Roasted Honey Mustard Carrots

By Rena Awada | Updated On May 8, 2023

Flavorful Roasted Honey Mustard Carrots are a healthy, delicious side dish that makes a great pairing to any meal. This is an easy vegetarian recipe that requires just a few simple ingredients and can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.

Top view of roasted carrots in a honey mustard sauce in a white dish.


This recipe for Roasted Honey Mustard Carrots uses small, whole carrots, tossed in a tasty honey mustard sauce, then roasted in the oven until they’re perfectly tender and caramelized. An effortless, easy side dish that looks so elegant and is perfect for an everyday dinner or the holidays!

Why you should make this recipe

  • Super delicious: These honey mustard carrots are roasted until perfectly tender, delivering a melt-in-your-mouth vegetable that’s bathed in a sweet & savory glaze!
  • Quick & easy to make: This recipe is effortless. You just need about 10 minutes to peel the carrots and coat them in the simple sauce.
  • Highly nutritious: Carrots are packed with plenty of vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants. Learn more about the health benefits of carrots. You can feel good about serving this healthy side to your family. 
  • Versatile: Roasted carrots pair well with a huge variety of different main dishes. They’re great with chickenbeef, ham, or seafood.
Roasted whole carrots in a sauce served on a white serving platter.

Ingredients needed

Just a handful of simple ingredients to make this honey mustard carrots recipe! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Carrots: You’ll need about 2 pounds of whole fresh carrots. We do not recommend frozen or baby carrots for this recipe.
  • Olive oil: The base of the sauce will help these bake up with a nice tenderness.
  • Honey: Gives the sauce a bit of sweetness and is a wonderful complement to the Dijon mustard.
  • Dijon mustard: Balances out the sweetness in the sauce and adds flavor. You can substitute with a stone ground mustard, if that’s what you have available.
  • Garlic: For savory, nutty taste in the sauce.
  • Kosher salt & pepper: Brings out and enhances all of the delicious flavors.
  • Fresh thyme: Adds freshness and a pop of color. Other fresh herbs, like parsley, rosemary or oregano would work too.
Uncooked carrots, olive oil, honey and mustard divided into bowls.

How to make this roasted carrot recipe

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine carrots with sauce: In a large bowl, combine the oil, honey, mustard, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the peeled carrots and toss with your hands until evenly coated.
  1. Add carrots to sheet pan: Transfer the carrots to your prepared baking sheet and reserve the honey-mustard mixture left at the bottom of the bowl to use after the carrots have cooked.
  2. Roast: Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, then remove and bash with the remaining honey-mustard glaze and place on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh thyme.

Expert Tips

  • The recommended bake time for this recipe is 20 to 25 minutes. This can vary a bit depending on the thickness of the carrots. If you’re using carrots that are smaller and thinner, like in the pictures, they will cook faster than larger carrots.
  • For maximum flavor, we do NOT recommend using pre-cut baby carrots that come packaged. Those types of carrots usually don’t have as much flavor as whole carrots.
  • If you’d like to get a head start on this recipe, you can peel the carrots, make the sauce, and go ahead and toss the carrots in the honey mustard mixture for about 4 to 6 hours before you plan to cook and serve.
top view of roasted carrots in a honey mustard sauce in a white dish

Frequently asked questions

What brings out the carrot flavor?

Seasoning carrots with spices, sauces or glazes is a delicious way to make their flavor shine. In this recipe, the honey mustard sauce joins with the carrot flavor for major veggie goodness.

Are carrots healthier raw or cooked?

Unlike many other vegetables, carrots actually provide more antioxidants when cooked, whether that be roasted, boiled, or steamed, than when eaten raw. In fact, when cooked until tender the concentration of carotenoids is increased by 14 percent.

What to serve with roasted carrots?

These honey mustard carrots make a healthy, tasty side dish to serve with all sorts of main entrees. They even make a great addition to an Easter or Thanksgiving dinner spread. Here are some pairing options: Creamy Tuscan ChickenGarlic Butter Chicken Skillet, Garlic Beef Tenderloin Roast, or  Sun-dried Tomato Stuffed Salmon!

Storage and reheating recommendations

Store leftover carrots in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can enjoy these straight out of the fridge, chopped into smaller pieces, and served over salad. Or reheat them in an oven, toaster oven, or air fryer. Avoid reheating in the microwave to maintain optimal texture. Place them on a sheet pan and roast in the oven at 350ºF for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

Honey Mustard Carrots garnished with sprigs of fresh thyme.

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top view of roasted carrots in a honey mustard sauce in a white dish

Roasted Honey Mustard Carrots

Flavorful Roasted Honey Mustard Carrots are a healthy, delicious side dish that makes a great pairing to any meal.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 lb carrots peeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp dijon whole mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves picked

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oil, honey, mustard, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the peeled carrots and toss with your hands until evenly coated.
  • Transfer the carrots to your prepared baking sheet and reserve the honey-mustard mixture left at the bottom of the bowl to use after the carrots have cooked.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, then remove and bash with the remaining honey-mustard glaze and place on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh thyme.

Notes

  • The recommended bake time for this recipe is 20 to 25 minutes. This can vary a bit depending on the thickness of the carrots. If you’re using carrots that are smaller and thinner, like in the pictures, they will cook faster than larger carrots.
  • For maximum flavor, we do NOT recommend using pre-cut baby carrots that come packaged. Those types of carrots usually don’t have as much flavor as whole carrots.
  • If you’d like to get a head start on this recipe, you can peel the carrots, make the sauce, and go ahead and toss the carrots in the honey mustard mixture for about 4 to 6 hours before you plan to cook and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 25294IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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