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maple glazed carrots on a plate

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