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15Apr, 24
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Crispy Smashed Broccoli 🥦

Crispy Smashed Broccoli is likely to be the very best broccoli you’ve ever tasted!

🤌HELLO, you PERFECT lil’ FLAVOR-Packed Veggie crisped to perfection with parmesan cheese for an extra little something that won’t soon be forgotten.

That crispy coating just makes them so incredibly enjoyable!

You may already have most of these ingredients at home since this only requires 3-4 items to make, so check your spice cabinet & fridge really quickly, then go make yourself an incredible treat using one of MY favorite veggies!

We start with our bright green fresh beautiful full heads of broccoli.

They briefly swim in a big boiling pot of water to slightly soften. Then immediately into an ice bath to preserve that beautiful bright green color.

We ever so slightly smash each floret so it’s just flat (but not too much as we don’t want them to break or turn to pulverized mush) Sprinkle with all the good stuff.

Then it’s straight into your hot preheated oven.

The broccoli florets become perfectly roasted and crispy all while soaking up the garlic parmesan flavor. It’s so simple, but an INCREDIBLE winning flavor + texture combination.

I’ve always enjoyed broccoli and it’s probably my #1 go-to vegetable. 🥦

🎉 They’re great raw, air-fried, steamed, roasted, in a salad, in stir-fry’s, in soup, … and the list is endless!

These cute little cruciferous vegetables are truly one of my favorites to begin with.

💚 These little green “tree stalks” are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body loves!

👏 Broccoli is believed to help protect you from cancer, can help control blood sugar, and supports healthy digestion.

🧠💪 PLUS … broccoli supports the function of your brain and immune system, is good for your heart, and also keeps your bones and joints strong!

⁉️ When’s the last time you had some broccoli!?


For Meal Prep:
Place your leftovers into glass food prep containers in the fridge to reheat for future meals throughout the week.

Broccoli reheats very well in an air fryer, but a quick warm up in a hot skillet or microwave will work too.

I recommend storing this dish in the fridge for 2-3 days max.

4 servings


  • 1 large head broccoli
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • 6 oz grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • chili (red pepper) flakes, to taste


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees f. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil.

Once the water is boiling, add in the broccoli head and allow it to boil for 5 minutes, or just until the crown is fork tender.

Remove it from the water and place immediately into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. We want these to stay bright green and tender-crisp.

Allow your broccoli to dry briefly on a kitchen towel or paper towel. Carefully slice your broccoli into florets and spread them evenly into a single layer along your prepared baking sheet.

With the bottom of a small bowl or dish, gently smash each floret, but don’t be too firm. You only want to even them to about 1/2-inch thickness.

Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt, chili flakes, and generously with parmesan cheese.

Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese has turned golden brown and the broccoli is crispy.

Garnish with extra chili flakes, if desired.

Enjoy while hot!


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