These oven-roasted carrots with honey-mustard glaze make a perfect side dish for holiday meals. This recipe includes step-by-step instructions and tips to make the best honey-roasted carrots. A Paleo-friendly recipe.
This post was originally published in 2014. I've updated it with new photos and extra information.
Carrots. Herbs. A drizzle of honey, a spoonful of Dijon and a couple of cloves of garlic are all you need to make these Roasted Carrots with Honey-Mustard Glaze. These make a fabulous holiday side dish. In fact, I call these my Thanksgiving carrots!
Carrots with mustard may sound like an odd flavour combination. If you add honey you'll have carrots with honey-mustard glaze, which is absolutely delicious! It's a sweet and tangy combination that is popular not only for chicken, (like this Honey-Mustard Chicken with Turmeric) but for veggies, too.
❤️ Why this recipe works
Carrots are naturally sweet, but roasting them in the oven intensifies their flavour. Adding this honey-mustard glaze puts them over the top. This dish receives rave reviews whenever I make it.
These honey-mustard carrots are an ideal side dish for any time of the year. This roasted carrot recipe makes a quick weeknight side, and it's special enough for a holiday meal. Whether it's Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, carrots are often a popular side dish for dinner.
While fresh carrots have a delicious, natural sweetness, sometimes they need "dressing up" a little. You might also like these Roasted Carrots with Honey-Ginger Glaze and these Air Fryer or Oven-Roasted Carrots with Feta and Pistachios.
To make the best honey-roasted carrots, start with the freshest carrots you can find. If you can't pull them straight from the ground in your garden, buying them from your local farmers' market is the next best thing.
I picked up these multi-coloured carrots at our market just because I thought they were pretty. It turns out they were even more beautiful once they were roasted and glazed and became tender and crispy in the oven.
But rainbow carrots may not be available year-round. This recipe is just as delicious made with regular carrots, too. Love baby carrots? Make roasted baby carrots! Any kind of carrots will work in this recipe.
Before we get to the full recipe for these roasted carrots with honey, here are a few notes about some of the ingredients and possible substitutions you could make.
- carrots: rainbow (multi-coloured) or orange, or baby carrots. Any carrots will work!
- olive oil: as a base for the glaze
- honey: adds sweetness and adds to the natural caramelization while the carrots are roasting
- Dijon mustard: adds a spicy tang
- rosemary: fresh!
- garlic: fresh minced cloves add so much flavour
- salt and pepper
- parsley: for garnish. Or add freshly chopped herbs, like thyme or more rosemary.
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
- Whisk the honey-mustard sauce ingredients together.
- Peel and slice the carrots so they are approximately the same size. If they're small, you can leave them whole. If they're large, slice them in half from stem to tip. You can slice them diagonally into smaller pieces, if you prefer. Like them round? Slice into circles. You can even get fancy and use a crinkle cutter!
- Toss the carrots in the sauce, making sure they're well coated.
- Arrange in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. Either line it with parchment paper for easy-cleanup or oil it very well.
- Roast in the oven, turning occasionally until the carrots are tender and the edges are caramelized.
- Remove from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped parsley and extra salt and pepper to taste.
👍🏼 Helpful tips for how to roast carrots in the oven.
To successfully roast carrots, or any vegetable, use a sturdy baking sheet. Line it with parchment paper for easy clean-up. You want the natural sugars in the vegetables to caramelize so they develop those nice browned, crispy surfaces.
If the baking dish has high sides, the heat tends to be trapped inside and the vegetables cook by steaming instead of roasting. It's best to use a baking sheet or a sheet pan.
For the same reason, make sure the vegetables aren't touching each other. Spread them out a little on your baking sheet, or use two sheets.
Toss the carrots in the honey-mustard sauce, making sure they're well-coated so they won't dry out in the oven. Feel free to get your hands in the bowl to help out!
⏰ Time-Saving Tips
If you're like me when you're preparing a holiday dinner, you like to have much of the food preparation done in advance. Here are some ways to save time in the kitchen.
- Mix the glaze ingredients together the day before.
- Scrub, peel and slice the carrots the day before and store in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator.
- Then, just before you're ready to roast them, toss with the glaze, arrange on baking sheet(s) and put them in the oven. Chop some parsley for garnish while they're roasting.
- As an alternative, you can roast them just until they're tender crisp, store them covered in the fridge for 2 to 3 days, then reheat them in the microwave or on a sheet pan in the oven at 350°F.
🍽 Serving suggestions
❓Your questions, answered
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.
Depending on their size and thickness, they'll take about 20 to 25 minutes in a hot (425°F.) oven.
The number of carrots in a pound will vary according to their size, but often you'll find 12 - 14 carrots in one pound.
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?
Storing roasted carrots
Refrigerate any leftover carrots promptly, as bacteria can start to multiply at room temperature after two hours or so. These carrots will last in the fridge for a few days. As mentioned above, you can reheat them in the microwave or in the oven.
This recipe for honey-mustard roasted carrots is fast and easy, but it turns plain carrots into something spectacular. And don't those colours just shout, "It's Fall!"?
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Roasted Carrots with Honey-Mustard Glaze
- 12-15 medium carrots, multicolour or orange
- 2 tablespoon olive oil, extra virgin
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Scrub the carrots and peel if necessary. Cut larger ones in half lengthwise so that carrots are of uniform sizes and place them in a large bowl.
- In a separate container, whisk olive oil, minced garlic, rosemary, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and pour all but 2 tablespoons over carrots, coating evenly, making sure they are all well-coated. Set aside the 2 tablespoons to drizzle over the carrots once they're roasted.
- Arrange in a single layer in a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Avoid having them touch each other. Use two baking sheets if necessary.
- Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally until tender and just beginning to brown.
- Garnish with the 2 tablespoons of honey-mustard sauce you saved previously. Add freshly chopped parsley and sprinkle with extra freshly ground pepper and salt before serving.