Bring out the natural flavour of carrots with this delicious honey-ginger sauce. These easy roasted carrots with honey-ginger glaze make an ideal side dish for holiday dinners. Make the best roasted carrots with these five helpful tips!
These roasted carrots with honey-ginger glaze are sweet with a little heat. Glazing and roasting intensify their natural flavour.
Sometimes root vegetables that are available in late winter just don't have the same flavour as those freshly pulled from the garden. While I was excited to find these rainbow carrots in the market this week, their flavour just didn't compare to those we grew ourselves last summer.
Roasting and glazing with this sweet and pungent honey-ginger glaze, however, brings them to life! It makes them something to be savoured.
Before we get to the full recipe for honey-ginger roasted carrots, here are a few notes about the ingredients and possible substitutions you can make.
- carrots: you can use multi-coloured carrots, regular orange carrots or even baby carrots in this recipe
- honey: adds a natural sweetness that enhances the flavour of carrots
- ginger: adds a peppery, spicy sweetness when combined with honey
- dried chili flakes: adds an element of surprise and a little heat to spice up your carrots!
Oven-roasting brings out the best in root vegetables. Not only that, they are easy to prepare. Just toss them on a pan and pop them in the oven, right?
Well, no. Not exactly. Here are 5 tips to make the best roasted carrots.
1. Roast them whole.
While you'll want to cut other root vegetables into uniformly sized pieces, carrots are particularly good roasted whole. They're just pretty, and part of what appeals to our senses when we sit down to eat is how our food looks on our plate.
2. Use a sheet pan with low sides.
Roasting in the oven causes the natural sugars in root vegetables to caramelize and the proteins to brown, resulting in that sought-after sweetness, sometimes with some crispy singed edges.
Don't try to roast vegetables in a pan with high curved sides. The vegetables release their moisture and the sides of the pan direct it back down so that they end up being steamed and not roasted. Read: soft and mushy. Not the crisp and tender veggies you're looking for.
3. Space them out.
Surface area is paramount. These carrots need their own piece of real estate. Don't dump them on top of one another. The more space they have, the more caramelization you will achieve.
Their surfaces need to be in contact either with the hot pan or the hot air circulating in the oven. Sometimes when I'm cooking for a group, I'll spread my veggies out on 3 baking sheets and use the convection feature of my oven to avoid crowding them.
4. Flip them over.
Partway through, remove the pans from the oven and turn the carrots over. You want them to be slightly browned on both sides, not just dark on one side and light on the other. Give them a toss once or twice during their cooking time.
5. Serve them right away.
Try to time them so they'll be finished roasting just when the rest of your meal is ready to serve. They're best when they're hot right from the oven.
❓Frequently Asked Questions
If you're using baby carrots, they are already peeled. If your carrots are fresh from the garden, they may only need a scrub with a vegetable brush under running water. If they're older, definitely peel them.
For a holiday dinner, you should cook about 1 to 1 ½ carrots per person. If you're using baby carrots, 1 cup (about 12) of baby carrots would be one serving. Of course, these amounts will depend on how many other vegetable side dishes you're serving, and on the appetites of your friends!
Read more about estimating amounts of vegetables to cook in this article What is a Serving of Vegetables?
These honey-ginger glazed carrots go well with roast turkey or chicken or any of the following:
- Air Fryer Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breasts
- Easy Baked Lemon Chicken
- Asian Glazed Garlic Chicken
- Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken
- Crispy Fennel Crusted Salmon
Storing leftover roasted carrots
Refrigerate any leftover carrots promptly, as bacteria can start to multiply after two hours or so. These carrots will last in the fridge for a few days. ou can reheat them in the microwave or in the oven.
I love experimenting and finding new recipes to create with different vegetables, like these Fennel Orange Roasted Beets, Lemon Tahini Roasted Vegetables and Air Fryer Carrots with Feta and Pistachios. Enjoy!
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Easy Roasted Carrots with Honey-Ginger Glaze
- 12 medium carrots peeled (about 1 pound)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil extra-virgin
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoon fresh ginger finely grated
- ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes
- 2 tsp, fresh chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Heat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk olive oil, honey, ginger and chile flakes together.
- Toss with carrots.
- Heat the baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes before adding the carrots.
- Space them out on the sheet.
- Roast carrots for 15 - 20 minutes or until fork tender, turning once halfway through.
- Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.