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Glazed Roasted Carrots (Paleo + Vegan-Friendly)

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) 

Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life

This roasted carrots recipe is basically all my favorite things: budget-friendly, easy to put together, and mostly hands-off.

They get the subtle sweetness from a simple glaze while taking on the gorgeous caramelized texture of roasted carrots.

They’re everything I love about roasted veggies–tender texture, subtle sweetness from roasting, and caramelized, golden edges. SO GOOD!

So let’s make a glaze, toss in some carrots, and make the most amazing glazed roasted carrots recipe…

Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life
Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life

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!
Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life
Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life

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)
Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life
Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life

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Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from One Lovely Life

Glazed Roasted Carrots (Paleo + Vegan-Friendly)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 45-50 min
  • Yield: About 4 cups cooked carrots 1x

Description

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) 


Ingredients

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  • 2 lbs. carrots, washed, peeled, and ends cut off
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, vegan butter, or ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: minced fresh parsley, for garnish

Optional, for garnish: 1/2 Tbsp fresh herbs (parsley or dill) or 1/2 tsp. freeze-dried parsley.


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash and peel your carrots.
  3. Cut each carrot diagonally into 3-4 pieces. (If your carrot is very thick, cut your pieces in half lengthwise to promote even cooking)
  4. In a large saute pan, gently melt butter, vegan butter or ghee.
  5. Add maple syrup and stir to combine.
  6. Add garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and stir about 1 minute.
  7. Add carrots and carefully stir to coat with the glaze mixture.
  8. Pour carrots and glaze mixture out onto a baking sheet/sheet pan in a single layer and distribute as evenly as you can to allow air flow and better roasting.
  9. Roast 20 minutes. Stir carrots and roast another 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
  10. Turn heat up to the BROIL setting and broil carrots 2-5 minutes to give them a browned finish. (Watch carefully so they don’t scorch!)
  11. If desired, season with additional salt and pepper, and sprinkle with fresh herbs.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish, Vegetables
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: glazed roasted carrots, glazed carrots, roasted carrots, sweet glazed carrots, sweet roasted carrots

8 Comments

  1. YUM! Made these to go along a grilled pork tenderloin tonight. I used one bag of baby carrots and probably baked them closer to 30 minutes (roasted some broccoli next to them). I skipped the broiling step because we were all hungry. I will make them again and try that. Very tasty!

    1. They’ll lose some of their texture since they won’t have that same caramelized exterior (it softens with time), but they’ll be safe to eat!

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