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Garam Masala Broccoli

Make this crispy, savory Garam Masala Broccoli as an easy side dish for any meal! This Indian-inspired side dish is the best way to get your greens in while waking up those tastebuds with plenty of flavor!

Garam Masala is a popular seasoning used throughout India in just about everything, from seafood to vegetable dishes like roasted broccoli. You can buy it at the grocery store or make it on your own with a blend of common spices.

Sprinkle it on broccoli along with some sweet honey, roast it, and you’ve got a delicious crispy appetizer or side for your meal! It’s one of my favorite ways to eat broccoli!


What’s in Garam Masala?

While the exact spices can vary by region and even from house to house, the most common spices used are cumin (seeds or powder), coriander powder, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorns, nutmeg, and mace. Other spices you might find in garam masala include dried bay leaves, red chiles, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, and turmeric powder.

We are going to use garam masala in powder form, but in some Indian cuisine, the spices are added to milk or water to form a smooth paste.

Garam Masala isn’t necessarily “spicy” as in hot, but is full of sweet flavor from the warm spices along with a hint of heat.

Ingredients for Roasted Broccoli with Garam Masala

Here’s what you need to make this easy Indian-inspired side dish:

Broccoli: cut fresh broccoli into florets (or thaw frozen broccoli to use!)

Olive oil and Honey: these help the spices coat the broccoli and add sweetness.

Garam Masala Powder

Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper

See the recipe card below for exact amounts and directions!

How to make Garam Masala Broccoli

This healthy recipe is ready to serve in under 30 minutes, and only requires a few easy steps!

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or spraying it with cooking spray. Cut broccoli into medium size florets.

In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, honey, garam masala, garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper. Add the broccoli to the bowl and stir until coated.

Transfer the broccoli to the baking sheet, spread in a single layer, then place it in the oven to bake for 18-22 minutes, until the broccoli has nice golden brown edges and crisps up. We like ours on the more well-done side (as you can see from the pictures) so I usually leave it in for 22 minutes or more.

How to Store Leftover Roasted Broccoli

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days. I recommend reheating it in the oven instead of the microwave to keep it crispy. You could also use an air fryer!

You can also use leftovers cold in salads or dip them in your favorite sauce for a snack!

Can I freeze Garam Masala Broccoli?

Yes, you can freeze broccoli! I recommend flash-freezing it first. Spread it in an even layer on a baking tray and place it in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. This is an easy way to keep the florets from sticking together. Then transfer the broccoli to a freezer bag. It will keep in the freezer for months!

What should I serve with Garam Masala Broccoli?

Make this Indian broccoli recipe with some Curry Chicken and Coconut Rice for an Indian-inspired meal.

You don’t have to serve this with only Indian food! Make it as a side with a main dish of  Pork TenderloinMeatloaf or Chicken Piccata.

Munch on it as a snack with this Curry Dip or Jalapeno Ranch Dip.

Use it as a baked potato topping!

How can I make this crispy broccoli in the air fryer?

Coat the broccoli in the ingredients as directed in the recipe. Cook for 8-10 minutes in the air fryer at 375 degrees F, shaking the basket halfway. Be sure not to overcrowd your basket.

More Broccoli Recipes

Honestly, I don’t love eating raw broccoli, though I know some people love it with a side of good ranch. I really enjoy it in these recipes, though:

Peanut Butter Broccoli: You’re probably familiar with Thai peanut sauce served with noodles, meats, and veggies. All those salty, savory, and ever-so-slightly sweet ingredients come together for a dish that tastes better than the sum of its parts. Peanut Butter Broccoli uses the same concept. The robust nutty flavor in the peanut butter adds another dimension of flavor to a simple pan of roasted broccoli.

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli tossed in olive oil, garlic powder and a touch of salt is a perfect easy side dish for almost any meal! Baked until tender, the Parmesan cheese gives it a crunch that makes it almost addicting and is best served hot.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole: With tender chicken, crisp broccoli florets, a creamy sauce, and cornflake topping, every bite is a savory, satisfying treat.

Curried Rice with Chicken and Vegetables is a hearty, healthy, and tasty meal that takes the guesswork out of what to make for dinner when you’re too tired or too busy to prepare something. I use chopped broccoli florets and carrots in this dish, but you could use your favorite vegetables, too.

How do you like your broccoli? Let me know which recipe you’ll be trying next time!



Keep an eye out for more of my easy recipes each week!


Garam Masala Broccoli

Crispy, savory roasted Garam Masala Broccoli as an easy side dish for any meal! This Indian-inspired side dish is a great way to enjoy your greens while waking up those tastebuds with all the flavor!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Garam Masala Broccoli
Servings 4 servings
Calories 157kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


1 ½ pounds broccoli cut into florets2 tablespoon olive oil2 tablespoons honey1 ½ teaspoon garam masala1 teaspoon garlic powder¼ – ½ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon pepper


Preheat oven to to 400°F, and prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, honey, garam masala, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add broccoli and mix to coat.
Bake for 18 – 22 minutes, until broccoli has browned and become crisp.


We like our broccoli a bit more done as you can tell from the pictures, so I usually leave it in for about 22 minutes or more.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 152mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg

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