Glazed Carrots

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Glazed Carrots are a perfect side dish for any occasion, whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a fancy dinner party. They add a pop of color, a touch of sweetness, and a whole lot of deliciousness to your plate. So let’s get into it and explore the magic of glazed carrots!

These glazed carrots are the perfect side to please anyone. Cook to your liking, they have the wonderful flavor of carrot, the sweetness of the maple syrup and get them off the skillet earlier and they still have the slight crunch that makes carrots so delicious.

glazed carrots in a white dish with chives on top
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Glazed Carrots

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Carrots? Really? Aren’t they just those crunchy, boring veggies you find in salads or use as dippers? Well, my friend, let me tell you, glazed carrots are in a league of their own. They take those humble, ordinary carrots and transform them into a delightful treat that will have you reaching for seconds.

So, what exactly are glazed carrots? Well, imagine tender, cooked carrots coated in a luscious, sweet glaze. The glaze is what takes these carrots from ordinary to extraordinary. Made with a combination of butter, brown sugar, and a touch of maple syrup. The glaze caramelizes as it cooks, creating a rich, glossy coating that enhances the natural sweetness of the carrots.

glazed carrots in a white dish with chives on top and one up close on a fork

Ingredients

  • Carrots 
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar 
  • Maple syrup
  • Lemon juice

Keep scrolling to find a full, printable recipe with a detailed ingredient list.

Recipe Instructions

  1. Clean, peel, and slice the carrots into ¼-inch thick pieces.
  2. In a skillet, combine the carrot slices with water, salt, and pepper. Boil over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes until the carrots are tender but still slightly crispy.
  3. Drain the water from the skillet.
  4. Add butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup to the skillet. Stir and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the carrots are nicely coated and reach the desired doneness.
raw ingredients for glazed carrots portioned into small dishes

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use baby carrots instead of regular carrots for glazed carrots?

Yes, you can use baby carrots for glazed carrots. Keep in mind that the cooking time may vary slightly, so check for tenderness as you cook them or split them in half length wise before cooking.

Can I make glazed carrots ahead of time?

Yes, you can make glazed carrots ahead of time. After cooking and coating them with the glaze, let them cool and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, you can reheat them gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I adjust the thickness of the glaze?

Yes, you can adjust the thickness of the glaze by cooking it for a shorter or longer time. If you prefer a thinner glaze, reduce the cooking time. For a thicker glaze, cook it for a bit longer, allowing it to reduce and thicken.

raw carrots with brown sugar and butter in a pan to begin to glaze the carrots

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glazed carrots in a white dish with chives on top
5 from 2 votes

Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots are the perfect side to please anyone. Cook to your liking, they have the wonderful flavor of carrot, the sweetness of the maple syrup and get them off the skillet earlier and they still have the slight crunch that makes carrots so delicious.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound carrots,, peeled and sliced. (I cut mine in ¼ inch-thick slices, some diagonally, some straight for a fun texture.)
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup ½ stick salted butter, you can use unsalted
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar,, packed
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions 

  • Clean and peel the carrots.
  • Slice the carrots into ¼-inch thick slices. Cut straight for a circle or diagonal for more of an oval shape bite.
  • Place the carrot slices into an 8 or 10-inch skillet. Add water, salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring often. approximately 10 minutes. The carrots should be tender but still have a slight crispiness.
  • Drain the water.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
  • Over medium heat, using a heat-proof spoon, mix and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and let the sauce thicken up and coat the carrots. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the carrots are nicely coated and have reached the desired doneness.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure to cut all the carrots to the same thickness, as much as you can. This way they will cook more evenly.
  • Glazed carrots are a great side dish when served with a rice or beef main course.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days.
  • Re-warm: You can rewarm in the microwave, but I did mine in the air fryer. It adds a layer of crisp and still a nice sweet flavor to it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1quarter carrot dish, Calories: 228kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 320mg, Potassium: 409mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 19300IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 0.5mg
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Glazed carrots are a simple yet delightful side dish that can elevate any meal. With their tender texture and sweet, glossy coating, they offer a burst of flavor and visual appeal. So, grab some carrots, whip up that luscious glaze, and savor the deliciousness of these little orange gems. Enjoy!

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