These tender Glazed Carrots are sweet with a little spice. They are a great side dish to serve with chicken, beef, pork, or fish.
We ate at a restaurant with our friends while on vacation and everything was delicious including the glazed carrots! A side dish has to be pretty spectacular to stand out and these glazed carrots were memorable. My friends wanted me to try to recreate the recipe so I gave it my best shot.
Start by preparing the glaze for the carrots. Put butter, freshly squeezed orange juice, water, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, pepper, and orange zest in a large skillet.
Are glazed carrots sweet?
Carrots are naturally sweet and this recipe calls for brown sugar as well as orange juice to enhance the sweetness. If you want to increase the sweetness, you can add more brown sugar or some honey. If you want to decrease the sweetness, you can add less brown sugar.
Bring the glaze to a simmer over medium heat.
Add your shredded or matchstick (julienne) carrots and stir to coat them with the glaze. Cover the skillet and cook the carrots for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Can I use baby carrots or carrot sticks?
Yes, you substitute baby carrots, carrot sticks, or sliced carrots for the shredded carrots but depending on the thickness you will need to increase the cooking time.
Remove the cover and continue cooking the carrots for 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until they are tender.
Remove from the heat and sprinkle the glazed carrots with a little fresh thyme for color.
What should I serve glazed carrots with?
Roasted carrots are a great side dish for a weeknight dinner of chicken or fish. But they are also special enough for a holiday dinner. Here are a few main dishes you could serve with glazed carrots:
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