How to Roast Vegetables Perfectly Every Time

Roasted veggies are delicious as sides or by themselves, but it can be easy to overcook them into unrecognizable charred lumps. Here's how to get great results every time.

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Roasting is an easy way to elevate the flavor of vegetables.

Roasting is a simple technique that elevates just about any vegetable to crave-worthy status. But if done incorrectly, you could end up with burnt bits mixed with undercooked chunks instead of the tender, golden nuggets of veggies you were aiming for. To get amazing results every time, here are some tips to follow.

Sequence Your Vegetables for Roasting Evenly

More than one kind of vegetable can be roasted at the same time, but because different veggies cook at different rates, you'll have to add them to your pan in a sequence or roast them on separate pans. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and turnips take the longest, followed by hard squash and cruciferous vegetables like butternut squash, cauliflower and broccoli. Tender items like cherry tomatoes or zucchini come next, then cooking greens, which have the shortest roasting time.

How To Roast Vegetables, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Felicia Perretti

Felicia Perretti

Cut Veggies with Care

Start with a hot oven — 400 to 450 degrees F. Cut your vegetables into equal-sized pieces. This helps them cook at the same rate. Having same-sized pieces is much more important than having perfectly shaped ones.

How To Roast Vegetables, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Felicia Perretti

Felicia Perretti

Season Well

Toss the veggies with some olive oil and season well with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Use enough oil to fully coat the vegetables. Otherwise, they won't get crisp.

Leave some space between the individual vegetable pieces. This lets them cook more evenly.

How To Roast Vegetables, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Felicia Perretti

Felicia Perretti

Don't Crowd Your Pan

Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. And don't crowd the pan — this lets the hot air circulate and prevents steaming. If you're roasting a lot of veggies, use more than one pan.

Stir your vegetables about halfway through the roasting process to help them brown uniformly.

How To Roast Vegetables, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Felicia Perretti

Felicia Perretti

Stir Halfway

Roast until the vegetables begin to soften. Then give them a quick stir to help them brown uniformly.

If you're cooking two different types of vegetables, add the fast-cooking ones later.

How To Roast Vegetables, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Felicia Perretti

Felicia Perretti

Add Quick-Cooking Veggies

If you have a vegetable with a shorter cook time — like broccoli — now is a good time to add it. You can also add seasonings that could burn like brown sugar or maple syrup.

Let Them Roast

Pop them back into the oven until the vegetables are tender, golden and lightly browned.

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Perfectly roasted vegetables will have your guests begging for more.

How To Roast Vegetables, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Felicia Perretti

Felicia Perretti

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