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Baked Carrots with Garlic

Baked Carrots with Garlic

Baked Carrots with garlic in the oven

This is a very simple baked carrots with garlic recipe that takes no time to prepare and you do not have to watch it while it is cooking.

You can cook it in the oven along with your Sunday roast or Christmas or Thanksgiving Turkey, for which it is the perfect accompaniment. 

steamed carrots with garlic

Steamed carrots in the oven with garlic and butter

I think this is one of the best ways to make oven-roasted carrots. Although in effect they are actually steamed carrots in butter and garlic.

With some other roasted carrots recipes, you can easily dry the carrots out if you do not watch them and take them out of the oven in time.

How long do you steam carrots?

This recipe calls for cooking the carrots for about an hour in the oven. But of course, how long it takes depends on how you are going to steam them. For example, if you were going to make the same recipe in an Instant Pot or in the microwave, it would be much quicker to steam your carrots.

But this cooked carrots recipe is based on cooking in the oven, because you already have your oven hot for your roast dinner (I always make these with a roast). And I have found that, generally speaking, if you ever go over the specified cooking time of an hour, even going up to 2 hours, the carrots do not seem to burn.

The combination of garlic, butter and steaming gives the carrots a nice sweet taste. Also, the carrots soften up during the process, making them easier to eat. The longer you cook them, the softer they get. Even my kids will eat them now, and they are fussy!

baked carrots with garlic
Baked Carrots with garlic

I think carrots are an essential part of the Sunday roast and have tried all sorts of carrot recipes. But this is still for me the easiest and the best as it is tasty and requires almost zero work.

Types of carrot

There are lots of different types of carrots and what you can get will vary in the country you happen to live in. These days there are some pretty colourful varieties available. See this link on local carrot varieties for some ideas. 

oven baked carrots in garlic

Here I have just used some locally available organic carrots that I sliced to suit my dish. But I suppose you can cook most carrot types in this way.

roast chicken dinner
Some steamed Carrots with a roast chicken dinner

The best way to steam carrots in the oven

I use a glass Pyrex dish to make this dish as it is exactly the right size for the quantities I normally make.

I also like the fact that I can see what is going on inside the dish. Also, the lid on a Pyrex dish seals perfectly, meaning all the goodness is retained in the carrots.

But you may find another make of dish is more available where you live. The important thing is that the lid is tight-fitting to retain all the juices.

In my family, everyone loves these carrots and they complement a roast dinner perfectly.

If there are any leftovers you can always use them in a fried rice or a stir-fried noodle dish the next day. And if you have leftovers from the entire roast dinner then why not try my leftover pie recipe?

I hope you enjoy making these oven steamed carrots. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make the best oven-cooked steamed carrots

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steamed carrots in oven

Baked Carrots with Garlic

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

These carrots are cooked with garlic and butter in the oven in a Pyrex (glass) dish with a lid that retains the tastes and allows the carrots to steam.


  • 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced lengthways
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced or crushed
  • Water
  • Knob of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the carrots and garlic.
  2. Put the carrots in the glass dish with the garlic on the top. I normally crush the garlic cloves, but for these photos, I sliced them. I think crushing is probably better as it distributes the taste more effectively in the carrots (but the little cooked pieces of garlic are also delish!).
  3. Add the butter and a splash of water, put the lid on and season with salt and pepper to taste. Do not add too much water as you will end up boiling the carrots. Just enough to steam them.
  4. Place in the oven at 180C for about an hour. (You can leave them in for longer if you need to - they will just get softer the longer they are in the oven).


Serve up in a separate dish so the diners can serve themselves.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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