This Garlic Parmesan Grilled Broccoli is a delicious side dish for anything you are cooking on the grill. This grilled broccoli recipe comes together easily and cooks fast! With a little addition of garlic and Parmesan, you’ll find this broccoli anything but ordinary.
I know when it comes to outdoor cooking the spotlight tends to fall on the meat dishes (naturally), but some little part in my soul just really wants to give credit to the supporting roles in a grilled meal: the SIDES! Sides like this grilled broccoli. A more beautiful, flavorful, and simple side dish might not exist in this world.
Most people have never even considered the idea of grilled broccoli. Most other veggies they willingly throw on those fiery grates with abandon, but with broccoli they hesitate. Why? Don’t hesitate people! Just…don’t. The woodsy and mellow natural flavor of broccoli lends itself so beautifully to the bold smoky flavors of the grill! In just a few minutes, the heat transforms the beloved little florets from raw and bland dental floss into crunch-tender morsels of flavorful roasted heaven.
Cooking Broccoli on the Grill
Here’s the bottom line: Roasted broccoli on the grill is AWESOME! Broccoli that is tossed in bright lemon juice and robust garlic and then grilled is absolutely beyond the stars and out of this freaking world. Plus, it is just stupid simple.
One of my main requirements for veggies is that they’ve got to be easy. I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl, so eating veggies is hard enough without the added burden of putting in a TON of time preparing some beet/fennel/leek/sweet potato dish and then having my kids gag on it. Veggies=easy in my household, and boy does this broccoli fit that equation.
How to Grill Broccoli
The basic break down for how to grill broccoli goes a little like this:
- Prep the broccoli. Open gallon-sized zip-top bag, add in broccoli, lemon, oil, seasonings, and garlic. Shake bag and let it set for a little while.
- Grill. Pour the broccoli onto a preheated hot grill (300-350 degrees F) alongside whatever awesome main course you’re firing up. Cook for around 10 minutes until broccoli is nicely charred and crisp.
- Season the grilled broccoli. Sprinkle cheese on top of the hot broccoli and allow it to melt.
- BLOW MINDS EVERYWHERE!
Bada bing bada boom. Side dish in minutes that is healthy, tastes totally amazing, and requires practically zero extra planning (because who’s got time to plan sides when you’re cooking The Perfect Steak?) Last time I used shredded asiago cheese instead of the Parmesan and it was so good! So feel free to mix up your cheeses and whatnot to make this broccoli your own.
Quick tip- Use a veggie grilling basket to prevent the broccoli from falling through the grates. These metal baskets are the perfect size for sides and I use them all of the time.
How Long To Grill Broccoli
With your grill preheated to 300-350 degrees F, it should take anywhere from 8-10 minutes to grill broccoli. The length of time you leave the broccoli on the grill will determine how soft your broccoli ends up. If you like your broccoli really crisp, aim for 6-8 minutes. For that nice, al dente with a little softness, grill for 8-9 minutes, and for really soft broccoli, cook for 10+ minutes.
Grilled Broccoli Recipe
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Garlic Parmesan Grilled Broccoli
- 2-3 heads fresh broccoli (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 1 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Marinate the broccoli. Place broccoli in a large zip top bag. Combine the lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt and pepper; drizzle over broccoli and toss to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the grill. When ready to cook, start your grill and set the temperature to medium (around 300-350 degrees.) Close the lid, and allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.
- Grill the broccoli. Place the broccoli in a grilling basket to prevent the broccoli from sticking or falling through the grate. Roast the broccoli, turning once or twice for 8-10 minutes or until the pieces are bright green and tender crisp. There will likely be some slight char on a few pieces. This is good!
- Season and serve the grilled broccoli. Remove the broccoli from the grill to a serving platter and top with shaved Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
**This post was originally published in May 2015. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.