Glazed Carrots

BY : PUBLISHED : December 11th, 2012 UPDATED: August 5th, 2022

These vegan glazed carrots are very delicious and simple to make. They can be whipped up and ready to serve in under 15 minutes!

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We are always excited to share amazing plant-based side dishes, like these glazed carrots. These Glazed Carrots make an easy and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner. We understand it’s easy to favor the same side dishes we are used to eating, but we encourage you to put the mashed potatoes and steamed rice on hold and explore others. Who said carrots are boring? They don’t need to be!

We certainly think they deserve a place at your table during your next holiday gathering. 

This Glazed Carrot Recipe Is: 

  • A delicious side dish.
  • Only uses 6 ingredients.
  • Plant-based and vegan.
  • A budget-friendly recipe!
  • Great for special occasions such as Thanksgiving & Christmas.

It’s All in the Glaze

As much as we love carrots, we have to admit that steamed carrots are not nearly as impressive as glazed carrots. The sweet and salty glaze is what makes this plant-based side dish out of this world delicious! This glaze can also be used to glaze some butternut squash or sweet potatoes!

The mix of vinegar, sugar and salt make for a perfect sauce and can complement so many delicious mains. You’ll love these carrots alongside some plant-based pot pies or some crispy baked tofu

Need an ultimate last-minute side dish? Give these glazed carrots recipe a try!

The Ingredients and Substitutes

One of the things that I love the most about this carrot recipe is how simple and easy it is. This means there are only a few ingredients! All you need is:

  • Carrots: ½ pound (peeled and cut into 4-inch lengths)
  • Oil: 1 tablespoon (can use vegetable, canola, or margarine)
  • Sugar: 1 tablespoon
  • Sherry or Cider Vinegar: ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon (or to taste)
  • Black pepper: ½ teaspoon freshly ground (or to taste)

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How to Make Glazed Carrots?

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

  • Place all ingredients into a saucepan large enough so that the carrots all fit in one layer. 
  • Turn the heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer. 
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring and tossing occasionally, until the carrots are cooked through, and the pan is dry (around 10 minutes). This should (ideally) all happen at the same time - if for some reason the carrots aren't cooked through when the liquid has all evaporated, add a tablespoon of water and continue cooking until the carrots are done. 
  • Serve immediately.

Mix Up the Flavor for These Glazed Carrots!

Consider adding one of these to mix up the flavor of the glazed carrots.

  • Chili powder (add with the salt & pepper)
  • Garlic Powder (for a garlic taste)
  • Paprika (try smoked paprika for a yummy smoked glazed carrot)
  • Any of your other favorite spices!

What's great about this vegan glazed carrot recipe is that you can use the spices you love and create a delicious glaze.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • This recipe is perfect for a quick side dish. Always keep a bag of carrots in your fridge so you can have this delicious side dish ready in 13 minutes!
  • Make sure your carrots are cut into uniformly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate.
  • The two servings are side-dish servings. They aren’t huge. You can easily double this recipe.
  • This glaze would go perfectly on other roasted veggies!
  • Although I prefer to use oil, you can also replace it with vegan butter.

FAQs

What size carrots should I use?

I used small carrots for this – around four inches long and half an inch in diameter, but you can use any kind of carrot you like as long as you cut it down to size.

What kind of sugar should I use?

You can use either white or brown sugar.

How do I make these vegan glazed carrots for a crowd? 

This recipe is for 2 servings of carrots. Depending on the number of people you are serving, I suggest double or tripling the recipe to make enough for everyone to enjoy.

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Glazed Carrots

Stefan
Time to switch things up and try other plant-based side dishes. These super delicious Glazed Carrots are the perfect fancy dinner side-dish! They're easy to make and perfeclty glazed with goodness!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 143 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • ½ pound of carrots, peeled and cut into 4-inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable or canola oil, or margarine
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of sherry or cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground or black pepper, or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Put all ingredients into a saucepan large enough so that the carrots all fit in one layer. Turn the heat to medium high, and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring and tossing occasionally, until the carrots are cooked through and the pan is dry, around 10 minutes. This should, ideally, all happen at the same time - if for some reason the carrots aren't cooked through when the liquid has all evaporated, add a tablespoon of water and continue cooking until the carrots are done.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • This recipe is perfect for a quick side dish. Always keep a bag of carrots in your fridge so you can have this delicious side dish ready in 13 minutes!
  • Make sure your carrots are cut into uniformly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate.
  • The two servings are side-dish servings. They aren’t huge. You can easily double this recipe.
  • This glaze would go perfectly on other roasted veggies!
  • Although I prefer to use oil, you can also replace it with vegan butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 660mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 18947IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Teodora Grujic says

    One of my favorite side dishes!

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