Oven Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

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Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are a healthy dish that go great with almost any meal! A great way to make your vegetables crisp and tender.

Roasted carrots and parsnips served on a white tray
Featured with this Recipe:
  1. Roasting Carrots and Parsnips in the Oven
  2. Ingredients in this Recipe
  3. Mix It Up
  4. Health Benefits of Parsnips
  5. Best Cooking Oil for Roasting Vegetables
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Menu Plan: Make It A Meal
  8. More Roasted Vegetable Side Dish Ideas
  9. How to Make Roasted Parsnips and Carrots
  10. Roasted Carrots and Parsnips Recipe

Roasting Carrots and Parsnips in the Oven

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are a colorful, healthy, and delicious side dish for oven roast beef, pork chops, or baked chicken. Now, I have to admit that parsnips have not been a regular part of my diet over the years, but after doing a little research and experimenting, I have found that parsnips are delicious and have great health benefits.

Vegetables are the part of the meal that add color, texture, and tons of vibrant flavor. Although they may get a bad rap, deliciously prepared sides like brussels sprouts, green beans and oven roasted veggies are all tasty options and pair well with just about any main dish. You can’t beat great side dishes that roast up easily on a sheet pan in the oven.

Ingredients in this Recipe

  • Parsnips
  • Carrots
  • Extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil
  • Fresh rosemary (or dried)
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh thyme (or dried)

Mix It Up

Try some of these other flavors when roasting your carrots and parsnips.

  • Dry ranch mix
  • Dry mustard
  • Cumin
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • Maple syrup
  • Hot honey
  • Other herbs and spices

Health Benefits of Parsnips

Parsnips are root vegetables similar to carrots, but they are sweeter and juicier. They are high in dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, and are rich in many B-complex vitamins. Also, parsnips contain the minerals iron, calcium, copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Similarly, carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium and antioxidants. Put it all together, and you are serving something you can feel good about!

A close up view of roasted parsnips and carrots on a roasting tray

Best Cooking Oil for Roasting Vegetables

I love roasting vegetables. Roasting brings out the natural sweet flavors of vegetables and keeps them firm, not soggy. When roasting vegetables, it is important to use the right kind of oil. Cooking oils have a “smoke point.” When oil reaches its smoke point, it begins to emit smoke, changes to a bitter flavor and smell, and changes color. Because these vegetables roast at a high temperature, it is best to use an oil that can tolerate high temperatures. These oils include peanut oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and soybean oil.

Roasted parsnips and carrots sprinkled with rosemary on a baking tray

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to boil parsnips before roasting?

Nope, for this recipe, you can roast them right up with the carrots.

Do you leave the skin on parsnips when roasting?

No, we peel them for this recipe.

Why do my roast parsnips go soggy?

This can happen if you pre boil them before roasting, or if you aren’t turning them when roasting.

Can cooked carrots and parsnips be frozen?

Yes! They will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Can I pre-cut carrots and parsnips for roasting?

Definitely! Just keep them in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to roast.

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Menu Plan: Make It A Meal

Make these Roasted Carrots and Parsnips part of a delicious meal by putting them on the side of our Sunday Pot Roast made in your Instant Pot, or our Tri-Tip Roast. Both are flavorful, juicy, tender, beefy options as a main dish. From there, some bread. Like Mom’s Homemade Rolls or our Best Dinner Rolls from Scratch. For dessert, how about Coconut Cream Pie from Scratch or Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake. You’re welcome. Your menu is planned.

More Roasted Vegetable Side Dish Ideas

How to Make Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

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Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

5 from 11 votes
Roasted Parsnips and Carrots are a healthy dish that go great with almost any meal! A great way to make your vegetables without them getting soggy. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine English
Servings 8



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Peel the parsnips and carrots. Quarter the thick end of the carrots, and half them on the thinner end. Quarter the parsnips. Cut out the thick, fibrous center, then cut them the same as the carrots.
  • Combine parsnips and carrots in a large bowl and toss with oil, rosemary, salt, and thyme.
  • Spread onto a baking sheet.
  • Roast for approximately 20-30 minutes, turning the vegetables after the first 10-15 minutes. The vegetables will be tender and slightly browned.


Recipe Tips:
  • Wash and cut carrots and parsnips ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to roast.
  • After they are cooked roasted carrots and parsnips stay good in the fridge for a week or up to 6 months in the freezer.
  • Mix up the seasonings for different flavors, try tossing in a dry ranch mix, or for a sweet and spicy version, try drizzling with hot honey.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 96kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 643mgPotassium: 388mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5232IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had always done parsnips as a mash or puree, but I am totally a roasted veggie convert! This is a wonderful side dish!

    1. I love roasted vegetables! Here is another recipe on our site with roasted vegetables – /roasted-vegetable-medley.html. I hope your roasted vegetables turned out great!

  2. 5 stars
    Looks GREAT!! I’ve only recently discovered parsnips and LOVE them!!! I’ll give this a try this weekend… I can tell already I’m gonna LOVE it!! 🙂