Lemon Parmesan Smashed Broccoli

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Are you tired of boring veggies? Look no further! My Lemon Parmesan Smashed Broccoli is here to prove that veggies can be delicious and exciting. With just 5 simple ingredients, this recipe will make broccoli your new favorite snack or side dish.

Got picky eaters at home? This recipe is a game-changer, especially for kids who aren’t big fans of veggies. Even my boys, who are getting pickier by the day, love this broccoli dish!

Broccoli can be a hit or miss for many people. But with the right flavors, it can become a family favorite. That’s why I added cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, and a bunch of seasonings to make this broccoli irresistible. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be craving it every day!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Lemon Parmesan Smashed Broccoli

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 1 large crown of broccoli washed
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Start by boiling a large pot of water on the stove. Add the broccoli and let it boil for about 4-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook it, or it’ll become mushy.
  • Once cooked, rinse the broccoli under cold water to stop the cooking process and set it aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • While the oven heats up, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the broccoli on top. Break the broccoli into florets and spread them out evenly.
  • Use the bottom of a glass to gently smash the broccoli until it’s flat.
  • Brush the dressing over the broccoli florets and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes until the edges are crispy and the cheese is melted.
  • Once done, serve and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

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