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Easy Roasted Carrots Recipe

Roasted Carrots are the perfect side dish. This is our go-to recipe for oven-roasted carrots. It’s simple, excellent, and reheats beautifully.

We love easy oven-roasted vegetable recipes like Brussels Sprouts and our popular Asparagus. Roasting carrots brings out their sweetness as they lightly caramelize in the oven.

Roasted carrots served on a platter

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Easy Oven-Roasted Carrots

Hi I am Natalya and I run the blog Momsdish.com and I love easy meals that require simple ingredients. This recipe is no different. With just a few, wholesome ingredients and pantry staples, you will get one of the most delicious and budget-friendly side dishes.

P.S. Don’t skip the garlic-infused olive oil. The combination of the sweet carrots and tangy garlic tastes amazing.

Ingredients for the roasted carrots

How to Roast Carrots 

The art of roasted carrots became popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Follow the super simple instructions below to make perfectly baked carrots every time:

  1. Preheat the oven. Clean and chop carrots if necessary.
  2. Place carrots on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and seasoning. 
  3. Bake carrots for about 20 minutes or until tender. 
  4. Serve drizzled with garlic-infused oil.
Carrots on a baking pan ready to be roasted.

Garlic Oil Topping: Optionally, finely mince garlic and combine it with 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and finely chopped parsley. Let that sit while roasting your carrots for a garlic-infused oil to drizzle over carrots just before serving.

Garlic infused oil with parsley for drizzling over carrots

Do You Peel Carrots Before Roasting?

Peel carrots when you are using large, full-sized carrots. These tend to have a rougher exterior that appears a bit ashy and fibrous. Simply use a potato peeler to remove the skins.

Unpeeled: when using fresh, thinner carrots, some people prefer to leave on the skin for a rustic texture. This is perfectly fine and all about preference.

Shortcut: If you want to skip the peeling process altogether and save time, buy a bag of pre-peeled baby carrots. 

peeled roasted carrots on a baking pan

How Do You Cut Carrots for Roasting?

From small dice to large chunks to carrot sticks to medallions, there are many different ways to cut your carrots prior to roasting. Whatever you do, make sure that you use a sharp knife. Carrots can be tough to cut through and using a dull knife increases your chances for dangerous slips and jolts. 

The Key to Even Cooking: No matter what shape you cut your carrots in, be sure to chop them into even-sized pieces. This will help promote even cooking. Nothing is worse than biting into a half-cooked carrot after munching on a tender and juicy one.

How Can I tell When Carrots are Done? If you are planning to roast baby carrots instead of full-sized, you simply need to adjust the cooking time. They tend to cook a couple of minutes faster, so pay close attention to when they turn golden brown and are fork-tender. 

What to Serve with Oven-Roasted Carrots

Oven-roasted carrots are simple enough for tonight’s dinner but also belong on the holiday menu. Try them with a side of Creamy Mashed Potatoes or our super-fast Instant Pot Potatoes. They pair well with any main course:

Roasted Carrots on a plate served with garlic oil.

Storing Roasted Carrots

To Store: Roasted Carrots last for up to five days when stored properly. Pop them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge.

To Reheat: When you are ready to eat them, place them in the oven for 5 minutes to return them to their crispy state. You could also toast on a lightly oiled skillet or use an air fryer if you have one. I would, however, avoid microwaving them which can make them mushy.

Can I Freeze Roasted Carrots? Avoid freezing your roasted carrots for later use. They tend to turn to mush when reheated. 

More Easy Vegetable Sides:

Roasted Carrots Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Roasted Carrots recipe on baking sheet

Roasted Carrots are the perfect side dish. Made with just a few pantry staple ingredients. You'll love the garlic infused oil for serving.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$5
Keyword: roasted carrots, roasted vegetables, side dish
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Calories: 126 kcal
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Roasted Carrots:

  • 2 lb carrots (small) peeled or scrubbed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Garlic OIl Topping (Optional):

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Peel and cut carrots if desired.

  2. Place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and seasoning and toss to coat.

  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they are fork tender.

  4. Optionally, mince garlic and combine in a small dish with 2 Tbsp of extra virgin oil and finely chopped parsley. For the best flavor, make this sauce and let the flavors meld as the carrots are roasting. Drizzle the garlic mixture over carrots right before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Carrots Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 492mg21%
Potassium 484mg14%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 25259IU505%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Bernie
    November 27, 2020

    I cut the carrots and drizzled avocado oil on them and garlic. When I reread the recipe it says to drizzle after they’re cooked. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin them. To late now.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe, Bernie!

      Reply

  • Marlen Bihun
    November 21, 2020

    I only have one oven in my humble home; how do you manage a roast with your baked sides??

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2020

      Hi Marlen, if you have multiple racks, you can often roast carrots along with whatever else you are baking on a separate rack then adjust the bake time depending on how long your roast is baking for and bake the carrots until they reach your desired tenderness.

      Reply

  • Priya Shone
    November 18, 2020

    Happy Birthday Natasha…Mine was on November 13th😊

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 18, 2020

      Thank you so much. Oh nice, Happy Birthday to you too! I hope you had a great one.

      Reply

  • malak
    November 18, 2020

    if a recipe is noted what means and happy birthday natasha i hope you are safe you and your family

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2020

      Thank you Malak!

      Reply

  • Victor
    November 17, 2020

    Hi, Natasha – what about temperature for roasting?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2020

      Hi Victor, we have that listed on step one: “425 degrees”. I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Trang
    November 17, 2020

    If anyone is looking for ways to get their kids to eat veggies, try this! Roasting them makes it more kid friendly. Love!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 17, 2020

      Thanks for your recommendation, Trang. We appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Beth
    November 17, 2020

    This looks so delicious and tasty! My husband is going to like this recipe! So excited!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 17, 2020

      I’m glad you’re excited. I hope you both love this roasted carrots recipe.

      Reply

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