, Home Depot, etc., all have plastic bag recycling. I always recycle any of my clean food bags in these bins.
  • You can reheat your roasted frozen broccoli, but I find it best eaten within 1-2 days of roasting. I reheat mine in my air fryer.

Variations

This recipe for roasted frozen broccoli uses just olive oil and salt (I used Maldon because I love it) to keep things very simple. But let your creativity flow with flavors and seasonings!

We love to also use garlic salt, Montreal Steak Seasoning, balsamic, taco seasoning (related: Whole30 Taco Seasoning), nutritional yeast, or Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing.

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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Roasted Frozen Broccoli {Crispy Broccoli}
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
19 mins
Total Time
21 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.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frozen broccoli recipes, frozen vegetable recipes, how to roast frozen broccoli, how to roast frozen vegetables, Roasted frozen broccoli
Servings: 4
Calories: 58 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 435 degrees F.

  2. Drizzle the oil on the baking sheet and place in the oven while it preheats.

  3. 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.

Recipe 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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4 comments on “Roasted Frozen Broccoli {Crispy Broccoli}”

  1. 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! 

    • 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.

  2. 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!