How to make Roasted Carrots with Harissa and Tahini

How do you kick up your roasted carrots side dish? By adding a generous amount of harissa and tahini. These roasted carrots are delicious, their natural sweetness pairs perfectly with the harissa’s heat. Enjoy this with a main of steak or chicken and rice.

Roasted Carrots Recipes

Roasted Carrots
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Roasted Carrots with Harissa and Tahini

Roasted Carrots are the most delicious side dish you can make. They are delicious with rich holiday mains as well as weeknight dinners. And the best part is that they are virtually impossible to mess up. Toss the carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread them out in a single layer on a large sheet tray. You want them to be evenly spaced out, so they don't get crowded. Don't crowd them too tightly because the liquid will release, and they'll become soggy and mushy.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dishes
Cuisine: French, INTERNATIONAL
Diet: Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Keyword: carrot, harissa, Tahini
CookingStyle: Baking, Roasting
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 372kcal
Author: Tracy Hilton
Cost: 15
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  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare 2 sheet pans for the oven.
  • In one sheet pan, toss the carrots with the olive oil, salt, and harissa. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges start to brown.
  • In the second sheet pan, toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper, and bake in the 400F oven for approx. 30 minutes. Make sure to toss the pan every 10 minutes or so to make sure the chickpeas brown on all sides.
  • To serve, place the carrots and chickpeas on a serving dish, top with a little more harissa if desired, add the tahini, and sprinkle with cilantro.



This healthy side dish is the perfect way to make carrots that are delicious and healthy. It can be a great side dish to serve with a vegan Thanksgiving meal or as a delicious snack. The carrots are firm and multicolored, which is what makes them the perfect side dish. They also go well with cumin, which gives them a distinct flavor. You can easily prepare these ingredients ahead of time. Just be sure that you have the ingredients ready.
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Serving: 6servings | Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 764mg | Potassium: 966mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 34052IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 4mg

Alternative Method: Roasted Carrots on the Grill

Crispy, caramelized, and oh-so-delicious – these roasted carrots are a game-changer. Try the recipe today!


  • 1 pound (450g) fresh carrots, preferably medium-sized, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped (optional)


  • Preheat the Grill: Start by preheating your grill to medium-high heat (around 350-400°F or 175-200°C). If your grill has a lid, keep it closed while preheating.
  • Prepare the Carrots: In a large bowl, toss the peeled and trimmed carrots with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary if desired. Ensure the carrots are evenly coated in the mixture.
  • Prepare the Grill Grates: Once the grill is hot, clean and oil the grates to prevent sticking. You can use a folded paper towel dipped in vegetable oil and hold it with tongs to rub the grates.
  • Grill the Carrots: Place the seasoned carrots directly on the grill grates. Keep an eye on them and turn occasionally to ensure even cooking. Grill for about 15-20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and have grill marks. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the carrots and the grill’s heat.
  • Serve: Remove the grilled carrots from the grill and transfer them to a serving platter. If desired, sprinkle some extra fresh rosemary on top for a burst of aroma. Serve hot.

Tips for making Roasted Carrots

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Cooking Tips: Get the Best Out of Your Roasted Carrots

Pro Tips for Perfect Roasted Carrots:

  • Choose the Right Carrots: Opt for fresh, firm carrots of medium size. They roast evenly and have a sweeter flavor.
  • Even Sizing: Cut or trim the carrots so they are of uniform size. This ensures even cooking; smaller pieces will cook faster than larger ones.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Give the carrots some space on the baking sheet. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and steaming instead of roasting.
  • Use High-Quality Olive Oil: Good-quality olive oil contributes to the overall flavor. Coat the carrots evenly for a tasty result.
  • Season Generously: Don’t be shy with seasonings. Carrots love a good sprinkle of salt, pepper, and herbs like thyme or rosemary.
  • Preheat Your Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before putting in the carrots. This helps with even cooking.
  • Toss During Roasting: About halfway through cooking, give the carrots a gentle toss or flip to ensure they caramelize evenly.

Common Roasting Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Using Cold Carrots: Room temperature carrots roast more evenly than straight-from-the-fridge ones.
  • Neglecting the Seasoning: Don’t skimp on seasoning. A lack of salt can leave your dish tasting flat.
  • Ignoring the Size: If you cut carrots into different sizes, some may be overcooked while others are undercooked.
  • Not Using a High Enough Temperature: Roast at 400°F (200°C) or higher for that lovely caramelization.
  • Skipping the Parchment Paper: To avoid sticking, use parchment paper or a well-greased baking sheet.

Serving Suggestions: Elevate Your Roasted Carrots

Orange zest adds a zingy twist to these roasted carrots. Are you team lemon or orange zest?
  • Honey Glazed Carrots: Drizzle warm honey over your roasted carrots just before serving for a touch of sweetness.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley, dill, or chives on top for a burst of freshness and color.
  • Citrus Zest: Grate some orange or lemon zest over the carrots to add a zingy, aromatic twist.
  • Feta or Goat Cheese: Crumble some creamy feta or goat cheese over the carrots for a luxurious touch.
  • Dipping Sauces: Serve with a side of tahini, yogurt, or balsamic reduction for dipping.
  • Mixed Roasted Vegetables: Combine roasted carrots with other vegetables like parsnips, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts for a colorful medley.
  • Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle toasted nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans over your carrots for added texture and flavor.
  • Roasted Garlic: Roast garlic cloves alongside the carrots, then mash and mix them for a garlicky twist.
  • Pair with Proteins: Serve roasted carrots alongside grilled chicken, roasted pork, or seared salmon for a complete meal.
  • Veggie Bowl: Include roasted carrots in a grain or salad bowl for added nutrition and earthy sweetness.
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FAQs: Your Roasted Carrots Questions Answered

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  • Can I roast carrots ahead of time and reheat them?Yes, you can. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place them in a 350°F (175°C) oven until warmed through.
  • Can I use baby carrots for roasting?Certainly! Baby carrots work well for roasting. You can leave them whole or cut them into halves or quarters for faster cooking.
  • How do I prevent carrots from getting too soft?Monitor your roasting time closely. Carrots should be tender but not mushy. Test with a fork, and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Can I freeze roasted carrots?Yes, you can freeze them for up to 10-12 months. Ensure they’re well wrapped to prevent freezer burn.
  • Can I use other seasonings besides salt and pepper?Absolutely! Get creative with your seasonings. Try spices like cumin, paprika, or coriander for different flavor profiles.

Elevate your side dish game with perfectly caramelized carrots. Learn tips, tricks, and creative serving ideas in this guide.

I'm Tracy F Hilton, a devoted culinary professional shaped by a mix of natural aptitude and refined skills from a top culinary school. In the dynamic kitchen environment, I'm a catalyst for seamless operations and timely, high-quality dish preparation. My culinary creations are a blend of art and skill, offering visually and gustatorily delightful experiences. A learner at heart, I'm continuously honing my craft, embracing new techniques, and culinary innovations. My positive, collaborative nature is amplified in fast-paced settings, showcasing my commitment to team efficiency and guest satisfaction. Each dish I present is a meticulous blend of tradition and innovation, promising an unforgettable dining experience that marries taste, aroma, and aesthetic appeal in perfect harmony. Join me on a gastronomic journey where each bite encapsulates a rich, evolving narrative of flavors and culinary artistry.

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