Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots – This is the BEST roasted carrots recipe! Sweet-glazed carrots with gorgeous caramelized edges make the perfect side dish. (Gluten-Free, Paleo & Vegan-Friendly)
It’s budget-friendly, easy to put together, and is mostly hands-off.
These glazed roasted carrots are the best of both worlds. They get the subtle sweetness from a simple glaze while taking on the gorgeous caramelized texture of roasted carrots.
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY GLAZED ROASTED CARROTS:
- CARROTS. Every good roasted carrot recipe needs carrots! I make my glazed roasted carrots using cut carrots rather than baby carrots (I love the caramelized edges!), but baby carrots should also work.
- BUTTER, VEGAN BUTTER, OR GHEE. You can use butter, vegan butter, or ghee (clarified butter) for this glazed carrots recipe based on your dietary needs. (FYI – Ghee is clarified butter and considered dairy-free (suitable for paleo & dairy-free diets.)
- PURE MAPLE SYRUP. For some lovely caramelization and subtle sweetness, I love using maple syrup for my glazed roasted carrots. SO GOOD.
- GARLIC. If it sounds odd to add garlic to your glazed carrots, TRY IT! The savory-sweet notes absolutely MAKE this recipe. I love the combination so much!
- SALT & PEPPER. Since this is a simple glaze, we’ll round out and balance the flavors with a little salt and pepper.
- OPTIONAL: HERBS FOR GARNISH. To make these pretty, feel free to garnish them with fresh or freeze-dried herbs. I like parsley or dill. Freeze-dried parsley is especially awesome as its shelf-stable, but keeps its pretty green color. It’s PERFECT for making just about anything look prettier!
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR PERFECT GLAZED ROASTED CARROTS:
THIS IS MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE PEELER. I didn’t know I could love a vegetable peeler this much until I got this one. I use it for peeling All The Things (it makes these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes a cinch!). If you’re in the market, this one is under $10 and works REALLY well.
A TIP FOR CUTTING YOUR CARROTS. I cut my carrots into thirds or fourths diagonally (called a “bias cut”) rather than straight across because it’s pretty, but it also helps you get better-caramelized edges. If your carrots are extra-thick, you may want to cut those 1/3 or 1/4 pieces in half lengthwise.
CAN I USE OLIVE OIL? You can, though you’ll probably want to add a little extra salt. I find the flavors aren’t quite as nice as using a butter or ghee option.
CAN I USE HONEY OR BROWN SUGAR? If you’d like to, they’ll both work for these glazed roasted carrots. I have found that honey can scorch the pan a bit more, so just keep an eye on it. If you’re going the brown sugar route, be sure to dissolve the sugar well in the butter/ghee before adding the carrots for the best results.
MIX IT UP! TRY ADDING ONE OF THESE. If you’re looking for a flavor change of pace, there are some yummy options to try.
- A pinch of cinnamon (skip the garlic)
- A little chili powder (add with salt & pepper)
- A pinch of smoked paprika (add with salt * pepper)
- 1/2-1 Tbsp. Fresh dill or parsley (as a garnish)
HERE ARE A FEW MORE YUMMY SIDE DISHES TO LOVE:
TOOLS FOR THIS MAPLE GLAZED ROASTED CARROTS RECIPE: