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Roasted Carrots With Honey and Thyme

These roasted carrots with honey and thyme is a delicious and wholesome side dish you can enjoy all year round. 

The combinations of savory roasted flavors, lemon and thyme goes perfectly with the sweetness of honey, making these carrots sexier than ever before. 

Want some more sexy vegetable side dishes? Then, make sure to check out my spicy roasted cauliflower or my roasted garlic and parmesan Brussels sprouts. I’m sure, you’re gonna love them!

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Roasted carrots on a big plate with a bottle of oil and some fresh thyme in the corners of the picture.

About this Recipe

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables since they are so versatile. They fit perfectly into soups, stews, salads and even stir fries. But rarely do they take the starring role. So, it’s time to let them shine and be the star of the show – or dish.  

This recipe is all about carrots and with a few tweaks we’ll get the most out of their savory yet sweet flavor. But to achieve that, we need a marinade that reflexes this sweet and savory flavor profile.

Therefore, we start with a bit of vegetable oil, like avocado or olive oil. To that we add some coarsely cracked salt and pepper, some fresh (or dried) thyme and a little bit of lemon zest and juice.

On the other hand, we also add some honey to enhance the natural sweetness of carrots. And if you want, you can also add some garlic since garlic is always a great idea.  

Ingredients 

To sum things up, here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe.

Photo of the ingredients with text labels, that are going into this recipe.

You’ll find the exact quantities in the recipe card further down. Feel free to adjust the servings to your needs and let the recipe card recalculate the exact amount of each ingredient.

Ingredient Substitutions

I like to buy a bunch of carrots with greens for this recipe. That way I can leave a little green on my carrots to add a nice color contrast to the dish and make this recipe more visual appealing. But feel free to buy regular carrots or a mix of purple, orange and yellow carrots. 

Instead of fresh thyme you can use some dried thyme. The same is true for the garlic. You’re welcome to use a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder or a teaspoon of dried, minced garlic instead of fresh garlic. But if garlic is not your cup of tea, feel free to omit it. 

How to Make this Recipe

Alright, this recipe is very easy to make, even kids can do it. But before you start, make sure to preheat the oven to 200°C or 400°F. 

Then grab your carrots and cut of the greens. Make sure to leave an inch or two of the green stalks on the carrots as they add a nice colorful contrast to the finished dish.

Depending on how dirty your carrots are or whether you bought organic or non-organic carrots, you can either rinse them thoroughly or peel of the skin. 

Then cut them in half or quarters lengthwise, depending on their thickness. For thin carrots, cutting them in half is perfect, thicker ones should be quarter. Then put them on a baking tray.

To the carrots, add the oil and season them generously with salt and pepper. Next, zest about half of your lemon and add the zest as well as the juice of half a lemon to the carrots. 

Now, finely mince your garlic and pluck the leaves from your thyme stem and add both to the baking tray as well. Finally, add the honey and give it a good toss. 

Then make sure all the carrots are lying next to each other and not on top of each other and then pop them in the oven at 200°C or 400°F for about 25 minutes.

How to Serve this Recipe

These honey and thyme roasted carrots are a delicious side dish for both festive occasions as well as your regular weeknight dinner. Their hearty, sweet flavor goes perfect with meat, game or fish as well as vegetarian dishes like tofu, halloumi, feta, lentils or beans.

If you like to serve them with a dip or sauce, I recommend some hummus, a tahini sauce or this cream vegan queso made with cashews.

If you’d like to add some more texture and flavors, you can sprinkle some crumbled feta cheese and dried cranberries on top. But keep in mind, by now nobody will care about the main dish anymore.  

Here’s How to Save this Recipe or Make It in Advance

If you like, you can prepare this dish in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for several days. 

To reheat, either microwave the carrots or reheat them in a skillet on the stovetop. You may need a little more oil here, depending on which pan your using. 

Obviously, the same applies to leftover carrots. These, too, can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for several days.

Your Common Questions Answered

In case there are any questions left, I hope these FAQ will help you. If not, feel free to drop your question in the comments below.

Why are carrots healthy?

Carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. In particular, they have lots of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are important for the health of our eyes, skin, and immune function, among other things. Carrots also contain lots of fiber, especially pectin, a soluble fiber that strengthens our gut flora, and cellulose, an insoluble fiber that supports regular and healthy stools. In addition, they contain many phytochemicals that act as antioxidants in our body.A bunch of carrots on a light backdrop.

When are carrots in season?

The carrot season runs from June to November. However, because of their good storage capacity, they are available year-round.

Do I have to peel the carrots?

Organic carrots do not need to be peeled, washing them thoroughly is usually good enough. However, with non-organic carrots it is recommended to peel them.

How to make this recipe vegan?

Simply replace the honey with maple syrup and you’re good to go.

What kind of dips and sauces go well with caramelized carrots?

Creamy dips like hummus, a tahini sauce or this creamy cashew queso go especially well with roasted carrots. Furthermore, toppings like crumbled feta and dried cranberries go great with the salty, sweet flavors.

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Roasted Carrots With Honey and Thyme

Julia Schmitt
These quick and easy roasted carrots are a delicious and healthy side dish that can be enjoyed year round. 
Serve them as they are, with creamy dips, such as hummus, a tahini sauce, or a creamy vegan queso, and/or with crumbled feta and dried cranberries on top.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 95 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 zester

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch of carrots (approx. 650g or 1.5 ounces 23 ounces after removing the greens)
  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme (alternatively 1 tsp of dried thyme)
  • 1 organic lemon (you’ll need the zest and juice of only half a lemon)
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Optional

  • 1 clove of garlic (alternatively ¼ tsp of garlic powder or ½ tsp of roasted garlic)

Instructions
 

Carrots

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C or 400°F. Cut of the greens, leaving an inch or two of the stems on the carrots. Wash or peel them, then cut them in half or quarters lengthwise, depending on their thickness.

Marinade

  • Place the carrots on a baking tray, add the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Wash the lemon and add half the zest to the carrots. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze on half over the tray. 
  • Peel and finely dice the garlic, pluck off the thyme leaves and add both to the carrots. Finally, add the honey and give everything a good toss. 

Roasting

  • Make sure the carrots are evenly distributed on the tray and then put them in the oven for about 25 minutes. 

Notes

Estimated Costs: 2,90€ or 72 cents per serving
Serving Recommendations: Serve them as they are alongside a creamy sauce such as hummus, a tahini sauce or a vegan queso made with cashews. Furthermore, you can also serve them with some crumbled feta cheese and dried cranberries on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 120gCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 13.3gProtein: 1.3gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 0.2gFiber: 5gSugar: 12.6g
Keyword healthy side dish, roasted carrots
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