Take my word for it, everyone in your family will love these delicious Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots. With their vibrant orange hue and natural sweetness, seasoning carrots with honey garlic sauce is a savory masterpiece.
With a drizzle of olive oil, a little bit of garlic, honey, and some other seasonings, you will get an incredibly delicious side dish of Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots. A must-add to your dinner table!
What You Need for Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
You will need seasonings and simple ingredients that are usually available in your kitchen pantry. Here is what you will need:
Carrots: They bring a satisfying crunch and a tender texture at the same time.
Garlic cloves: You can mince or grate them. Once they roast with the carrots, they add depth and complexity to your dish.
Olive oil: It enhances the overall taste while coating the carrots and allowing them to roast to perfection.
Honey: It is the key ingredient that adds a luxurious sweetness that caramelizes while roasting carrots.
Salt: It balances and enhances the flavors of all the ingredients.
Black pepper: It adds a mild heat and a hint of spice, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.
Garlic powder: It adds a robust garlic essence that intensifies the garlic flavors.
Onion Powder: It adds subtle sweetness and aroma, while it harmonizes the flavors.
Ginger powder: It provides a spicy punch with a touch of heat that adds complexity to the roasted oven carrots.
Pepper flakes: For a stronger touch of heat, add some pepper flakes. You can also use Aleppo pepper depending on how spicy your carrots are.
Get Your Carrots Ready to Be Roasted
Time needed: 5 minutes
How to prepare carrots for Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
- Clean the Carrots
Start by cleaning the carrots. Use a vegetable peeler to peel them.
- Whole Carrots
You can use whole carrots for this side dish. This will keep the original shape of the carrots and allow a rustic, classic, and beautiful presentation.
- Carrots Stick
Cut the carrots into a stick shape using a sharp knife. Make sure that they have similar sizes to ensure even cooking. It is perfect if you have large carrots, and great as a finger food option.
- Diagonal Slices
For an elegant, fancy presentation, slice the carrots at a slight angle to get diagonal slices. Carrots will have more surface for the honey garlic glaze, which will enhance the overall flavor.
- Carrot Coins
Another nice way for presentation is to slice carrots into thin rounds to create a coin-like shape. They roast perfectly, and the flat shape helps them to caramelize even more which enhances their natural sweetness. If you choose to do so, you may need a shorter time for roasted carrots to be ready.
You Will Love Oven Roasted Carrots
Well, my son is not a fan of carrots. I may even say he is an anti-carrot kind of kid. However, he asks for them every time I want him to eat carrots. He loves the combination of flavors and the tender texture. In fact, it is not only delicious; it is a nourishing treat that I love serving to my child knowing that he is enjoying something that is both healthy and flavorful.
Carrots carry an earthy, subtle sweetness that is the heart of many recipes, adding natural flavors to soups, stews, and roasted dishes. Adding seasonings to carrots and roasting them makes them an exquisite side dish.
Honey Garlic Roasted carrots is a hassle-free recipe. You need one pan that you can place on your dinner table. So, take a couple of minutes to drizzle and sprinkle the ingredients, toss it in the oven, and prepare your main dish if you are serving it for dinner. It will be done before you know it.
Do you want to enjoy it alone for brunch or to satisfy a late-night hunger? You can do so indeed, so try it today and indulge your senses.
What makes this recipe even better is the fact that it doesn’t need fancy ingredients. Get some carrots and use seasonings from your kitchen pantry. And here it is, a lovely plate of tender carrots bursting with flavors!
Add Your Own Twist
For buttery, tender carrots, you can substitute olive oil with butter. You can even use both at the same time. Try it in a new way each time and enjoy!
For bite-size carrots, you can purchase baby carrots and use the same seasoning. Since they are small, baby carrots will most probably take less time to be ready.
Toss some fresh or dried thyme leaves to add a fragrant and herbal aroma to the carrots. Fresh rosemary sprigs also create a delightful contrast with their sweetness.
For a vegan version, you can use maple syrup instead of honey to sweeten the carrots.
For a tangy taste, add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar when mixing the carrots with the seasoning. Soy sauce also adds umami to your carrots, which will make you crave more and more.
How to Serve Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots is so versatile that you can enjoy it by itself, or paired with other dishes.
Serve honey garlic roasted carrots as a side dish on your dinner table and garnish it with chopped parsley or cilantro. The contrast between the vibrant green and the golden orange of the carrots appeals to the eye.
Place the oven-roasted carrots on top of a bed of mashed potatoes. A comforting dish!
Chop the roasted carrots and toss them in a salad bowl with mixed greens, feta cheese, nuts, and a light vinaigrette. You can enjoy a balanced and hearty salad.
Prepare with dips like tzatziki sauce, hummus, or garlic aioli dip. Indulge yourself with the contrast in flavors and textures between the sweet carrots and the creamy dips.
Place the roasted carrots on a charcuterie board next to cheeses, cured meat, olives, and crackers. What a lovely pop of colors!
Pro Tips for the Best Results
Choose fresh, vibrant carrots for the ultimate flavors.
Choose slim carrots since they are easily roasted, especially if you will roast whole carrots.
You can let the carrots sit in the seasoning for a while before cooking so the flavors would infuse into the carrots.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Although it is doubtful to happen, you can store carrots’ leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat them in the microwave or in the oven at 375F for about 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.
You can use the same ingredients with different veggies. Use potatoes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, or asparagus. You can even mix veggies in one pan, but you have to adjust the cooking time.
No need to boil carrots before roasting. They will be perfectly cooked in 20-30 minutes. You can check the doneness using a fork.
Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
- 1 bunch carrots
- 5 garlic cloves minced or grated
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper to taste
- Add the carrots to a lined baking sheet.
- Mix the honey, oil, minced garlic, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger powder, black pepper, and pepper flakes.
- Bake the carrots uncovered in an oven preheated at 425℉ for 20-30 minutes, or until fork tender.
- It is highly recommended to broil the carrots for extra caramelization.
- Choose fresh vibrant carrots for the ultimate flavors.
- Choose slim carrots since they are easily roasted especially if you will roast whole carrots.