Baked Honey Carrots: A Delicious Manuka Honey Side Dish


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Essential Takeaways

Manuka honey and carrots. Both are packed full of antioxidants, and served together, make a delicious and versatile side dish for any meal.

Make this dish your own by adding different herbs, spices, and even flavoured oils.

For the best results, drizzle the honey raw just before serving to retain all the beneficial compounds.

Looking for a healthy and flavourful side dish to complement your favourite meal?

You’ve found it.

Our baked honey carrots recipe using manuka honey is simple and easy to make, delicious, and packed full of nutrition, too.

In this baked honey carrots article, you’ll find:

  • How to best prepare manuka honey baked carrots

  • Why manuka honey and carrots are the perfect match

  • Delicious baked honey carrots serving suggestions

  • Storing and reheating your dish

  • Where to find the best manuka honey

How to Prepare your Baked Manuka Honey Carrots

To start, gather the following ingredients:

Then following these simple steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).

  2. Clean and peel the carrots, then cut them into uniform pieces.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, and black pepper.

  4. Add the carrots to the bowl with this glaze, ensuring they are evenly coated.

  5. Transfer the glazed carrots to a baking dish, spreading them out in a single layer.

  6. Bake the carrots in your preheated oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until they are tender.

  7. Remove the dish from the oven, let it cool a little, then drizzle your raw manuka honey on top.

  8. Garnish with herbs and serve.


Why Manuka Honey and Carrots Are a Match Made in Heaven

Carrots are an exceptional source of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A.

It plays a crucial role in maintaining good vision, supporting a healthy immune system, and promoting the growth and reproduction of cells.

Carrots are packed with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and dietary fibre, promoting overall wellbeing.

Manuka honey has been investigated by scientists for decades thanks to its unique antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

It’s used by doctors and vets across the globe for even some of the most serious medical conditions.

When you bake carrots with honey, it creates a unique flavor profile that balances the natural sweetness of carrots with a touch of caramelisation.

The result is a dish that is comforting, indulgent, and nutritious, making it a perfect complement to a variety of main courses.


Delicious Serving Suggestions for Baked Honey Carrots

Baked honey carrots are a versatile side dish.

Serve them alongside roast chicken, grilled fish, or even incorporate them into hearty salads for an added burst of flavour and colour.

If you want to experiment further, consider adding a twist to the honey glaze.

Infuse it with citrus for a zesty kick, introduce a hint of spice for a bit of heat, or incorporate your favourite herbs to elevate the dish even more.


Fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley can give the carrots a fragrant aroma and rich taste. Chop it finely and mix your herbs with the olive oil until it’s evenly mixed.


Want a little heat? Sprinkle some paprika, cayenne pepper, or chilli flakes over the carrots before baking for a spicy kick.


Adding minced or sliced garlic to your carrots can elevate the flavour and give them an irresistible aroma while baking.

Brown sugar

For a touch of caramelisation while your carrots bake, sprinkle some brown sugar on top.

Coconut oil

If you're looking to mix it up and have a change from the usual olive oil, try coconut oil to coat your carrots.

Coconut oil lends a subtle tropical hint to your honey roasted carrots, making the dish suitable for a summer-inspired menu, or use in fusion cuisine.

These ideas are just scratching the surface of what’s possible. Try experimenting with different combinations to suit your taste buds!

Just remember, simplicity is key, so don't overcrowd your carrots with too many additional ingredients.


Storing and Reheating your Manuka Honey Baked Carrots

After enjoying your delicious baked honey carrots, you might have some leftovers.

To store them, first let the carrots cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, place the leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

When it's time to reheat your honey-glazed carrots, you have several options.

For the least mushy results, consider reheating from frozen.

Here are three reheating methods you can use:

  1. Microwave: Place the carrots on a microwave-safe dish, and heat them in 30-second increments. Keep in mind that microwaving might cause the carrots to become a bit soft.

  2. Oven: Preheat your oven to 325ºF/160ºC. Spread the carrots out on a baking sheet, and heat them for about 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.

  3. Stovetop: Heat a pan or skillet over medium heat, add a small amount of butter or oil, and then add the carrots. Stir occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until they're heated through.

Remember to add more raw honey to your carrots for the best results.



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