The best maple glazed carrots: tender carrots slightly charred to perfection, glazed in sweet maple syrup with a secret, slightly spicy twist.
The Best Maple Glazed Carrots
Glistening, maple glazed carrots. Yep, glistening. There is something so special, eye-catching, and straight up mouthwatering about carrots glazed in sweet maple syrup, with a touch of spice to bring out the delicious warm sweetness of maple syrup, and a little salt and pepper for savory umami to balance it all out.
The Secret Ingredient for Amazing Maple Glazed Carrots
As you join me on the vegetable side dishes journey, you’ll find that I like my savory dishes sweet ‘n spicy.
Think of what coffee does for chocolate: just that hint brings out tremendously glorious layers of flavor you’ve never noticed before. The cayenne brings out the natural sweetness of carrots in this maple glazed carrots recipe. *chef’s kiss*
The Ingredients List
All you need are a few ingredients to make maple glazed carrots. I love the caramelized perfection of this recipe.
- Carrots – 3 medium-sized carrots or 4 small carrots will do
- Cayenne – you can omit this, but I recommend it for that subtle spice
- Maple syrup – skip the fake stuff, use real, pure maple syrup for the best flavor
- Salt and pepper – add as much or as little as you’d like
- Olive oil – or use your favorite cooking oil
Can you glaze carrots with maple syrup instead of honey?
Absolutely! Matter of fact, that’s what we’re doing today. 😉 While you might just have honey on hand, I highly recommend using maple syrup to glaze these carrots. Maple syrup adds a warm sweetness that’s so signature to fall and pairs so well with carrots.
How to Make Maple Glazed Carrots
I love making maple glazed carrots because the process is simple, with just a few cooking tips to get the right tender texture with a lightly smoky-sweet maple glaze.
Prep the carrots
First, wash and peel the carrots. Then, slice into ¼”-thick angled coins. I like angled coins because they look fancier!
Add carrots to pan
Next, pour prepared carrots into a large skillet set over medium high heat.
Add seasoning and water
Thirdly, add salt, pepper, cayenne and water to the skillet. Cover the carrots with a vented glass lid.
Cook until water is absorbed
You’ll leave the glass lid on until the water is absorbed. Stir twice throughout, then re-cover with the lid.
Once fork tender, add oil
Once a fork pierces easily through the carrots, it’s time to add oil. Remove the lid, then drizzle oil over the cooked carrots.
Cook carrots until charred
With the lid off, cook the carrots until they’re just a bit charred, stirring throughout.
Add the maple syrup to glaze carrots
Once the carrots are tender with light char marks, it’s time to add the maple syrup. Drizzle maple syrup over the carrots, then stir to coat. Cook until the maple is mostly absorbed and thickened.
Serve and enjoy the best maple glazed carrots!
Finally, transfer the carrots to a serving dish and drizzle with maple syrup and a sprinkling of parsley. Serve and enjoy the best maple glazed carrots!
What Goes Well With Maple Glazed Carrots?
What should you serve with maple glazed carrots? I love serving mine with slightly sweet vegetable sides dishes and other sides that feature root vegetables. Once all of that is enjoyed, it’s time for dessert!
- Maple Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Green Beans and Potatoes
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars (Vegan)
- Streusel Topping
Tools You Need
- Large stainless steel sauté pan
- Olive oil dispenser
- Silicone spatula
Rooting For You
I hope you’re having so much fun in the kitchen with me, making and baking all of the delicious Thanksgiving side dishes! Did you think this recipe was simple, easy, and delicious? Let me know in the comments below and ⭐️ rate the recipe—it helps to improve Beaming Baker. ‘Til our next sweet adventure…
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️Print
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