This healthy 5 ingredient Thyme Roasted Carrots recipe goes well just about anything and is my favorite way to make roasted carrots. The perfect easy veggie side!
I’m re-sharing one of my favorite easy side recipes today. I certainly make these thyme-roasted carrots — and eat them — like all the time since they’re so easy and so yummy. So…why not update the photos and add a lil’ video to show you just how easy they are, right?
This is a super easy veggie side to make that goes well with a lot of different types of meals. I particularly like thyme-roasted carrots with turkey, chicken, steak and tri-tip. The sweet and salty flavors and soft texture of the carrots complement those meats quite nicely.
I’ve also been known to enjoy these yummy carrots as a light and healthy main dish, too.
How To Make Roasted Carrots
The most common questions I get asked about this thyme roasted carrots recipe are: “Do I have to boil carrots before roasting them?” and “Do you need to peel carrots before roasting them?”
The answer: nope and nope.
You’re welcome 🙂
This side is super easy and requires absolutely no prepping for. All you need is (1) carrots, (2) fresh thyme, (3) sea salt and (4) ground black pepper. Then roast the carrots in the oven for 30 minutes and you’re done.
Serious. Told you it was easy!
Why You Should Totally Make Roasted Carrots
Making roasted carrots is one of the easiest side recipes you’ll make because it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and the prep and clean-up are both very simple.
Roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness, so not many additional seasonings are needed. If you feel like it, however, you could add a splash of balsamic vinegar, raw honey, or some sprigs of fresh rosemary to the carrots.
Personally, I like them nice and simple. This recipe also happens to be vegan as written, if you’re following a vegan diet.
Just be sure to use carrots that are all roughly the same size and shape. This will make roasting much easier as the carrots will cook more evenly. That means no partially cooked carrots while others are overcooked. Instead, it will be roasted carrot perfection.
Thyme Roasted Carrots
Thyme Roasted Carrots | This is a healthy 5 ingredient Thyme Roasted Carrots recipe that goes well with a lot of different types of meals and is my favorite way to make roasted carrots. The perfect easy veggie side! | A Sweet Pea Chef
- 10-12 whole unpeeled carrots, split lengthwise
- 2 tbsp fresh whole thyme leaves, no stems
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Drizzle olive oil over carrots on the sheet pan. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Toss carrots until evenly coated with oil and seasonings. Arrange carrots on sheet pan.
Toss fresh thyme leaves over carrots.
Roast in oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden and tender.
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18 thoughts on “Thyme Roasted Carrots”
Soooo good! This will be in my arsenal for a quick , simple, always-good side.
Love this super easy side. Whenever I am in a pinch for salads and sides, this is now one of my go-to’s!
Great healthy side.
Yep, one of my faves!
I just found your blog, and I’m so excited! These carrots look amazing, and there is even a chance my picky eater toddler may eat them! Thank you!
Yay! That’s so exciting! 🙂 I hope your toddler loves them!
Hi Lacey! Loving the roasted carrots recipe you have here ~ linking back to this recipe in my next post 🙂
Awesome 🙂 Thanks so much!!
I love the simplicity of roasted carrots. They’re so flexible. This is one of many fantastic flavor combinations. Great photos!
Thanks, Matt! I totally agree with you on the delightful simplicity of roasted carrots. mmm
Hey Lacey! We tried the carrots tonight with your pan-seared salmon recipe. YUMMY!!
Yay, Kathy! Good combination :). Thanks for sharing how it went!
I heart roast carrots- they’re like candy!
Right there with you, Betty!
Mmmm, sounds like Pioneer Woman’s carrots! They’re so good! They get sweet once they’re roasted, I love this recipe!
You’re right! Now that you remind me, I do remember seeing a recipe on the Pioneer Woman’s site for oven-roasted carrots that was similar to mine. Roasted carrots are so simple and so yummy! Thanks for stopping by!
Beautiful Lacey, as always 🙂 I love roasted carrots and how they get a beautiful sweetness when roasted. In fact make a side dish very similar to this but with the addition of some white wine.
Aww, you’re so kind! Right, aren’t roasted carrots SO good?? I like the idea of adding some white wine to them. Yum!
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