Introduction: How to Roast Carrots

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Roasted carrots are a great side dish - roasting makes them caramelize and get super sweet and flavorful. Lots healthier than boiling too, since you're not throwing out all the good stuff with the water.

This is a great way to use up old carrots or carrots that don't have tons of flavor - it really improves them!

I've kept it simple and used thyme, salt and pepper to flavor my roasted carrots, but the possibilities are endless! They're also really nice with cinnamon, ginger, cumin, rosemary, and chili powder. Its's easy customize them to match your main dish.

I've also made an amazing roasted carrot salad with goat cheese, parsley and pepitas, so if you're looking to make a meal of them you can. :D

Step 1: Ingredients + Tools

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  • carrots! as many as you can possibly eat/fit on the baking sheet
  • fat of choice - olive oil, bacon grease, coconut oil, etc.
  • salt, pepper and thyme (or whatever you want)

You'll also want a large baking sheet and an oven preheated to 425 F / 220 C.

Step 2: Prep the Carrots

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Make sure your oven is preheated to 425 F / 220 C.

Peel the carrots and trim the ends. (Feel free to leave the skins on, too, if you like that! I'm just not sure where these are from so I'm being more careful.)

Then you'll want to cut them into pieces about 3-4 inches long. Either half or quarter them depending on the size - you just want all the pieces to be around the same size so they cook evenly. Feel free to cut them chunkier - you'll just need to add more cooking time!

Step 3: Roasting Prep

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I like to lay down a sheet of aluminum foil for easier clean up, but you don't have to :)

Place the carrots on the baking sheet and drizzle a tablespoon of oil over. Add a couple pinches of salt, some pepper and a pinch of thyme. (Or whatever else you'd like!)

Mix everything together - if all the carrots are well coated, you're good! If the oil looks a little sparse add some more and mix again.

Step 4: Roast and Enjoy!

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Pop the carrots into the preheated 425 F / 220 C oven. The carrots will take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to cook.

I like to check then every ten minutes and toss them around a bit. After 20 minutes, they should be starting to just get brown and lovely. I was happy with mine after 25 minutes, but times will vary so just keep an eye on them. :)

They're best nice and hot out of the oven, but I also like to sneak them out of the fridge at night. Enjoy!

Comments

zaydejay (author)2015-11-29

I have been roasting veggies of all kinds for many years. I find it much easier to put all the vegetables in a large plastic bag and then add the oil and then the seasoning. Then I shake everything together and spread it out on the baking sheet. Onions and mushrooms are also very good.

Anthony. (author)2015-11-29

Butternut squash is just as great as sweet potatoe

creaky (author)2015-11-29

You can do the same thing with broccoli and cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Baking them seems to take the yucky taste out of these vegetables.

gdf55 (author)2015-11-29

I've also seen this done with sweet potatoes, cut up into inch-square-ish chunks and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and clove. Great flavor!

Billster36 (author)2015-11-29

Could you mix the spices into the oil before pouring? or would it just bunch up on you?

NeightR made it! (author)2015-08-23

I used coconut oil and lemon thyme from the garden. Brilliant! Thanks!

amberharding82 (author)2015-06-26

Good suggestions. Roasted carrots taste different than other veggies for me, they retain a bit of sweetness in their flavour, which makes them great!

tinaciousz made it! (author)2015-06-24

Perfect every time!

tinaciousz (author)2015-05-29

Made these two nights in a row! :)

harpopup (author)2015-05-28

Hi, there, jessyratfink,

I've been looking for a straightforward recipe on how to roast carrots--my favorite vegetable--and this seems to be it! Do you have other recipes for roasting vegetables? Can't wait to try it! Have never seen those other varieties of carrots -- will have to search farther for them -- (Maryland) Thanks!!!

shellybelly317 (author)2015-05-24

I made these and these were sooo good! I'm not a big fan of raw carrots but roasting them brought them over the top! Thank you for the yummy recipe!

rachl009 (author)2015-05-24

Cool, I haven't seen purple carrots that are still purple after you peel them! The purple ones I've seen aren't purple all the way through. Sometime try them with cumin and avocado, it's delicious! http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/08/roasted-carrot-and-avocado-salad/

BH92 (author)2015-05-23

Mmmmmmmmhmmm, I'm gonna try this, it's like a Healthy version of fries...

bricobart (author)2015-05-22

The pics are as awesome as the taste of this! Excellent choice, btw, I love these old almost forgotten varieties!

Coolloom (author)2015-05-22

Cool

cheflin3 (author)2015-05-22

mmmm... sounds real tasty.

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