Roasted carrots with butter and dill are a simple yet elegant dish any level cook can prepare. These are sweetened simply from roasting. Pairs with just about anything.
I’m sure you’ve seen them. Pictures of whole peeled carrots with their green tops cut off with just enough of the stems left on to make them look interesting. I roasted them that way only once because my guests had to cut that top off and leave it on their plate. Sure it looks nice roasted with that little chia pet looking top, and yes it can be eaten, but not everyone likes to eat it and it’s left on the plate. To save trouble of a dinner guest removing it, I just slice it before roasting.
I’ve tried roasting the carrots whole, roasting them covered in foil for half the time then uncovered for the remaining time, roasting them with olive oil, and then with butter. The best way to enjoy these delicious roasted carrots is to:
- Purchase carrots similar in size – try to get them on the smaller or thinner side – or slice the large ones in half so they’re similar in size
- If you do need to slice them in half and if they’re really fat, quarter them
- Roast using butter for better flavor, but you could absolutely use olive oil
- Roasting until slightly charred because that’s what makes them sweet
It’s a simple recipe, you just need a hot oven and about 30 minutes to get them perfect. By perfect I mean slightly shriveled (I know, it doesn’t sound right, right?) and slightly charred.
When my son Ryan was young, it was a chore making him eat his vegetables, and carrots was one that was on top of his bad list. I put a few on his plate and told him he had to eat them, period. Rather than sit and wait all night for him do it, I started to clean the table and do dishes. If my parents dined with us, they would sit with him until he finished coaching him on. I walked in and found my Mom taking a carrot with her fork from my son’s plate, and feeding them to my Dad who sat there with his mouth open. I was shocked, but had to laugh. How cool is it to know your grandparents have your back.
By the way, my son now loves his carrots.
Try some of my other delicious sides:
- Rich creamy garlic mashed potatoes
- Silky smooth carrot puree
- Roasted asparagus with mozzarella
- Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon
- Perfect rice pilaf
- Curry roasted cauliflower
- Maple butternut squash
- Roasted spiced acorn squash
- Incredibly Delicious Sweet potato casserole
- Cauliflower mash
- Perfect mashed potatoes
Life is too short for mediocre food.
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Roasted Carrots with Butter and DillPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 1 pound carrots peeled and halved if thick
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
- Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried
- Preheat oven 450°.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment for easy cleanup.
- Toss carrots with butter on lined baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with some kosher salt, pepper, and dill.
- Roast 15 minutes, toss, then roast for 10 - 15 minutes more keeping an eye on them after the 10 minute mark. Tossing them halfway through roasting ensures they're coated with the butter or olive oil and won't dry up. After they're roasted, toss them again to coat. Serve.