These Oven Roasted Carrots are simple, flavorful, healthy, and add an excellent pop of color. I like to serve these with mashed potatoes and a meaty protein like pork chops or steak. They also make a wonderful side for the holidays. Basically, what I’m saying…Don’t overlook roasted carrots as a potential side dish because you’ll be missing out on something great!
Sweet, Savory, and Comforting
This recipe for roasted carrots builds on the natural sweetness with a little boost from pure maple syrup. Pair that with thyme and parsley’s savory and comforting flavors to create a well-rounded side dish perfect for any occasion.
How to Oven Roast Carrots
Prepare the Carrots: Begin by peeling them, then slice them into chunks. If the larger end of the carrot seems too thick, cut that in half to ensure even cooking. While I don’t recommend using baby carrots, if you do, there’s no need to slice them.
Create a Seasoned Glaze: In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients listed in the recipe below and toss the sliced carrots until fully coated.
Oven Roast: Spread the carrots evenly on a large baking sheet and roast them in a preheated oven until they become a deep orange color and are fork-tender.
The carrot glaze recipe for these oven-roasted carrots is a simple mixture of olive oil and pure maple syrup. During the roasting process, the breakdown of the sugar is what creates that caramelized beautiful shine. This also helps the color pop even more.
Roasted Carrot Recipe: Time and Temperature
To achieve perfect oven-roasted carrots, roast them at 400°f for about 25-30 minutes. I recommend checking them at the 25-minute mark by piercing the largest piece with a fork. Much like boiled potatoes, the fork should easily be able to penetrate to the center and slide right back out. If this isn’t the case, let them roast for another 5 minutes and check again.
If you’re looking for a fantastic side dish that will add a pop of color and pair perfectly with other veggies and proteins, you’ve come to the right place. Oven Roasted Carrots have such a wonderful texture and flavor profiles that you don’t want to overlook them as an option. Plus, they’re so easy to make yet look like a million bucks when properly prepared.
I’d love to hear in the comment section below how the recipe turned out for you and if there were any changes you made that took this recipe to the next level.
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