Easy Maple Glazed Carrots

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These sweet and tender Maple Glazed Carrots are the perfect easy recipe for the holidays or just a simple weeknight dinner. Roasted to perfection with a brown sugar and maple syrup buttery glaze, this side dish is always a family favorite!

Roasted carrots on a white plate with rosemary sprigs.
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Maple Glazed Carrots Recipe

These glazed carrots are a simple and completely irresistible side dish that’s always a favorite in my house. Both easy and budget friendly, they’re made by roasting fresh carrot slices in a sweet and savory brown sugar, maple glaze. Once roasted, their caramelized edges create a rustic and elegant presentation which makes them an amazing addition to special occasion meals.

I like serving these maple carrots with Easter and Thanksgiving dinner along with Roasted Garlic Asparagus and these Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes. They’re always a huge hit and go with pretty much everything!

Roasted carrots on a white plate with rosemary sprigs.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Easy recipe: Made with just a handful of ingredients, they’re simple enough for a weeknight dinner, yet elegant enough to serve with a holiday dinner.
  • Absolutely delicious: Maple roasted carrots have savory, sweet and salty flavors all in one bite.
  • Budget-friendly: This recipe only calls for a few inexpensive ingredients you can pick up from any grocery store.

Ingredients

The ingredients for maple glazed carrots are shown on a marble cutting board.
  • Whole carrots
  • Unsalted butter
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots

 Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350F and cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil paper.

 Step 2. Trim off the green tops, scrub the carrots clean and peel them. Slice your fresh carrots lengthwise. Then, arrange them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.

Carrots on a cutting board with a knife.
Carrots in foil on a baking sheet.

 Step 3. Melt butter in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, then mix it with the sweet maple syrup and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4. Using a pastry brush, coat the carrots with the maple syrup and brown sugar mixture. Flip them to make sure the carrots are coated well on all sides.

A bowl of butter, sugar, syrup and more on a marble table.
A baking pan with carrots in it.

Step 5. Bake carrots for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender with slightly crispy edges.

Step 6. Once the carrots are roasted to perfection, remove them from the oven and transfer to a serving dish.

Step 7. Garnish your cooked carrots with fresh herbs. Serve them as a delicious side dish alongside your main course. They’ll taste delicious with our brown sugar glazed ham or this herb-roasted turkey tenderloin.

Roasted carrots on a white plate with rosemary sprigs.

Top Tips For Maple Roasted Carrots

  • Choose fresh and firm carrots: Look for carrots that are firm and free from blemishes. The firmer they are, the sweeter flavor and better texture they tend to have.
  • Evenly slice carrots: When you cut the carrots, try to get them as close to the same size and thickness as you can. This will ensure even cooking and prevent some pieces from becoming overly soft while others may be undercooked.
  • Line the baking sheet: For an easy cleanup, make sure to use foil or parchment paper to line the pan before you add the carrots. This helps prevent the brown sugar and maple syrup glaze from sticking to the pan.
  • Roast evenly: Make sure to place the carrots in a single layer so the syrup mixture slightly caramelizes on all sides.

Recipe Variations and Add-ins

  • Herbs: For a festive holiday side dish, garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or rosemary. They add a pop of freshness and extra color.
  • Spices: For a bit of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a little cayenne pepper. For earthy flavor, add a little cinnamon or nutmeg into the glaze mixture.
  • Maple syrup: You can use honey instead of maple syrup in the butter glaze.
  • Citrus twist: Grate some orange or lemon zest into the glaze to give it a fresh, zesty flavor.
  • Balsamic vinegar: They’re great with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It adds wonderful contrast to the natural sweetness of the carrots and the sweet and buttery glaze.
Roasted carrots on a plate with rosemary sprigs.

Storage Instructions

  • Fridge: You can store the glazed carrots in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezer: To freeze, place the cooled carrots in a freezer-safe container or airtight bag, removing as much air as possible. They can be stored for up to 2-3 months.
  • Reheating: Reheat in the oven or a skillet over medium heat until warm, stirring occasionally.

Roasted Carrots FAQs

Can I use baby carrots?

Yes, you can also use baby carrots with this recipe, though the cooking time may vary.

Can I make this dish in advance?

Making this recipe in advance can save you a little time when you’re busy with other dishes. Just cook the carrots and let them cool to room temp. Place them in the fridge until ready to serve. Reheat them in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove until they’re warmed through.

What can I do with leftover glazed carrots?

If you have extra carrots leftover, you can toss them in a casserole, a chicken pot pie, soup or stews.

Roasted carrots on a plate with a fork.

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Roasted carrots on a plate with rosemary sprigs.
5 from 2 votes

Easy Maple Glazed Carrots


Course Side Dish, Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
These sweet and tender Maple Glazed Carrots are the perfect easy recipe for the holidays or just a simple weeknight dinner. Roasted to perfection with a brown sugar and maple syrup buttery glaze, this side dish is always a family favorite!

Ingredients
 

  • 1.5 lb carrots
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil paper.
  • Trim off the green tops, scrub the carrots clean and peel them. Slice your fresh carrots lengthwise. Then, arrange them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
    1.5 lb carrots
  • Melt butter in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, then mix it with the sweet maple syrup and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper.
    3 tbsp butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, 2 tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Using a pastry brush, coat the carrots with the maple syrup and brown sugar mixture. Flip them to make sure the carrots are coated well on all sides.
  • Bake carrots for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender with slightly crispy edges.
  • Once the carrots are roasted to perfection, remove them from the oven and transfer to a serving dish.
  • Garnish your cooked carrots with fresh herbs. Serve them as a delicious side dish alongside your main course. Enjoy!

Notes

When cutting the carrots, it’s best to get them as close to the same size and thickness as possible. They’ll cook more evenly and it’ll keep some pieces from becoming overly soft while others are undercooked.
For an easier cleanup, be sure to line the pan with foil or parchment paper before adding the carrots. This will help prevent the glaze from sticking to the pan.
Be sure the carrots are placed in a single layer so that the syrup mixture slightly caramelizes on all sides.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 28680IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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