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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!
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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!
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.
- Whole carrots
- Unsalted butter
- Pure maple syrup
- Brown sugar
- 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.
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.
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. Enjoy!
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.
- 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
Yes, you can also use baby carrots with this recipe, though the cooking time may vary.
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.
If you have extra carrots leftover, you can toss them in a casserole, a chicken pot pie, soup or stews.
More Easy Side Dish Recipes
- Grape Salad
- Roasted Sweet Potato Slices
- Broccoli Salad with Craisins
- Easy Roasted Potatoes with Vegetables
- Mexican Cornbread
Easy Maple Glazed Carrots
- 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!