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Cheesy Garlic Broccoli (3-Ingredients)

Make this cheesy garlic broccoli with just 3 ingredients and enjoy a delicious, flavorful side dish. They’re gluten-free, high protein, and vegetarian.

This dish is a showcase of broccoli goodness, and if you know someone that doesn’t care for this delicious vegetable, this is the dish to cook them!

How can a cheesy and garlic topping ever be wrong? Oh, and this recipe is quick to cook too!

cheesy garlic broccoli

Broccoli and cheese should perhaps be listed in a dictionary of food together.  They are a marriage made in heaven, and when you add garlic and a bit of seasoning, you will create something you will want to serve with everything!

cheesy garlic broccoli

You could, of course, eat this Cheesy Garlic Broccoli on its own (in secret, as why share?), or you could use it as a tasty side dish.  It would also make a fantastic dish when entertaining as it’s got prepare ahead qualities!

forkful of garlic broccoli

Ingredients You’ll Need

Broccoli – Find fresh and use quickly!  That should be the phrase used when buying any vegetable.  The longer a vegetable has been sitting around, the more nutrition it loses, so find a vibrant, crisp head of tasty florets! You know…you could use cauliflower instead or mix the two!

Cheddar cheese – If you like your cheese, go really strong here!  There are lots of quality cheddars out there, so choose your favorite. If you wanted some milder, mozzarella would work well too.  If you wanted to go the other way for some huge flavors, blue cheese could be added instead.

Garlic – this is great for our health and, in particular, high blood pressure, so don’t shy away from large juicy cloves.  You could also try the black garlic variety or a smoked one – they are both delicious!

Salt and black pepper – Freshly ground pepper will heighten the taste here, so if you have a pepper grinder, you will be amazed at how much difference it can make. This grinder is easy to use and a good design! Sea salt is a better option for taste, but regular salt could be used too.

ingredients for cheesy broccoli

How to Make Cheesy Garlic Broccoli


Preheat the oven to 375F.

Place your broccoli on a chopping board and cut into similar-sized, small florets.

chopped broccoli

Grate your cheese, add to a bowl, or crumble it with your fingers if you are using blue cheese or mozzarella.

grated cheese

Stir the minced garlic, salt, and black pepper into the cheese, and combine well.

grated cheese in bowl

Place the broccoli florets into a baking dish, spreading out evenly.

broccoli in dish

Scatter the cheese and garlic mixture all over the top of the broccoli, trying to cover as much as you can.

cheese topped broccoli

Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the top of the dish is golden and toasty.

cooked cheesy broccoli

What Does Garlic Broccoli Go Well With?

This Cheesy Garlic Broccoli would go well with many things.

You could use it as a side dish for grilled meat, creating a really simple and tasty supper.  Grilled steak goes particularly well with the garlic and cheese!

Baked salmon would be an excellent choice to add to this Cheesy Garlic Broccoli as it’s quite a strong-tasting fish that could certainly hold up the bold flavors.  You could use a white fish, too, if you fancied that instead.

Make the Cheesy Garlic Broccoli with some extras.  When adding the broccoli to the baking dish, scatter over some thinly sliced red onion to add another flavor dimension.

Cut 1 zucchini up into chunks and add to the broccoli as well, a welcome idea if you are short of florets as the broccoli wasn’t that big.

You could add some thickly sliced ham to the broccoli before scattering over the cheese and if you wanted to make a Hawaiian-styled pizza flavor, add some chunks of pineapple too.

Before adding the cheese to your broccoli, a fresh tomato sauce could be poured over to create a saucier bake.

How about sprinkling over some mixed seeds and eating this bake for lunch.

Or, it’s perfect just with a fork…

garlic broccoli in dish

Benefits of Eating Broccoli

Broccoli is known to be a really healthy vegetable. It is part of the cruciferous vegetable family and shares the same nutrition as its other members, like cauliflower, cabbage, and kale.  It’s a powerhouse of vitamins!

Containing vitamins; A, B, C, E, and K, broccoli is undoubtedly a hard veggie to beat when comparing nutrition.

If you think eating oranges was the only way to boost your immune system, look at broccoli.  It has high levels of vitamin C that will help reduce your risk of picking up infections, and one serving can actually provide you with 135% of the daily goal for Vitamin C.

Vitamin A will help eye health and protect against issues like macular degeneration in the future, so your vision will thank you for a little more broccoli in your diet.

Broccoli is also perfect for your gut health.  Providing 2-3 grams of fiber in 1 cup, broccoli will help keep you feeling full and feed the good gut bacteria that you have.  By keeping the bacteria well-fed, it can help protect against chronic conditions and inflammation, so fiber is an essential element to include in your diet.

scooped out cheesy broccoli

Broccoli can be eaten raw.  Some nutrients are lost in cooking, so it’s really worth eating broccoli cooked and raw as you will get a different set and strength of the nutrition that it provides.

Some studies link broccoli to having compounds that reduce the risk of cancer.  The plant nutrients that broccoli contains certainly make it one of the top in the veggie charts!

close up of cheesy broccoli

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Cheesy Garlic Broccoli (3-Ingredients)

Cheesy garlic broccoli is a perfect side dish anyone can make with just 3 ingredient. It's nutritious, full of deliciousness, extra yummy, gluten-free, high protein and vegetarian.
4.52 from 27 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 plates
Calories 363 kcal


  • 4 crowns broccoli
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • a pinch of salt and black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Chop up the broccoli into florets. Spread them on a baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, mix cheddar cheese, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  • Sprinkle the cheese all over the broccoli in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.


Serving: 1platesCalories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 24gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 526mgFiber: 10gSugar: 6.7g
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