Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots

A white oval platter containing colourful maple balsamic roasted carrots garnished with coarse salt and chopped parsley.

Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots are the perfect side dish for any dinner. Simply toss them with a tasty vinaigrette, then roast them to tender caramelized perfection in your oven.

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Colourful Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots garnished with coarse salt and chopped parsley.

Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Have you ever tried roasted vegetables? This simple high heat cooking method transforms ordinary veggies into superstars. These carrots are tender with just the right amount of caramelized crispy bits that are oh, so tasty!

The inherent sweetness of the carrots is amplified through roasting while the addition of balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard brings a hint of acidity. That final hit of coarse finishing salt the elevates the sweet and sour balsamic glaze.

Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots make a perfect side dish for a simple roast chicken dinner or holiday meal. They’re delicious with any protein: ham, chicken, fish, beef, lamb, pulses, or turkey.

Ingredients used in making Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots.

Ingredients

Though there is relatively small list of ingredients, they all work together to bring bags of flavour to the final dish.

  • Carrots
  • Maple Syrup
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil

Carrots are the star of this side dish and as such, they should be selected with care. There comes a point, late in winter, when stored carrots change from sweet and fresh tasting to stale old carrots. Try to select fresh carrots that still have a pleasant sweet carrot aroma.

A variety of peeled colourful raw carrots being coated with maple balsamic vinaigrette before roasting.

That said, you can choose any carrot variety for this recipe. Visually, an array of rainbow carrots is quite pleasing (and we do eat with our eyes first!). However, regular orange or red carrots will roast up just as tasty and are more readily available.

Oh, and for all you parsnip lovers out there, feel free to use this vinaigrette and roasting technique for those sweet white underrated root vegetables.

The vinaigrette is a combination of balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, pepper, salt, and Dijon mustard. Good quality balsamic vinegar can be quite expensive, so try to have a reasonably priced option for cooking projects and leave the expensive balsamic for finishing dishes and salads. The same goes for the olive oil!

Colourful Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots in a dark roasting pan.

If you’re Canadian, chances are high you always have a jug of maple syrup on hand. If it is difficult to find, just add a teaspoon or two of granulated sugar to the vinaigrette. The tiny amount of added sugar enhances caramelization during roasting.

Yes, there two layers of salt in this recipe. Regular sea salt or cooking salt is part of the vinaigrette and coarse salt completes the dish. If you are cutting down on your salt intake, remove the salt from the vinaigrette and leave the finishing salt.

A white oval platter containing colourful maple balsamic roasted carrots garnished with coarse salt and chopped parsley.

The Benefits of Roasted Carrots

Roasting carrots allows their natural flavours to become amplified in a way that isn’t possible with other methods such as steaming and boiling. These Balsamic Roasted Carrots not only taste delicious, they are also visually more attractive.

Did you know that roasting carrots allow them to retain most of their nutritional value? Other methods like boiling allow some vitamins and minerals to leach out into the water. Since there’s no water involved, very little nutritional value is lost during roasting.

In fact, roasting may even increase the amount of bioavailable carotenoids, making them more readily absorbed by your body. Your body then converts the Beta Carotene to Vitamin A, which is excellent news for those of us with aging eyes.

A white oval platter containing colourful maple balsamic roasted carrots garnished with coarse salt and chopped parsley.

How to Roast Carrots

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Start by preparing the carrots. It’s your choice to peel or leave the carrots intact. I love having a bit of the greens remain behind but it’s not necessary.

If you choose not to peel the carrots, wash and trim them well. If you want to keep the greens on, use a paring knife to scrape in an around where the carrot joins the greens.

To peel the carrots, use a peeler and peel in a downward motion from the trimmed stem all the way to the tip. Slice larger carrots in half lengthwise, or even into quarters.

Colourful Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots garnished with coarse salt and chopped parsley.

Place the prepared carrots in a glass baking dish or bowl.

In a glass jar or small bowl combine the vinaigrette ingredients (oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon Mustard, salt and pepper). Screw the lid on and shake the contents well.

Pour the vinaigrette over the carrots and toss to coat them. You may need to use your hands to massage them so they are well coated.

Pour the carrots onto the roasting pan or dark baking sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on how dark you want the carrots to be.

Less time is needed for ‘just roasted’ than for more caramelized carrots with crispy edges. Flip them over halfway through, if you like.

Colourful Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots garnished with coarse salt and chopped parsley.

Remove carrots from oven, arrange on a plate and scatter sea salt or finishing salt and freshly chopped parsley to finish.

Make Ahead Balsamic Roasted Carrots and Storage

Sometimes it’s hard to free up oven space for side dishes, especially during large holiday dinner prep. Thankfully, you can roast these carrots up to a few days ahead of time, then reheat them while the roasted meat is resting.

These carrots keep well for up to a week in the fridge, though I highly recommend you leave off the finishing salt and fresh chopped parsley until just before serving. Reheat in a 400 F oven for a 5-10 minutes. This dish does not freeze well.

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Yield: 4 servings

Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Colourful Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots garnished with coarse salt and chopped parsley.

Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots are the perfect side dish for any dinner. Simply toss them with a tasty vinaigrette, then roast them to tender perfection in your oven.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley; chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. PREPARE THE CARROTS: If not peeling carrots, wash and trim them well. If you want to keep the greens on, use a paring knife to scrape in an around where the carrot joins the greens. Then, if you like, peel the carrots from the trimmed part all the way to the tip. Cut larger carrots in half lengthwise, or even into quarters.
  3. Place the prepared carrots in a glass baking dish or bowl.
  4. Put all the vinaigrette ingredients (oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon Mustard, salt, and pepper) in a small jar. Screw the lid on and shake the contents well.
  5. Pour the vinaigrette over the carrots and massage them well so they are coated.
  6. Pour the carrots onto the baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes. Less time for just roasted or more time for more caramelized carrots. Flip them over halfway through, if you like.
  7. Remove carrots from oven, arrange on a plate and scatter sea salt or finishing salt and chopped fresh parsley over top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 161Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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18 comments

  1. Gloria

    I love roasted carrots. The balsamic is perfect. Brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots. Holiday table worthy.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes!! Though I must admit we are having them again tonight on a Wednesday.

      Reply

  2. Michele

    I loved these maple balsamic roasted carrots. The flavor was wonderful and we had no leftovers.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s a good sign! Glad you enjoyed them.

      Reply

  3. Leslie

    I agree, roasted veggies are the best! I honestly usually eat mine plane with just a touch of salt but I’m really digging this maple and balsamic flavor!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Carrots are just so flavourful, they really don’t need much at all.

      Reply

  4. Lauren Michael Harris

    These roasted carrots are such a beautiful, colorful side dish for Thanksgiving! I can actually get both my kids to eat carrots with this recipe so it’s definitely going on our menu for the big day!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Lauren.

      Reply

  5. Kayla DiMaggio

    I love roasted carrots and this balsamic is the perfect touch!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      We love them so much. I’m making them again tonight for dinner.

      Reply

  6. Liz

    Roasted carrots are just delicious! Love all the colors in the carrots in your pictures!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      There’s even a white one..and no, it’s not a parsnip!

      Reply

  7. Dennis K Littley

    I love roasted carrots and this recipe made some of the best carrots I’ve ever had!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad you enjoyed them Dennis, we had them again for dinner last night!

      Reply

  8. Elaine

    I love how easy it is to make something as colorful and fancy as these carrots. They look amazing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I am very lucky to have access to great locally grown carrots! I’ve tried to grow the coloured ones and they just don’t do well in my garden.

      Reply

  9. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    You did it again Bernice! Such an easy and delicious recipe! These are perfect for Thanksgiving!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Aw, thank you Lori. I’ve been wanting to add these carrots to the site for a while now as they are a very popular side dish in our own home.

      Reply

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