Orange and Honey Roasted Carrots — A fast, EASY, and holiday-friendly side dish everyone will love!! The honey orange glaze adds such great FLAVOR and really jazzes up roasted carrots!!
Easy Whole Roasted Carrots Recipe
It’s hard to believe that another holiday season is fast approaching and that very soon we’ll be cooking turkeys and thinking about what kinds of side dishes to include in our special holiday celebrations with friends and family.
Because I have a smaller family, I can’t go too overboard on the side dishes unless we want to be eating leftovers for weeks, so I have to pick and choose my sides wisely.
These roasted honey glazed carrots are definitely making an appearance on my holiday table because they are ready in 20 minutes, so easy, and filled with flavor.
I’ve always been a huge fan of roasted vegetables. Roasting them accentuates their natural flavors, and in the case of carrots, their natural sweetness is also enhanced.
The honey orange glaze for the carrots is just perfect and really jazzes up roasted carrots. The glaze is a little bit sweet from the honey with some tanginess from the bitter orange marmalade and is a great balance.
Take things a step further by garnishing the carrots with fresh herbs, and maybe a sprinkle of feta, gorgonzola, or Parmesan cheese, and no one will be able to resist this healthy side dish that’s naturally vegetarian and gluten-free.
What’s in the Honey Roasted Carrots?
I made the glaze for these easy roasted carrots using just two simple ingredients: honey and Hero Bitter Orange Premium Marmalade.
Unlike other “sweet marmalades” on the market, Hero uses extra bitter orange peel to give this marmalade tart sensory notes and the bitter flavor is quite pronounced but with the honey, it’s perfect for the carrots.
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How to Make Honey Roasted Carrots
Place the peeled whole carrots on a foil-lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Roast the carrots for about 15 minutes, or until tender. Add the glaze towards the end of roasting the carrots.
Because of the natural sugars in the honey and Hero Bitter Orange Premium Marmalade, if you add it too early it could have a tendency to burn before the carrots are fully cooked given the high oven temp that we’re using.
I like my roasted carrots to retain a bit of texture rather than becoming too soft so I pull them out when they’re ever so slightly crisp-tender. If you prefer softer carrots, bake them for extra time until you reach the perfect texture for you and your family.
What Kind of Carrots Should I Use?
I absolutely love using multi-colored organic carrots for a dish like this where the carrots are the stars of the show. Even though I don’t think they taste differently, they are visually so appealing that I just adore them.
However, they can be a little tricky to find, and in that case, go with standard orange carrots.
Can I Roast Baby Carrots Instead?
You could, but you’ll need to adjust the roasting time pretty significantly. If you make the honey orange glazed carrots with baby carrots, leave me a comment below letting me know how they turned out!
Tips for Making Whole Roasted Carrots
Look for carrots that are not too fat in diameter. Thinner carrots are better so that they cook through completely before the outsides become overly dark. If your carrots are on the fatter side, I suggest halving them.
Note that this recipe calls for bitter orange marmalade, not sweet. If you use sweet orange marmalade, the roasted carrots may end up being too sweet.
As a tip, if you have leftover roasted carrots, they are great on salads in the coming days. Or try them mixed into cooked quinoa or rice with some black or garbanzo beans for a quick and easy vegetarian meal.
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- 2 pounds carrots, peeled (I use 1 pound multi-colored and 1 pound orange; use thinner carrots and if they are thicker halve them)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup Hero Bitter Orange Premium Marmalade
- fresh parsley, optional for garnishing
- cheese, optional for garnishing (feta, gorgonzola, Parmesan, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.
- Add the carrots, evenly drizzle with olive oil, evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper, and using your hands toss to evenly coat the carrots.
- Roast for about 15 minutes, or until quite tender.
- While carrots are roasting, to a small bowl, add the honey, Bitter Orange, and stir to combine.
- Remove baking sheet from oven, flip carrots, and using a pastry brush, evenly and liberally brush the carrots with the honey orange mixture.
- Return baking sheet to the oven and bake for about 5 to 7 additional minutes, or until carrots are as done as desired.
- Optionally garnish with parsley and/or cheese and serve immediately.
Storage: Carrots will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 542mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 5gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g
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