Easy Oven Roasted Carrots

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Oven Roasted Carrots are easy to make and need just minutes of prep! Fresh carrots are tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted until tender and golden for a family favorite side dish!

Add these as a side for any holiday dinner served alongside your favorite stuffingmashed potatoes with gravy, and baked mac and cheese, or serve them with any main course!

Roasted carrots on a marble board with salt and pepper

Savory or Sweet

As much as I love glazed carrots and steamed carrots, this recipe for savory roasted carrots is especially simple. Seasoned with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, the carrots’ natural, slightly sweet flavors to really shine through. This is also a great base recipe for you to play with if you’d like to get more adventurous with your roasted carrots.

If you prefer these to be sweeter glazed roasted carrots, add a tablespoon or so of brown sugar or even honey to make Honey Roasted Carrots!

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How to Roast Carrots in the Oven

Roasting carrots is easy and this technique can be applied to most many Roasted Vegetables.

  1. Prep Carrots: Wash, peel (optional, see below), and cut if they’re large. (Baby Carrots or smaller carrots can stay whole).
  2. Season: Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper
  3. Roast: Place carrots on a pan and roast (per recipe below) until browned and tender.

Serve, garnished with parsley (if desired).

Do You Have to Peel Carrots for Roasting? I prefer to peel my carrots before roasting but it is not required. Peeling the carrots gives them a cleaner appearance. If you choose not to peel, scrub them with a veggie brush to make sure you get rid of any dirt or debris before cooking.

How Long To Roast Carrots

These carrots need about 20 minutes or so at 425°F.  The high temperature is needed to caramelize the outside for the best flavor. Pierce the carrots with a fork, if they are tender then they are finished!

Roasted carrots on a sheet pan with salt and pepper

To Roast Baby Carrots

This recipe works just the same with baby carrots however they might need a bit less time! Because some brands of baby carrots are quite small, start checking your roasted carrots after about 15 minutes (see notes below).

Oven roasted carrots on a marble board garnish with parsley
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Easy Oven Roasted Carrots

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Sam
How to make simple and delicious Roasted Carrots!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots washed, peeled and cut if large
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper plus additional to taste, as needed
  • chopped parsley for garnish, optional

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper (for easy clean-up).
  • Toss carrots with oil and seasoning.
  • Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Arrange carrots in a single layer.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes for baby or garden carrots, 25-30 minutes for larger store bought carrots. Ensure carrots are tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Serve warm, garnished with parsley if desired.

Recipe Notes

Young fresh carrots or baby Carrots can be left whole and will require less time. If using store-bought larger carrots (even if you cut them) they may need an extra 10-15 minutes.
Larger carrots can be cut into 1 ½" chunks and may need a few minutes extra.
For a sweeter glazed carrot, add 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar before cooking.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 103, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 492mg, Potassium: 483mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 25260IU, Vitamin C: 8.9mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 0.5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword roasted carrots, roasted vegetables, side dish, Thanksgiving recipe
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Samantha is the creator behind the dessert blog “Sugar Spun Run”, a website she began as an excuse to appease her insatiable sweet tooth. Here she shares original, from-scratch desserts, usually of the chocolate variety. If she’s not in her kitchen (more likely than not coated in a fine dusting of powdered sugar), you’ll probably find her hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and (Princess) Leia.

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  1. Be careful about the high temperature and olive oil combo. Make sure you are using the light olive oil (for baking/frying, as opposed to extra virgin), otherwise you could end up with a smoke filled apartment as I did :/3 stars

  2. I preheated my oven to 425 and am using carrots that I quartered and cut in half. They’re still hard and show no signs of caramelization at 30 minutes. Your cooking time is way off.

  3. I think the cooking temperature needs to be lowered and the time increased. I am a terrible cook (hence me looking up a recipe to roast carrots) but as soon as I tossed these in the oven, it got really smokey and smelly.

    Olive oil has a smoke point of 410 degrees F and it can be unhealthy to cook with olive oil past that temperature. Something to keep in mind and maybe look into for anyone else following along.3 stars

  4. I cooked my whole carrots along side Brussel sprouts. Both moistened with olive oil and salt and pepper. Cooked at 400 for about 30 minutes. Turning the sprouts and both came out delicious

  5. My carrots took over twice the time to roast. At 20 minutes, even the smallest pieces were still crunchy.2 stars

    1. Sorry to hear that Erica, were your carrots approximately 1 1/2″ in size? If larger, they may require additional time to fully cook.

    2. I agree on temperature and length of time on Roasting. I’ve been at 425 f. For 30 mins. Tossed and made sure carrots aren’t touching. I’ve now dropped temp to 350f. And going another 10 mins.3 stars