Sweet and Spicy Roasted Broccoli

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Honey, Sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil are all you need to make this irresistible sweet and spicy broccoli.

roasted broccoli in black bowl with striped napkin

Spicy Roasted Broccoli

This Sriracha and honey roasted broccoli was a recipe that I stumbled across many years ago and saved to try sometime in the distant future. The website where I found the recipe isn’t active anymore, but I’m grateful the recipe was once shared there.

We’ve been making this spicy roasted broccoli on a regular basis for years now because it is absolute perfection. The broccoli is tossed with a quick glaze of Sriracha, honey, soy sauce, and sesame oil before being roasted.

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It just might be the best broccoli of your life – with a hint of sweet heat, it’s irresistible!

The flavors here are simply wonderful together and the heat from the Sriracha adds the perfect kick to the sweet honey on the roasted broccoli.

Spicy Broccoli

From the very first bite, this honey sriracha broccoli went running, skipping, and jumping to the top of my favorite ways to cook broccoli list. Yep. I liked it that much. I made it three times that first week after I initially made it.

Twice, I ate it all by myself for lunch. Ask me how much I care that my children don’t love broccoli. Nope, not a bit. It’s going to be on the table even more now.

Lucky for them, they don’t have to eat much of it, because I have no intention of wasting any more of this than necessary on their unappreciative little palates.

broccoli with sriracha and honey roasted on baking sheet

Sriracha Honey

Despite my kids’ dislike of broccoli in general, they do eat this spicy broccoli without complaints. Considering they normally turn their nose up at the sight of this vegetable, I’m calling that a success.

The honey and sriracha in the recipe make this smell delicious as it’s cooking, which always tempts them to try it again. Me? I can’t get enough of this spicy broccoli and I doubt I’ll be able to wait for more than a day or two to roast another tray of broccoli.

Edited to add: I’ve been making this recipe on a regular basis for over 10 years now. I still love it every bit as much as I did the first time I made it. My kids still don’t love this particular vegetable all that much, but they eat this broccoli more happily than any other. I’m calling that a win for all of us.

honey sriracha glaze in clear jar

Roasting broccoli is the best way to get florets that are tender and cooked through with little crisp bits on the outside. I love to cook broccoli in a pan on the stove, too, like in this pan roasted broccoli with Parmesan recipe, but the flavor and ease of oven-roasting makes it my go-to method most of the time.

It’s so easy to oven-roast broccoli. Simply cut up a head of broccoli into individual florets, toss with oil and your favorite seasonings, and bake at a high temperature for a few minutes.

Whether you roast it simply with a little olive oil and salt or try this spicy broccoli twist, it turns out delicious every single time.

sriracha honey pour shot

Sesame oil gives this broccoli what I can only describe as a “restaurant quality” flavor. Except I can’t remember the last time I had broccoli at a restaurant that tasted this good, and I’m not joking.

Plus, even with the chopping and time in the oven, this side dish is still faster than ordering takeout delivered!

sriracha honey glaze on broccoli before roasting

After roasting the broccoli in the oven, the only other step in this recipe is tossing the cooked vegetables with sliced almonds and green onions.

The sliced almonds and green onions added a wonderful crunch to this side dish along with a hit of flavor that easily puts this at the top of my “new favorite side dishes” list.

honey roasted broccoli with sriracha on sheet pan

Kitchen Tip: I use this sheet pan for this recipe.

Spicy Broccoli Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, sriracha, and pepper. Pour this mixture over the broccoli and toss well to coat.
  2. Spread the broccoli across the lined baking sheet. Place on the middle oven rack and roast for 8-12 minutes, until the broccoli is tender and the edges are turning brown.
  3. Remove the broccoli from the oven and transfer it to a bowl. Toss with the green onions and the almonds and serve hot.
roasted broccoli in black bowl with black and white towel

Side Dish Recipes

If you’re looking for more great ways to eat your vegetables, check out this Asparagus, Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Potato Skillet and these Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples and Bacon. Both of those are enormous favorites with my family and with everyone else who tries them.

I have these Grilled Fajita Vegetable Skewers and this Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad on my list for later this month too.

Add a few more vegetables to the pan to make these Roasted Bell Peppers with Broccoli and Summer Squash. I’ve hardly met a vegetable I didn’t love roasted.

broccoli topped with almonds and green onions

Honey Sriracha

Do you put Sriracha on your food? It’s one of my favorite condiments, especially for drizzling on top of Asian dishes. With lots of chili and garlic flavor, it’s also a key ingredient in many of my marinades.

Try Honey Sriracha Cashew Chicken and Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites if you love meals that are both spicy and a little sweet. I can’t get enough of the Honey Sriracha combination!

The sweet heat of these Honey and Sriracha Brussels Sprouts will have everyone devouring these little bites before they make it to the table.

Try pouring this Sriracha Bourbon Barbecue Sauce over chicken, ribs, and all your favorite barbecue meats.

These Sriracha Honey Roasted Green Beans are another roasted vegetable recipe that I love (and my kids enjoyed too–hooray!).

 Readers who’ve been with me a while remember that I don’t call a recipe the “BEST” of something unless I really believe it. So you can trust me when I tell you that Sriracha Honey Roasted Broccoli really is the BEST oven-roasted broccoli recipe I’ve ever made. 

Enjoy this broccoli as a side dish or toss it into a bowl with glass noodles for a meal all on its own. Again, I just happily ate a whole bowl of this on its own for lunch, so there’s really no wrong way to enjoy your roasted broccoli!

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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Broccoli

5 from 4 votes
Honey, Sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil are all you need to make this irresistible sweet and spicy broccoli!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 large head of broccoli cut into bite size pieces, about 6 cups worth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-3 teaspoons sriracha adjust to your preference
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the broccoli on a large baking sheet. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, sriracha, and pepper. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and toss well with your hands to coat.
  • Spread the broccoli across the lined baking sheet. Roast for 12-15 minutes, until the broccoli is tender and the edges are turning brown.
  • Remove the broccoli from the oven and transfer to a bowl. Top with the green onions and the almonds and serve hot.


Calories: 165kcal · Carbohydrates: 16g · Protein: 6g · Fat: 10g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Sodium: 580mg · Potassium: 535mg · Fiber: 5g · Sugar: 7g · Vitamin A: 977IU · Vitamin C: 137mg · Calcium: 85mg · Iron: 2mg
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{originally published 1/15/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 8/29/17}

recipe slightly adapted from and with thanks to Rosemarried (website no longer active)

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jenn says

    Ok, Sriracha honey broccoli.. where have you been all my life? Oh, what my mom would have given to have this recipe when I was a kid. I SOOOOO would have eaten broccoli back then if it had been like this!!!

    • Tricia says

      OK I made this last night Mary. It was a fine dinner and I even skipped the almonds and green onions only because I was by myself. I adore sesame oil, the flavor, the aroma – all of it was just fantastic. I did go heavy on the Sriracha cause I love it. Thanks again – loved it!

  2. Marjie says

    I love the idea of the almonds and sesame seeds with the broccoli. We have people here with heartburn issues at the first sign of hot foods. But I think I can modify it to work for us!

  3. Becki's Whole Life says

    I have been thinking about/craving a soy sauced/spicy broccoli dish. This sounds soo good. Like the sprinkle of the almonds and green onions on top, too. This is a great side dish for a stir fry or noodle dish!