Roasted Carrots with Honey & Thyme

Roasted Carrots

I guess it’s just human nature, but we humans tend to take everyday things for granted, and you don’t really appreciate something until you don’t have it. We just assume things we need or want will always be there, like they had nothing better to do. That would be the case for me with vegetables. Really, how much time in my life have I devoted to thinking about a vegetable? None! I’ve never cared about their well-being, or thanked them for their years of service. I just always assumed they would always be there, just waiting for ME. Oh, how self-centered.

I broach this topic because I spent the last week visiting a small island in the Caribbean that did not grow its own vegetables. We were told that all the island’s produce had to be flown in from different places. No matter were we went to eat, lettuce was brown, cucumbers were mushy, and tomatoes had no right to call themselves tomatoes. After about day 4, my body was going through a vitamin A withdrawal. Somebody help me, please, I need my soluble fiber!

Well, when I finally returned home I vowed I would never take one of my yellow, orange or green friends for granted anymore. I made myself a batch of these Roasted Carrots with Honey and Thyme, which by the way is a favorite annual side-dish on my Thanksgiving table.

Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots with Honey & Thyme

  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, minced thyme
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, crystallized ginger (optional, but I love the spicy sweetness it adds)
  • sea salt and fresh, ground pepper to taste


  1. Peel and trim tops off carrots. Rinse under cold water and pat dry.
  2. Lay carrots on a metal rimmed baking sheet and drizzle the olive oil over. Toss to coat carrots completely.
  3. Sprinkle carrots with the thyme, crystallized ginger, salt and pepper. Drizzle honey over top.
  4. Toss carrots to completely incorporate the ingredients.
  5. Roast on the center rack in the oven at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until you can pierce the carrots with a sharp knife.
  6. Serve immediately.

Serves 6

Roasted Carrots

Mama’s Tips

Make sure that all your carrots are of equal thickness to insure that the vegetables roast evenly. If some carrots are thicker, just cut them in half.

To make your dish more visually appealing, see if your local produce market sells the multi-colored or rainbow carrots. They’re just more fun!

Roasted Carrots

Recipe: Easy

21 Comments on “Roasted Carrots with Honey & Thyme”

  1. Gorgeous photos and thank you for the reminder of how good we have it… that even a Caribbean Island isn’t so grand when it doesn’t have it’s own veggies!

  2. Clo says:

    Beautiful carrots! Great idea to add some crystallized ginger!

  3. df says:

    What a fantastic reminder about appreciating what we have, and the importance of securing local food sources. Those carrots are beautiful! I’m just this minute in the middle of roasting my own but in a completely different way for a soup that I’ll be posting about later. This is a lovely sidedish that I’ll keep in mind.

  4. These look wonderful! Love the idea of the crystallized ginger!

  5. What gorgeous colours my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Wow, I cannot wait to try this, although only usually like raw carrots…can use the fresh thyme in my garden..thanks so much for the wonderful idea and yes, such a colourful dish! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. starlight says:

    wow, that’s nice and appetizing.. and i’m sure tastes delish too.. we only have the orange color variety of carrots here so seeing them in other colors is lovely..

  8. Gorgeous heirloom varieties and stunning dish as always! Love the addition of crystallised ginger, so incredibly moreish!

  9. How beautiful…..

  10. Love it. Sadly, Baby Lady hates cooked carrots except in jalapeรฑos en escabeche. She will pick them out of any dish no matter how small I dice them. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I fix them in roasted root vegetables but there is no way I could make an entire side of roasted carrots and they look sooooooo good. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  11. Brooks says:

    Oooooo, how glorious these carrots are! I appreciate this post in regards to taking vegetables for granted. The mention of how the produce was flown in to your vacation spot truly brought the message home. That and the constant struggle of getting veggies into my kids always presents a challenge. One day, soon I hope, I’ll proudly put these on the table for all to enjoy. You hear that children?

  12. Ankit says:

    i have to say this…. the only reason i want to cook this is because the photos make it look so darn good.
    now if only i could find such colorful carrots…

  13. I just made this as a side dish for our Christmas Eve dinner last night and it was delish! I added a bit of cayenne pepper for a kick ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  14. sarahlouisek says:

    if I make this — and make the shrimp dish — maybe I can actually cook. Or at least finally learn how.

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