Roasted Vegetables Guide

Roasted Vegetables Guide

Save and refer back to this guide to roasting vegetables and be inspired for your next meal or meal prep!

Roasted Vegetables Guide

Before I learned how to use a grill (I know, I know – I blame it on living in apartments in my adult life and never having outdoor space for a grill!), I used to roast my vegetables 90% of the time.

Needless to say, I’ve learned how to roast vegetables pretty well! In this post, I’ll be sharing my favorite ways to roast vegetables. I’ll be updating this post with more vegetables and tips on roasting them as I roast them myself, so bookmark this page – it’ll grow with you!

Roasted Vegetables Guide

Tips on roasting vegetables:

  • Use a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat, unless you want them firmer and a little crispy and then use a sheet pan rubbed with a little olive oil to grease it up
  • Try to lay out the vegetables so they don’t touch each other and there’s a little room (1/8″) between them
  • For cruciferous vegetables, don’t be afraid to use olive oil! If you want them crispy and slightly burnt, you don’t need to use much oil, but if you want them soft, use more olive oil and massage the oil into the crevices of the vegetables with your hands.
  • Don’t be afraid to check them periodically! While the point of roasting veggies on a sheet pan is for ease, it’s easy to burn or undercook vegetables – so check them every 10 minutes and then every 5 minutes after their instructed roast time. Every oven is different!
  • As for oils, I love avocado oil or olive oil, I’ve had best results and flavors with those oils.

Roasted Vegetables Guide

Roasted Vegetables Guide

Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes

Cook times and heat

  • For a little char on the potatoes and cauliflower, at 425 degrees, the potatoes for 25 minutes and the cauliflower for 35-40 minutes.
  • For a longer roast time but less charring, roast potatoes at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes and the cauliflower for 45-50 minutes.


  • Always start with olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • Cauliflower favorites: curry powder, garlic powder, chili powder
  • Sweet potato favorites: garlic powder, paprika, or cinnamon (for the kids!)

Carrots and Broccoli

Cook times and heat

  • Roast carrots at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes for fork tenderness, shaking the pan every 5 minutes after 30 minutes
  • Broccoli can be tricky, because it easily burns, so per my note above, make sure you use enough olive oil and massage it into the broccoli florets. Roast at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, shaking the pan after 20 minutes, every 5 minutes.


  • Always start with olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • Carrot favorites: curry powder, garlic powder, paprika, or cinnamon (for the kids!)
  • Broccoli favorites: garlic powder

Roasted Vegetables Guide

Roasted Vegetables Guide

Stay tuned for more vegetables!


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