Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots

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Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots are a simple yet incredibly flavorful side dish that can elevate any meal.

The combination of fresh carrots, aromatic herbs, and roasted garlic creates a symphony of tastes and textures that is both comforting and satisfying.

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Garlic herb roasted carrots with sprigs of thyme.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Herbs and Garlic

To make Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots, start with fresh, vibrant carrots. You can use whole carrots or baby carrots for convenience. The carrots are usually peeled and trimmed to uniform size to ensure even cooking.

The magic happens when you toss these carrots in a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, and a medley of fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and parsley. The olive oil helps the carrots achieve that irresistible caramelization during roasting, while the herbs infuse them with earthy and fragrant notes.

Roasting the carrots in the oven allows them to develop a slightly crispy exterior and a tender, sweet interior. The garlic becomes mellow and aromatic as it roasts alongside the carrots, and the herbs release their essential oils, infusing the dish with depth and complexity.

When served, Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots can be a fantastic side dish for various main courses, from roasted chicken to grilled steak or even a vegetarian meal. They add a burst of color and flavor to your plate, making them a delightful addition to any meal and a favorite among both kids and adults. With their rustic charm and irresistible taste, these carrots are bound to become a staple in your repertoire of side dishes.

Garlic herb roasted vegetables on a white plate with sprigs of thyme.

How to Make Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots

To make this recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

  • Fresh Rainbow Carrots (1 pound): These colorful carrots add vibrancy to the dish and provide a slightly sweet, earthy flavor. Rainbow carrots come in various colors, including orange, purple, and yellow, making your roasted carrots visually appealing.
  • Olive Oil (2 tablespoons): Olive oil coats the carrots, helping them roast evenly and develop a crispy exterior. It also adds a mild, fruity flavor that complements the natural sweetness of the carrots.
  • Garlic (4 cloves, minced): Minced garlic infuses the carrots with a rich, savory aroma and flavor. It enhances the overall taste profile of the dish and adds depth to the roasted carrots.
  • Fresh Rosemary (1 teaspoon, chopped) or Dried Rosemary (1/2 teaspoon): Rosemary contributes a woody and aromatic quality to the carrots. It complements the sweetness of the carrots with its earthy, pine-like flavor.
  • Fresh Thyme Leaves (1 teaspoon) or Dried Thyme (1/2 teaspoon): Thyme brings a subtle, herbaceous essence to the dish. Its gentle, lemony flavor pairs well with the carrots and other herbs.
  • Fresh Parsley (Optional, for garnish): Chopped fresh parsley can be used as a garnish to add a pop of green color and a mild, fresh flavor to the roasted carrots. It’s optional but adds a nice finishing touch.
  • Salt and Black Pepper (To Taste): Salt enhances the natural sweetness of the carrots and helps to season them evenly. Black pepper adds a hint of warmth and a touch of spiciness, balancing the dish’s flavors.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use this process:

  • Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Prepare the Carrots: Wash, peel, and trim the carrots. If the carrots are large, you can cut them into smaller, evenly sized pieces. This ensures even cooking.
  • Mix the Seasonings: In a bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, thyme leaves, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Mix well to create the herb-infused oil.
  • Coat the Carrots: Place the prepared carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a lightly greased baking dish. Drizzle the herb-infused oil mixture over the carrots, making sure they are evenly coated. Use your hands or a spatula to toss the carrots to distribute the seasonings evenly.
  • Roast the Carrots: Place the baking sheet or dish in the preheated oven. Roast the carrots for about 25-30 minutes, or until they are tender and have developed a beautiful golden-brown color. Be sure to toss them once or twice during roasting to ensure even cooking.
  • Garnish and Serve: Remove the roasted garlic herb carrots from the oven. If desired, garnish with freshly chopped parsley for a burst of freshness. Serve hot as a delightful side dish.
A close up of Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots and parsley.

Tips and Tricks to Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots

Choose Fresh Carrots: Start with fresh, firm carrots. Look for carrots that are bright in color, without any signs of wilting or soft spots. If you can, opt for whole carrots rather than pre-cut ones for better flavor.

Uniform Size: Try to cut or trim the carrots into uniform sizes. This ensures even cooking, so some carrots don’t end up overcooked while others are undercooked.

Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Give the carrots enough space on the baking sheet or in the roasting pan. Crowding them can lead to steaming rather than roasting, which may not achieve the desired caramelization.

Use Fresh Herbs: While dried herbs are acceptable, using fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley will provide a more vibrant and aromatic flavor. Fresh herbs release their oils during roasting, infusing the carrots with delicious herbal notes.

Minced Garlic: Mince the garlic finely to ensure it evenly coats the carrots and doesn’t clump together. You can also use a garlic press for this purpose.

Preheat the Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before placing the carrots inside. This helps achieve even cooking and caramelization.

Toss During Roasting: About halfway through the roasting time, use a spatula or tongs to gently toss the carrots. This ensures that all sides get exposed to the heat and develop that beautiful golden color.

Watch Closely: Keep an eye on the carrots as they roast. Cooking times can vary depending on the size of the carrots and the accuracy of your oven. You want them to be tender but not overly soft.

Season to Taste: Taste the carrots once they’re done and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add a bit more salt or pepper to suit your preference.

Fresh Garnish: If you choose to garnish with fresh herbs like chopped parsley, do it just before serving. The fresh herbs will add a burst of color and flavor.

FAQs

What type of carrots should I use for this recipe?

It’s best to use fresh, whole carrots for this recipe. Look for carrots that are firm, without any signs of wilting or soft spots. You can use regular orange carrots or colorful heirloom varieties for a visually appealing dish.

Do I need to peel the carrots?

Peeling the carrots is optional. If the carrots are fresh and clean, you can leave the skin on for added texture and nutrition. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly before roasting.

Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh?

Yes, you can use dried herbs if you don’t have fresh ones on hand. However, fresh herbs will provide a more vibrant and aromatic flavor. If using dried herbs, reduce the quantity by about one-third, as dried herbs are more concentrated in flavor.

What should I do if my garlic burns while roasting?

If you notice that the garlic is browning too quickly or starting to burn, you can remove it from the oven earlier than the carrots. Burnt garlic can taste bitter, so keeping an eye on it is essential for achieving the best flavor.

How long should I roast carrots?

Roasting times can vary depending on the size and thickness of your carrot pieces and the accuracy of your oven. Generally, it takes about 25-35 minutes at 400°F (200°C) for medium-sized carrot pieces to become tender and caramelized. Start checking them around the 20-minute mark and adjust as needed.

Can I customize the seasonings?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste. Some options include adding a pinch of paprika, red pepper flakes for a bit of heat, or a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness.

What should I do if the carrots aren’t caramelized, or get too soft?

If your carrots are too soft or not caramelized to your liking, you can place them under the broiler for a minute or two, keeping a close eye to avoid burning. This will add some extra color and texture to the carrots.

Whats the best way to reheat leftovers?

To reheat leftover Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots, place them on a baking sheet and heat in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.

Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots served on a white plate.

What to Serve With Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots

Roast Chicken: The earthy flavors of roasted carrots complement the classic roast chicken. It’s a comforting and well-balanced meal.

Grilled Steak: The sweetness of the carrots contrasts beautifully with the savory richness of a perfectly grilled steak. Add a simple salad for a complete meal.

Salmon: Whether it’s roasted, grilled, or pan-seared, salmon’s mild flavor pairs wonderfully with the herb and garlic notes in the carrots.

Pork Tenderloin: The sweetness of roasted carrots pairs beautifully with the tender and juicy pork tenderloin. You can add a fruit-based sauce for extra flavor.

Vegetarian Options: For a vegetarian meal, consider pairing herb garlic roasted carrots with a hearty grain-based salad, such as quinoa or farro salad, or a vegetarian curry.

Lamb: The aromatic herbs and garlic in the carrots complement the bold flavors of lamb, making it a delightful pairing. Try Garlic Roasted Rack of Lamb or Garlic Butter Lamb Chops – or a lovely Perfect Easy Roasted Leg of Lamb.

Holiday Roasts: Serve these carrots alongside your holiday roast, whether it’s turkey, ham, or prime rib. They add color and flavor to your festive meal.

Grilled Seafood: If you’re a fan of seafood, consider serving the roasted carrots with grilled shrimp, scallops, or grilled lobster. The sweetness of the carrots complements the seafood’s natural flavors.

Vegetarian Protein: Pair the carrots with vegetarian protein sources like tofu or tempeh. The roasted carrots add a burst of flavor and color to plant-based meals.

Pasta Dishes: Add roasted carrots to pasta dishes like carbonara or pesto pasta for a pop of color and flavor contrast.

Soup and Sandwich: Enjoy the carrots as a side with a bowl of your favorite soup or as a topping for a gourmet sandwich or wrap.

Garlic and Herb Roasted Carrots on a baking sheet.

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Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots

Delicious easy roasted carrots loaded with garlic and herb flavor for a perfect side dish.
Course Carrots
Cuisine American
Keyword carrots, christmas, healthy eating, oven, roasting, side dish, thanksgiving, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 106kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh carrots peeled and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Wash, peel, and trim the carrots. If the carrots are large, you can cut them into smaller, evenly sized pieces. This ensures even cooking.
  • In a bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, thyme leaves, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Mix well to create the herb-infused oil.
  • Place the prepared carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a lightly greased baking dish. Drizzle the herb-infused oil mixture over the carrots, making sure they are evenly coated. Use your hands or a spatula to toss the carrots to distribute the seasonings evenly.
  • Place the baking sheet or dish in the preheated oven. Roast the carrots for about 25-30 minutes, or until they are tender and have developed a beautiful golden-brown color. Be sure to toss them once or twice during roasting to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove the roasted garlic herb carrots from the oven. If desired, garnish with freshly chopped parsley for a burst of freshness. Serve hot as a delightful side dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 212mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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