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Honey-Lime Roasted Carrots (Sweet and Tangy)

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A simple recipe for tangy, sweet roasted carrots that celebrates a humble, affordable vegetable! Tossed with olive oil, honey, spices, fresh lime, herbs and crumbled soft feta cheese, this is a back-pocket recipe you’ll make over and over.

Roasted whole baby carrots and lime wedges on a white platter, topped with crumbled feta cheese and chopped herbs.

My technique for roasted carrots makes tender, sweet carrots with the best combination of sweet and tangy flavors. It’s the best way to elevate everyday, humble carrots — I hope they’ll become one of your favorite vegetable recipes.

It’s no secret that carrots are one of the most affordable vegetables you can buy, and they’re available in just about every grocery store. Even in kitchens where little actual cooking goes on, you’ll probably find some carrots forgotten in the back of the fridge.

Next to stovetop-cooked glazed carrots, roasting baby carrots wih olive oil, spices and a bright hit of lime juice is the perfect way to enhance their natural sweetness.

Ingredients you need

  • Carrots: Bunches of carrots with their fresh greens attached are ideal if you can find them. Bagged carrots without the tops are fine too, but I highly recommend seeking out the freshest ones possible. That means carrots that don’t have visible cracks and/or hairy roots growing on them, which is a sign they’ve been in storage for a while.
  • Spices: I use basic pantry spices to perk up the flavor of roasted carrots. They’re naturally-sweet taste pairs beautifully with cumin, smoked paprika and coriander.
  • Honey: Use a bit of honey, or maple syrup to complement the carrots.
  • Lime: Fresh lime juice add that pop of acidity to contrast with the sugars in the carrots and honey.

How to roast carrots:

These whole roasted carrots couldn’t be simpler to throw together. Here are the basic steps:

  • The trick to the achieving the best texture in roasted carrots is to cover them with foil for half the roasting time. This helps them steam and soften so they don’t burn on the outside before they’re tender all the way through.
  • Test the carrots for doneness by gently poking with a skewer or point of a small knife — they should be tender at the center.
Roasted carrots on a platter, with lime wedge, fresh herbs and crumbled cheese scattered over.

During roasting, the natural sugars in carrots concentrate. That sweetness pairs so perfectly with bright fresh lime and honey.

Fun fact: While raw carrots make a crunchy, nutritious snack, they’re actually more nutritious cooked. Cooking breaks down the cellulose in vegetables so they are a bit more digestible, but the healthy beta-carotene in carrots also needs fat in order to be absorbed.

Roasted carrots on a platter, with lime wedge, fresh herbs and crumbled cheese scattered over.

Honey-Lime Roasted Carrots (Sweet and Tangy)

Karen Tedesco
A simple recipe for tangy, sweet roasted carrots that celebrates a humble, affordable vegetable! Tossed with olive oil, honey, spices, fresh lime, herbs and crumbled soft feta cheese, this is a back-pocket recipe you'll make over and over.
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4.94 from 15 community reviews
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Vegetables
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (680 g) carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika, smoked or plain
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) honey, or maple syrup
  • 1 lime, sliced in half

Serving garnishes

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Chopped fresh herbs such as cilantro, basil or parsley
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese, optional

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 400 (200 C) degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper for easier clean up.
  • Trim the leafy tops off the carrots if you like (you can use them to make pesto if you enjoy their flavor). Slice the tapered, slimmer ends off the carrots. Slice the larger top part of the carrots in half lengthwise so they roast evenly.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the carrots and sprinkle evenly with the salt and spices. Add the honey and toss the carrots around to coat them in the seasonings. Put the lime halves on the pan, cut side down.
  • Cover the baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil.
  • Roast 15 minutes. Remove the foil and give the carrots a quick stir. Continue roasting 10-15 minutes, until they're are just tender when poked with the tip of a small knife and the edges are golden brown. Squeeze the roasted limes over the carrots and scrape up any caramelized juices.
  • To serve, transfer the carrots and pan juices to a serving plate. Sprinkle the green onions, herbs and feta cheese over the top.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • The trick to the achieving the best texture in roasted carrots is to cover them with foil for half the roasting time. This helps them steam and soften so they don’t burn on the outside before they’re tender all the way through.
  • If your carrots are larger than 2-inches in diameter, be sure slice them in half vertically so all the pieces roast evenly.
  • Test the carrots for doneness by gently poking with a skewer or point of a small knife — they should be tender at the center.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 38116IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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41 Comments

  1. Awesome Maureen! I’m glad you liked the carrots. I’ll look for your post. Cheers!

  2. Looks like a wonderful meal, who needs meat for this?

  3. This is a fantastic recipe—simple, elegant, and healthy. Thanks!

    I have this recipe pinned on Pinterest, and I even have it featured on my site in my “Healthy Eats” section.

  4. Waiting till after the carrots are cooked then adding the lime would work better. Heat breaks down the lime flavor.

  5. bonnie peek says:

    Making tonight! Love love love to roast everything! These favors got me!

  6. This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Carrots are one of my favorite foods, but I usually only eat them raw. This will be a great reason to eat them cooked.

  7. This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Carrots are one of my favorite foods, but I usually only eat them raw. This will be a great reason to eat them cooked. Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. kudos for pointing out that beta carotene needs fat to be taken up by the body!

  9. these look amazing! and I love how you call them “bastard child” 🙂

    might have to make these soon.

  10. I love how easy this is, and looks so pretty too! NOw I just need to track sown some smoked paprika!

  11. Hi there,

    i love your blog! I posted your carrots on my foodie page…hopefully you will come join the foodie community and check it out.

    C

  12. At first, I thought they were crab legs. The color is so vibrant!

  13. I made these for dinner last night for my picky boyfriend who doesn’t really like carrots, and he loved them. Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  14. Wow, beautiful carrots! I love the design of your blog! I’ll be back to see what other tasty recipes you come up with!! 🙂

  15. I just had to come back and tell you what a smashing success these were. I cut my not-as-cute-as-yours carrots into 3-inch slender sticks and roasted them. We had them with salmon fillets simply baked with shallots and lemon on top. (In the same oven, for the last 10 minutes with carrots.) They were perfect together! This is a definite keeper. Loved them!! <3

    1. Jess, Alyce and Lauren – thanks for stopping and your comments – so nice.

      Nichole, it makes my day to hear that you made the carrots, and it sounds like you had delicious meal along with the salmon! Thanks for letting me know.

      Also, I wanted to add that I found my baby carrots at Whole Foods since the farmer’s market hasn’t started here yet. It’s very possible that your own grocery store will have them, too.

  16. I am so fiending for fresh vegetables! I have a serious case of spring fever going on; I can’t wait to see little bundles of veggies at our Farmer’s Market again. I’ve a couple of those “grand canyon” carrots in my fridge leftover from making soup earlier in the week, I think I’m going to use these flavors to see if I can’t cook them into submission. Thanks for sharing. =)

    1. Thanks, Lauren. I’m glad to hear you were enticed by my carrots!