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Oven Roasted Carrots

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Oven Roasted Carrots are a delicious, healthy side dish that complement many main dishes. Try roasting carrots to bring out their sweet & caramelized flavor


Oven Roasted Carrots

If you’re looking for an extra side dish to add to your Easter menu, Thanksgiving spread or even weeknight family dinner, try these oven roasted carrots. Like most vegetables, carrots get sweet and caramelized when roasted. That means your picky eaters will be tempted to nibble on them, and everyone else will love their golden edges and tender bite.

They’re simple enough for kids, but look fancy enough for guests!

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Large bowl of the final cooked dish

What ingredients do you need

You can throw this recipe together with just a handful of ingredients. It’s basically carrots, salt, pepper and olive oil. It doesn’t get any more basic than that. But because the ingredients are so minimal, I recommend you use high quality ingredients. What does that mean?

  • Whole carrots, not the pre-cut baby carrots. The flavor is much more intense in the whole carrots, and they’re not treated with any chemicals to preserve them after they’re cut. So they’re healthier too.
  • Extra virgin olive oil, not vegetable oil. This helps the carrots get the crispy edges, but also gives them a unique flavor that you wouldn’t get from neutral oils like vegetable, canola or grapeseed.
  • Kosher or sea salt, but table salt is acceptable. Along with pepper, it’s really the only seasoning you’re using, which is why I recommend the big flaky salt.
  • Sweetener? Not really! I don’t add any sugar, honey or other sweeteners to carrots because roasting them brings out their sweet flavor. Now, if you have really picky eaters, adding sugar to carrots or any roasted vegetable definitely sweetens the deal. That’s how you hook ’em 😉
Sliced carrots in a bowl

How to roast carrots

Give the carrots a good toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. You can do this in a mixing bowl or right in a rimmed baking sheet. Use about 1 tablespoon for every pound of carrots and adjust as you see fit. I usually end up adding more than that. But it’s a good place to start.

Next, roast at the standard roasting temperature of 400°F. This ensures that the carrots are cooked on the inside before they get too crispy and caramelized on the outside. Depending on how large you cut the carrots, they will take anywhere from 20 to 25 minutes.

When the oven roasted carrots are cooked, you can hit them up with freshly chopped parsley or another garnish you have on hand.

Collage showing the carrots before and after baking

Tips for making oven roasted carrots

  • Cut the slices large. You’ll notice that the carrots shrink in the oven, so err on the side of large chunks. I also love cutting them diagonally because the presentation looks fancy and unexpected.
  • Cut the carrots evenly. To ensure even cooking throughout for all the carrots, try to cut them evenly. This is not always easy when using a bag of organic whole carrots with each carrot varying in size. What I usually do is use the wide part of the whole carrots for roasting and leave the skinner part of the carrot for snacking.
  • Peel the skin for best taste. This is not mandatory because the skin is edible as long as it’s washed and scrubbed well. But, I find that the outside skin of carrots tends to have a bitter taste, so for roasting I recommend peel the skin.
Close up shot of spoon serving oven roasted carrots

That’s basically all you need to know to make oven roasted carrots. It’s all about using whole carrots, tossing them with high quality olive oil and roasting them at the right temperature for a beautiful colorful side dish!

What to serve with roasted carrots

This recipe is easy to throw together and adds a healthy side dish with a pop of color. Add it to your Easter menu, Thanksgiving spread or serve it as a side to a weeknight dinner. It goes really well with these main dishes:

Large bowl of oven roasted carrots sprinkled with parsley

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Large bowl of oven roasted carrots sprinkled with parsley
Oven Roasted Carrots
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Oven Roasted Carrots are a delicious, healthy side dish that complement many main dishes. Try roasting carrots to bring out their sweet & caramelized flavor

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easter, Gluten free, Holiday, Kid Friendly, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian Breakfast
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 124 kcal
Ingredients
  • 10-12 carrots 1 1/2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.

  2. Slice the carrots diagonally in 2-inch-thick slices. Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a sheet pan, spreading them out in a single layer.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minute, until they’re browned and fork tender. Roasting time may vary depending on the size of the carrots.

  4. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top, if desired and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5-6 days in the fridge.

You can freeze the roasted carrots, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a lot leftover and no one to eat them. If you do freeze them, I recommend you repurpose them by blending in a soup!

Make Ahead Tips: Save some time by peeling and slicing the carrots in advance. To keep them fresh in the fridge, store them in a bowl of water. Then drain and pat dry before preparing to cook.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving which is about 2-3 carrots sliced.

Nutrition Facts
Oven Roasted Carrots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Potassium 488mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 511.2%
Vitamin C 12.5%
Calcium 5%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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