This roasted broccoli with soy sauce is so darn delicious, we literally couldn’t stop eating it. That’s right. Could. Not. Stop. Eating. Broccoli. It’s roasted with ginger and garlic and finished with soy sauce and butter. We bet that you won’t be able to stop eating it, either.Angie Zoobkoff

How to Swap Other Vegetables in This Recipe

This roasted broccoli with soy sauce recipe can easily be made with any of many different vegetables. So if you’ve got an aversion to broccoli, or an abundance of another vegetable on hand, we have excellent news for you. Cauliflower, kohlrabi, turnip, and summer squash are all excellent substitutions here. Simply follow the recipe, adding an additional 5 minutes of roasting time for denser vegetables such as kohlrabi or turnip.

Roasted broccoli with soy sauce scattered on a baking sheet.

Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce

5 / 7 votes
Roasted broccoli with soy sauce. It’s a simple, quick, easy, cheap side dish. And kids as well as adults are demanding seconds. Yes, seconds. Of broccoli. Believe it.
David Leite
Servings6 to 8 servings
Calories229 kcal
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes


  • 8 cups (24 oz) broccoli florets, cut into 1 1/2-inch (4-cm) chunks
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons (2 oz) unsalted butter, cut in thin slices
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or substitute gluten-free tamari)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • On a rimmed baking sheet, spread the broccoli florets in a single layer and sprinkle with the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir everything around to coat the broccoli evenly.
  • Pop the baking sheet in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven, stir the broccoli, and scatter the butter slices evenly on the broccoli. Drizzle the soy sauce evenly over the broccoli and butter and roast until lightly browned, about 5 minutes longer.
  • Stir everything around to make sure there’s some butter and soy sauce coating every bite. Devour immediately.
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Serving: 1 portionCalories: 229 kcalCarbohydrates: 22 gProtein: 10 gFat: 14 gSaturated Fat: 6 gMonounsaturated Fat: 4 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 21 mgSodium: 608 mgFiber: 8 gSugar: 6 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2017 Jamie DeMent. Photo © 2017 Felicia Perry Turjillo. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

My sister said it best—it’s like Chinese takeout broccoli only way better! This roasted broccoli was a big hit at dinner and it was so easy! I loved the classic combo of ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. The butter gave it all just a touch of velvetiness.

I did a little extra roasting to get more color on my broccoli, which is how I like it best. I’ll be making this again but I’ll be making a double batch! I think it would serve 6 as a side item when I don’t take into account all the shameless nibbling off the pan I did.

You know you’ve found a winning broccoli recipe when the kids ask for seconds! This was a great way to cook broccoli—the roasted broccoli was tender but not limp and the soy butter was a simple and delicious way to dress up an everyday side.

The number of servings is difficult to determine with this dish because it was so addictive that I couldn’t stop myself from reaching for more. Nor could my tasters. It was simple to prepare, requiring just a short time for chopping the garlic, grating the ginger, and cutting up the broccoli florets, and since it only called for the rimmed baking sheet rather than a bowl, cleanup was pretty simple as well.

Roasting time seemed accurate and produced these lovely browned little bits, but the photograph and my end product didn’t really look alike. Where the image shows mostly green florets, mine were all very brown, but the browning seems to have increased their ability to absorb enormous amounts of flavor from the soy sauce/butter combination that added to their overall addictiveness.

I may have used too much salt given that I used regular, rather than low sodium soy sauce, so I’ll be more judicious next time, but that didn’t detract from their deliciousness. I would definitely make this again and experiment with different vegetables.

We did like the combination of soy sauce and butter on the roasted broccoli and plan to use cauliflower next time. It’s a basic roasted broccoli recipe, but the nuttiness of the toasted sesame oil, butter and soy sauce was very good. I may try butternut squash like this in the fall.

This is a tasty and easy side dish that was perfect for a weeknight dinner. I prefer roasting my veggies, so was drawn to trying this. The butter and soy almost caramelize in the oven and form this sticky delicious coating.

My only tweak would be to toss in the garlic and ginger maybe 5 to 10 minutes into the roasting—given the really high temps (plus my fan assisted oven), they got quite dark by the time the 20 min were up. Other than that, I can easily see making this again from memory!

I substituted cauliflower for the broccoli because that’s what I’d been planning to make for dinner using my own recipe for roasting it. Changing to this roasted broccoli recipe was no problem since all of the other ingredients are those that I typically have on hand.

The combination of sesame oil, butter and soy sauce elevated the cauliflower in the same way that I believe it would the broccoli. The taste wasn’t overpowering, just a delicate balance of Asian flavors enhanced by the creaminess of the butter. Would definitely recommend trying this with other types of vegetables.

This roasted broccoli recipe was quick to put together and the end result was decent—almost like candied broccoli. I used a small head of broccoli and halved the rest of the ingredients. Cooking time was about 15 minutes. The result was good.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Really enjoyed the combination of fresh ginger and garlic with the butter and soy sauce. Cooked a few minutes longer but really delicious and easy!

    1. Magnificent to hear, Erica. Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones. And love hearing that you tweaked the recipe to your liking.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! Very easy to make, too. The only thing I changed was to use 3 Tbsp of butter instead of 4. I’ll definitely make this one again.

    1. Magnificent, Amy H.! Soooooo incredibly happy to hear you love this as much as we do! Can’t wait to hear which recipe on the site you try next!