Charred Broccoli

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Charred Broccoli is a wonderful, bright side dish with notes of tart lemon and sweet dates. A nutritious, easy recipe.

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Why make Charred Broccoli

Easy. A very easy side dish that is ready in about 15-20 minutes and it takes minimal effort to whip up.

Nutrient Dense. Full of fiber and feel good ingredients. This side dish won’t weigh you down at all, it’s light and has great flavor in every bite.

Family Favorite. My family loves this salad and they request it often, anyone who tried this dish wants it again and again. Also consider my Kale & Lentil Salad for another great, healthy side. Another side dish that’s a huge success and a must make, Parmesan Crusted Potatoes or Kale Crunch Salad!

Ingredients Needed

Seasonings, lemons and ingredients needed to make this meal in small bowls.

Broccoli. Fresh broccoli is needed for this recipe, I do not suggest frozen because it doesn’t cook the same. It’s hearty and chars up the best. This dish would is wonderful served with Blackened Steak.

Dates. Fresh or dried dates work well. This adds antioxidants and a delicious sweet twist.

Cheese. Use Parmesan, Pecorino or manchego cheese for this dish.

Lemon. Fresh lemons are a must! Lemon zest and lemon juice is used in this recipe.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card towards the bottom of this post. 

Recipe Variations & Substitutions

Cheese. This is optional, you can certainly skip the cheese and make this a vegan recipe.

Dates. If you don’t have dates, dried cranberries will work or you can skip them all together. Because the dates bring a nice sweetness to this dish, I do highly recommend them.

Pine Nuts. I love the texture and light flavor they add, you can use chopped walnuts in place if needed.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Steps to make this recipe in a white ceramic bowl and broccoli on a baking sheet.

Step One. Preheat oven to 450º. Meanwhile, chop the broccoli up into small florets, set aside. In a small bowl mix the oil and seasonings together. Pour the mix over the broccoli and mix well.

Step Two. Lay the broccoli out on the baking sheet flat and evenly spread out. Be sure it’s not overlapping, this will ensure a good char and even bake.

Charred Broccoli on a baking sheet.

Step Three. Bake the broccoli for about 12-15 minutes or until the florets start to char and blacken a bit. While the broccoli is baking, prepare the lemon zest, shredded cheese, chopped dates and pine nuts.

Step Four. Once the broccoli is finished, pull it from the oven and sprinkle the cheese, lemon zest, dates and nuts all over it on the baking sheet. Finish it off with lemon juice and serve.

White bowl with charred broccoli and toppings mixed in.

Recipe FAQs

Is Charred Broccoli best served warm or cold?

This is best served warm, it can be eaten room temperature but the Broccoli has the best texture right out of the oven, because of this I suggest serving warm.

Do I have to char the broccoli to make this?

No, you can also just roast the broccoli to soften it well, to your preference and then continue with the other add ins.

Recipe Tips

Enjoy this dish right out of the oven. The texture of the broccoli is best fresh from the oven.

Don’t burn the broccoli. Please note all oven temps differ greatly, keep an eye on the broccoli and be sure it doesn’t burn.

Add more salt, pepper and seasonings as needed. If you want to sprinkle an extra kiss of sea salt on the charred broccoli, do so!

Recipe Pairings

Pair Charred Broccoli with my Chicken Tomato Casserole, Firecracker Salmon or my delicious Pistachio Salmon.

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White bowl with charred broccoli and toppings mixed in.
5 from 1 vote

Charred Broccoli

Charred Broccoli is a wonderful, bright side dish with notes of tart lemon and sweet dates. A nutritious, easy recipe. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • large baking dish
  • mixing bowls

Ingredients 

  • 5-6 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, *optional
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • cup Parmesan, shredded, *see notes
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon zest, *about 1-2 lemons
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450º. Meanwhile, chop the broccoli up into small florets, set aside. In a small bowl mix the oil and seasonings together. Pour the mix over the broccoli and mix well.
  • Lay the broccoli out on the baking sheet flat and evenly spread out. Be sure it's not overlapping, this will ensure a good char and even bake. 
  • Bake the broccoli for about 12-15 minutes or until the florets start to char and blacken a bit. While the broccoli is baking, prepare the lemon zest, shredded cheese, chopped dates and pine nuts. 
  • Once the broccoli is finished, pull it from the oven and sprinkle the cheese, lemon zest, dates and nuts all over it on the baking sheet. Finish it off with lemon juice, parsley and serve.

Notes

*pecorino or manchego will also work. 
*cayanne adds a nice little warm spice to the dish you can omit if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 691IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 244
Keyword: 20 minute, Side Dish
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