Oven Roasted Carrots Recipe

This roasted carrots recipe is easy, tender, and just really good. The carrots are oven baked whole and seasoned lightly with salt, nigella seeds, celery seeds, and some olive oil. It’s the perfect side dish and leftovers, if there are any, go great as a snack with some hummus or as is. If you prefer, cut carrots diagonally before roasting.

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Holding Roasted Carrots with nigella seeds

Oven Roasted Carrots Recipe With Nigella Seeds

The carrots are oven baked whole and seasoned lightly with salt, nigella seeds, celery seeds, and some olive oil. Bake 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. I like softer roasted carrots, so I oven roast for 40 minutes. If you prefer a little crunch, I recommend 35 minutes. The full recipe is provided in the recipe card later on.

This recipe makes 6 whole carrots, or 6 servings.

Whole carrots cleaned in a white baking dish

Cooking with Nigella Seeds

I love cooking with nigella seeds. Nigella seeds are great in curry mixtures, vegetable dishes, lamb, lentils, chutneys, and even baking cakes and breads. They have a flavor similar to a bitter pepper. Try substituting nigella seeds out for black pepper.

Roasted Carrots with nigella seeds in a white baking dish

Recipe Variations for These Roasted Carrots

Nigella seeds are not an easy to find ingredient. I order them online and linked the ones I use for reference. Nigella seeds originate from India and are commonly known as black cumin or black onion seeds although the flavor is more similar to pepper. There are ways to substitute nigella seeds that don’t compromise the taste of this roasted carrots recipe.

Roasted Carrots with nigella seeds after roasting on a light wood colored cutting board

Nigella Seeds Substitute

For this roasted carrots recipe, and as a substitute for nigella seeds generally, celery seeds have a similar flavor as well as oregano. This recipe already includes celery seeds, which is found easily in most grocery stores, so simply swap out the nigella seeds for oregano and crushed black pepper for these oven roasted carrots.

Also try a smaller amount of cumin seeds. Cumin seeds have a similar intense savory element like nigella seeds and also a bit of the nutty flavor. Another similar flavor and texture is caraway seeds. Finally, try black sesame seeds. It won’t give you the same flavor, but gives the same look with an ingredient that is easier to find in the grocery store.

Roasted Carrots cleaned with vegetable peeler

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Notes + Tips For This Roasted Carrots Recipe

  • Use a vegetable peeler to help clean carrots. They look nicer this way.
  • Roasting carrots whole saves a lot of time. They are softer to cut after roasting, but if cutting beforehand cut in diagonal lines.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t find nigella seeds. There are great ways to make this recipe without them as I have suggested earlier.
  • Drizzle olive oil before adding seasoning to the carrots.
Drizzling olive oil on carrots before roasting and before adding nigella seeds

Massage olive oil into carrots directly in baking dish and then add seasoning.

Hand holding carrots to massage olive oil. White baking dish seen in background.

Health benefits of roasted carrots with nigella seeds

Carrots are a low carb root vegetable with a lot of nutritional goodness. They are also high in fiber and a good source of beta carotene, vitamin K1, and potassium. Very weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.

Nigella seeds have great nutritional benefits also from blood sugar regulation to having cancer fighting properties. Check out a list of benefits here.

If you like this vegan/vegetarian food recipe, here are other vegan recipes and vegetarian recipes.

Roasted Carrots with nigella seeds 2

These are some really yummy carrots. Can’t wait for you to try them!

Holding Roasted Carrots with nigella seeds

Roasted Carrots Recipe

thenaturalfoodie
This roasted carrots recipe is easy, tender, and just really good. The carrots are oven baked whole and seasoned lightly with salt, nigella seeds, celery seeds, and some olive oil. It's the perfect side dish and leftovers, if there are any, go great as a snack with some hummus or as is. If you prefer, cut carrots diagonally before roasting.
4g Carbs 1.4g Fat .5g Protein
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 whole carrots
Calories 43 kcal

Equipment

  • baking dish
  • vegetable peeler

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces whole carrots (6 whole carrots)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp nigella seeds
  • tsp celery seeds

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F
  • Clean carrots with vegetable peeler
  • Place whole carrots in baking dish, or if you prefer cut carrots diagonally,
  • Once in baking dish, drizzle ½ tbsp olive oil over carrots and massage to cover all the carrots.
  • Add remaining seasoning.
  • The olive oil should also coat the bottom of baking sheet, but if you prefer add cooking spray.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes. I prefer 40 minutes for a softer roasted carrot.
  • Serve immediately
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