Balsamic Glazed Roasted Carrots

Carrots are often over-looked as a vegetable, but you won't over-look these balsamic glazed carrots! This delicious side dish has only 5 ingredients and is super easy to prepare.

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Balsamic Glazed Carrots on an oval white plate with a blue napkin and serving spoon.

The Overlooked Carrot

The poor carrot. The bright orange root vegetable that we always have on hand in our refrigerators is usually relegated to a crudités platter or being tossed into the start of a recipe as one component of mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery). The carrot rarely is given the opportunity to shine on its own. This recipe for balsamic glazed roasted carrots, however, puts the carrot front and center, points a spotlight on this sweet colorful vegetable and really lets it stand alone at center stage. Isn’t it time we gave carrots its due?

Ingredients on a cutting board - carrots, thyme, balsamic vinegar, honey, butter and a knife.

5 Simple Ingredient Side Dish

I love a recipe with as few ingredients as possible and this side dish has only 5 ingredients. All the ingredients are common and easy to find – another plus – and they all play a distinct role in the recipe. The balsamic vinegar adds flavor and acid, the honey gives sweetness, the butter rounds out and counteracts the acid, the thyme gives flavor and depth and then there’s the star of the show – the carrots. Remember, we’re letting the carrots shine so the fewer ingredients the better.

Hands cutting carrots into large diagonal slices.

Cut Carrots on the Bias

You may have seen the words “cut on the bias” in many recipes. It simply means to cut at a diagonal rather than straight across. Cutting on the bias is especially important for this recipe, because the cut of carrot is what is going to make this dish attractive. You need to cut on a severe bias, an extreme diagonal to really make the angle noticeable, so set your knife to what you think is a bias and then turn it just a little farther, making the angle even more severe. The carrots should be about 1-inch thick. That’s thick, I know, but you want them that thick to have enough time in the oven to glaze and roast properly. Too thin and they will over cook before the glaze reduces.

Carrots in a bowl tossed with balsamic glaze.

Glaze for Carrots

The glaze has just three ingredients – honey, vinegar and butter. Simple. Melt the butter and combine the three ingredients in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss the carrots around before spreading them in one even layer on a baking sheet.

Raw carrots and thyme with balsamic vinegar glaze on a baking sheet.

How Long to Roast Carrots

How long to cook the carrots depends on how thick and big they are. Hopefully, you’ve cut them into 1-inch thick slices on a severe bias which means they should take 30 to 40 minutes in the oven to roast properly. Give them a shake and turn them over part way through so you get even browning on both sides. 

Cooked carrots and thyme with balsamic vinegar glaze on a baking sheet.

White vs Regular Balsamic Vinegar

You could use white balsamic vinegar for this recipe instead of the usual dark vinegar if you wanted to, but our intention is to get some color on our carrots to give them a roasted look. The dark balsamic vinegar does a good job of helping the carrots acquire color so I suggest sticking with the regular. If you don’t want too much color on the carrots, or if you only have white balsamic vinegar on hand, go head and use it. It will still be delicious.

Balsamic Glazed Carrots on an oval white plate with a blue napkin and serving spoon.

What to Serve with Roasted Carrots

Obviously, these balsamic glazed roasted carrots are a side dish, and every side dish needs a main and perhaps another side dish or two. These carrots would go very well with a roast turkey or a baked ham and nice side dishes to compliment would be this asparagus with crispy Parmesan breadcrumbs or some good Cheddar garlic smashed potatoes. If you have any leftovers, cut them down in size a little and toss them into a green salad with a simple vinaigrette

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Carrots

  • Prep Time: 5 m
  • Cook Time: 40 m
  • Total Time: 45 m
  • Servings:


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 pounds. carrots peeled
  • 5 to 8 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh thyme leaves for garnish


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine the melted butter, honey and balsamic vinegar in a medium bowl.
  3. Slice the carrots on a severe bias into 1-inch thick slices. Add the carrots to the bowl with the balsamic vinegar mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread the carrots out, in a single layer, on a baking sheet. Nestle the sprigs of thyme into the carrots and transfer the baking sheet to the oven.

  4. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, turning the carrots over halfway through the cooking time. They should be fork tender when fully roasted. Transfer the carrots to a serving dish.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the sheet pan to deglaze the pan, scraping the pan with a flat spatula.
  6. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black and drizzle the glazing liquid from the pan over the top. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves and serve warm.
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  1. 5 stars
    I have been making this for years.the only difference is that I have been making this receipe stove top.Never enough room in the oven ,because of the turkey.

    1. Hi Dan. Just click on the box that says “Nutrition Info” next to the title of the recipe and you’ll get all the info you need.

  2. These carrots are the best I made them for dinner party I did not have any left and was asked to go to a potluck dinner and the people who attended my dinner requested that I do the carrots again they are among my most favorite

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is astounding. We use it about every 2 weeks. You will never considered cooked carrots to be the old soggy pot roast side of years ago. One of my favorite foods🥕🙌 Once you try it, you will fall

  4. I cannot wait to try this recipe. I love carrots. Thank you for the recipe. Will do them in the air fryer.

  5. 5 stars
    Made for Thanksgiving. Turned out great. Used a nice thick pomegranate balsamic. I used my toaster oven on air roast for about 25 minutes. Will definitely make this again. Thanks!!

  6. Meredith,
    Question about beans.
    I don’t like whole beans. I use to be able to buy French cut green beans but our groceries/supplier don’t offer them any more. Is there a kitchen utensil that you can buy to rip the beans.
    (love your dishes)

  7. 1 star
    I followed the directions to the letter. The glaze burned to a carbonized mess. Very disappointed in this recipe.

    1. Sorry you had a problem with the recipe. The glaze should just caramelize and coat the carrots. All ovens do differ a bit, so it’s best to keep an eye on new recipes to make sure they don’t cook too quickly.

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