Balsamic Roasted Carrots

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!

A bowl of roasted carrots has parsley on top and around it. There's a bowl of salad behind it.

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

What You Need

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
  • Olive oil
  • Agave nectar — Substitute maple syrup.
  • Baby carrots — You’ll need two pounds of baby carrots for this recipe.
  • Salt and pepper — Add this to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley

How to Make Balsamic Roasted Carrots

One of my favorite things about this recipe is just how easy it is to make it. Let’s discuss the steps involved:

Baby carrots are being tossed into a bowl with a balsamic mixture.
  1. Make the glaze by stirring vinegar, oil, and syrup in a large bowl.
  2. Add carrots and toss to coat. 
  3. Place the carrots on the prepared baking sheet, spreading them out to a single layer. Drizzle with more sauce. 
  4. Roast in the oven for 25 to 30minutes until the carrots are fork-tender and golden brown.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm.
Marinated baby carrots are on a baking sheet.

Storage Tips

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.

Roasting Guide

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.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some vegan main meals that are even better with roasted carrots on the side:

Vegan Side Dishes

A close-up shot shows roasted balsamic carrots with fresh parsley on top.

That’s it for these balsamic roasted carrots.

A bowl of roasted carrots has parsley on top and around it. There's a bowl of salad behind it.

Balsamic Carrots

These yummy 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!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (or maple syrup)
  • 2 pounds baby carrots
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. 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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Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Carrots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 21019IU420%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

One Response to Balsamic Roasted Carrots

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLaurie Reply

    This recipe is so easy. I made it for dinner this weekend and everyone loved it!

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