Maple Roasted Carrots

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
February 1, 2024 | Updated on February 28, 2024

Maple roasted carrots are tender, sweet, caramelized veggies. Pair them with a rich, savory entree for a hearty meal with a delicious flavor contrast.

For more delicious vegetable sides, try Easy Garlic Broccolini Recipe, Baked Candied Yams, Cherry Tomato Confit, and Balsamic Glazed Cipollini Onions.

maple roasted carrots on a black plate

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Take your roasted carrots recipe to the next level with maple roasted carrots. Carrots are naturally sweet but coating them with sticky maple syrup enhances the taste. And roasting them means you’re in for an especially mouthwatering treat.

This veggie side dish is great for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter but it’s simple enough for a casual weeknight dinner.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple – With just 5 minutes of prep time and a few simple ingredients, these easy maple roasted carrots are ready in less than 1 hour.
  • Nutritious – Looking for a nourishing side dish to balance out a meal? These healthy maple glazed carrots are a no-brainer. Carrots are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, promoting eye health, boosting the immune system, and supporting digestion. This recipe is also naturally vegan and gluten-free.
  • Versatile – Season them however you want and swap the sweetener; this recipe is easily customizable.
maple roasted carrots on a plate

Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Maple Roasted Carrots

You only need a few ingredients to roast maple carrots.

  • Carrots – Use 2-inch long pieces and slice them diagonally. This helps them cook faster.
  • Quality olive oil – This is a great alternative to butter. It keeps the recipe dairy-free and helps to brown the carrots without burning them.
  • Seasoning – Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper are the base of seasonings and balances the sweetness. For kosher salt, I use Diamond Crystal brand.
  • Maple syrup – Use Grade A maple syrup for it’s light and delicious flavor.

How To Make Maple Roasted Carrots

Roasted maple carrots are the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It’s a delicious comforting side dish that takes just a few simple instructions.

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Clean and peel carrots. Slice into 2-inch long pieces. Place in a medium mixing bowl.
chopped carrots in a clear mixing bowl

Add olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix to combine then transfer to a prepared baking sheet.

seasoned carrots added parchment lined sheet pan

3. Be sure to give carrots enough space to ensure they will roast rather than steam. Place in the oven and roast for 25 minutes.

4. Carefully remove from the oven then drizzle with maple syrup. Toss to coat them return to the oven and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, checking at 10 minute mark.

maple roasted carrots on a parchment lined baking sheet

5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Finally, enjoy your maple roasted carrots.

Tips and Tricks

  • Cooking with maple syrup can get messy. Line your baking sheet with either aluminum foil or parchment paper to minimize the mess for an easy clean up.
  • Ensure each carrot is at least 1 inch in diameter. Don’t use super thin or skinny carrots because they’ll cook too fast.
  • Roast in one single layer. This ensures the carrots properly crisp up. If they’re too close together, the carrots may steam.
  • Watch the carrots closely during the last 10 minutes of roasting.
  • Once the maple roasted carrots have cooled to room temperature, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They will last up to 3 days.
plated roasted carrots

Variations

  • Add Brown Sugar Enhance the natural sweetness of the carrots by adding some sugar.
  • Fresh Herbs Garnish with chopped parsley, rosemary, thyme, or dill for a burst of fresh flavor.
  • Honey Maple Roasted Carrots Boost the sweetness by adding honey.
  • Citrus For depth of flavor, you can add lime juice, lemon juice, or ground coriander.
  • Spicy Want to up the heat? Add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a sweet and spicy side dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my roasted carrots tough?

If your carrots are hard, they haven’t been cooked long enough or at a high enough temperature.

What is the best temperature for roasting carrots?

Roast carrots at a higher temperature to roast and caramelize them for more flavor and better texture. I use 425°F for this maple roasted carrots recipe. The added maple syrup adds a subtle crunch.

Can you put syrup on carrots instead of honey?

Absolutely! Maple syrup is a vegan alternative to honey.

Are roasted carrots better than boiled?

The choice to roast carrots versus boil carrots comes down to preference. Roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness, and makes them slightly crispy. In contrast, boiled carrots are softer, with a milder flavor.

plated maple roasted carrots

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maple roasted carrots on a black plate

Maple Roasted Carrots

Maple roasted carrots are tender, sweet, caramelized veggies. Pair them with a rich, savory entree for a hearty meal with a delicious flavor contrast.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • ½-baking sheet,

Ingredients

  • pounds carrots, 2-inch long pieces sliced diagonally, aim for 1" in diameter
  • 2 tablespoons quality olive oil
  • ½ + ⅛ teaspoons kosher salt, Diamond Crystal
  • ¼ + ⅛ teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade A

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Clean and peel carrots. Slice into 2-inch long pieces. Place in a medium mixing bowl. Add olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix to combine then transfer to a prepared baking sheet.
  • Be sure to give carrots enough space to ensure they will roast rather than steam. Place in the oven and roast for 25 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from the oven then drizzle with maple syrup. Toss to coat them return to the oven and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, checking at 10 minute mark.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy.
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