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Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots


Elevate your vegetable game with these delicious honey roasted carrots with garlic butter. Easy to make and packed with flavor, they make the perfect side dish for any meal.

They are the new favorite in our house and even the kids can’t get enough of them!

Other than salad, mashed potatoes, or sweet potatoes I never know what in the heck to do for delicious side dishes. Those three all have great recipes and variations out there, but don’t you ever want something else for a veggie?

My mom used to make creamed carrots for Sunday dinners and while I’m totally wondering why I haven’t posted that recipe yet I do have one for honey roasted carrots today. They are simple enough to make for a quick weeknight meal but fancy enough to be a side dish for a holiday feast.

The biggest reasons I love this recipe is, A. it’s crazy easy, and B. you can actually prep everything including partially roasting the carrots in the morning and then finish them off before everyone arrives. Just make sure you don’t overcook them because no one wants bitter carrots.

a photo of golden roasted baby carrots sprinkled with minced fresh herbs

What Do I Need to Make Oven Roasted Carrots?

Carrots are a great vegetable! They are budget-friendly, kid-friendly, and they will last in the refrigerator for weeks. You only need a few ingredients for this honey roasted carrots recipe. Here is your shopping list…

  • Baby Carrots: whole carrots can also be used if desired
  • Olive Oil: neutral flavor is perfect for roasting
  • Kosher Salt: adds flavor
  • Black Pepper: adds flavor
  • Butter: adds richness and helps the carrots get golden roasted
  • Garlic: adds flavor
  • Honey: adds natural sweetness, maple syrup could also be used
  • Lemon Flaked Salt: regular flaked sea salt will work great as well

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

a photo of a large silver serving spoon scooping out a serving of golden roasted honey glazed carrots.

How to Make Honey Glazed Carrots in the Oven

This recipe is super easy and comes together in less than 30 minutes. And most of the time time is just roasting the carrots in the oven. Roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness and is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this classic vegetable. Here are the steps:

  1. Boil: Place the carrots in a large pot of boiling water and boil them until almost tender. Drain the carrots.
  2. Preheat: While the carrots are boiling, set the oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Toss: Add the olive oil, salt and pepper to the carrots and toss to coat.
  4. Roast: Place the carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil and put them in the preheated oven to roast for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir: Remove from the oven and stir the carrots and place back in the oven for 5 minutes.
  6. Melt: Add the butter to a small saucepan and melt on the stovetop and then add the honey, garlic and half of the salt flakes.
  7. Toss: Check the carrots. Once they are starting to brown, pour the honey mixture over the carrots and toss to coat.
  8. Roast: Let the carrots roast for 5 more minutes, toss one more time and set the oven to broil.
  9. Broil: Let the carrots get golden brown for a few minutes in the broiler.
  10. Serve: Remove from the oven and toss with a little more lemon salt. You could also garnish with chopped parsley if desired before serving.

The complete instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post. Keep scrolling for the full recipe details.

a photo of a roasted honey glazed baby carrots topped with  chopped parsley and minced garlic

Should Carrots Be Peeled Before Roasting?

For this recipe, we use baby carrots so there is no need to peel them. If you use whole carrots, then I would recommend peeling them in cutting them to be similar sized pieces.

Should Carrots Be Boiled Before Roasting?

You don’t have to boil carrots before roasting them, but it will significantly reduce the time needed to roast them. It also helps carrots to be cooked perfectly. If you undercook carrots, they will be hard to eat, but if you overcook them, they dry out and get wrinkly. Boiling them first helps them become tender before you finish them off in the oven.

Will Carrots Go Bad in the Fridge?

If carrots are not stored properly, they will go bad, even in the refrigerator. Carrots should be stored in the crisper or vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. Carrots can also be placed in water and stored in the refrigerator to help keep them fresh and crisp.

a photo of a roasted honey glazed baby carrots topped with chopped parsley and minced garlic

Do Carrots Contain Fiber?

Carrots are a high fiber food. They also contain beta-carotene, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants. They are a weight loss friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.

What to Eat with Roasted Carrots

Carrots are timeless and so versatile that they can go with just about any main dish. Some of our favorite dinners to eat with these honey garlic roasted carrots are:

Storing and Reheating

Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 5 days. Oven roasted carrots can be reheated in the microwave or oven.

Roasted carrots can also be stored in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. The texture will be a little mushy once thawed and reheated.

a photo of a larger blue serving bowl full of honey garlic roasted baby carrots topped with chopped fresh herbs

These honey garlic butter roasted carrots are a simple and delicious side dish that the whole family will love. The combination of sweet honey and savory garlic butter creates the

More Vegetable Side Dish Options:

Servings: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

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Elevate your vegetable game with these delicious honey roasted carrots with garlic butter. Easy to make and packed with flavor, they make the perfect side dish for any meal.

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  • Boil the carrots until almost tender, only a few minutes. Drain.

    1 Package Baby Carrots

  • Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

  • Toss the carrots with about 1 tablespoon olive oil and the kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil and roast for about 10 minutes, then toss and place back in the oven.

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter and add the honey, minced garlic and 1/2 of the salt flakes in a small sauce pan then remove from heat.

    2 Tablespoons Butter, 2 Cloves Garlic, 1 Tablespoons Honey, 1 teaspoon Lemon Flaked Salt

  • Once they are starting to brown, about 5 minutes more, toss them in the honey mixture.

  • Bake 5 minutes more then toss again and turn to broil to finish the coloring to golden.

  • Remove from oven and toss with a little more flaked lemon salt.

store left overs in the refrigerator

Serving: 1gCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 0.2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 1209mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 211IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.1mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: 100 Family Favorite Easy Healthy Recipes, 200+ Easy Side Dish Recipes Every Mom Needs

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