Zesty Roasted Carrots

roasted carrots

My friend Katie requested that I play around with roasting carrots – I know how that sounds kind of dirty birdy. Here’s what I came up with, it’s so delicious I can’t wait to make it again. My project manager, Leah, and I ate the whole batch for lunch in one sitting. Honestly, I licked my plate clean (Leah can testify to that graceful moment).

The cumin seeds get toasty and crunchy, while the cilantro and lime juice adds great freshness. It can be served hot, cold or at room temperature as a side. You can use it to tasty up a salad or make it a meal by tossing with faro or quinoa. I won’t tell if you lick your plate clean.

raw carrots

Zesty Roasted Carrots


Serves 4 (as a side, even then, that number is negotiable)


4 heaping cups carrots, scrubbed and sliced into about ½” pieces (This is approx. 7-8 carrots)

2 tsp. cumin seeds

3 garlic cloves, sliced

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. sea salt

1-2 hearty pinches of red pepper flakes

Juice of one lime

1 tsp. honey

1/3 cup chopped cilantro (stems and leaves)


Preheat the oven to 375.


Place carrots, cumin, garlic, olive oil, sea salt and pepper flakes on a baking sheet and roast for 35 minutes. Occasionally check on them and move them around with a spatula to make sure they are cooking evenly.


When carrots are finished roasting, toss with the lime juice, honey and cilantro and serve. I just do in all on the same cookie sheet, tossing to incorporate all the flavors, but if that’s a little too far on the wild side for you, toss together in a bowl.


For our lunch, I served the carrots warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

roasted carrots

roasting carrots

tossing carrots

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7 thoughts on “Zesty Roasted Carrots”

This recipe is amazing–beyond my expectations. I never loved carrots, but now I’m planning to make this on a weekly basis. Thank you!

I just made these and they are out of this world! I NEVER cook carrots…..only eat them raw. But now I have a recipe to add to my favorites. Such a unique and delicious combination of flavors!

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