Maple Glazed Carrots

This Maple Glazed Carrots recipe offers a comforting and attractive side dish for fall or winter meals. It features simple ingredients and can be prepped and in the oven in ten minutes.

Maple Glazed Carrots

If you’re looking for an easy vegan dish, try these maple glazed carrots. Thanks to the combo of maple syrup and fresh herbs, they’re perfectly tender, caramelized, and flavorful. And while this recipe makes for the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish, we love making it all throughout the autumn and winter months. Its seasonal flavors are hard to resist, after all.

If you’re lucky enough to find rainbow carrots, you can also use them for this recipe. Rainbow carrots — which may include yellow, red, purple, or white carrots — taste like the common orange carrot, but are perfect for adding more color to your dinner spread. Another option is to use baby carrots; just skip cutting them and marinate as usual.

Maple Glazed Carrots in a dish
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

You will need:

  • carrots
  • avocado oil (or other neutral high-heat oil)
  • maple syrup
  • ground black pepper
  • salt
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh oregano

Other herbs — like rosemary, parsley, or sage — also work well for this recipe. If using dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon for every 1 tablespoon fresh.

Alternatives for neutral high-heat oils include grapeseed, sunflower, and safflower oil.

Ingredients for Maple Glazed Carrots
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Peel the carrots.

Peeled carrots on a cutting board
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Cut off the ends, then slice each carrot into thirds. Cut thicker pieces in half to ensure even cooking.

Peeled and cut carrots on a cutting board
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In a bowl, combine the avocado oil, maple syrup, salt, and black pepper. Whisk well.

Whisked oil, maple syrup, and spices in a a glass bowl.
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Chop up the herbs, if you haven’t already.

Chopped herbs on a cutting board
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In a large bowl, toss the sliced carrots with the maple mixture and herbs. Continue tossing until each carrot is evenly coated.

Carrots in a bowl with oil mixture and spices
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Transfer to the baking sheet in a single, even layer (it’s helpful to use a baking mat). Brush any leftover marinade on the carrots.

Glazed carrots on a silpat/baking sheet, ready for the oven.
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Roast for 20 minutes, then flip the carrots. Roast for another 15 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Keep a close watch on the carrots to ensure they don’t burn. Depending on your oven, the carrots may be ready in more or less time.

Finished Maple Glazed Carrots
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

And just like that, you have an easy and delicious vegan holiday dish!

These maple glazed carrots taste amazing on their own — but you can serve them with other ingredients for even more flavor. Tasty ideas include:

Maple Glazed Carrots

Maple Glazed Carrots

Made with real ingredients like maple syrup and fresh thyme, these maple glazed carrots are seasonal and healthy. Serve this vegan side dish for Thanksgiving, December holidays, or a quick weeknight dinner.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: carrot side dish, glazed carrots, maple glazed carrots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Kirsten Nunez, MS

Ingredients

  • 8 carrots about 1 pound
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Peel the carrots. Cut off the ends, then slice each carrot into thirds. Cut thicker pieces in half to ensure even cooking.
  • In a bowl, combine the avocado oil, maple syrup, salt, and black pepper. Whisk well. In a larger bowl, toss the sliced carrots with the maple mixture and herbs. Continue tossing until each carrot is evenly coated.
  • Transfer the carrots to the baking sheet in a single, even layer. Brush any leftover marinade on the carrots. Roast for 20 minutes, then flip the carrots. Roast for another 15 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Keep a close watch on the carrots to ensure they don’t burn.

Notes

  • You can substitute rainbow carrots to add vibrant color or baby carrots if you have them on hand.
  • Other herbs like rosemary, parsley, or sage also work well for this recipe. If using dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon for every 1 tablespoon fresh.
  • Alternatives for neutral high-heat oils include grapeseed, sunflower, and safflower oil.
  • Nutrition information for this Maple Glazed Carrots recipe is a rough estimate automatically calculated by the Spoonacular food database.

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1336mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 41156IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 3mg
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