Delicious Whole Roasted Carrots are the Prettiest Side Dish Ever

Rootastic.
Author:
Publish date:
roasted carrots

Carrots are versatile whole foods readily available year round. Although certain preparation of carrots renders the veggies slightly bland and leaves little to the imagination (sorry, steamed carrots), roasting whole carrots not only makes these vegetables sweet and delicious, but impressive looking, too. Here’s how to make perfect roasted carrots with only a handful of pantry staples in under 30 minutes.

roasted carrots

Buying the Ingredients: Carrots

Carrots are filled with vitamins and minerals. Their claim to fame, a high vitamin A and beta-carotene content, ensures that these veggies promote eye and skin health along with oxidative stress-fighting antioxidants. Carrots also are good sources of fiber, biotin, vitamin K, C, B6, B3, B1, potassium, and manganese.

Carrots can be found year round at grocery stores, or seasonally at the farmers market early spring through early winter. Although orange is their common hue, carrots also come in a variety of colors including white, purple, yellow, and red.

When purchasing carrots at the market, look for plump vegetables with skin free of lines or deep wrinkles. If carrots have greens attached, select a bunch that has crisp greens that show no sign of wilting. If you happen to purchase a bunch with greens, don’t toss those tops! Simply use carrot greens for sauces like pesto or chimichurri, salad dressings, juices, or soups.

Although carrots do not fall on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen roundup, purchase organic when possible. Organic carrots are grown in organic soil, which produces a more nutritious vegetable – along with healthier farming and environmental practices. Organic carrots are inexpensive, delicious, and commonly found at the grocery store and farmers market.

roasted carrots

Kitchen Prep

The best part about this delicious roasted carrot recipe (other than its sweet taste) is just how simple it is. Simply line a baking tray with parchment paper, give carrots a good rinse, and add them to tray.

Drizzle carrots with a high-heat cooking oil, such as ghee or avocado oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and pepper, and roast away. In just 25 minutes, these humble vegetables will be roasted and caramelized to perfection.

IMG_9641

How to Make Roasted Carrots

  • Duration
  • Cook Time

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of organic carrots greens removed
  • 1½ Tbsp ghee or avocado oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Add whole carrots to baking tray and drizzle with ghee or avocado oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Roll carrots around to evenly coat.
  3. Roast carrots for 20-30 minutes, or until gently browned and caramelized. Carrots should be easily fork tender, but not overly mushy.
  4. Remove carrots from oven and enjoy!
Publish date:
Tags:
recipe_terms:
carrotsroasting

Related Recipes

roasted beets

How to Make Delicious Roasted Beets

The trick to making beets delicious? Roast them! You'll want to add these gorgeous roasted gems to every meal -- or eat them straight from the tray!

how to roast cauliflower

How to Roast Cauliflower Perfectly Every Time

Crispy, buttery, flavorful, and creamy - cauliflower can be all that and then some. Here's how to roast cauliflower perfectly every time.

roasted sweet potatoes

How To Perfectly Roast Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are nutritious root vegetables that are easy to prepare and enjoy. These roasted sweet potatoes are so delicious you'll eat the whole batch.

root vegetable fries

Root Vegetable Fries: A Seasonal Twist on the Classic Side

Stock up on a variety of seasonal root vegetables at the farmers market and turn them into a healthier version of the classic: root vegetable fries.

roasted broccoli

How to Make Roasted Broccoli (Without Burning It)

Step aside, boring broccoli. This is the most delicious way to make roasted broccoli ever; plus it boasts a wide array of powerhouse properties.

sweet potato casserole

Gluten-Free Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole (AKA the Best Winter Side)

Make this sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan and oat topping for a perfectly satisfying healthy winter side.

cauliflower rice

Curry Cauliflower Fried Rice with Roasted Chickpeas [Plant-Based + Gluten-Free]

This curry cauliflower fried rice recipe is lower in carbohydrates, plant-based, and filled with flavorful curry spices and can be on the table in 30 minutes.

turmeric tonic

Warming Turmeric Tonic with Carrots, Ginger, and Adaptogen Mushrooms

Sip some sunshine. Juice, warm, and blend this delicious turmeric tonic made with ginger, turmeric, carrot, cashew milk, raw honey, adaptogens, and medicinal mushrooms.