These tasty balsamic roasted carrots are the perfect side dish for your favorite plant-based meals. They’re cooked until tender and the balsamic glaze adds the best flavor!
When you’re looking for the perfect side dish for your plant-based meals, look no further than carrots. That’s because roasted carrots are easy to make and add a pop of color and flavor to just about any dish you serve them with.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using baby carrots make this recipe easy to make
- Adding a bit of sweetener creates a delicious caramel flavor once baked
- Baking carrots until tender makes them a perfect side dish for just about any meal
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Balsamic vinegar — Use your favorite balsamic vinegar for this recipe.
- Olive oil — Any neutral oil will work.
- Agave nectar — For maple balsamic roasted carrots, substitute maple syrup.
- Baby carrots — You’ll need two pounds of baby carrots.
- Seasonings — Add salt, pepper, and chopped fresh parsley to taste.
Store these in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can freeze roasted carrots in a freezer-safe container for up to 9 months. They may because a bit softer when thawed.
Some people prefer completely tender carrots, while others like a bit of crunch. Here’s more information on how to get the texture you’re looking for:
- Tender Carrots — Using smaller carrots, like baby carrots, will help make them more tender. You can also steam them for a few minutes in the microwave before roasting. To do that, place the carrots in a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave for up to a minute. Set aside to let them cool. Then follow the instructions for glazing and roasting.
- Carrots with a Bit of a Crunch — Simply follow the instructions for this recipe and adjust the baking time to suit your needs. You can test one of the carrots with a fork to help determine the tenderness. If you feel resistance with the fork, the carrots are still firm in the middle.
Here are some vegan main meals that are even better with roasted carrots on the side:
- Either this Vegan Chicken or this Roasted Vegan Turkey is a great main dish to serve with vegetable sides
- Serve Vegan Chicken Parmesan with pasta and carrots
- This Vegan French Dip Sandwich is even better with tender carrots on the side
- Vegan Kabobs are perfect in the summer with roasted carrots
- Don’t forget to serve Vegan Twice Baked Potatoes as a main meal with lots of tasty sides.
This recipe is so easy. I made it for dinner this weekend and everyone loved it!
That’s it for these balsamic roasted baby carrots. Enjoy!
Maple Balsamic Carrots
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave nectar)
- 2 pounds baby carrots
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the vinegar, oil, and syrup.
- Add carrots and toss to coat.
- Place the carrots on the prepared baking sheet, spreading them out to a single layer. Drizzle with more sauce.
- Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until the carrots are fork-tender and golden brown.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.
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This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.