Maple Glazed Carrots

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*

closeup photo of maple glazed carrots on a black plate

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
  • Waters
  • 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.

Two photos showing how to make maple glazed carrots – carrots on cutting board and in skillet

Add seasoning and water

Thirdly, add salt, pepper, cayenne and water to the skillet. Cover the carrots with a vented glass lid.

Two photos showing how to make maple glazed carrots – adding water and seasoning 

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.

Two photos showing how to make maple glazed carrots – adding maple syrup when charred

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.

Two photos showing how to make this recipe – cooked with glaze

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!

closeup photo in skillet

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!

super closeup photo of vegetable side dish texture on plate

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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 ❤️

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Maple Glazed Carrots

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The best maple glazed carrots: tender carrots slightly charred to perfection, glazed in sweet maple syrup with a secret, slightly spicy twist.



Tools Needed

  • Large stainless steel sauté pan
  • Silicone Spatula


  • 3 medium carrots or 4 small carrots (about 2 ¼ cups of carrot coins)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional—skip if sensitive to spice)
  • 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons olive oil, or cooking oil of choice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup

Optional Topping

  • Drizzle of maple syrup



  1. Wash and peel carrots. Cut carrots into ¼”-thick angled coins.
  2. Set a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Add carrots, water, a heaping ¼ teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, and cayenne, if using. Cover with a vented glass lid.
  4. Cook carrots until water is almost completely absorbed, stirring the carrots 2 times throughout so it’s evenly cooked on all sides, about 20 minutes.
  5. When carrots are almost fork tender and the water is almost completely evaporated, remove the lid and drizzle oil over the carrots. Stir carrots until evenly coated in oil.
  6. With the lid off, continue cooking until all the water evaporates and char/sear marks appear, about 6-9 minutes (mine took 8 minutes), stirring frequently.
  7. Once fork tender, add maple syrup to pan. Stir frequently. Cook until maple syrup has mostly absorbed and the carrots are caramelized. The maple will have thickened a bit.
  8. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving dish.
  9. Recommended but optional: drizzle with a bit more maple syrup to taste. Serve and enjoy!



Storing Instructions: Best served immediately. If needed, cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.

How to make Vegan: This recipe is naturally vegan.

How to make Gluten Free: This recipe is naturally gluten free.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Stovetop

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  1. I love these maple glazed carrots! They are incredibly delicious!! The perfect side dish for the holidays!