Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

These Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots are beautifully caramelized in a sweet and sticky glaze. The perfect side dish for your Sunday roastHungry now? Jump to Recipe

For someone without a prominent sweet tooth, the sight of honey usually gives me fear. But when it’s balanced out with some acidity and glazed over my FAVE vegetable of all time ever ever ever, I think I can manage. And by manage I mean give me a whole tray of these please.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots with Thyme fresh out the oven

How to prep your carrots

First things first – 

Should you peel your carrots?

In short, it doesn’t make a huge difference. Certainly not in this instance anyway.

Peeled carrots gives off a brighter glow, so if you’re throwing them in a salad they do look a bit gnarly with the skins left on. But in this case i.e roasting, visually it won’t make a huge difference if they’re peeled or not. When it comes to taste, some people claim the skin can taste bitter and slightly earthy. Personally I see very little difference, especially when roasting and glazed to the high heavens.

Finally, usually when I’m cooking carrots it’s with a roast dinner or a nice bit of meat that needs some tlc. So in this instance I never peel them, work smarter not harder and all that.

In the end it’s totally up to you! Either way give those dang things a good scrub in hot water.

To slice or not to slice?

Again, doesn’t make a huge difference. As you can see the first photos I sliced them vertically in half, second one (below) I kept them whole. If they’re particularly large carrots then definitely slice them, just to reduce cooking time. But either way just make sure all the carrots are the same size so they all cook evenly.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots - Overhead shot

Okay, so you’ve prepped your carrots, let’s talk glaze.

Honey Balsamic Glaze

  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Easy right? Well, it gets easier.

How to make honey balsamic roasted carrots

  1. Prep your carrots.
  2. Slice the tip off.
  3. Slice vertically, as necessary.
  4. Add to a baking tray with fresh thyme.
  5. Pour over glaze and roast.
  6. Take out, flip carrots and pour over leftover glaze. Roast until caramelized.

How to make honey balsamic roasted carrots step by step photos

When they come out the oven and it’s time to serve up. I love to sprinkle over fresh parsley and if I think it needs it, I’ll give the carrots a final drizzle of honey and/or splash of balsamic vinegar.

Mainly just because I like honey dippers tbh.

All in all these honey balsamic roasted carrots are the perfect way to jazz what could potentially be an average side dish. Sweet and sticky, yet fresh and flavoursome, these are sure to be the best dang carrots you’ve ever had.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots - Dripping Honey 

How to make Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots (Full Recipe & Video)

5 from 12 votes
Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots in the oven
Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots are beautifully caramelized in a sweet and sticky glaze. The perfect side dish for your Sunday roast!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Sunday Roast
Keyword: Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Servings: 4
Calories: 132 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 10 medium Carrots, peeled & sliced as necessary
  • Few sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • spinkle Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 190c (375f). In a bowl mix your honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and seasoning to taste.

  2. In a tray, combine your carrots, thyme and 3/4 of your glaze, ensuring you coat the carrots as evenly as possible. Roast for 15-20 mins or until the carrots start to caramelize.

  3. Take the tray out the oven, flip the carrots and pour over the rest of your glaze. Pop back in the oven until nicely browned and sticky.

  4. Serve by pouring over any leftover glaze from the pan, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Watch how to make it!

Nutrition Facts
Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.75g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.525g 3%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.537g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.484g
Sodium 108mg 5%
Potassium 506mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 24.77g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4.4g 18%
Sugars 17.05g
Protein 1.52g 3%
Vitamin A 1093%
Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 6%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes
    November 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    So simple yet so good looking. I think it would be a shame to remove the skin on these beauties but I’m so glad to read why you glazed towards the end of cooking. It’s a great tip.

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      So glad you agree! Too pretty to peel 🙂

  • Reply
    Jamie | A Sassy Spoon
    November 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Pretty AND delicious? Sign me up! These honey balsamic roasted carrots are the perfect side for my holiday table. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Jamie 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    November 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    These look lovely, such a perfect side dish!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks, Amy! 🙂

  • Reply
    November 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    First of all – love your blog name. So cute! And we adore vegetables in any way shape and form so these bright and sticky beauties certainly “a-peel” 😉

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Literally the best comment ever.

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    November 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Those look so delicious! My husband and son love carrots so I am pinning these to try for them!

    • Reply
      November 28, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Fantastic! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Syama Nair
    November 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    These carrots look incredible ! The glaze – sweet with a touch of savory , just PERFECT !

  • Reply
    Marlee Brady
    November 20, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I get scared of honey as well!!! But this is a fantastic way to conquer my fears!

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    November 20, 2018 at 12:44 am

    these look wonderful I love carrots usually raw but these are nice change will give it a go!

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    November 20, 2018 at 3:35 am

    I’ve put balsamic on veggies in the past but these carrots with honey and balsamic sound Fabulous! Pinning this recipe.

  • Reply
    November 20, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Oh man! These look amazing and I would eat them as a main dish!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Can these be made ahead of time? Like the day before?

    • Reply
      November 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Gwen! I definitely prefer them fresh out the oven, but if you were to make them in advance I’d take them out the oven before the second glaze (after around 20mins), pop them in the fridge, then reheat in the oven with the last bit of glaze until they’re nice and caramelized. If you’re really pushed for time/space, you could make them as instructed, then just reheat in the microwave. The flavour will be there but that fresh-out-the-oven caramelization won’t be. Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Marty W.
    December 15, 2018 at 8:52 am

    These were totally Awesom had them for Thanksgiving. Will make lots more so tasty..
    was a great hit, and so easy too.

    • Reply
      December 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      That’s so awesome to hear! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

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