Do you need to spruce up the side dishes you serve at the dinner table? If so, these brown sugar roasted carrots with thyme would be a great place to start! Or check out my addicting oven roasted broccoli. 😍

Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots with thyme on a tan parchment paper.

You’re going to make this recipe and LOVE IT. I mean, absolutely love it!

I’m a bit partial to carrots, I really like them! The flavor is a bit more mild, unlike broccoli. You eat broccoli and it feels like you’re eating a tree. I mean, broccoli tastes healthy.

Good news is, this recipe features a healthy vegetable (carrots) that are covered in a delicious thyme infused buttery brown sugar sauce.

Mayyyyybe the sauce offsets the health benefits of the carrots. Maybe. But we won’t let that stop us!

Here’s how to make them…

Ingredients needed

Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots ingredients on a baking sheet.
  • Long carrots – peeled. You can keep the tops on or cut them off. As you can see in the photo, I kept the small stem stubs on.
  • Butter – melted. Can use salted or unsalted butter here.
  • Fresh thyme – I used a little over 1 tsp, 1 1/2 teaspoon to be exact. However, you could use 2 teaspoons to get a more powerful thyme flavored dish.
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Brown sugar – you can use light or dark brown sugar.

How to make Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots 

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Place the peeled carrots on a baking sheet. Pro tip: use parchment paper for easy clean up.

In a small bowl combine the melted butter, fresh thyme, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.

Two photos: left has a Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots butter and thyme mixture in a bowl, right has peeled long carrots on a baking sheet.

Pour the buttery mixture over the carrots. Using your hands, toss the carrots in the mixture, making sure to get each carrot coated.

Two photos showing how to make Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots: left a spoon is drizzling a butter brown sugar mixture over carrots, right shows the mixture on all the carrots.

Bake for 20-25 minuets or until fork tender.

Note: bake time will vary depending on the thickness of your carrots.

Brown sugar roasted carrots on a baking sheet.

I suggest you use fresh thyme in this recipe, however you can substitute the fresh thyme for dried thyme.

A white rectangular plate with peeled long Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots garnished with fresh thyme.

What to serve with these Roasted Carrots

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Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots topped with fresh thyme on a white plate.

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A close up photo of Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots on a tan parchment paper.
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5 from 1 vote

Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots

A buttery, brown sugar, thyme infused sauce covers healthy carrots, making for a…. healthy-ish side dish!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 12-15 carrots - peeled
  • 3 tablespoons butter - melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt - reduce to 3/4 tsp if using salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar - packed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  • Place the carrots on a baking sheet. (Use parchment for easy clean up). 
  • In a small bowl combine the butter, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper and brown sugar. Stir to combine. 
  • Pour the buttery mixture over the carrots. Using your hands, toss the carrots in the mixture, making sure to get each carrot coated in the mixture. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fork tender. 
  •  Bake time will vary depending on the thickness of your carts. 

Notes

Recipe adapted from Chef-in-Training

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 24g (8%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 9g (14%)Saturated Fat: 5g (25%)Cholesterol: 23mg (8%)Sodium: 785mg (33%)Potassium: 595mg (17%)Fiber: 5g (20%)Sugar: 15g (17%)Vitamin A: 30870IU (617%)Vitamin C: 12mg (15%)Calcium: 71mg (7%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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