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Simple Roasted Carrots with Sage Side Dish

These roasted carrots with sage are the perfect side dish to bring to your holiday table. Healthy, super easy to make, and absolutely delicious. What’s not to like? The whole family will love this flavorful and stress-free dish which is the perfect showcase for your cooking skills. 


Are you ready to take those humble carrots that have been sitting in your fridge to the next level? Roast them with sage! You’ll have the perfect combination of sweet and savory that is the highlight of any meal. 

The firm but tender carrots are the perfect no-fuss side dish to elevate your dinner. 

Fall Season Is Carrot Season

As soon as the summer season comes to an end, we see our supermarkets fully stocked with pumpkins and squash. But did you know carrots are also a fall vegetable? That’s right. Although they’re usually available year-round, they peak in the fall

And every season, I love making these roasted carrots with sage carrots quite a few times. They make a great side dish for a quick weeknight dinner. 

There is so much you can do with carrots. They are so versatile, you can bake, steam, sauté, juice, or eat them raw. I can’t get enough of them!  Take your dinners to the next level with this simple, yet delicious easy oven-roasted carrots recipe. 

Why you’ll love this carrot recipe

  • The texture, crunchiness, and amazing sweet flavor of the carrots, when roasted, are absolutely delicious.
  • This quick and healthy carrot dish makes the perfect flavorful addition to your heartwarming Thanksgiving table.  
  • Roasted carrots are so delicious on their own, which is why I don’t add so many extra ingredients. But combine them with sage and you get a sweet surprise!
  • The fresh herbs and orange carrots make this the perfect combination of sweet and savory. 
  • Roasted vegetables are a nutritious way to serve veggies because no water is added so nutrients are not lost. 
  • The roasting time for these sweet carrots is short which will make this one of your favorite side dishes. 
  • It’s a great way to use the vibrant orange carrots at the grocery store or Farmers Market. 

Now, let’s put this dish together! 

Key Ingredients

carrot and sage side dish ingredients laid out individually.

Carrots: Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots. 

Fresh sage leaves: Adds an earthy taste, enhances the sweet flavor of the maple syrup, and gets crispy once roasted adding a great texture. 

Maple syrup: Sweetens up these carrots and perfectly pairs with the sage to bring you this earthy dish!

Along with those ingredients, you will need ghee, salt, and black pepper

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to Roast Carrots with Sage

Step 1: Prepare equipment

Preheat the oven to 425F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Prepare the carrots 

Wash, dry, and trim off any long roots and long green tops from the carrots. Peel them and cut them into ½-inch thick sticks. 


Step 3: Combine ingredients

In a large bowl, combine melted ghee butter, maple syrup, sage, salt, and pepper.


Step 4: Add carrots 

Add carrots and massage to infuse the flavors.

chopped carrots with sage in a bowl.

Step 5: Place carrots on a baking sheet 

Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet.


Step 6: Bake sweet carrots 

Roast carrots for 15-20 minutes, or until carrots are soft, caramelized, and fork-tender. If needed, sprinkle with more salt for serving.


Step 7: Serve and enjoy! 

Once done, remove from the oven, transfer to a serving dish or small saucepan, and serve warm. Enjoy!

How to store leftover roasted carrots

Roasted carrots can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. They do not freeze well.

Expert Tips 

  • Thicker carrots should be cut diagonally to get the best flavor. Plus, they plate beautifully this way. You’ll get that earthy sage flavor instead of burnt, bitter herbs.
  • Very small, thin carrots or baby carrots can be left whole or cut in two. 
  • Lining the baking sheet with parchment paper will prevent the carrots from sticking to the pan and also keep the caramelized sugar from burning. 
  • Pay careful attention when you roast carrots. They should be tender and roasted but not burned so shake or turn the carrots halfway if you need to.
  • If you’re looking to take these roasted carrots up a notch, add a pinch of salt after you roast the carrots with sage. 
  • Let your carrots breathe. When roasting them, give the carrots space. This allows them to roast quickly and evenly. 

Recipe FAQs

What are the health benefits of this carrots recipe? 

Carrots are a healthy, popular, and versatile vegetable. They are a great source of important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and beta-carotene, supporting eye health. They’re rich in antioxidants, can strengthen your bones, can help control diabetes, lower your chances of heart disease and boost your immune system. 
Sage is rich in vitamin K, as well as magnesium, zinc, and copper. It may help combat skin aging, support memory, and brain health and reduce blood sugar levels. 

Can you make this recipe with unpeeled carrots?

Peeling is really based on your personal preference. For these roasted carrots, we wash and peel the carrots before cutting them, but you can definitely skip the peeling process if you clean the carrots well.


Some more tasty roasted vegetable recipes to make at home:

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Simple Roasted Carrots with Sage Side Dish

These roasted carrots with sage are the perfect side dish to bring to your table. Healthy, easy, and absolutely delicious. What’s not to like?
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 186kcal



  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1 Tbsp ghee, melted (or regular butter)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • tsp salt
  • black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and peel the carrot. Cut into ½ inch thick sticks. Very small carrots can be left whole or cut in two.
    1 lb carrots
  • In a large bowl, combine melted ghee butter, maple syrup, sage, salt, and pepper.
    1 Tbsp ghee,, 3 large fresh sage leaves,, ⅓ tsp salt, black pepper,, 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Add carrots and massage to infuse the flavours.
  • Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until carrots are soft and caramelized.
  • If needed, sprinkle with more salt for serving.


  • Carrots can be marinade ahead of time for more flavor.
  • Peel the carrots. 
  • Use fresh sage. 


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 37889IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
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