Caramelized Roasted Carrots

Caramelized Roasted Carrots
The Spruce
Ratings (33)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
77 Calories
6g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tired of boring side dishes? This is a universally popular dish that both adults and children will love.

Carrots are tossed with melted butter, brown sugar, and pepper before being roasted until soft and caramelized.

This is a perfect side dish to accompany roast chicken or beef. It could also be served with a chickpea salad and couscous as part of a vegetarian meal. Either way, do not expect any leftovers!


  • 1 bunch carrots (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste; sea salt flakes preferred)
  • Garnish: parsley or coriander

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Caramelized roasted carrots ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 360 F (180 C).

  3. Slice the larger carrots into two length-wise so that all the pieces are roughly the same size. You may need to quarter extra large carrots.

    Slice carrots lengthwise
    The Spruce
  4. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and arrange carrots neatly on the tray, making sure they don’t overlap.

    Line carrots on baking tray with foil
    The Spruce
  5. Brush melted butter onto the carrots lightly with a silicon pastry brush.

    Brush melted butter on carrots
    The Spruce
  6. Sprinkle them with brown sugar before giving them a good grind of black pepper to finish.

    Sprinkle carrots with brown sugar and pepper
    The Spruce
  7. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes or until soft and beginning to brown.

  8. Sprinkle with crushed sea salt flakes and garnish with parsley or coriander.

    Caramelized roasted carrots
    The Spruce
  9. Serve and enjoy!