Simple Honey Roasted Carrots
These honey-roasted carrots are cooked in the oven at 400F (205C), resulting in a dish that’s caramelized, tender, and lightly sweetened. Seasoned with garlic, thyme, lemon, and parsley, it’s incredibly easy to throw this vegetable side dish together. They’re perfect for a holiday spread or a cozy weeknight dinner!
Friends – today I’m sharing another super simple veggie side dish with you! These roasted carrots with honey only require a handful of steps to prepare. All you have to do is:
- peel and chop the carrots
- toss them in a tray with all the seasonings (many of these you may already have on hand!)
- roast for 30-40 minutes
- toss one more time with lemon and parsley
- serve 🙂
About the ingredients + possible substitutions
- Carrots: I prefer to use carrots with a medium-thickness for this recipe, rather than very skinny carrots. I find skinnier carrots can get a bit too burnt when roasting them this way. You can also use tri-coloured carrots if you want a more colourful dish, but I would avoid using baby carrots.
- Olive oil: Olive oil adds a lovely flavour, healthy fats, and helps to cook the carrots.
- Honey: You can use any type of honey you enjoy, my only suggestion would be to use one that is runnier in texture (rather than solid). A solid or dried out honey will be harder to toss the carrots in.
- Thyme: I used dried thyme for cooking the carrots – I hope that you may already have this common herb on hand!
- Garlic: I like using freshly minced garlic for this dish, as it adds some texture and crispy bits. But if you’re in a pinch, you are welcome to use garlic powder in its place.
- Lemon: Fresh lemon juice gets added at the end here – the acidity really helps to balance all the flavours, giving it a bit of a punch!
- Parsley: Freshly chopped parsley is added as a garnish at the end, bringing some colour to the dish and a fresh flavour. You may also add some fresh thyme, if you happen to have that on hand.
Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Visual guide: how to roast carrots with honey
Step 1: Start by peeling and chopping carrots into roughly 1.5-inch to 2-inch pieces, depending on thickness. I love to cut my carrots on a slight diagonal, as show above.
Step 2: Next, place your carrots into a large baking dish or on a lined baking sheet. Add olive oil, honey, minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to the carrots.
Step 3: Toss everything together, until the carrots are evenly coated in all the seasonings. Place carrots in the oven and roast for about 30-40 minutes, or until desired doneness.
Step 4: Oven temperatures can vary slightly, but I like my carrots to be lightly caramelized, tender on the inside, but still with a slight crunch to them! Remove and finish with lemon juice and fresh parsley.
What to serve this recipe with
These honey roasted carrots work beautifully as part of a Thanksgiving or holiday dinner spread. That said, they’re also wonderful for a cozy weeknight dinner side dish!
Nutrition benefit of carrots
Carrots are a great source of different micronutrients, such as:
- vitamin A
- vitamin K
- vitamin B6
- vitamin C
Notably, carrots are a great source of beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A). One cup of chopped carrots provides 428% of your daily vitamin A needs.
Beta-carotene, along with other plant compounds abundant in carrots like lutein and lycopene, act as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help to promote health and reduce risk for many chronic illnesses.
Carrots are also a good source of dietary fibre, with 1 cup of chopped carrots providing almost 4 grams of fibre (about 14% of your daily needs).
More roasted vegetable side dishes
- Maple Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash
- Honey-Drizzled Roasted Broccolini
- Roasted Miso Broccoli
- Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Eggplant With Honey & Chermoula
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Get the Recipe: Simple Honey Roasted Carrots (Oven 400F)
- Preheat oven to 400F (205C).
- Peel carrots and chop into roughly 1.5-inch to 2-inch pieces, depending on thickness. I love to cut my carrots on a slight diagonal.
- Transfer carrots to a large baking dish or a lined baking sheet. Add olive oil, honey, minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Toss everything together, until the carrots are evenly coated in all the seasonings.
- Place carrots in the oven and roast for about 30-45 minutes, or until desired doneness (see notes). I recommend tossing carrots halfway through for even cooking.
- Remove carrots from oven and toss one more time in fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley. Feel free to drizzle with an extra bit of honey and season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve hot!
- You can use any type of honey here, my only suggestion would be to use one that is runnier in texture (rather than solid). A solid or dried out honey will be harder to toss the carrots in.
- Whether you cook these carrots in a large baking dish or on a baking sheet/tray, just be sure that the carrots are more or less in a single layer. This encourages even cooking + prevents carrots from getting soggy.
- Oven temperatures, the thickness of carrots, and taste preferences can vary, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the oven around the 30-minute mark. You can add the carrots back in the oven for roughly 5-minute increments till they look and feel perfect to you! Personally, I like my carrots to be lightly caramelized, tender on the inside, yet still with a slight crunch to them.
- When you serve the carrots, make sure you get all the honey, garlic, and any crispy bits from the tray too – they add so much flavour 🙂
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