Easy Roasted Baby Carrots

In this quick and easy roasted baby carrots recipe, I create a simple and delicious way to make this brilliant side dish. I parboil the baby carrots to get their roasting time even quicker. This is brilliant for when you’re making a big roast dinner and might be running out of space in the oven. you can even parboil the carrots earlier in the day and roast them when you’re ready.

healthy roasted baby carrots with fresh rosemary and extra virgin olive oil

Why you’ll love this roasted baby carrots recipe

  • Spring is the perfect time of year for roasted baby carrots! They have a fresher and almost sweet taste in comparison to their fully grown counterparts.
  • You can parboil the baby carrots in advance of roasting which is great for saving time in the kitchen.
  • This roast baby carrots recipe is so simple and can be easily adapted to use maple syrup for a touch of sweet and sticky roast!

Top Questions – link to answers later

Are baby carrots just regular carrots?
How do you eat baby carrots?
Are roasted carrots healthy?
Is it better to boil or roast carrots?

fresh baby carrots on a wooden chopping board

Ingredients

For the full recipe and instructions scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.

Baby Carrots of course!

No roasted carrot recipe would be right without the wonderfully fresh baby carrots. You can use regular carrots too of course but there is something lovely about baby carrots with a roast dinner. Plus you don’t need to peel and chop them.

How to make roasted baby carrots – step by step

parboiling carrots in a saucepan
boiled carrots in a enamel dish
  • Heat preheat your oven and bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add your carrots and parboil for a few minutes.
  • Remove them from the water and place them into an oven proof dish or tray.
  • You can leave them to get cold if you want to finish roasting them later. A great get ahead idea.
baby carrots with rosemary, salt and pepper
drizzle of olive oil over the healthy baby carrots
  • Sprinkle the carrots with salt and pepper. Add a sprig or two of rosemary.
  • Drizzle the carrots with olive oil.
  • Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Serve straight away and enjoy.
roasted baby carrots in a white enamel oven proof dish

Roasted baby carrots Top Tips

  • I suggest eating your roasted carrots on the day you roast them, the flavour is more intense and nothing beats a freshly roasted carrot dipped in gravy. However they are lovely as leftovers the next day in a salad when cold.
  • Be sure to wash your carrots! Baby carrots do not need peeling before you cook them, so be sure to give them a good wash to remove any dirt.

Serving Suggestions

Classic roasted baby carrots are the perfect side dish for any meal. They of course pair perfectly with your Sunday roast but you could be bold and enjoy them at your next barbeque, as a side to a stir fry or even roast your carrots and then add them to a chilli con Carne for a spicy and roasted flavour.

If you’ve got the oven on why not try my post on how to cook sausages in the oven.

Equipment

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All you need is a saucepan to boil your carrots in and an oven-safe dish for roasting. It couldn’t be simpler to enjoy these baby roasted carrots with maple.

roasted baby carrots ready to be served

Substitutions and variations

MAPLE SYRUP BABY CARROTS

An easy to mix this recipe up a bit is to add maple syrup to the carrots before roasting. Roast baby carrots maple syrup makes them sweeter and stickier which can be wonderful with a salted

MAPLE SYRUP AND BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Roasted carrots with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar add a sweet and slightly tart to the finished baby carrots. They are so morish and a plate of these can be a meal in itself.

ROASTED BABY CARROTS AND POTATOES

A mix of roasted baby carrots and potatoes can be cooked in exactly the same way. The potatoes will need to be parboiled for longer than the carrots but they can be cooked in the oven together. However, the potatoes will need about 15-20 minutes more than the carrots but you can add the carrots to the same baking tin to save space in the oven.

Roasted baby carrots and potatoes are a great easy addition to a roast dinner and cooked this way can be easy to do.

Storing roasted baby carrots / Making ahead of time options

I recommend eating the roast baby carrots the same day you roast them. they can be kept in the fridge ver night and heated up in the microwave the next day but they aren’t as tasty as when they are fresh out of the oven.

If you are prepping your baby roasted carrots for later on you can prep and parboil your baby carrots ad then roast them prior to serving.

close up of roasted baby carrots with fresh rosemary and olive oil

FAQS

Are baby carrots just regular carrots?

Yes, baby carrots are normal carrots that are harvested before they are fully matured. They taste slightly different, I think they have a lighter taste and a less earthy flavour, but I’d love to see what you think of these baby roasted carrots with maple syup.

How do you eat baby carrots?

You eat baby carrots roasted on a Sunday afternoon with your nearest and dearest. I recommend a healthy dose of gravy too!

Are roasted carrots healthy?

Everything in moderation I say, baby roasted carrots are a great way to have some vitamin C and

Is it better to boil or roast carrots?

I think it’s better to roast carrots as it brings outs their flavour and you don’t boil away all the nutrients, however, if you are tight on time or following a low-fat diet. You can boil your baby carrots and then season with a good helping of salt and pepper.

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Recipe

Easy Roasted Baby Carrots

Sisley White
In this quick and easy roast baby carrot recipe, I create a simple and delicious way to make this brilliant side dish. I parboil the baby carrots to get their roasting time even quicker. This is brilliant for when you're making a big roast dinner and might be running out of space in the oven. you can even parboil the carrots earlier in the day and roast them when you're ready.
5 from 5 votes
Cook Time 5 mins
Boiling time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Roast, Side Dish
Cuisine American, British, International
Servings 2 side servings
Calories 248 kcal

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • medium oven proof dish

Ingredients
  

  • 150 g baby carrots
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ 375ºF.
  • Heat a saucepan of water until the water boils.
  • Add in the carrots and cook for 5 minutes. We want them partially cooked.
  • Remove them from the water and place them into an oven proof dish or tray.
  • You can leave them to get cold if you want to finish roasting them later. A great get ahead idea.
  • Sprinkle the carrots with salt and pepper. Add a sprig or two of rosemary.
  • Drizzle the carrots with olive oil.
  • Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Serve straight away and enjoy.

Video

Notes

  • You can leave the baby carrots to get cold if you want to finish roasting them later. A great get ahead idea.
  • As they only need about 10 minutes in the oven the carrot can sneak into the oven when your roast is resting and the potatoes are having their final few minutes in the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcalFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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10 thoughts on “Easy Roasted Baby Carrots”

  1. 5 stars
    I love the simplicity and the flavor of this recipe. There’s really nothing better than serving carrots as part of a meal. My family loves them.

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  2. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for new side dish recipes to try, and these carrots are at the top of my list! They look incredible!

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