Discover a quick, budget-friendly side dish that’s both kid-approved and bursting with flavor. Try these Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots – a delightful addition to any meal!
Why I Love This Recipe
I absolutely adore this Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots recipe because it’s like a flavor party in your mouth, and it’s super easy to make!
You know how carrots can be a bit boring sometimes?
Well, not these ones.
The roasting makes them all tender and sweet, and then we add this amazing honey glaze that gives them a little kick of sweetness and a touch of caramelized goodness.
Plus, it’s quick to whip up, which is a big win on busy days.
These carrots have this incredible balance of sweet and savory that just makes me want to keep eating them.
It’s a go-to side dish in my kitchen because it’s simple, tasty, and brings a smile to everyone’s face at the dinner table.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
▪️ Quick and Easy: This recipe takes minimal effort and time, making it perfect for busy weeknights.
▪️ Kid-Friendly: Even the pickiest eaters tend to love the natural sweetness of these glazed carrots.
▪️ Versatile: You can customize the seasonings to suit your taste, making it a versatile side dish.
▪️ Healthy: Carrots are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, making this dish a nutritious choice.
▪️ Budget-Friendly: Using everyday ingredients, this recipe won’t strain your wallet.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Mixing Bowl
▪️ 1 pound of fresh carrots: Because they’re the star of the show and we want them to be tender and sweet.
▪️ 2 tablespoons of olive oil: To give our carrots a luscious, crispy texture and a hint of savory flavor.
▪️ 2 tablespoons of honey: Adding that lovely sweetness and a gorgeous glaze to our carrots.
▪️ 1 teaspoon of salt: Just enough to enhance the flavors without being too salty.
▪️ 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper: A little kick of spice to balance the sweetness.
▪️ 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder: For a subtle, comforting garlic aroma.
▪️ 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme (or your favorite herb): To sprinkle in some earthy, herby goodness.
Making Of Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots
STEP 1: First things first, let’s preheat that oven of yours to a toasty 400°F (200°C). And don’t forget to lay down some parchment paper on your baking sheet – it’ll make cleanup a breeze!
STEP 2: In a bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme. Whisk it all up until it’s like a flavor party in a bowl.
STEP 3: Now, grab your carrots – about 1 pound – and peel them if you haven’t already. Trim ’em up nicely. Pour that honey glaze you just made over the carrots and toss them around with love. No need to be perfect; just make sure they’re all friendly with the glaze. You can use a pair of tongs if you’re feeling fancy.
STEP 4: Spread those glazed carrots on the baking sheet we prepared earlier. Pop them into the preheated oven for around 25-30 minutes. Oh, and remember to give them a little flip halfway through. We want that gorgeous, golden finish on all sides!
STEP 5: Once they’re tender and a bit golden, take them out of the oven and plate them up. If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle some fresh herbs on top. Now, it’s time to dig in!
Tips and Techniques
▪️ Use fresh, young carrots for the best flavor and texture.
▪️ Cut your carrots into similar-sized pieces to ensure they cook evenly.
▪️ Give carrots space on the baking sheet to roast, preventing them from steaming.
▪️ Feel free to add more or less honey to suit your taste.
▪️ Keep an eye on your carrots while roasting to prevent them from becoming too soft.
This recipe serves about 4 people, making it perfect for a family dinner or a small gathering of friends. Each person can enjoy a generous helping of these delicious honey-glazed carrots.
▪️ These honey-glazed carrots pair wonderfully with your favorite main dishes like chicken, turkey, or even a juicy steak.
▪️ Serve them alongside mashed potatoes and gravy for that classic, hearty comfort food experience.
▪️ Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for an extra flavor kick that’ll make your taste buds dance.
▪️ Want some extra crunch? Top them off with toasted nuts or seeds for a delightful texture contrast.
▪️ Add a zing by sprinkling some orange or lemon zest over your glazed carrots for a refreshing twist.
▪️ For those who like it hot, a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes can give your carrots a spicy edge.
▪️ Enhance the texture with a handful of chopped toasted almonds or pecans for that delightful crunch.
▪️ Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar over your roasted carrots just before serving to balance the sweetness with a tangy kick.
To keep your leftover Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots fresh, store them in a sealed container in the fridge. They’ll stay tasty for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, just pop them in the oven or microwave for a quick and delicious side dish. Easy peasy!
Q. Can I use baby carrots for this recipe?
Yes, baby carrots work well for this recipe. You can either roast them whole or cut them into smaller pieces if preferred.
Q. Can I make this recipe vegan?
Absolutely! Simply replace the honey with maple syrup or agave nectar to make it vegan-friendly.
Q. How do I prevent the carrots from becoming too soft?
Keep an eye on your carrots while roasting, and adjust the cooking time as needed to achieve your desired level of tenderness.
Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots
- 1 pound of fresh carrots peeled and trimmed
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of dried thyme or your favorite herb
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together olive oil, honey, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and dried thyme in a mixing bowl.
- Coat peeled and trimmed carrots in the honey glaze mixture.
- Spread carrots on the baking sheet, roast for 25-30 mins until tender and caramelized, flipping halfway.
- Serve glazed carrots, garnish with fresh herbs if desired.
- Choose fresh, young carrots for the best flavor and texture.
- Cut carrots into similar-sized pieces for even cooking.
- Avoid overcrowding on the baking sheet to prevent steaming.
- Adjust the amount of honey to suit your sweetness preference.