Glazed Carrots: An Easy-to-Make & Delicious Holiday Side Dish

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Glazed carrots are a classic side dish to your otherwise heavy meal that will never go out of style. Whether you choose to make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas or have it all year long, glazed carrots are a simple side dish recipe, which is a little savory and a little sweet but loved by everyone. An easy and low-cost side dish, glazed carrots made of honey/maple syrup/brown sugar and butter, just takes a few minutes to be prepared. All you need is just a handful of ingredients and about 15 minutes and they’re ready to be served. Let us take a look at the recipe below.

How to Make Glazed Carrots? 

Carrots are usually sweet this time of the year, which is why most people do not bother to peel them. Just a good scrub in running water suffices. You may either choose to trim the edges and glaze the whole carrot, or cut them into medium-sized tender coins to simmer them in butter and brown sugar/honey/maple syrup. You may even use whole baby carrots for the recipe.

Savory Homemade Sauteed Carrots with Butter and Herbs

The method of cooking carrots in both butter and sugar/honey until they turn tender and evenly glazed is known as Vichy in French. While you may use sugar or maple syrup to glaze the carrots, it would be advisable to use honey instead, that too in smaller quantities as it has a greater complexity of flavor and is comparatively less sweet. This dish is later garnished with herbs like parsley to give it a fresh aromatic enhanced flavor. When paired with roast lamb or turkey, the side dish simply tastes divine! Come take a look at the detailed recipe below.

Baby carrots cooked with garlic, honey and parsley

A Simple Glazed Carrot Recipe

Perfectly tender and glazed carrots slow-cooked in a mixture of brown sugar/honey/maple syrup and butter, topped with a sprinkling of your favorite herbs.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrots, honey-glazed carrots, glazed-carrots, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs carrots peeled and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • To make glazed carrots, peel & cut carrots in medium coin-like sizes. Place them in a large pan. Add 1.5 cups of water & bring them to a simmer.
    A woman cutting carrots for the glazed carrot recipe
  • Allow them to cook for not less than 10 minutes or until you feel the carrots are tender. At this point, drain off any excess water. 
  • Once that is done, add the butter, honey, and salt to the pan. Properly stir the carrots along with the honey and salt mixture. Continue to do so until all the carrots are properly coated. 
  • Now let the carrots cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, occasionally stirring it. Stop once the sauce has formed. Lastly, sprinkle parsley or any other herb of your choice over it and serve.
    Baby carrots cooked with garlic, honey and parsley

Notes

  • Cut carrots remain fresh for up to 3 days if they are kept in the refrigerator. 
  • Honey is a healthier option but you can use maple syrup or brown sugar in its place if you want.
  • Ensure that your carrots are cut into uniformly sized pieces so that they get cooked evenly.
  • The addition of parsley or any other herbs is an optional step. Herbs enhance the taste. You can entirely avoid this step if you want. 
  • You can also use some rainbow-colored carrots for the holidays. These carrots are available in shades of yellow, red, purple and white. They are becoming more and more popular and are available in most grocery stores. Rainbow-colored glazed carrots not only look amazing but also taste good. There is a slight change in the taste and texture of these carrots from the usual ones, which you can understand only after cooking or roasting them. 

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. As a Content & Culinary Outreach Specialist, she is responsible for developing and managing the website’s recipe section. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it for the website to educate more and more people about the same. An avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends, Ishani helps strategize and create authentic content for the website’s social media platforms. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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