These Honey Glazed Carrots are the perfect fuss-free side dish. They’re cooked in one pan and result in the most tender, slightly sweet glazed carrots. They are so good they are borderline addictive and both kids and adults will love them! They’re paleo friendly and easily made dairy-free and a great addition to a holiday feast or a special weekend dinner.
Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe
When we were thinking up a name for these Honey Glazed Carrots, we were seriously considering crack carrots, because we couldn’t stop eating them. They are so addictive! They’re also really easy to make and a great compliment to a roasted bird on a holiday table, or a delicious weekend dinner.
If you can, find the beautiful rainbow carrots that are so plentiful this time of year. If you can’t, regular orange carrots will work too! The most important part is to cut these carrots as evenly as possible. Our recipe says to cut them on the bias, at 1/4″ of an inch. Take a look at the photos and see that even though the carrot shapes are different sizes, they are all basically cut about the same size with some of the smaller looking ones having a greater thickness so that they cook even with the larger size ones. This is important so that you cook the carrots as evenly as possible!
Ingredients for Honey Glazed Carrots
- Carrots (we used rainbow carrots, for a pretty presentation!)
- Butter (replace with additional oil for dairy-free)
How to Make Glazed Carrots?
We opted to make these on the stove top! We love the idea of cooking up this quick side dish, all in one pan, without having to boil them. Some recipes call for boiling the carrots and then draining them out before glazing. We always try to avoid boiling vegetables because it doesn’t preserve as many of the nutrients as steaming them does. For our method we place in a small amount of water and steam the carrots, and then evaporate the liquid so as much of the nutrients remains as possible.
Once the carrots are cooked through you add additional butter (or other dairy-free oil) and honey and cook them down until the sauce has glazed the carrots. There are a few minor details to pay attention to (like cutting the carrots correctly and making sure they cook properly) but all-in-all it’s a pretty fuss-free side dish to prepare.
For other carrot recipes, check out these:
- Healthy Carrot Muffins (Gluten-Free and Nut-Free)
- Gluten-Free Carrot Cake (Easy Sheet Cake)
- Classic Chicken Soup (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)
- Moroccan Chermoula Carrots
If you like this side dish recipe, check out these others:
- Garlicky Blistered Green Beans
- Creamy Pumpkin Casserole
- Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Sliders
- Collard Greens with Bacon
- Healthy Creamed Spinach
- Heat oil in a large pan (at least 12 inches), over medium high heat.
- Once hot, place carrots cut side down and sear for 3 minutes, until the carrots start to caramelize. Give them a good shake and let them sear again for an additional 3 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir the pan.
- Carefully add 1/2 cup water and cover pan with tight fitting lid and cook for 7 minutes over medium heat. Uncover and reduce heat the medium low and continue to cook until the water has evaporate and the carrots are cooked though. If the water has reduced before the carrots have cooked, add a tablespoon more water at a time until they have cooked through.
- Once water has reduced, add butter (or dairy free oil) and honey and stir well and continue to cook until the carrots are glazed and the honey is bubbling, about 5 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon large flaky sea salt.
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