Crispy Smashed Parmesan Broccoli

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This Crispy Smashed Parmesan Broccoli is a fan favorite and one of the most delicious broccoli recipes to make. All you need is broccoli, spices, oil and parmesan cheese making this such an easy side dish to whip up.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins

Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 large heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Salt a large pot of water and bring to a boil
  3. Once boiling, add broccoli florets and boil for 4-5 minutes depending on size of your broccoli (you want to make sure it’s tender but not totally cooked)
  4. Drain and let the broccoli cool for a few
  5. Add broccoli to baking sheet and gently pat dry with paper towel
  6. Gently smash the broccoli using the bottle of a drinking glass
  7. Drizzle oil over broccoli then sprinkle spices to coat 
  8. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top then bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and broccoli is cooked 
  9. Serve while warm


*Store leftovers in fridge for 5 days. Reheat in skillet, microwave or oven

  • Author: Rachel