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Your veggies for tonight’s dinner will be anything but boring when you make Maple Sesame Roasted Broccoli. Toss those florets in a simple sauce before you roast them and it caramelizes into a delicious glaze that makes it irresistible. It’s a side dish recipe that’s easy, healthy, and even gluten free!
Maple Sesame Roasted Broccoli
Even as a food blogger I fall into dinnertime ruts. I can easily whip up a meal that tastes good, but when I’m in a rush or so busy that meal planning falls by the wayside, it’s not necessarily all that exciting.
The first thing to go is the side dishes. Sometime I’ll just end up popping frozen veggies in the microwave and making plain old rice. And if I do roast my vegetables, it’s usually just your basic roasted cauliflower or roasted butternut squash.
Which is fine, but sometimes you want to add a little pizzazz to your produce. And maybe even have an easier time convincing the kids to eat them!
It just takes a splash of balsamic vinegar to turn plain old vegetables into Balsamic Roasted Veggies. And Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash even tastier than the plain kind.
And a little touch of Asian flavors with a hint of sweetness to get those perfectly caramelized bits makes Maple Sesame Broccoli way more addictive than your basic roasted broccoli.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
The first time I made this, I literally could not stop myself from picking more and more pieces of broccoli off of the baking sheet once it came out of the oven. So it has definitely become a staple when I want something besides plain old broccoli.
It had the crisp tender texture and crispy edges that make roasted broccoli so good. But the bit of maple syrup makes them even more caramelized and delicious. And soy sauce and sesame oil add a huge punch of flavor. Maple Sesame Roasted Broccoli might even convert the kiddos that claim they don’t like broccoli with it’s sweet and savory glaze.
What You’ll Need
- Broccoli – you’ll need about a pound of broccoli crowns. If you buy the whole head with the thick stem, I’d get about a pound and a half, since you’ll be cutting off a lot of the stalk. You’ll want about 4 cups or so of florets. When you cut the broccoli, leave on as little or as much of the stem as you like. We have a couple of stem-eaters in my house, and a couple that will only eat the floret, so I mix it up.
- Soy sauce or tamari – be sure to get the gluten free type if you need to.
- Olive oil
- Maple syrup – as I always say, only the real stuff will do.
- Sesame oil – this can be toasted or not. It doesn’t make a huge difference for this recipe.
- Dry ground ginger
- Red pepper flakes – there is only a pinch so it just adds the tiniest bit of heat, but you can leave them out if you don’t want any spice.
- Sesame seeds – not toasted. They will toast along with the broccoli while it roasts.
- Basics – small knife, measuring spoons, small bowl, a fork or whisk, and a spatula.
- Sheet pan – be sure to use a nice large half sheet pan so there is plenty of room to spread out the broccoli and let it get roasty and toasty. If it is all piled together, it will steam more than it roasts. I like these aluminum baking sheets from Nordicware.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F and coat a baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Wash, dry, and cut your broccoli and put it on the baking sheet.
- Stir together all of the other ingredients except the sesame seeds and pour it over the broccoli. Toss to coat completely.
- Spread the broccoli out on the sheet pan and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
- Roast for about fifteen to twenty minutes, tossing once.
I recommend serving immediately, but it can be reheated if needed.
This maple sesame broccoli makes a great side dish for any of these delicious dinners:
- Sesame Maple Glazed Salmon
- Sriracha Lime Turkey Tenderloin
- Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Crockpot or Instant Pot Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
- Thai Style Sliders
And to make it even tastier, try drizzling the sesame roasted broccoli with some Easy Thai Peanut Sauce!
Maple Sesame Roasted Broccoli
- Sheet pan
- Preheat your oven to 450°F and coat a baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Wash and dry your broccoli florets and place on the prepared sheet pan.
- In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce or tamari, olive oil, maple syrup, sesame oil, ginger, and red pepper flakes and stir together with a fork or small whisk to combine.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the broccoli and toss to coat thoroughly.
- Spread the broccoli in a single, even layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
- Roast at 450°F for 16-20 minutes, tossing once after about 8 minutes until it is cooked to your desired texture.
More broccoli recipes
- Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
- Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup
- Healthy Broccoli Salad with Apples
- Cheesy Broccoli and Bacon