Dec 3, 2012

Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Christmas is just around the corner, so let me share my favourite carrot recipe with you. No matter how experienced a cook you are, for a stress-free Christmas—or any kind of holiday, really—you need recipes that are simple, reliable and that most people (especially kids) will like. This is one of them.

It’s about as basic as it gets: carrots, garlic and onion. If you combine those, add some butter, a little olive oil and some simple herbs and you slow-cook them in the oven and finish them with a little roasting, you bring out their wonderful natural flavour and sweetness.

You can never go wrong with these beauties as a side dish.



1 bunch of carrots (around 10 oz)
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp chicken or vegetable broth
1 tbsp olive oil
2 oz butter
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried parsley
salt & pepper



Carrots are and will always rank amongst my favourite vegetables. They’re dirt-cheap, too!
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Wash, peel and cut them in half. Leave the smaller ones whole and transfer them to a casserole.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Cut the onion in half-quarts and slice the garlic. Randomly place the onion and garlic in with the carrots.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Toss them with the olive oil and season them with (kosher) salt and pepper. I always break out my fleur de sel for this.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Add the thyme and parsley and cube the butter. The butter will add a lovely flavour and richness.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Pour the chicken broth and lemon juice into the casserole.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Place the butter cubes on top of the carrots. They will melt all over and do yummy things to the carrots.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Tightly wrap the casserole with aluminium foil.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Bake the carrots in a preheated oven at 200C° (400F°) for 40 to 45 minutes until they’re tender but still have a bite.

After roughly 40 minutes they are delicious. Sweet and juicy. But they need a bit of colour. A little roasting will do them good.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Put the casserole back into the oven and bake the carrots, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.

There. That’s more like it. Rustic, gorgeous and absolutely delicious.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

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Simple Oven-Baked Carrots
    1 bunch of carrots (around 10 oz)
    1 large onion
    2 garlic cloves
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    4 tbsp chicken or vegetable broth
    1 tbsp olive oil
    2 oz butter
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1/2 tsp dried parsley
    salt & pepper

    Wash, peel and cut the carrots in half. Transfer them to a casserole and toss them with the olive oil.Slice the onion into half-quarts and thinly slice the garlic cloves. Add themto the casserole.

    Season the carrots with salt and pepper.Sprinkle the dried herbs all over them andpour the chicken broth and lemon juiceinto the casserole as well.

    Cube the butter and place them on topof the carrots.Tighly wrap the casserole with aluminumfoil. Bake the carrots in a preheated ovenat 200C° (400F°) for 40 to 45 minutesuntil they’re tender but still have a bite tothem.

    Remove the aluminum foil, check thecarrots for readiness and bake them,uncovered, for another 15 minutes

Meal type: Side Dish, Vegetables
Servings: 4
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    1. 1

      I made this tonight. Yummy! Thanks, even the kids enjoyed it.

      Janet on Dec 4, 2012 @ 3:14 am Reply
    2. 2

      So simple yet so delicious!

      Amanda on Dec 4, 2012 @ 9:33 am Reply
    3. 3

      Looks delicious Kay.

      Maria on Dec 4, 2012 @ 10:08 am Reply
    4. 4

      you keep kosher? L:) 

      Gal Granov on Dec 5, 2012 @ 9:59 am Reply
      1. Kosher salt?

        Kay on Dec 5, 2012 @ 10:09 am Reply
    5. 5

      Yummm.I love carrots too.

      Jack on Dec 5, 2012 @ 12:41 pm Reply
    6. 6

      This is such a yummy dish. I made it tonight and oh boy it was delicious. It is now my very favouritest way of cooking carrots.

      Stephanie (New Zealand) on Dec 8, 2012 @ 8:56 am Reply
    7. 7

      When I printed this carrot  recipe the ingredients were not the same as above. Am I seeing things are too much wine here ?

      Joe on Dec 16, 2012 @ 11:27 pm Reply
      1. So glad you pointed it out… two of the printable recipes got mixed up! Fixed it.

        Kay on Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:15 am Reply
    8. 8

      Simple and reliable recipes are always nice to have around. It seems especially true when you have plenty of other dishes to worry about around the holiday season.

      OrGreenic on Dec 21, 2012 @ 5:18 pm Reply
    9. 9

      So easy to make and oh so delicious!

      Ashley on Jan 6, 2013 @ 2:32 pm Reply
    10. 10

      Love these carrots dish.  I am bored with eating carrots in salads now i can make it this way.They are so simple & delicious.  I am going to try this dish tomorrow.

      shaweta on Jan 15, 2013 @ 1:37 am Reply
    11. 11

      I just roasted some carrots based on this recipe (though I really use anything but olive oil, garlic salt and carrots)… I have tried to roast veggies in the oven w/ not very tasty success, and I guess the trick is the temp settings and using foil for the first part, then uncovering it at the end.  They were divine.  I am definitely making these again!!

      keisha on Feb 12, 2013 @ 9:22 pm Reply
      1. Same here… when I roast them uncovered for so long they become all dry and shrivelled up.

        Kay on Feb 12, 2013 @ 9:32 pm Reply
    12. 12

      I’m loving the way you describe the recipes, and I have already tried a few of them. Since I’m a vegetarian, I must say you do things with spices that really shocked me, and have certainly improved my cooking!
      I will try this one tonight and see how it goes.
      Keep up the good ideas! (:
      Besos desde España!

      Luna on Feb 14, 2013 @ 8:19 pm Reply
    13. 13

      This was very easy and yummy. I was surprised that the olive oil and butter made such a nice glaze for the carrots.

      Sharon on Apr 24, 2013 @ 4:15 am Reply
    14. 14

       Will definitely give this a shot tomorrow, sounds delicious, me and my wife just love carrots, and i’ve been doing it the hard way, lol, thanx so much for posting this

      Danny on Aug 20, 2013 @ 7:22 am Reply
    15. 15

      Can I put some salmon in with everything?

      Jim on Oct 9, 2013 @ 8:31 pm Reply
    16. 16

      How many servings does this make?

      Tara on Nov 25, 2014 @ 4:11 am Reply
    17. 17

      Awesome! Simple but delicious! I paired it with some turkey legs and potatoes! What a great addition!

      Krystina on Jan 27, 2015 @ 1:13 am Reply

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