Lemon Garlic Baked Grated Carrots

Originally published in the first year of the blog (2009) as simply “baked grated carrots” (what was I thinking – not very enticing, is it?), these carrots are so good – and such a regular part of our winter meals – that it deserves to be republished with new photos and a chance to grace all of your menus. If you or your family thinks that cooked carrots are just “meh” this recipe will change your mind – I promise. Oh, and we won’t even talk about thriftiness and how easy it is to throw together…

Lemon Garlic Baked Grated Carrots - amazingly easy & flavorful

I can imagine you all thinking “what?” about a baked carrot recipe, but let me just tell you, you will not believe how good these are. Actually, I usually forget how good these are (because who thinks about cooked carrots, really?) until I put them back on the menu after the glut of glorious summer vegetables are done. I’m pretty sure it has to do with grating the carrots – it brings all the natural sweetness out and combined with the garlic and lemon it’s just a wonderful combination.

Lemon-Garlic Grated Baked Carrots - easy and delicious side dish

Maybe these wouldn’t taste so good in the summer, I don’t know, but last night with rice and baked chicken, these were so good I was cleaning the bowl after dinner. So I decided I had to share.

Plus, really, there’s not a lot of things more easy than carrots – the dish cost about .75, took about 5 minutes to put together and 30 minutes in the oven.

Go ahead and give them a try –

Lemon Garlic Baked Grated Carrots
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The recipe that could change your mind about cooked carrots - really.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Yield: 4-6 servings
  • 4 c. peeled and grated carrots (about 5 lg. carrots)
  • 1 Tb. melted butter
  • 1 Tb. olive oil (you could use all olive oil to keep it dairy free, but I like to do both for the butter flavor)
  • 1 Tb. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb. chopped chives (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place grated carrots in a greased/buttered 1-1/2 to 2 qt. casserole.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.

And that’s it. Prepare to be amazed.



  1. Jenelle says

    I will definitely be trying these. I love that carrots are so inexpensive, but most recipes for carrotts are only glazed carrots. I use honey when I make them instead of sugar, but still…..

    This looks like a great alternative. Thanks!

  2. Adrienne says

    I just made this again and was so glad! This one will be in the recipe box for my future daughter in law :)
    Thank you, Jami!!

  3. ChrisW says

    I made this & love carrots more than ever now. I’m a big fan of lemons so this recipe tasted amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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