Honey Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots

5 from 10 reviews

A simple and delicious Honey Roasted Carrots recipe with just eight easy ingredients.  They are the perfect side for roasted turkey, ham, chicken, or beef.  


  • 2 lbs. carrots peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl stir together the carrots and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place them on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Roast for 20 minutes or until fork tender.  
  3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add the honey and cayenne pepper and stir to combine cooking for several minutes. Add the roasted carrots to the skillet and stir to coat. Sprinkle the carrots with fresh thyme. 


  • For aesthetic purposes peel the carrots. You will appreciate that that you did.
  • Cut the carrots in about 2 inch segments. Cut thick ends in half.
  • The little bit of cayenne pepper does not make it spicy or hot just adds a little more flavor dimension.
  • Roast the carrots just until they are fork tender.
  • Fresh thyme really takes these carrots over the top but in a pinch you can substitute dried thyme leaves.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat at a reduced power in the microwave.  

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