Vegetarian Grilled Broccoli with Parmesan & Lemon
There’s so much flavor in our grilled broccoli recipe, you must give this a try. The charred edges on these pieces of bbq broccoli is fantastic.
Grilled Broccoli Recipe
Sure, broccoli isn’t the first thing you’d think of when you’re grilling. But if you’re looking for a great vegetable side dish for the bbq try broccoli. The charred flavors are fantastic. Our popular grilled cauliflower steaks are a huge hit with readers so we took the same concept to broccoli. It’s always a hit when we have this at a gathering. Everyone is always so surprised as they gobble up each bit of broccoli.
Can You Use Frozen Broccoli?
- No. Use fresh broccoli, not frozen for this grilled broccoli recipe.
- Frozen broccoli is cut into small tiny bits, which won’t work on the grill.
- You want to use fresh broccoli so you can cut the head of broccoli into thicker slices. You have some looser pieces of broccoli florets but they’ll be much bigger than frozen
Video: Vegetarian Grilled Broccoli with Parmesan & Lemon
How to Grill Broccoli on BBQ (Tips)
- When buying and choosing fresh broccoli, the larger heads of broccoli are better. This will make it easier to cut the broccoli into slices.
- We grill the broccoli using 2 methods –
- Blanching the Broccoli then then Grilling: Par-boil the fresh broccoli after cutting. This will make the broccoli a little softer and more tender when eating. When it comes time to grilling, you’re essentially cooking it quick to get the char and crust.
- Grilling without Blanching. Everyone preferred the former, but if you like a firmer and more crunchy broccoli, then grilling without blanching is great way to go.
- Can you par-boil the broccoli the day ahead of time? Yes! This is great for prepping and when it comes to the day of grilling, all the cutting and par boiling is finished.
- Make ahead the marinade. If you make the dressing ahead of time, this will make it easier as well.
- If you are unable to get the broccoli into slabs then use these Grill Baskets – Some days we just don’t want to bother with carefully managing every single slab of broccoli. Throw them all into a grill basket and grill from there. Easy-peasy.
Happy Summer! Hope you enjoy our grilled broccoli recipe!
diane and todd
Grilled Garlic Broccoli w/ Parmesan & Lemon
- 1 pound (454 g) broccoli , cut into thick slices
- 1-2 lemons , sliced into 1/2-inch thick circles
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable or olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) dried thyme (or herbs of choice)
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder , or 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) kosher salt , or more to taste
- black pepper , to taste
- 1/2 cup (50 g) grated fresh parmesan
- Optional if you prefer a more tender broccoli - *see head note: In large pot of boiling water, quickly blanch the broccoli slices for about 1 minute. Drain the broccoli and rinse with cold water to keep the broccoli from cooking further. Blot broccoli with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
- Pre-heat grill to medium-high to high heat. Scrape the grill grates to make sure they are clean.
- In a bowl, whisk together the oil, Worcestershire sauce, thyme (or other dried herbs), onion powder, and garlic powder (or minced garlic).
- Lay out the broccoli and lemon circles onto a baking sheet pan or large plate. Brush the marinade on both all sides of the broccoli & lemon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Grill the marinated broccoli and lemon circles. Cook for about 2-4 minutes each side, or until nicely charred with crispy edges.
- Place the broccoli on platter and top with parmesan. Serve with the grilled lemon circles to squeeze over the broccoli. Enjoy!
More Easy Broccoli Recipes:
- Roasted Broccoli Salad
- Saucy Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Broccoli and Cheese Galette – A Fancy Favorite
- Broccoli Mac and Cheese Recipe- A not so skinny version