Burnt Broccoli Is The Best Broccoli

well seasoned roasted broccoli on a white plate with a silver fork on white counter. A blue and white striped hand towel lays next to plate.

I love Nashville and all of my precious friends that live there. While I am so proud to be a Californian, Nashville holds a very special place in my heart. I especially love when I get an extended time to stay with my friend Hillary and her family. I know a few things will always happen when I go stay with her, and I've come to expect them. One is tons and tons of overwhelmingly sweet girl time and cuddles with her three daughters. Two, I won't get as much sleep as I usually do because of our sacred late-night conversations on the couch with a glass of wine. Three, the smell of burnt broccoli roasting around 10pm every night.

It may sound strange, but many of you know and love this recipe yourselves. It all started with Hillary's husband Chris! Most nights, he can be found in the kitchen working on taco turkey meat, roasting broccoli and enjoying the best glass of whiskey around. At first, I was skeptical of his theory that #burntbroccoliisthebestbroccoli, but after tasting it I can confirm that it is. And now so many of you think so too!

I made the decision to borrow his idea and put my own spin on it with a special seasoning mixture sprinkled over top and a squeeze of lemon for a boost in flavor. It turns out that the seasoning makes every vegetable delicious. I mean really, even my broccoli-hating sister obsesses over it and eats it once a week! Are you wondering how a seasoning can make broccoli taste less like broccoli? Here's the secret: it's the crispy edges that are dusted with the spice mixture that makes this irresistible!

I keep a quadruple batch of the spice mix in a jar on hand so I can quickly boost the flavor of any veggie side dish. I think you will want to do so too. And we are finally publishing this recipe for you to have, keep, and share! I haven't released this recipe for burnt broccoli anywhere other than my Instagram stories, but we make it nearly every week and I get SO many requests from you guys for it, so it's time to have it written in cement somewhere so you can easily find it. When you do, please tag #burntbroccoliisthebestbroccoli so that I can see you!

Burnt Broccoli Is The Best Broccoli



Cuisine: Sides

COOK TIME: 15 mins TOTAL TIME: 15 mins



  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the florets out on the tray and drizzle with the avocado oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle the spices all over the broccoli. Toss to coat.
  3. Drop the tablespoon of ghee onto the center of the tray (it will melt when you put it in the oven). Roast the broccoli for 10 minutes. Toss the broccoli to spread the now melted ghee around. Return to the oven and roast another 15-18 minutes, until browned and crispy.

Danielle’s Tips:

  1. Don’t overcrowd the tray or the broccoli will steam and not get crispy. If needed, use 2 trays.
  2. Triple or quadruple the spice mix and store the leftovers in a jar!

Keywords: vegetarian, vegan cuisine, against all grain, healthy diet, clean eating, paleo diet, danielle walker, roasted veggies, cookbook, gluten-gree

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