Sweet, tender and aromatic roasted carrots make a fantastic appetizer and side dish. The popular temperature to bake carrots in the oven is at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people would ask this. How long to roast carrots in oven at 400 degrees? In this post, I like to answer this question and share a recipe for the best oven roasted carrots.
It takes 20 minutes to roast carrots to perfection at 400 degrees in the oven. The way the carrots are cut may slightly change the cooking time. That’s why it’s good to test the slices with a fork to check that they are cooked according to your needs. In this post we will talk about carrot quarters. They have to roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. This timing renders them soft to bite on the inside and caramelized on the outside with a slight crunch.
You can also roast carrots at 425 degrees in the oven and this will take 15 minutes. At this temperature, the carrots will be roasted to have browner and crispier edges while staying juicy and crunchy inside. You can let the carrot slices bake for longer to make them more tender and soft. But it can lead to burnt edges, so be careful. If you want the carrots to be melt-in-your-mouth tender, choose a lower temperature, such as 300 or 350 degrees. At 300 degrees, this will involve a slow baking process lasting 40 minutes. The slices will come out utterly tender and tasty, while the exterior will preserve its natural color and turn smooth and moist. If you choose 350 degrees F, the carrots will cook at a faster pace, being ready in 30 minutes. You will get gorgeously tender slices with slightly caramelized surface.
After numerous tests, I find that the best temperature to roast carrots in the oven is 400 degrees F. This temperature delivers a perfect combination of tenderness and crispiness that will make your guests fall in love with this dish. The cooking time is also convenient. While the veggies bake, you can prepare an appetizer, a sauce, or finish up the main course. If you need to get the carrots ready in shortest time possible, 425 degrees is your go-to.
I like to use this recipe to cook roasted carrots in the oven.
Cut the carrots in half lengthwise, then split each half into two equal slices. You want to get four identical slices to ensure they roast evenly. If the carrots are small, you can just halve them.
Mix olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Toss the carrot slices with the mixture. Of course, you can go for a more generous seasoning including diverse spices and herbs. When we crave for super savory and aromatic carrots, we use oregano, thyme, basil and parsley as additional seasonings. Their flavor complement well with the carrots’ sweetness.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the carrot slices in one layer. Avoid overcrowding because carrot releases much juice while baking, and if slices touch, they will steam rather than caramelize. If you want them nice and crispy, leave a 1-inch space between them.
Bake the carrots at 400 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes. Flip them halfway through to ensure the slices cook evenly. Once the carrots are ready, sprinkle them with fresh parsley and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
To make carrots cook faster, just cut them into smaller pieces. We recommend you to go for thin rings cut diagonally or width-wise.
If you love deeply caramelized carrots, you can use the broiler. Broil the carrots for 3-4 minutes then switch back to baking. This short time is enough to brown up the edges and cook the carrots to a significant extent.
There are many ways you can improve roasted carrots. We prefer to garnish them with goat cheese bits and pistachios, or with pesto sauce and shredded cheese. A tahini dip will also go a long way in making the roasted carrots better.
We recommend you to bake carrots together with other veggies, such as broccoli, bell peppers, squash and onions. It will result in a fabulous blend of flavors that will fascinate even the most veggie-skeptic guest or family member. Roasted carrots are a great side dish for many dishes. You can serve them with steak, pork loin, chicken breast, pasta, quinoa, rice and beans .
It takes 30 minutes to bake carrots in the oven at 350 degrees. At this temperature, the carrots will be roasted to have a slight caramelized brown and taste soft and moist inside.
At 375 degrees, it takes 25 minutes to roast the carrots in the oven to fully cooked. With this high temperature, the carrots will get a slight crispy crunch as you bite into them.