Roasted Carrot Recipes So Delicious They’ll Steal the Show at Thanksgiving
Roasting carrots is one of the most delicious ways to prepare them—they become so sweet that it’s *almost* like eating dessert. And since Thanksgiving is notorious for heavy sides, it’s not a bad idea to whip up some roasted carrots as a palate-cleansing side dish. Not only will your guests be happy that they have some fresh veggies to enjoy, but these recipes are so delicious that they’re sure to go down as one of the best parts of the meal!
Roasted Carrots with Homemade Marshmallow Fluff & Toasted Coconut
Can we get a drumroll, please, for the marshmallow fluff recipe you've been waiting for? This dish may look like regular oven-roasted carrots, but when you add the homemade marshmallow "fluff" it immediately goes in the direction of sweet potato casserole.
Honey & Orange Glazed Carrots
Bright and fresh, these candied carrots have just a hint of sweetness from the honey and citrus. This one-pan dish is quick and easy to make, but also has such a pretty presentation that it works both as an entertaining-worthy or weeknight side dish. Look for carrots that are similar in size so they cook evenly.
Roasted Purple Carrots with Black Sesame Dukkah
We love how the Egyptian nut, seed and spice blend dukkah adds aroma, flavor and texture to this otherwise simple purple carrot recipe.
Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sage Brown Butter
Wow your guests with multicolored carrots dressed in a brown butter sauce with a hint of sage. They only take 15 minutes to roast, so pop them in the oven while you carve the turkey and they'll be ready in time to eat.
Roasted Carrots with Garlic Confit & Thyme
Jump-starting the browning on the stove helps bring out the carrots' sweetness in this healthy vegetable side recipe. The addition of butter, thyme, garlic and just enough lemon makes these roasted carrots extra special. Serve with grilled steak and mashed potatoes.
Pan-roasted carrots become an exotic winter side when topped with dukkah, an Egyptian spice blend, in this healthy vegetable recipe. Dukkah plays nicely with other vegetables too. Try it on steamed asparagus in the spring, grilled eggplant in summer and broiled romanesco or cauliflower steaks in the fall.
Garlic & Parmesan Roasted Carrots
Roasting carrots in the oven brings out their inherent sweetness, while Parmesan and garlic give this easy side dish a flavorful savory accent.
Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Roasting carrots brings out their sweetness, which is enhanced further with a tangy balsamic and maple glaze. Serve them straight-up for an easy weeknight side dish or garnish with chopped hazelnuts for holiday meals and dinner parties.
Sweet & Spicy Roasted Carrots
This super simple Thanksgiving carrot recipe can be in the baking dish and on the table in under 20 minutes. Cooked until the carrots are tender, we add a little bit of cayenne for an unexpected kick to these classic roasted carrots.
Hasselback Moroccan Roasted Carrots
Take roasted carrots to the next level with this Hasselback version of a vegetable-side favorite. Adding thin Hasselback cuts to the glazed carrots not only allows more flavor to seep into the veggies, it also speeds up the cooking time.
Roasted Carrots with Calimyrna Fig Dressing
Whole roasted carrots make quite a statement on the dinner table when they're topped with a port wine-and-fig dressing. In this recipe, we like dried Calimyrna figs because they're a tad less sweet than Mission figs and taste slightly nutty as well.
Roasted Carrots with Cardamom Butter
These butter roasted carrots get the cardamom treatment which gives them a rich, nutty flavor that belies how healthy they are. A single serving gives you over 600 percent of the daily recommendation for vitamin A!
Orange-Caraway Glazed Carrots
Some cooks recommend sprinkling brown sugar on top of carrots to glaze them so that it will marry with the natural juices in the carrots to create the perfect glaze. But you can't predict how much liquid will come out of a vegetable, so Chef Naomi Pomeroy developed a more controlled technique in this healthy carrot recipe to yield a deeper and richer flavor.
Maple Roasted Carrots
With just two steps, this recipe couldn't be easier. All the melted butter and seasonings are mixed with the carrots before being spread out on a baking sheet and roasted. The roasting brings out the inherent sweetness in the carrots—but add a little maple syrup and butter and you have a caramelized vegetable your kids (and you!) will actually want to eat seconds of.