Whole Roasted Carrots

Story and photos by Mark Bittman

Cooking for four omnivores and a vegetarian the other night, I made an awesome beef-and-vegetable soup to start, a real labor of love of which I was quite proud. Needless to say this was not going to make the vegetarian happy.

So I decided to give her a preview of a vegetable course, in part because I have a refrigerator drawer full of these still-firm and –flavorful Glynwood carrots and in part because I realize I never roast carrots whole, but almost always as part of a (now somewhat boring and clichéd) roast vegetable mix.

It was pretty simple, of course. I took a big lump of butter and put it in the pan on the stove while I heated the oven to 400°. I trimmed the carrots but didn’t peel them; rather I scrubbed them with a brush – peeling seemed overkill. Then I rolled them in the melted butter and put the pan in the oven.

They took 45 minutes or so, but I held them at a lower temperature for a while. All I did was shake the pan now and then so they browned evenly – and at some point threw some salt in there. It could not have been much easier; biggest mistake was not making enough, because they were devoured quickly.

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31 Comments

  1. Bharath said...

    Mark this is the easiest food to cook I have ever seen! only carrots nothing else but, seems to be really good for health. will try it for sure.
    thanks for the post.

    • Zach said...

      Its good for eyes as well like many vegetables.
      You can get a good idea on sipofwellness.com

  2. Fabio Figueredo said...

    What a dish, COOL!!!

  3. Sanobook said...

    I love carrots and this is the easiest food I’ve ever seen so absolutely I’m gonna try it. Thanks for sharing Mark.

  4. I never thought of this. Is better if I slice the carrots? Hmm thinking of roasted carrot chips as well.

    • Luna said...

      I think whole carrots would taste sweeter and also absorb less oil. But I’m thinking about chopping the carrots a little too, to reduce the cook time.

  5. lifecycle said...

    Roasted in olive oil…we call them vegan sausages!

  6. Chococraft said...

    What a fantastic post! The information is very useful. Thank you for sharing this here.

  7. Michael Saylor said...

    Hi, Carrots are Good for me Cooked or Raw…But Add Some Fat. Carrots are good for me whether I eat them cooked or raw, but interestingly, cooking carrots actually makes the nutrients more bioavailable…If the carrots are cooked well then it is full of nutrients which is good for my health.

    Thanks for your good post.
    Have a great day.

  8. Srikanth said...

    Fabulous post. Never thought that carrots could be roasted like this. Mostly I like carrots to be taken as Raw, but this dish changed my whole thought of making a dish like this with carrots.

  9. Jason said...

    Interesting. Have never tried this before. Maybe I’ll give it a shot.

  10. Zach said...

    Amazing recipe, sipofwellness.com definitely needs such excellent
    Recipes apart from the style and attractions mantra!
    Keep writing

  11. Steve said...

    These look great!

  12. LonelyBadger said...

    Disgusting, why would someone just have fried Carrots. I don’t see that as very appetizing.

  13. Marie Anderson said...

    Really great but I don’t try before. This is an interesting recipe. I like you idea.

  14. Jen said...

    Seriously the best. I used carrots and parsnips that needed to be cooked. So simple and yet with putting them in a hot pan they get incredible flavor. Thanks for sharing this one!

  15. Drew Sullivan said...

    I liked this way of cooking, I will try it myself.

  16. Tara Kelly said...

    These roasted carrots look so yummm!! And it gives me a great idea! I could roast many kinds of vegetables and serve them on a platter with a good salad dressing and serve it as a side at a dinner party that I’m about to host. I would like the dish and I’m sure others would too.

  17. mohit kumar said...

    This looks unbelievably delicious!! Going to make this in the upcoming days!! Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Nella said...

    It should be very delicious!! Thank you for sharing this recipe

  19. Kathrin said...

    Never cooked like this. But it looks very nice

  20. Valerie Harms said...

    I’ve made this dish a number of times. Now one of my favorite.

  21. Dave said...

    Looks good, maybe worth a shot 🙂

  22. iris said...

    It’s a whole new way to cook, and it seems so healthy! I’ve switched to a whole new lifestyle lately, including a healthy diet. Also, I’ve started running on a regular basis with SportMe half marathon app, which calculates pace, elevation, calories and time plus distance. Love how I feel ever since.

  23. Anna said...

    Woah!, this is a radically different kind of dish.

    Looks delicious. They become crispy?

  24. Lin said...

    I should try to cook this!! It looks very nice

  25. Peterson Edward said...

    Great article. Superb dish. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Karen Wang said...

    These look delicious

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