Roasted Baby Carrots is the easiest way to cook baby carrots! Serve these baked baby carrots as a side dish for any meal for as simple and quick veggie recipe. 

I love making these roasted baby carrots for dinner! It’s super easy to pop in the oven while I’m finishing making our main dish. Serve these carrots with one of my delicious chicken recipes or even alongside an easy pasta dish!  

Roasted Baby Carrots topped with thyme and parsley on a bronze oval plate.

Why This Recipe Works

  • The best roasted baby carrots. These are by far the best oven roasted baby carrots because they are so simple! There aren’t any fancy sauces or seasonings — just butter, salt and pepper! This lets the natural flavors of the carrots shine through and brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots as well.
  • Easy side dish recipe. This recipe for roasted baby carrots is a perfect side dish to make for any meal, especially a busy weeknight! Simply grab a bag of baby carrots, butter, salt and pepper and you are ready to go. Let the oven do the work while you finish making dinner. 
  • Simple ingredients. All you need for this recipe is carrots, butter, salt and pepper!

Ingredient Notes

A white background with baby carrots in a glass bowl, butter, and salt and pepper.
  • Baby Carrots: The ratios for this recipe are for 1 pound of carrots. You can scale up this recipe easily though to use 2 or 3 lbs of baby carrots!
  • Butter: Melt the butter for drizzling on top of the carrots.
  • Salt and Pepper: This roasted baby carrots recipe uses just salt and pepper for seasoning to really enhance and bring out the natural flavor of the carrots. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare the baby carrots. Remove the baby carrots from their bag and dry them off with a paper towel. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with the melted butter and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Toss to coat.
  2. Place carrots in the oven. Place the baby carrots in the oven, preheated to 425ºF. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until fork tender. Remove and serve the roasted baby carrots immediately. Top with chopped fresh parsley if desired. 
Three images showing the making of Roasted Baby Carrots on a baking sheet: baby carrots, butter poured overtop, and salt and pepper sprinkled overtop.
Two images, left image has butter coated baby carrots on a baking sheet, right image shows Roasted Baby Carrots on a baking sheet.

Recipe Tips

This makes enough carrots as a side dish for about 4 people. If you have a larger family or are serving this side dish for a bigger group, you’ll probably want 2 or 3 lbs of baby carrots. 

Feel free to add your favorite seasonings if you’d like! I love the simpleness of this recipe, but it’s also super easy to mix things up by adding dried or fresh herbs.

Some great seasoning variations are pesto, fresh rosemary, sage and thyme, or some brown sugar and cinnamon! Another delicious combination is to drizzle a sauce of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.

You can drizzle with olive oil if you don’t want to use butter. 

For easier clean up you can line the rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Keep the carrots in a single layer to help the roasting process with each carrot! 

If you are using the bagged baby carrots from the store, they are stored in water to keep them from drying out. You’ll want to drain the water and then pat dry the carrots before roasting baby carrots in the oven. This will help them get a better roast in the oven. 

Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing

While you can make these roasted baby carrots ahead of time easily and store them in the fridge, you’ll have to reheat them prior to serving. These are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven in my opinion. 

Store the oven roasted baby carrots in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

I wouldn’t recommend freezing roasted baby carrots because they’ll just get way too soft once thawed. 

A bronze oval plate with Roasted Baby Carrots on it.

Recipe FAQs

How long to roast baby carrots?

You’ll put the baby carrots in an oven preheated to 425ºF for about 25-30 minutes. It will take longer in the oven if preheated to only 400ºF. 

Do roasted carrots need to be peeled?

If you are using regular carrots, then yes you’ll want to peel them. That’s the beauty of using the bagged baby carrots! They are pre-peeled, washed and cut to similar sizes.  

Can I use regular carrots?

Yes you can! If you are using regular carrots, just be sure to wash them, peel them, and cut to a baby-cut carrots size. This way the amount of time in the oven won’t be much different.

Roasted Baby Carrots on a bronze oval plate on a white background.

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Roasted Baby Carrots topped with thyme and parsley on a bronze oval plate.
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5 from 2 votes

Roasted Baby Carrots

This side dish is so versatile and goes with any meal! Using just simple baby carrots, butter, and salt and pepper, you get the best perfectly roasted baby carrots!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter - melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  • Dry carrots off with a paper towel. Place carrots on the baking sheet. Drizzle the butter over the carrots, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. 
  • Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until fork tender. 
  • Remove and serve immediately.

Notes

Makes enough for about 4 side servings. If you need more, then double the recipe! 
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Do not freeze or the carrots will go mushy once thawed.
Feel free to add fresh or dried herbs if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal (4%)Carbohydrates: 9g (3%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 4g (6%)Saturated Fat: 3g (15%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 11mg (4%)Sodium: 704mg (29%)Potassium: 272mg (8%)Fiber: 3g (12%)Sugar: 5g (6%)Vitamin A: 15769IU (315%)Vitamin C: 3mg (4%)Calcium: 38mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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