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Baked Buttered Carrots

Who doesn’t love a simple and effortless side dish recipe? These baked buttered carrots are truly one of the easiest ways to prep this style of vegetable.

Fresh carrots are baked with water and a bit of salt, then flavored with butter for one of the easiest recipes to serve with chicken, beef, pork or fish.

Sliced and baked carrots in a white square baking dish with a chunk of melting butter in the center and a fork on the side.

Easy Carrot Side Dish

  • This is one of the easiest ways to cook up carrots. Just chop, toss and bake. If you like this recipe, then you might also want to try our creamy carrots recipe.
  • It’s such an easy dump-and-go recipe that can be paired with almost any main dish. We love to serve ours with baked chicken legs.
  • Carrots are one of the more affordable vegetables. And with grocery costs going up these days, it’s always helpful to save money and eat healthy wherever you can.
  • These carrots can easily be tossed with fresh herbs, more butter, or even a drizzle of hot sauce.
  • Carrots bake well with other hearty vegetables like brussels sprouts, parsnips, sweet potato and rutabaga. Bake a large batch and add leftovers to our roasted vegetable wild rice salad.
Recipe ingredients on the counter including carrots, bowl of water, salt and butter.

Recipe Ingredients

CARROTS: This recipe uses six medium carrots that are peeled and sliced into strips. Feel free to cut them any way you want, as long as they’re all chopped similar in shape and size for more even cooking. To make more carrots, use a larger baking dish so carrots can form a single layer.

FLAVORS: This recipe keeps things simple with only three ingredients including water, salt and butter. Additional spices, fresh herbs, and broth can be easy flavor upgrades.

Four images to make the recipe including peeled carrots on a cutting board with peeler. Sliced carrots with a knife on cutting board. Peeled uncooked carrots in a white baking dish. And baked carrots with butter in the center and a few chopped fresh herbs.

How To Make Baked Buttered Carrots

These carrots are incredibly easy to make and can be baked at the same time as other recipes.

  1. Peel carrots, then slice them into long strips.
  2. Add carrots to baking dish along with water. Season with salt. Bake according to the full recipe instructions below.
  3. Remove from oven, drizzle with melted butter. Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Cooked carrots are slightly soft when poked with a fork, but still crisp enough that they don’t break apart.
  • Toss carrots with fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary for a fragrant boost.
  • Use coconut oil or avocado oil instead of butter.
  • Use broth instead of water for added flavor.
  • Season with salt and pepper to your personal tastes.
Close up of baked buttered carrots with butter in the center.

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Baked Buttered Carrots

Fresh carrots are baked in a bit of salt and butter for one of the easiest recipes to serve with chicken, beef, pork or fish.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium carrots - peeled, halved and quartered
  • ¼ cup water - or broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter - melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Peel, then cut each carrot in half, then into quarters.
    Two images of cutting board: first with peeled carrots and vegetable peeler. Second with sliced carrots and knife.
  • Place in a baking dish. Add water and sprinkle carrots with salt. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork. Toss the carrots halfway through.
    Remove from oven and drizzle with butter. Serve and enjoy!
    Two images: first is white baking dish with sliced carrots, second is white dish with carrots and butter on top.

Recipe Notes:

  • Toss carrots with fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary for a fragrant boost.
  • Use coconut oil or avocado oil instead of butter.
  • Use broth instead of water for added flavor.
  • Season with salt and pepper to your personal tastes.
  • Cooked carrots are slightly soft when poked with a fork, but still crisp enough that they don’t break apart.
Nutrition
Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15461IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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