These Honey Roasted Carrots with buttery garlic flavor are a tasty and colorful side dish and make the perfect addition to any meal.

If you love flavorful vegetable side dishes, you may also like these Herb Roasted Carrots, Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Crispy Bacon, or this Simple Roasted Squash Recipe.

Roasted carrots served in an oval white plate with a serving fork.

How often are carrots making an appearance at your dinner table? Probably not very often. We tend to overlook this humble vegetable when it comes to creating side dishes though think of carrots when we want to make a Carrot Soup or a yummy veggie that we eat raw with Hummus. Maybe even for Carrot Fries, but that may be a stretch!

So how about a fresh carrot recipe for a change? Roasted carrots, garlic, and honey make a simple and satisfying dish. Sure there’s nothing fancy or unique about this recipe but it tastes great and looks pretty too!

Should You Peel Your Carrots?

There’s no real need to peel carrots. Simply wash or soak them before you use them. If you are using fresh garden carrots, straight from the ground and they are really dirty, you can use a vegetable brush to scrub all the dirt away and then eat, cook or roast as is.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Simple: No fancy ingredients required to make this simple dish of roasted carrots.

Looks great. Rainbow carrots are so pretty and look very appetizing.

Adaptable. Change up the spices, make it sweeter, less sweet, add some spice. The choice is yours.

Versatile. You can pretty much serve these roasted carrots with any dish.

Rainbow-colored carrots washed and cleaned resting on a kitchen towel

Ingredients To Make Honey Glazed Rainbow Carrots

  • Rainbow carrots – Rainbow carrots look and taste great.
  • Honey – Honey sweetens up these carrots just a touch.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted butter will both work.
  • Garlic – Fresh minced garlic tastes the best but jarred is a good substitute.
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper – Add to taste.
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro – Chopped for garnish and a pop of green.
Sliced carrots in a sheet pan

How To Make Oven Roasted Carrots

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425F degrees.

Step 2: Melt the butter in the microwave and add honey, minced garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Stir the butter and then pour over the carrots. Toss the carrots so they are fully and equally glazed and transfer to a baking sheet.

Step 4: Bake for 25 minutes, flipping them half way through. When done, top with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve.

Tips and Variations For Roasted Carrots and Honey

Evenly slice the carrots. Make sure your carrots are all roughly the same thickness so they bake up at the same pace.

Change up the spice. Add your favorite spices and seasonings and change up the flavor.

Use all orange carrots. If you can’t find rainbow carrots go ahead and use orange carrots. Baby carrots work well too.

Try sweetening with maple syrup. Instead of honey, use real maple syrup.

Add in a few other vegetables. Use sweet potato, beets, or parsnips in addition to the carrots for more variety.

Honey Roasted Carrots in different colors topped with fresh cilantro


can i use baby carrots to make honey roasted carrots?

Yes, you can use baby carrots to make roasted carrots though you may have to reduce the baking time.

can i use a different sweetener to sweeten these carrots?

Yes, you can use maple syrup, agave or even brown sugar would work to make these roasted carrots.

can I make the roasted carrots ahead of time?

You can either prepare the glaze and let the carrots sit in the fridge for a day or two and bake them just before serving or bake the carrots a few days before you want to serve them.

Make ahead and storage

Make ahead: If you are looking to get a head start on your side dishes for the week and want to make these roasted carrots in honey ahead of time, they will keep in the fridge for 3 days.

Storage: Store uneaten carrots in an airtight container in the fridge or stash in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave. Note that once frozen and thawed, the carrots’ texture may change slightly.

What to serve these roasted carrots with?


Don’t throw away the carrots tops. Use them to make carrot top pesto.

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Honey Roasted Carrots

by Silvia Ribas
These Honey Roasted Carrots with buttery garlic flavor are a tasty and colorful side dish, perfect for Springtime!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 1/2 – 3 lbs rainbow carrots
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped


  • Pre-heat oven to 425F degrees. 
  • Wash, trip and slice carrots. The thinner carrots I kept as whole, cut in half but the thicker carrots I sliced and cut so they are all about the same size. Place them in a large baking sheet. 
  • In a small glass bowl add in melted butter, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to mix. Pour honey butter over the carrots and either using your hands or a spatula, toss the carrots around until they are all glazed with the sauce. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes, flipping them half way through. When done, top with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve. Can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Keyword: Carrots, side dish, vegetables
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. These honey roasted organic carrots look delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. I found this recipe not long after it was published & have made these so many times. Everyone loves them. In fact, they are baking in my oven right now!

    1. Hi Ally, thanks so much for trying my roasted carrots recipe, so happy to hear that you like it and will keep on rotation!