Popcorn Broccoli Recipe

Are you struggling to get your child to like broccoli? It’s most likely because you have been boiling or steaming the broccoli, which makes this amazing vegetable boring and tasteless for many.

You should definitely try a much better cooking method: roasting. Roasting vegetables in the oven is a healthy cooking method which will bring out the rich flavors in the vegetable, eliminating the need for any dressing.

If you are looking for a snack or a side dish that is healthy and delicious like popcorn at the same time, this simple recipe is for you. As I am typing up this recipe, I am already thinking about making some popcorn broccoli for dinner tonight.

In most of my cooking I prefer using natural ingredients. As you see below, I used fresh garlic instead of garlic powder; however, you can get creative with your spices. But honestly this was the most flavorful dish ever without any powders other than salt and pepper. Once again, roasting is a powerful form of cooking veggies.

Popcorn Broccoli Ingredients

2 bunches of fresh broccoli

4 cloves of fresh garlic

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Wash the broccoli and strain. Dry it off with a towel.

3. Chop the broccoli into small pieces. You can also use your hands for this part. Chop the heads into bite-size pieces.

4. Place the broccoli on a baking sheet.

5. Mince the garlic and add it on the baking sheet

6. Add olive oil, salt and pepper in; mix all ingredients using your hands. Rub the broccoli with garlic.

7. Evenly distribute the broccoli pieces and garlic. Space them out so they don’t steam.

8. Roast the broccoli in the oven for about 30-35 minutes or until brown and crispy on the edges.

9. Enjoy!

This recipe brings fun and health together. Whether you’re a vegan or not, this dish is packed with health since it is made with olive oil only. Unlike buttered up popcorn in pre-packaged microwave bags, this recipe contains zero saturated fat and cause no harm to your heart. Broccoli combats cancer and improves gut health; thus protects us from many diseases. The use of garlic in this recipe maximizes the health benefits of this dish.

Check out another yummy and healthy (vegan) party snack recipe by me below.
Raw Cocoa Balls

I will be sharing my favorite black eyed pea salad this week. Do you like my recipes? Leave a comment below and let me know.


27 thoughts on “Popcorn Broccoli Recipe

  1. Shubhanjalee

    having my kids eat broccoli is a TASK for me and my husband,i am sure that this is really going to help me,thank you for making this vegetable taste great for the kids specially

  2. mugejones

    Hi there,
    Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you like this recipe. Let me know if your children like popcorn broccoli 🙂

  3. Laura Petrakis

    I will try this recipe for sure. It is easy enough for people like me that don’t like to cook that much. I’m also going to check out your Raw Cocoa Balls recipe. Bon Appetit!

  4. mugejones

    Hi Laura,
    Popcorn broccoli is one of my lazy day side dishes yet it makes everyone so happy. I hope you try the Raw Cocoa Balls as well. If you are a coffee person, they pair wonderfully with coffee in the morning.
    Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Heena

    This is very good and easy recipe to binge on when you are lazy to cook and you end up eating healthy too with out guilt. Thank you for Sharing this.

    1. mugejones

      Hi Heena,
      Welcome back:) You are so right! You can do the same thing with cauliflowers as well. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. Lindsay @ Wineinger Farms

    This looks sooo yummy…and SOO simple! Thanks for sharing.

    1. mugejones

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it. Try it and let me know how it goes.

  7. Erika

    As someone that has to stick to a gluten-free diet, I am looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into my diet. This is perfect! Thank you!

    1. mugejones

      Hi Erika,
      I am so glad you found this recipe. My recipes are designed for those allergic to gluten like you, vegetarians, or just anyone who wants to start liking veggies but don’t know how. You can always find an excuse to add a veggie side into your meals. Let me know if you need any suggestions and I will do my best to help you.

  8. Madi Rowan

    I love roasting broccoli like this. Recently I’ve been sautéing it on the stovetop with a bit of coconut oil & it’s SO good!
    -Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

    1. mugejones

      Hi Madi,
      Thank you for stopping by. Sauteing veggies is also great. What I particularly love about this recipe is that, it literally takes 5 minutes to prep, and you don;t have to be active while the broccoli is roasting in the oven. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try.

  9. Fiorella

    I have never heard of it! But now I am super curious to try it 🙂

    1. mugejones

      It is super simple yet the outcome will surprise you. 🙂

  10. Joyce Osiango

    Every time I try to make a popcorn broccoli, its always a mess. I love your recipes good for someone like me who doesn’t eat meat that much

    1. mugejones

      As a Mediterranean chick, I’m all about veggies and legumes. Check out my black-eyed pea salad with fresh veggies and pomegranate molasses. Legumes are one of the best substitute for meat.

  11. Lexington

    I love broccoli! This recipe looks like the beat of both worlds – healthy and delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  12. mugejones

    You couldn’t be more correct. As a woman who loves having fun with food, I try to create the most fun and simple recipes while ensuring high quality nutrition. Thank you for sopping by. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

  13. Janay

    I love broccoli it’s my favorite veggie. I eat it like two times a week. Thank you for this post I’m literally trying this right now. Thank you for sharing because I have never heard of this until today. So yummy!

  14. Jenna

    I’m going to make this as a side tomorrow night for dinner. I need to use up the broccoli and I’ll let you know if the kids will put it in their mouths. I find the only way I can get the kids to try new things is by making it an adventure. I’m excited. Thanks for the easy recipe!

  15. Sandra

    Wow this is such a great idea

  16. Sudipa

    This is the most fun way I can feed my little one broccoli.I am going to try this



    I don’t love broccoli but it’s good for me so I am always on the hunt for good recipes to grow a love for it. I will definitely try it.

  18. Trina

    Calling it popcorn broccoli makes me salivate! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe (I love broccoli done anyway). Also, I love the gif you used in the post.

  19. Shore

    My boys love brocoli, especially my oldest. But this sounds like it’d be so good to try – definitely saving this recipe!

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