A few small tips make all the difference in making the BEST roasted carrots! Roasted at a high temperature, these carrots are perfectly tender with beautiful caramelized edges. And there are so many ways to flavor them, whether you like savory, sweet or spicy!

This simple vegan roasted carrots recipe makes a delicious, healthy side to serve with almost any entree, particularly meaty items.
Roasted carrots in large baking pan

If you've never been enchanted with boiled or steamed carrots, I hear you! For me, roasting is the way to go.

When roasted, carrots are transformed to a sweet, tender, and beautifully caramelized side dish that goes with nearly any entree (roast turkey breast is an obvious one). And I'll put them up there with my crispy fried brussels sprouts and roasted sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving sides. They're also perfect in a warm-your-belly carrot soup!

You can stick with my basic roasted carrot recipe, tossed in extra virgin olive oil and simply seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper, or go the extra mile and jazz the carrots up with more flavors of your choice (I have some ideas below).

How to roast carrots in the oven

Roasted carrots are super simple to make, and almost impossible to mess up. And you can flavor them so many ways depending on your mood or what you're serving along. Here are a few basic things to keep in mind:

Do you peel the carrots before roasting?

I do peel my carrots before roasting, but that is not necessairy. If you choose not to peel them, be sure to scrub the carrots really well.

Do you cut them or roast them whole?

Which way to cut them? Almost any cut will work, as long as you keep the size of the cut pieces roughly the same so that they cook evenly (you don't want to end up with some carrots that are too mushy, while some are not cooked through.) I do tend to cut my carrots either into thick batons or larger oval discs.

For today's roasted carrot recipe, I cut the carrots on the diagonal into large oval discs (about 1-inch pieces.) I find this increases the surface area touching the hot pan, and gives the carrots more chance to get nicely tender and even caramelized

Do I need to toss them in oil before roasting?

I like to coat my carrot slices in a bit of quality extra virgin olive oil (I used Private Reserve Greek EVOO). This is what helps them cook well and gain some color. A simple dash of kosher salt and black pepper begins the flavoring process.

I  like to place the carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl, and using my hands, I just toss until the carrots are well combined. You can do this step right in your pan, but I find that starting in a mixing bowl gives me more leverage and helps ensure the carrots are evenly coated.

What temprature and how long to roast them?

A hot oven is best suited for roasting vegetables like carrots. In this recipe, I roasted my carrots in a 400 degree F for about 20 to 30 minutes until they were perfectly tender and a bit caramelized.

Be sure to check the carrots part-way through and flip them over for even coloring on both sides.

Should you cover vegetables when roasting?

If you're aiming for perfectly tender roasted veggies with those perfectly charred or caramlized parts, do not cover them while roasting. (There are a couple of exceptions including roasted cauliflower, which does benefit from covering for a few minutes to allow the steam to cook the inside of the larger florets first. But small-cut carrots and baby carrots do not need to be covered).

And as mentioned earlier, higher-heat oven is best for roasted vegetables, the sweet spot is somewhere between 400 and 425 degrees F (ovens do vary a little). Another important thing to remember, be sure to spread the carrots in one single layer on a large pan. And do flip them partway through to get even coloring on both side.

I use this cast iron pan (affiliate). The added benefit of cast iron is that it provides even, steady heat. But a rimmed sheetpan is also great here!

Roasted carrots in bowl with parsley

Flavor variations: savory or sweet

The sky is the limit as far as what flavors you can add to your roasted carrots. And the beautiful thing about this basic recipe is that the carrots are simply roasted with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper, allowing you to add what spices and flavors you like after they've been roasted...(hit them up with flavor while they're still warm through).

This time, I went for a bit of a Moroccan twist and added fresh minced garlic, and pinch of turmeric and harissa spice blend. Harissa is such a beautiful, warm blend of three types of chili along with sumac, caraway, fennel, cumin, coriander, garlic and peppermint. It adds a nice kick, but it is not too spicy or overwhelming. (Learn more here.)

To finish things up, I squeezed a little bit of fresh lime juice and tossed in some fresh parsley. Together, the  lime juice and parsley really enhanced the flavor and added some brightness here.

When I serve these roasted carrots as a side to fish entree like pan seared trout or baked cod, I may  use a different combination of spices like cumin, coriander, and a dash of oregano.

Like them sweet? Try a combination of ground cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, and brown sugar or a drizzle of warm honey instead.

Sliced carrots in baking pan with spices

Serve them with

Leftovers & storage

Store cooked carrots in the fridge in a shallow container that is tightly sealed. They should last somewhere between 3 to 5 days.

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Simple Roasted Carrots Recipe

Suzy Karadsheh
Roasted carrots in baking pan
A couple of small tips make all the difference in making the BEST roasted carrots! Roasted at a high temperature, these carrots are perfectly tender with beautiful caramelized edges. So many ways to flavor roasted carrots, whether you like them sweet or savory.
Prep – 5 mins
Cook – 30 mins
Cuisine:
Mediterranean
Serves – 6 people
Course:
Side

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb carrots pealed and cut on the diagonal
  • Extra virgin olive oil I used Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

To Flavor Roasted Carrots:

  • Spices of your choice (I used ½ teaspoon ground turmeric and ¾ teaspoon of harissa spice blend)
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • ½ lime juice of
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the sliced carrots in a large mixing bowl, and add a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (about 2 tablespoon or so.) Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Transfer the carrots to a baking pan, making sure to spread them well in one single layer.
  • Roast in the heated oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender and slightly caramelized. Check part-way through and turn carrots over to get even color on both sides.)
  • Remove from oven. Transfer the roasted carrots to a serving bowl. Here, you can add flavor to your liking. To follow the recipe, season with turmeric and harissa spice blend. If you like, add a little minced garlic and a splash of lime juice. Toss to combine. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes

  • Falvor Variations: Once carrots are roasted, you can play with flavors as you like. I like savory warm flavors with roasted carrots, that's why I  used turmeric and harissa. I have also used a combination of cumin and coriander with a little oregano. And if you're in the mood for something on the sweet side, add a dash of cinnamon with nutmeg and a drizzle of warm honey to your roasted carrots.
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Nutrition

Calories: 64.4kcalCarbohydrates: 13.5gProtein: 1.5gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 492.1mgPotassium: 483.8mgFiber: 4.4gVitamin A: 25259.1IUVitamin C: 10.7mgCalcium: 51.7mgIron: 0.5mg
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*This post originally appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2016 and has recently been updated with new information and media for readers' benefit. Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    What a beautiful side dish! So many variations with this recipe, glad lots of holiday's ahead to try this different ways!

  2. Thanks for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe. My mom always looks for easy-to-make recipes that contain a lot of nutritional benefits. Also, she's into cooking foods in an oven these days, so I would definitely recommend this to her.

  3. Hi there!

    1. I made these recently and they were GREAT
    2. If I wanted to prep them in advance do you think it would be bad to peel the carrots the day before? Or to prep them (with oil and spices the morning of and then refrigerate until ready to cook at dinner time?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kate, you can peel the carrots the day before and refrigerate in a large freezer bag (sometimes, I'll wrap them in paper towels and then place in sealed bags in the fridge.) I typically just spice them up before roasting, but I don't see the harm in trying your idea of preparing them earlier. If you do that, I would use a glass or ceramic baking dish perhaps.

    1. Hi Kelsey. I haven't tried the slow cooker myself, but have done a quick search and I think it's totally doable. Once you spice them up and be sure to toss them well in the olive oil (or you can do a little butter I suppose if you need to for the slow cooker.) Place them in the slow-cooker and cook on high for like 4 hours, but do check after 2 hours or so and turn them. If you think a little liquid would help, perhaps a 1/2 cup broth or so at bottom of slow cooker before adding the carrots. Roasted carrots do have a different taste though.

  4. Hey! I'm not a huge fan of coriander and am wondering if I can simply leave it out without it affecting the recipe too much?

    1. Yes, you can leave it out, Tammy. And if you feel like adjusting the remaining spices to compensate, that's fine. Feel free to play with the flavors to your liking!

  5. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Thank you for the excellent recipe. I served it with Ottalenghi's chicken with carmelized onion and cardamom rice.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this Turmeric Roasted Carrots recipe for the first time for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! They came out great! The carrots I used were very large, so I had to cook them for an extra 5 minutes, but they were excellent!

  7. 4 stars
    This dish sounds amazing, roasted carrots are so good and tumeric and cinnamon? Yum, both those spices have so much flavor and are GOOD FOR US! natural, whole and fulfilling foods help our metabolism to operate properly, and keep us healthy.

    1. Thanks, Maria! I'm glad you like this recipe. And so true...some great-for-us spices in here!

    1. Hi Johanne! This is such a versatile side dish, so it can go with a variety of meat, chicken or even fish as a side...

  8. these flavors look wonderful, love the idea of olive oil, lime juice, dill and cinnamon, among others! thank you for sharing this, another side dish taken care of!

  9. Theses carrots sound and look amazing Suzy, I would never have thought about using turmeric on carrots but now I want yo try it, immediately. I also pinned for later reference 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I have a lot hate relationship with carrots - sometimes I love them, but then there was a period where I just could not eat them. Back to loving them currently so will have to try this! Just got a bag of multi colored carrots at the store yesterday!

  11. 5 stars
    Oh my this looks amazing! I am so ready to prepare foods such as this for my family!! thanks you for all the wonderful dishes you bring ..

  12. 5 stars
    Oh my! Those look sooooo good. Easy, too. I'm loving all the great, low cal finger food/snack ideas I'm getting from everyone lately!

  13. 5 stars
    What gorgeous, colourful carrots and I love the way you have prepared them. You've used a really lovely combination of spices and I can just imagine how delicious they taste!

  14. We love roasted vegetables, especially carrots, as the flavor is so great. Love your combination of spices. I can taste the lime and dill garnish on these just by looking at your photos!