Oven roasted whole carrots are an easy vegetable side dish for the holidays or any day. Maple glazed carrots require just a few ingredients and are beautiful with orange or rainbow carrots.

Colorful roasted whole rainbow carrots. Oven roasted whole carrots are an easy vegetable side dish for the holidays or any day. Maple glazed carrots require just a few ingredients and are beautiful with orange or rainbow carrots.
Whole glazed carrots roasted in the oven have to be one of the easiest vegetable side dishes ever. Just throw ’em in the baking dish, drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and maple syrup, and toss with a little salt, pepper, and herbs. In that way, they’re similar to our Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts – another favorite roasted vegetable recipe!

 

Rainbow carrots make this simple recipe extra beautiful, but any carrots will do. Finish the dish with fresh parsley and toasted pumpkin seeds. If your carrots came with their tops attached, try a carrot top pesto! Maple glazed roasted carrots have that perfect slightly sweet and savory flavor. 

Trader Joe's rainbow carrots, Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors, on a cutting board to make roasted whole carrots.

Rainbow Carrots

I love using rainbow carrots for roasting because they are just so pretty and fun. The purple ones leave behind a natural watercolor in the baking dish. Here we’ve used the Trader Joe’s Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors, which are convenient as they come pre-peeled. The downside is that they do come in plastic.

Whole rainbow carrots in a baking dish are coated with olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper, and fresh thyme and are ready for the oven.

How to Roast Carrots 

Add the whole carrots, without stems, directly into a large baking dish or rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup (honey works too), season with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. 

How Long to Roast Carrots 

How long it takes to roast carrots will vary slightly depending on the size of the carrots. Also, a metal sheet pan will cook more quickly and result in more browning than a ceramic dish. Peeled medium sized whole carrots will take approximately 20 minutes to roast at 400 degrees F.

A beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape from above with flowers and vegan Thanksgiving dishes like roasted carrots, mashed cauliflower, mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce, and stuffing.

What to Serve with Roasted Carrots

Roasted carrots are an easy weeknight side dish, with our Vegan Lentil Loaf, Lentil Sloppy Joe’s, or Farro Risotto.  They would even be great simply on top of a bowl of warm lentils or quinoa. Or as a special Thanksgiving side along with our Portobello Wellington, roasted garlic mashed cauliflower or truffle mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and cranberry sauce or chutney

Yield: Serves 4-6

Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Oven roasted whole carrots are an easy vegetable side dish for the holidays or any day. Maple glazed carrots require just a few ingredients and are beautiful with orange or rainbow carrots. 

Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. peeled whole carrots
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • leaves from 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the carrots into a baking dish or large rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with thyme leaves.
  3. Toss well to coat evenly.
  4. Roast in the oven until fork tender, about 20-30 minutes, depending on thickness of the carrots.
  5. Add more salt and pepper to taste, if desired, and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy warm.

Notes

  • We used Trader Joe's Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors.
  • Make-ahead: Toss the carrots with the other ingredients in the baking dish. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 95mg Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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