Maple Oven Roasted Carrots

Rainbow carrots are seriously my favorite. The pop of color is so gorgeous, and I love the purple ones, especially. These maple oven roasted carrots were so delicious and perfectly roasted, they didn’t even make it to the dinner table. Oops.

carrots on baking sheet

Not only are these maple oven roasted carrots going to be on my Thanksgiving table, they’ve earned their keep in my typical dinner rotation.  Who knew someone who swore off “sweet” flavors would love this recipe so much!

Benefits of Carrots

Carrots are not just delicious; they are also a nutritional powerhouse! Packed with beta-carotene (which gives them their vibrant hue), carrots are known to promote good vision, support skin health, and even act as a potent antioxidant fighting off free radicals in the body. And did I mention the high fiber content that aids in digestion?

Chef’s Tips for Perfect Maple Oven Roasted Carrots

  • Choose Carrot Size Wisely: If you have particularly thick carrots, consider cutting them in half lengthwise to ensure even cooking. On the flip side, thinner carrots can be roasted whole.
  • Parchment Paper Is Key: Using parchment paper prevents the carrots from sticking and helps caramelize the maple syrup without burning.
  • Maple Syrup Grade: Grade A maple syrup has a lighter and milder flavor which complements the carrots without overpowering their natural sweetness. If you desire a stronger maple flavor, Grade B can also be used.
  • Fresh Rosemary: It makes a world of difference! Fresh rosemary imparts a vibrant, piney flavor which dried rosemary simply can’t match.
  • Tossing Technique: Ensure that each carrot is evenly coated with the maple mixture for consistent flavor in every bite.
carrots on a baking sheet

Four ingredients!! Yes! Only four ingredients is all you need to make these gorgeous maple oven roasted carrots. So easy, right? Carrots, maple syrup, dijon mustard, and fresh rosemary…could it get any easier?!

Storage and Reheating

  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Warm up the carrots gently on the stovetop or in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Avoid using the microwave as it might make the carrots too soft.

FAQs

Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?

Certainly! Honey will give a different sweetness profile, but it works perfectly as a substitute for maple syrup in this recipe.

Do I need to use dijon mustard?

The dijon mustard provides a tangy counterpoint to the sweetness of the maple syrup, but if you’re not a fan, you can reduce the amount or omit it entirely.

How do I know when the carrots are perfectly roasted?

The carrots should be tender but not mushy, with a slight caramelization on the outside.

close up carrots on a baking sheet

How to make Maple Oven Roasted Carrots?

These maple oven roasted carrots can be made in 40 minutes flat! Simple wash, toss, and roast! I prefer to skin my carrots before tossing them in the maple mixture. Set the oven for 400 and roast for 30-40 minutes.

Pairing Suggestions

These Maple Oven Roasted Carrots pair beautifully with grilled meats, like Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs or Grilled Sweet Tea Pork Chops. Consider them as a sweet side complement to spicier main courses or as a colorful addition to your holiday table.

carrots on a baking sheet

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Maple Oven Roasted Carrots

Sea Salt Savorings
Quick and easy Maple Oven Roasted Carrots
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 LB carrots
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (grade A)
  • 1 TBS dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Wash carrots and dry.   Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Peel carrots, and discard the peelings.  Lay carrots on a sheet pan with parchment paper.  Chop rosemary finely.
  • Mix maple syrup, dijon mustard, and rosemary in a cup.  Drizzle the carrots in it.  Toss the carrots to evenly coat.  
  • Place carrots in the oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on how soft you like them.  Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.

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12 Comments

  1. I can go for roasted carrot any time of the year and especially if i can find a bunch of such colorful ones!

    1. sherry brubaker says:

      Rainbow carrots make my heart happy and my kids confused, the best combination, haha!