Roasted Five-Spice Carrots

Roasting carrots is an easy preparation method that yields terrific, flavorful results. Five-spice powder adds an aromatic element that works really well with the carrots’ natural sweetness, and even though it is a traditional Chinese ingredient, don’t feel you have to pair this side dish with Asian food. Give them a try with grilled, broiled or roasted chicken, fish or pork.

Roasted Five-Spice Carrots

Roasted Five-Spice Carrots

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Roasted carrots develop a subtle, aromatic flavor from Chinese five-spice powder, and go great with roast pork, chicken or broiled fish.


  • 1-1/2 lbs fresh carrots
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Peel the carrots, halve them lengthwise, then cut crosswise into three pieces and place them in a large bowl.
  3. Note: Carrot pieces should be approximately 3/8-inch thick by 2-1/2 inches long. You may need to cut the thicker end lengthwise a second time to achieve uniform size.
  4. Combine the sugar, five-spice powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle the carrots with the sesame oil and butter, sprinkle with seasonings and toss to coat thoroughly.
  5. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 18 to 25 minutes, until the carrots are tender and lightly caramelized. Serve immediately.