Honey roasted rainbow carrots are baked to tender-crisp perfection.

Elegant but every day easy, rainbow roasted carrots are a colorful addition to any table.

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Easy Yet Elegant Side Dish!

  • This eye-catching appetizer or side dish goes from the oven to the table in minutes.
  • Peeling is optional in this effortless recipe.
  • Honey glazed carrots can be prepped up to two days ahead.
  • Naturally sweet and healthy, roasted carrots go with any chicken, beef, or pork recipe.
ingredients to make roasted rainbow carrots labelled: rainbow carrots, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.

Ingredients and Variations

Carrots – Rainbow carrots come in purple, yellow, white, or red and look best if you leave a little of the stem attached. Can’t find the rainbow variety? Use regular orange or baby carrots.

Did You Know?

Carrots fresh from the garden or the farmer’s market cook faster than store-bought carrots.

Sweet or Savory – No honey? Use maple syrup or whisk brown sugar with the oil until it’s dissolved. Omit the honey altogether for a simple, savory dish with a sprinkle of homemade Italian seasonings if you like.

Oil – Melted butter can be used instead of oil and leftover bacon grease can be melted and used for a deep, smoky flavor.

Variations – Add some slices of baby red potatoes, strips of bell peppers, small, whole mushrooms, or halved Brussels sprouts to the baking sheet. For a zesty twist, brush carrots with a little teriyaki glaze for a fun appetizer.

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How to Make Roasted Rainbow Carrots

  1. Toss carrots in oil, honey, salt, and pepper (per recipe below).
  2. Roast in a single layer on a baking sheet until caramelized and tender-crisp. Serve hot.

Ways to Serve Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Colorful roasted rainbow carrots go perfectly with a holiday ham, or a simple meatloaf. Serve them as an appetizer alongside some oven-roasted asparagus and some homemade garlic sauce with lemon wedges.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots on a sheet pan

Storing and Reheating Leftover Carrots

Store roasted rainbow carrots in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat them in the microwave or add them to fresh garden salsa or a hearty vegetable soup.

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Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Roasted rainbow carrots are a colorful, healthy and have an added touch of sweetness.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Candace



  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix oil, honey, salt, and pepper together. Add carrots and toss to combine (or brush onto carrots, covering completely).
  • Add carrots to baking tray in a single layer.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, turning carrots every 10 minutes or so, until carrots are cooked to your liking and sides are lightly browned.


  • Leftovers will keep in a covered container for up to 5 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 94 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 18945IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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